2) Difficultly with house training
Owners know that housebreaking a Maltipoo puppy
will be a challenge, but most people go into it with a good, positive attitude that it will soon be over and all will be fine. So, what do you do with a Maltipoo that struggles with learning this or at times even seems defiant?
Trouble with potty training is the 2nd most common behavior issue with the Maltipoo, though when we look at this in more detail, it really does not fully fall under the 'behavior' category.
Let's look at the top complaints by owners and what can be done to resolve things:
My Maltipoo pees or poops as soon as I bring him back inside!
It is important to make sure that the dog is focusing on the task AND to allow enough time. In regard to focusing, make sure that your dog is not multi-tasking. There should be no playing or roaming around. Keeping your Maltipoo on a 6 foot leash, stand in the middle of the designated area and allow him to circle within that spot. While he may sniff and look around, do not engage in any play or talk to disturb him.
In regard to time, while it would be great if dogs went on cue, some need up to 20 minutes for bowel muscles to relax and push out the fecal matter. With urination, a dog may release half the bladder and need a bit more time to release the rest.
Set up an outdoor chair, bring your phone or flip through a book… but give him enough time.
My dog can't hold his needs for more than an hour!
The first thing to look at would be any health issue that was causing this. With a full and complete checkup to ensure that there are no medical issues, an owner can then look to other reasons.
While we are discussing this under Maltipoo behavioral problems, this can often be a matter of a physical issue. Here's how it works: Very young puppies have very little control over holding their needs. As they grow, bladder and bowel muscles grow stronger BUT this only happens if they are allowed to become stronger!
If you took an 8 month old pup outside every 2 hours and once he turned 3 and then 4 months old, you did not extend that time, his body will still be used to going every 2 hours.
The key will be to gradually let there be more time in-between taking the dog outside. Aim for 15 minutes longer than normal and slowly work out from there. A Maltipoo that is used to going every 3 hours cannot suddenly learn to hold on for 8 hours… However if this is done in 15 minute intervals over the course of days and weeks, he can certainly work his way there.
My Maltipoo pees or poops at night when I'm sleeping!
He didn’t even wake me up! Barring any health problems, this is not uncommon with young pups. And while most dogs will alert owners to a need, some are very quiet and will just do the deed silently. You'll want to make sure to bring him outside 1 hour and then 20 minutes before bed, giving him those 20 minutes we spoke about above.
In addition, 2 hours before sleep time, no more food should be fed. Do not, however, limit water.
You'll also want to make sure that the sleeping area is big enough. If a dog needs to go, he will indeed go even in a small confined space. For this reason, it is best to create a gated area that can hold a bed and pee pads. This way, if you are not alerted, there is a good chance that the pads will be used.
Finally, making sure that your Maltipoo gets enough exercise
and activity during the day can help the dog sleep better through the night. Two daily walks are best and some play time (fetch, etc.) along with some command training all work together to provide enough stimulation to help a dog stay asleep at night.
My Maltipoo is peeing everywhere in the house!
This may be a urinary tract or bladder infection, so once those and other health issues are ruled out, you can look at this as a behavioral problem with the Maltipoo. And as you may have guessed, this will be marking behavior if the dog pees all over the house. Marking is more like a spraying or a 'misting' as opposed to emptying the entire bladder.
Unfixed dogs will spray much more than those that are spayed or neutered, so if you are not planning on breeding your dog you may want to seriously consider having him or her fixed. It also cuts down the risk of many health problems including several forms of cancer.
Dogs that feel that they must exhibit dominance may have this behavior problem. Working to establish yourself as the true leader can help. Be sure to never offer food
unless the 'Sit' command is obeyed, teach all commands and be the first to enter & exit the house, holding the leash in such a way that your Maltipoo must follow you and not the other way around.
Finally, be sure to use the right cleaner for any areas that are affected. Solutions with enzyme fighters will do the trick, as they can eliminate odors that humans cannot even detect.