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Litter Box vs house training 8 weeks old


We are excited to have a goldendoodle puppy in July.  The puppies were born last week.   We received a packet for puppy/dog care and it says to get litter and use it for a several weeks.  We will use a trainer that we will be a service/therapy dog trainer.  She said not to start with litter at all but to begin house training the day he/she comes home. I guess this is for nighttime? Litter at night so they can go.  Trainer says outside even at night so training is easier on grass not home.  I was wondering do we skip litter and begin outside house training at once or is litter a good choice to start with. 

Thank you so much! I am sure I will have a million other questions about our 1st time puppy.

Happy Mother's Day,


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Comment by Linda Szalay on May 17, 2014 at 9:10am

We tied a bell to our door going outside and taught Frankie to hit the bell when he needed to go out. Within a week of having him, he knew what to do. He still uses it today and he is 2 1/2 years old. 

Comment by DonMarie & Picco on May 12, 2014 at 9:00am

I've never heard of litter training for dogs. I did the normal take him outside every couple hours and of course after eating. It took along time and I thought he wasn't catching on but one day he was sitting in front of the door waiting to go out and haven't had a problem since.

Comment by Jan, Lily & Nessy on May 11, 2014 at 11:00pm

I agree with the trainer - house training means taking them outside to potty, even if it means every couple of hours for a scant few weeks at the beginning.  Any form of indoor potty (litter box or puppy pads) sends the wrong message.  Crate training helps a great deal too.  Just be sure to make the crate small enough that the pup cannot mess at one end and sleep at the other (they won't mess where they sleep, but if given too much room, they might decide the other end of the crate is a potty area - I really liked having wire crates with dividers for this crate sizing adjustment!).

All the effort at the beginning will pay off, believe me! Enjoy your new puppy, and get lots of sleep before he/she comes home. ;)

Comment by Laura , Marley and Oliver on May 11, 2014 at 9:14pm
We crated Marley from day one, had no problems . Was house trained very quickly with in 2 weeks or so. ( would have been quicker but I ended up in the hospital 3 days after we got him for 5 days, so it was a little difficult, thanks for a great neighbor that helped. ) He is 9 months old and has been sleeping beside our bed on the floor for the past 3 months or more. We take him outside right before we go to bed and he sleeps the whole night. We only crate him when we leave the house and don't take him with us. During the day he will let us know he has to go by giving us a bark. Congratulations ! Can't wait to see pictures ! The waiting will seem forever but , the love, laughter amd enjoyment will be unbelievable. They are so smart and lovable .
Comment by Paige and Leo on May 11, 2014 at 5:54pm
I thought it was strange too. Sounds messy to me. My friend has a golden retriever and house training went pretty smooth with the crate and divider when she was a puppy. She now uses a bell to paw when needing to go. The waiting is hard but fun to read up on puppies. Any good books you really liked for new puppy owners?
Comment by Laurie, Jackson and Delilah on May 11, 2014 at 5:39pm

Well I have to say this is a new one on me.  We personally crated Jackson from day 1 that he was home and he house trained like a champion.  Not one accident at night in his crate and only a couple in the house before he was totally trained....I'd listen to your trainer......I don't know of others have heard of using litter, but these dogs are very intelligent, and learn very quickly!!  Congratulations...the waiting will be hard, but the reward....priceless!!  Good Luck.

Comment by Martha Barberino & Carly on May 11, 2014 at 2:53pm
I've never heard of litter training for a dog. Crating worked well for Carly once we put a divider in it to minimize the large crate space. She could pee in one end and sleep at the other! We put her in it when we went to bed, then set the alarm for a couple times during the night and took her to the back yard. No time at all till she'd yip if she had to go, but really didn't take long to make it through the night. She still sleeps in her crate every night-- divider long gone :) She has freedom throughout the house during the day and when we're out, but when we head to bed she goes outside one more time, then dutifully trots into her crate with her two stuffie babies. Usually I'm up and around in the morning while she's still lounging on her back in her little bedroom. Too cute.
Comment by Lorie & Piper on May 11, 2014 at 1:53pm

how exciting getting a doodle puppy!!!  Our girl Piper was really easy to potty train...took her out every couple hours for potty time.  I would also look into those indoor potty pads for dogs...and introduce those to your puppy from the beginning too...they are great if you leave your dog in the house when you aren't at home.  about 6 months after we got our doodle, we fenced our backyard & got a panel/insert with a doggie door that fits into our sliding glass, she comes & goes as she we never have to let her out to potty anymore (:   you can get the puppy/dog pads at walmart or any pet store...much cheaper at walmart (:'re gonna love your doodle <3

Comment by Beverly and Eli on May 11, 2014 at 12:12pm

Yes! Eli was easy to train, our Golden Retriever on the other hand was awful. Hated the crate and cried all night long. We gave up the crate pretty fast with him. I adhered to a regular bedtime with Eli and stayed with him until he settled. 

Comment by Paige and Leo on May 11, 2014 at 10:51am

Sound good!  Crate in our room near us?

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