Maltipoo Behavior Problems
The top four challenges that Maltipoos face
Maltipoo Behavior Problems- Maltipoos are known for their easygoing personalities, loyalty to their owners, and overall friendly nature, which makes them wonderful family pets.
Nonetheless, both puppies and older dogs may develop behavior problems. As a Maltipoo owner, you may encounter problems with some of the following behaviors.
We will also discuss what steps you can take to counter negative Maltipoo behavior.The Maltipoos have what kind of behavioral issues? According to our data, the top four are:
1) Difficultly with house training
2) Excessive barking at night
3)Jumping/ acting hyper
4) Separation Anxiety
Here are some ways to deal with these behaviors if your Maltipoo puppy or dog is exhibiting them.
Housetraining can be difficult
Although it takes some time and effort, most people enter into the process with the outlook that it will be over soon and everything will be okay in the end. …but what do you do when your Maltipoo struggles with this or even acts defiant at times?
There is a problem getting your Maltipoo to potty train as well, although as we delve deeper, it is not really associated with “behavior”.
Here is a list of the top complaints by owners, along with what can be done to fix them.
It doesn’t take long for my Maltipoo to pee or poop as soon as I bring him home.
Making sure that the dog is focused and allowing enough time for the task is important. Be sure your dog isn’t multi-tasking while he is trying to focus. Playing or roaming around should not be allowed. Standing in the middle of the designated area, make your Maltipoo circle within it while wearing a leash of six feet in length. Despite his sniffs and glances, do not play with him or speak to him in a way that would distract him.
The dogs need up to 20 minutes for bowel muscles to relax and release feces. They will go on cue if they are on time, but it is ideal for them to do it on cue. When urinating, a dog may only empty half of its bladder, but it will take some time for the remainder to empty.
Make sure to set up an outdoor chair, bring a book or your phone… but don’t be rushed.
The key will be to gradually extend the interval between taking the dog outside. Start slowly and work your way up to 15 minutes longer than normal. In a week or two, he may be able to go every 15 minutes over the course of days and weeks, if this is done in 15 minute intervals that start with every hour and work up to every hour.
There are times when my dog can’t hold his needs for longer than an hour!
An important first step would be to identify any health issues that are causing this. Once all medical issues have been tested for, a maltipoo pet owner can turn to other factors.
Maltipoo behavior problems often have a physical component as well, although this is discussed under Maltipoo behavioral problems. A very young puppy’s ability to hold their needs is extremely limited. During growth, bladder and bowel muscles become stronger, but only if they are allowed to grow.
As long as you continue taking an 8-month-old pup outside every 2 hours, and he continues to go every 2 hours even as he turns 3 and 4, his body will be used to it.
I often wake up in the middle of the night to find my Maltipoo has poop or pee!
There was no sign of him waking me up! This is not unusual for puppies that have no health problems. Some dogs will simply do the deed silently, even when their owners are alerted to the need. Ensure that you take him outside one hour before bedtime and then 20 minutes before bedtime, giving him the time we discussed earlier.
Also, two hours before going to sleep, Maltipoo puppies should not eat anything else. However, do not restrict water consumption.
Besides ensuring that the sleeping area is big enough, you should also ensure that the beds are comfortable. Dogs need to relieve themselves even if they are not allowed to go outside. To prevent this from happening, it is best to create a gated area where a bed and pee pads can be stored. If you are not notified, the pads may be used without your knowledge.
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.
Home-alone dogs with severe behavioral problems may simply be unable to handle being at home alone. It is not uncommon for them to be very destructive (chewing everything they can find), bark up a storm, work themselves into a frenzy, attempt to escape from their area and even become depressed.
To help with this behavioral problem, here are a few quick tips:
- Never crate the dog. He should be given a good sized, gated off area so that he does not feel confined.
- Experiment with window vs windowless views. Sometimes having a line of sight to the outside world can help with feeling isolated and with others it can be a trigger for out of control behavior.
- Leave a light on when you leave. If a clouds roll in or you get home as the sun is setting (or later), your Maltipoo won’t be in an empty, darkening house, which in and of itself can set off nervousness.
- While you may have to work 5 or more days a week and cannot offer quantity of time, offer quality time! Explore different routes when walking, use a sling to bring your Maltipoo with you to run errands, engage your dog to help you around the home, and spend as much time together as possible.
- Some owners worry that this will ‘spoil’ a dog into becoming too used to being with the owner that it makes it worse when he is left home alone. However, just the opposite is true. When a dog is starving for attention at all times, that is when his behavior is at its worst. But when a dog has a full, enriching and interesting life, he has often ‘had his fill’ and copes better during the quieter times.
- Have the right toy supplies. Be sure to leave plenty of chew toys, toys that hold treats and peanut butter and for Maltipoo with severe problems, a cuddle toy that emits a soothing heartbeat can be just the trick to calm a dog down. Note:
- Act as calm as you can when leaving and when you arrive back home, work hard to behave in a matter-of-fact manner.
Should a dog be given a reward if he is only quiet because he got tired? Yes! If he calmed down – no matter the reason – reward reinforces what will and what will not bring him the goodies.
Excessive Barking at Night
How to Banish a Maltipoo’s Boredom – If you’re looking for some fun ideas to keep your Maltipoo busy and occupied, this is a super-helpful article. See 6 fun things to do together as a team and 6 for your Maltipoo to do alone (independent play).