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New to this site~ New Goldendoodle mama.  My Bella is now 5 months old; received her when she was 2 months old.  Having difficulty potty training.  Bella is very stubborn.  Is this common for the breed?  I don't know anything about Goldendoodles.  Everyday I say "this is going to be your last!"  I don't want to cave, but feeling very overwhelmed and frustrated.  What are some of your favorite things about this breed? What is most special?  Any personality traits that are truly remarkable to you?  Beside being the most beautiful, softest teddy bear pup I've ever seen!

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Comment by Beverly and Eli on January 8, 2014 at 7:39pm

Oh Marny, that's great! Good for Bella and for you.

Comment by marny renteria on January 8, 2014 at 6:40pm
Bella is finally potty trained after 6 months!! We started the process when she was 2 months old (when we first received her); now she is around 8 months old. It does take time; however, (they do) finally catch on. Thank you friends, for all your support!!
Comment by marny renteria on November 3, 2013 at 12:28pm

Thank you Pris Weikert for your suggestions~ this is probably the most comprehensive advise I've received so far.  And yes, that is why they call it "puppy love"… just like the song.  Thanks for your sweet note.  Your Labradoodle is beautiful… I love your pics!!!  

Comment by Pris Weikert on October 26, 2013 at 12:44am
1st time Labradoodle mama but Lab lover here! I am in love with my Rex (like a mama with a new baby & you can't stop staring!) and I love our 3 yr old Lab, Pearl but Rex.....oh, that Rex. Gentle, sweet, serious and funny all at the same time!
So.....I worked so hard the first 2 weeks with his potty training - I set up bells on the door and took him to them, nudged his paw then said 'Potty,' put him in the grass and said that in the same tone until he did it, HUGE praise & even a treat for poop, brought right back in. I did this every 30 minutes one day ALL day, then every hour the next day. Keep him close to you at all times, block off access to other rooms you are not in & watch him. Kennel him at night, taking him out every 3-4 hrs. It's hard but this has worked like a charm for my last 3 dogs and I believe if you go hard on the potty training in the beginning - really, really consistently, you will not have to worry later. And only one person should do it or it will not be consistent. It's hard but think of the benefit! My Rex now just rings the bell with his paw and we hear it and we let him out. Our 3 yr old Lab became so "regular" we did away with bells at 6 mths old & she just sat at the door. She is now 3 and we can take her anywhere with no worries. I would tell myself at 3 in the morning - 'do I really want to ruin this for sleep and have to clean out a pee filled or poopy kennel?' And I'd pop right out of bed! It's like a newborn - you have to do it! You can do it!!! :)
Comment by Lynn, Daisy & Jax on October 22, 2013 at 11:43pm

Welcome!!! I have two doodles who are almost 2 years old. Daisy was our first and she was easy to potty train. She learnt how to ring a bell to go outside. Then came Jax. He thought the corner by the piano was the place to go potty. He was a tough one!! I just took him outside alot and always said "go potty".. when he did it was a huge celebration! Soon the stage was over and he stopped going in the house, it just happened one day! We have had a few dogs of different breeds, but the doods are my favorite. They are so kind, gentle and patient, plus love to cuddle!!! Good luck to you ...and remember "this too shall pass"!

Comment by DonMarie & Picco on October 22, 2013 at 10:43am

Sooo cute! I want another one even after being reminded of potty training.

Comment by Korina & Winston on October 22, 2013 at 10:17am

Winston was potty trained very quickly. What we did that seemed to help was keep a routine. Example: right after he ate, we took him outside. When he woke up, took him outside. We also put a bell hanging from the door knob, so everytime we went out, we had him hit the bell with his nose and then went outside. I feel like keeping the routine helped wonders. He is now a little over a year old. We still have the bell on the door knob, but if we're at a different house, he'll just stand by the door and wait to be taken out.

Comment by Debbie & Trixie on October 22, 2013 at 9:47am

Just adorable photos of your "girls"!  It does seem that these stages go by in a flash!!

Comment by marny renteria on October 21, 2013 at 11:15pm

Bella was about 2-3 months old here (with my daughter Preston, age 11)~ boy the puppy years and kid years go by fast!!!  Bella is with "Brookie" a chihuahua/beagle mix (or Jack Russell and chihuahua mix).  We also have a Chihuahua/Yorkie (Chorkie) named "Pretty".  She is precious and very playful with Bella. I'll post pics of my Pretty soon.   Brookie kind of minds her own business; but, all dogs are getting along well.  Good Night friends~ 

Comment by Dee, Indie & Winstone on October 21, 2013 at 10:45pm
What lovely pictures. :)

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