During the toilet training stage I found myself very relieved that we do not have carpet on our floors! The biggest thing to remember when toilet training a puppy is not to punish them for their accidents but to quickly get them outside and let them know how good they are when they get it right.
Labradoodles are quick learners and love knowing they have pleased you. Ruby is no exception and my excited "good girl Ruby!" soon helped her know what to do. The key to having less accidents inside is be aware of how often your puppy needs to go to the toilet and pre-empt your puppies needs by getting them outside first.
If your pup has come from a good breeder who cleans after their pups regularly, you will have a labradoodle pup who wants to be clean and will not want to soil near where they eat or sleep. This is why crate training is so useful - more on that later!
Remember that it is not forever (although it may feel like it) and not to let it frustrate you. Being mentally prepared for a few months of helping your labradoodle pup to learn will go a long way in developing a well trained pet!
A puppies first day at home is always an exciting one for the family but a very new and daunting experience to the new pup. I remember Ruby's first day with us. She arrived on a plane and there she was all alone in her little crate. My daughter thoroughly enjoyed cuddling her all the way home.
However, we had planned on making sure the pup's first week at home was uneventful so she had time to adjust to her new surroundings but we had friends staying for the weekend!
I'm so glad we crate train our puppies because once everyone had their cuddle Ruby could have some time out with a tasty chew toy and some cuddly toys in her crate so she didn't get too overwhelmed.
We have discovered she does not like our white tiles in the house as they are too slippery for her little paws. She is quite funny to watch trying to slide across them!
Her first night went really well. We sat her crate beside my bed and each time she cried I just reached down to let her know I was there but didn't talk to her. I don't think we heard anything from her the following nights.
Now begins the fun part - toilet training!