How to Potty Train Your Labrador Puppy

How to Potty Train your Labrador Retriever puppy

House Breaking (Potty Training) Your Labrador Puppy

Should I use pee pads or train my dog to go outside?

While using pee pads is convenient, you should also remember that you are training a puppy that will become a large dog, that is acceptable to eliminate in the house. Many things look like a pee pad to a puppy (or an adult dog) Towels that are left on the floor. Small area rugs. Clothing. Once you have taught a puppy it is ok to go on a pad on the floor, it is very hard to unteach. And a Labrador will quickly outgrow the capacity of most pee pads. However, If the weather is really, really bad, or the convenience of a pee pad is necessary, it is very easy to train your puppy to use one.

How to pee pad train your puppy.

Most pee pads are scented with a smell that only the puppy smells (his nose is much more sensitive than ours) that signals the puppy that this is an appropriate place to use the bathroom. Just place the pee pad where you want your puppy to relieve himself. Choose this spot carefully because he will return to it to use the bathroom, even when the pee pad is not there. Make sure this place is easily accessible to the puppy at all times. If it is too remote, the puppy may get lost and not find it before having an accident. Then take the puppy to the pad when he first wakes up, about 10 minutes after eating, and whenever he shows bathroom behavior – circling, sniffing, generally agitated. It is often a good idea to confine the puppy to a crate at night or when you can’t keep an eye on him. However, a young puppy can’t hold his urine for very long. A good rule of thumb is a puppy can hold his urine for his age in moths plus one hour. So, a 2-month-old puppy can hold his urine for (2+1) or 3 hours. Somewhere around 4-5 months your puppy’s bladder will mature, and he will be able to hold his urine overnight.

How to outside train your puppy.

To train your puppy to use the bathroom outside, you should first choose the spot in your yard you would like him to use. After he starts going in this spot, he will return to it each time he uses the restroom. This will make your yard easier to clean up, and you won’t have yellow urine spots or “surprises” all over the yard. Take your puppy outside to his potty place when he first wakes up in the morning or after a nap, about 10 minutes after eating, and anytime he exhibits bathroom behavior- Circling, sniffing, agitation Your puppy wants to please you more than anything! So, when your puppy eliminates in the correct spot, gush over him with praise! He is the best dog in the world! You can even give a treat to make it extra special!

If your puppy has an accident, remember he is a baby. Just clean it up and ignore that it happened. Celebrate the successes! Rubbing his nose in it or other punishments will only make him fearful of going. He won’t understand that is the location, not the act of elimination that made you angry, and he may not want to go when you are around. This will create even more problems and make it hard to teach him the correct place to go.

Methods of House Training

Crate training is very useful especially at night. It will help your puppy learn to hold his urine until morning. Young puppies can only hold their urine for about 3 hours, so you may need to get up in the night to let him go to the bathroom, but soon he will be sleeping through the night. A crate should be a safe happy place for your puppy. It can be his or her bed, and a place to have some quiet time. It is a good place for puppy when he can’t be underfoot, (like when you are cooking dinner) Or when guests come over that may not be used to a boisterous puppy. It should never be used as a punishment. Nor should your puppy be locked in a crate for many hours while you are at work!

Watchful eye

Keeping a close eye on your puppy and learning his habits and signs that he is about to eliminate makes potty training easy. Most puppies urinate soon after waking, (in the morning or after a nap) Most puppies will defecate 10-30 minutes after a meal. Keeping watch, will help you bring the puppy to his potty place when he needs to go. Praise him profusely when he goes where he is supposed to go. Even give a treat if you would like. Ignore the mistakes and celebrate the successes!

Umbilical cord training

The quickest, but most labor-intensive form of potty training is umbilical cord training. This only works if you can have your puppy at your side 24/7 for 3-4 weeks. It is the most awesome way to bond with your puppy, and a great experience, but not everyone has the lifestyle that will allow this form of training. To umbilical cord train your puppy, all you need is a collar or harness and a leash that is about 8 feet long. Put a clip at the handle end of the leash. Then attach the clip to your belt or belt loop. This is your umbilical cord. You are attached. Everywhere you go, puppy is at your side. You cannot miss the signs he needs to go using this method, but you can’t cheat either, don’t tie your puppy to your chair then go to the bathroom. Puppy goes with you! Answer the door, puppy goes with! In the car, puppy goes with! Crating at night while sleeping can give you both a break. This method also teaches the puppy many other things he needs to know, it is great for socialization and learning manners as well as potty training. But again, it is not for everyone you must have the willingness and the ability to bring puppy into all parts of your life!

A helpful tip for housetraining your puppy

After your puppy eliminates outside, praise him or her profusely! They are the best dog in the world. Then let them play outside for a few moments more. 30 seconds or 10 minutes. It doesn’t matter. The puppy should not equate going potty with having to go back inside, or you may find your puppy “holding it” until he or she is done playing outside. This can be very inconvenient when you are in a hurry!