Here is 6 Ways to Overcome Your Labrador Retrievers Potty Training Problems
Having a Labrador Retriever can be tough especially if it is your first time having a puppy as a pet. Remembering to feed your Labrador Retriever during the first few weeks can be cumbersome or controlling the environment for them not to ruin things can be a lot of work. But the hardest challenge for many Labrador Retriever owners is potty training their dog. If your Labrador Retriever is not yet well potty-trained, one could go for months or even years cleaning after their dog’s mess, and it is not only a time-consuming job but a dirty one too.
The good thing about having a Labrador Retriever is that they are very smart and are creatures of habit. Remember Hachiko who waited on the train every day even years after his master died? Just as you can train your Labrador Retriever to wait for you wherever you want them too, you can also teach your Labrador retriever to potty in a specified place. So here are the tips you can follow for your Labrador Retriever to be potty-trained and ensure that they just don’t wee anywhere.
Start potty-training your Labrador Retriever as early as eight weeks.
The ideal time to potty-train your Labrador is at the moment he is weaned from the mother, usually when he is around eight weeks old. The younger you start potty-training your Labrador Retriever, the better as he can adapt to the routine you set for him faster.
Set a crate for your Labrador Retriever.
You shouldn’t allow your Lab to wander just about anywhere; else potty-training can become extra difficult. Providing a crate for your puppy can provide him a place that he can mark as his territory. Dogs naturally do not mess with their sleeping area, so the crate is safe. When you choose a crate, though, you have to be sure that it is not too big nor too small for your dog. A very small crate can be stressful for the growing body of your Lab and a crate too big would leave too much space for the dog to do his potty business.
Have a feeding schedule for your Labrador retriever.
Having a set time to feed your Lab allows you to calculate when the puppy will take a potty. Labrador retrievers can digest food very fast in only about 5 to 30 minutes after they eat so you can expect them to defecate afterwards. When your dog is rapidly growing from the second to the sixth month, you have to feed him for about four times a day, and you wouldn’t want to clean up after his mess this many times a day, right? Thus, you must strictly observe the feeding time.
Stick to a potty routine for your Labrador retriever.
Just as you have to keep to a feeding schedule, you also need to stick to a potty routine which can take for quite a long time. The first thing you have to set is the place for your puppy to do its business. For most, that would be the garden to avoid making the whole house smell. As I have said before, Labrador Retriever puppies are animals of habit, so they are likely to go potty in a place that they have pooped or peed before.
Aside from the place for potty, you also have to set specific times of the day when your Lab can take his potty. If you have just started potty training, this would mean a lot of trial-and-error on your part. You have to know the intervals between your Lab’s potty sessions. For a two months old puppy, this would mean taking them out every thirty minutes and waiting for them to do their business before eventually letting them in. This interval is so short because your Lab’s bladder is so small compared to its body which means it can only hold little pee. Eventually, though, these intervals will get longer as the Lab grows old for a less hassle on your part.
Finally, another addition to your routine should be to make a sound or say a word which will signal that your dog can take a potty. For instance, you can say “Pee, puppy” and over time, your dog will learn to associate it with the act of pooping and peeing. That is how smart your Labrador retriever is!
Reward your Labrador Retriever for doing the right thing.
Labrador retrievers are very lovable dogs, and they would always want to please you. So patting his head, rewarding him with a treat or praising him after a successful potty would go a long way to encourage good behavior from your Labrador.
Deal with accidents without punishing your Labrador Retriever
There are times when you might have to deal with accidents, such as when you overslept and missed the potty time of your Labrador Retriever so your puppy had peed on the carpet instead. In occasions such as this, you shouldn’t punish your dog by hurting him because the tendency is your puppy will become afraid of you and will most likely distant with you. Your solution would be to clean the mess made by your Labrador retriever very thoroughly and remove all the traces of the pee. That way, he wouldn’t pee on the same spot again.
Raising a Labrador Retriever and potty training him can be a lot of work. But with dedication, consistency, commitment and love for your dog, I am sure you will be successful on your quest to teach him where he must do his
For more information on Potty Training your Labrador Retriever, be sure to read my other post on : The How To: Guide To Potty Train Your Labrador Retriever. As we believe not just potty training is important but all training to ensure easy living with your Labrador Retriever. Have a look at our Labrador Retriever Training Section.
Good Luck with your Lab Training and write back to let us know how your training is progressing