Happy Paws Poodles





Poodles are very intelligent and easy to train.       In fact, it is more a process of the puppy training you, and not you training the puppy. Please note  that consistency is the Key no matter what method   of training you use. If you do not have your poodle puppy house broken in a matter of a couple of weeks then YOU are probably doing something wrong.


All our Poo's have used a wee-wee pad since they where about 9-10 weeks old (that was the age   they came to live with us). The wee-wee pad is      a scented pad that attracts the puppy to it. It has an absorbent side and a blue waterproof side. This is a great tool for training your puppy and speed up the housebreaking process. these pads can be purchased at any pet store's.

REMEMBER - When training your puppy that they are very young and have a little attention span and an even smaller bladder. Keep your puppy in a small confined area with a wee-wee pad in one end, and keep it away from the food dish and the bed. Puppies do not like to go where they eat and sleep.Some puppies will tend to wet on the pad but will not defecate on the pad. If you having this problem try adding another pad to the area that they are defecating. Some puppies will refuse to walk on a wet pad and will tend to find another place to do their business.


Take your puppy out every hour to start with,     set a timer and when it goes off take your puppy out immediately. As the puppy grows and matures you can lengthen time between trips. It is also smart to take your puppy out after naps ans before and after meals. It is best you take your puppy consistently to one spot. As your puppy becomes older and you have learned to read your puppies signs, you will be able to tell when your puppy needs to go out. Remember, once your puppy tells you he needs to go out, TAKE THEM!!! We use the Poochie-Bell in our House. It hang's on the side of the door, and almost all our Poo's are ringing the Bell's when they have to go outside. You can go under my Information Page 2 to read about the Poochie-Bell and there is a ling to it too.


The average age for males to mark their territory varies from breed to breed and depends upon how quickly your breed and or variety reaches sexual maturity. For most toy breeds this is typically around 7-9 month. For larger breeds it could be as young as 7 month but most often its closer to 10-12 months. You may find that some males will never mark their territory.The sooner you stop this behavior the easier life will be. I teach my male to not lift their legs in the house and I have several males together and I do not have an issue.I tell them in a firm voice NO ! If you have a dog that is easy to train you will find this will work quickly to stop the problem. Or put pennies into a tin can  to make a loud rattle, this will startle your dog and he will learn when he lifts his leg that he hears this sound.

Dogs go through a certain TEENAGER phase around 6-8 month that will drive you nuts and test you in every way. Do not be surprised if during this time it seems like you have to almost start over with potty training. This phase only lasts 3-4 weeks and everything should return to normal.

A toy poodle puppy (or any small breed puppy) really does not have full control over bladder muscles until around 6 month of age or better.                     A standard poodle puppy (or any large breed puppy) on the other hand can take longer as they take longer to fully mature than a small dog.


Well Any dog can be yappy if not properly trained. Training really is the key. Any dog of breed can be taught not to bark or to bark in appropriate situations. My dogs bark once or twice when someone comes to my door, they are the best doorbell ever invented. But more than that can become an annoyance. Especially if you live in an apartment complex or close neighborhood.

I use the can with pennies, that works well for me. When the dog starts barking toss the can right next to your dog, be sure not to hit your dog. The loud noise of the pennies in the can will distract your dog from barking.

If you have an extremely shy dog I do not recommend this method.

A spray bottle with water works well too on some dogs. Be sure to only spray the dog when the dog is barking and not when he is quiet.

Another method is to redirect your dog to more suitable activity when they start to bark. Like giving him a chewy or favorite to play with. Be sure to reward your dog once he has become quiet.


One of the most important phases your puppy will go through is the socialization phase, during which he should be introduced to all sorts of different people, animals, sounds and objects.

The socialization phase lasts from about 3 to 12 weeks,and what happens during this phase is absolutely vital for a puppy living in a world full of people and other animals.

Because most puppies enter their permanent homes at about 8 weeks of age, their caretakers have already lost about five weeks of important socialization. This is the main reason why what happens with a breeder is so important, and why puppies from pet stores have such a poor start. Isolated in kennels or stacked like chickens in cages at a puppy mill, these puppies get very little human interaction during most of this critical period.That's no way to raise a dog. Pet-store puppies usually come home with just four weeks remaining in their socialization phase.

On the other hands, breeders who raise puppies in their homes and play with, train and gently handle them every day make full use of these early weeks. when you bring home the puppy at 8 weeks of age, you can then continue the breeder's good work. During this final month of the socialization phase,puppies should attend a puppy socialization class and meet other people and     dogs in a safe, friendly and                   rewarding environment.


             Training Method

Hang your Poochie-Bells on the inside of the       door(s) that your pooch typically exits your      house from. Your Poochie-Bell should stay on the door (or on a small hook next to the door)  at all times so that your pooch can access it whenever he/she needs. You pooch only needs to nudge any  part of the ribbon to ring the bells.

Each time you take your pooch outside for a walk,  or outside for any reason; state a simple command phrase, we suggest "Outside...Ring the Bells".    Get your family involved ! All members of your household should be consistent and use the same wording and actions with your pooch.

After ringing the bells and saying the command phrase, follow through with praise to your pooch  and allow him to go outside. (You should not reward your pooch with a food treat, as the reward of  going outside and praise from his favorite person   is reward enough. In adding, your pooch will then associate treats with ringing the bell rather than going outside) Do this each time your pooch is to   go outside.

After several weeks of this conditioning, start    just using the phrase each time your pooch wants   to exit and stop ringing the bells.
Tell him "Outside...ring the bells", wait for his
action. Point to the bells. If he rings the bells,
praise and allow him to go out. If he does
NOT ring the bells, ring the bells for him,
restate your command phrase and then allow
him outside.

Each week that follows, repeat this conditioning  until your pooch starts to ring the bells on his own.
It is critical that you praise the pooch on his
newly learned behavior to reinforce this action.

Listen for the bells. you will start hearing them ring. You may be in a different room while your pooch is ringing the bells.....                         go let your pooch out !







Introduced to a crate correctly, most puppies willingly accept this den-like confinement as part   of their normal routine. Always remember that  when your puppy enters his crate, he's giving up coveted freedom, including access to you. Make
this sacrifice less objectionable by regularly throwing in a few treats, a safe toy, chew bone,
or another rewarding diversion.
 Feed meals inside the crate to strengthen his favorable association.

 Introducing your puppy to the crate should be positive and fun. Never place your puppy in his  crate after disciplining him. Your puppy needs to feel that his crate is a happy, secure place.   Select a command such as "in your house" and encourage him to enter by tossing a treat/toy into the crate. Leave the door open at first. Once your puppy enters readily, close the door for a few minutes and praise him with a cheerful, positive voice. 

Any complaining the puppy may do at the beginning isn't usually caused by the crate but by the  controls set by this unfamiliar environment. Do     not let him out when he is whining or complaining.   By doing so you will only reward his "bad" Behaviour. When the puppy settles down for five minutes, release him from the crate. Once you feel your puppy can be left on his own, you may practice leaving him alone for a short periods of time.

Puppies should not be crated for more than three hours per day. They cannot be expected to hold their small bowels and bladders for more than a couple of hours. Adult dogs should not be crated  for more than eight hours.

9 to 10 weeks: 30 to 60 minutes
11 to 14 weeks: 1 to 3 hours
15 to 16 weeks: 3 to 4 hours                        17 weeks and older: 4 to 6 hours

Adult dogs can spend half a day in a crate.       Once accustomed to it, most adult dogs can   sleep in the crate at night with the door open.   Increasing free time, exercise, and attention frequently reluctant dogs going into their crate     of their own accord.