“What an awful smell,” Ken lamented one morning on his way to work. In my everyday cleaning, I had searched the house with no luck. The smell was stingy to the nose. Kiki our dog was barely one week old when we noticed the smell. She had an appetite for a king. Eating everything from our breakfast bacon to puppy food and treats to a point I had to ration her portions.
This weekend we had agreed with Ken to turn the house upside down as we were tired of the awful smell. As we came close to the sofa near the corner the smell became stronger. We pushed the sofa and “walah ha-ha” Kiki had turned the place behind it into her toilet. She relieved herself there. It was time for potty training. Funny at least as a puppy she knew how to hide when doing her bathroom calls. She had a designed place she preferred and there is where we placed her potty.
This experience opened our eyes, we should have potty trained her when she first arrived. This could have saved us the one-week ordeal of the awful smell. Here we will give tips on potty training to make your life easy as a new dog owner.
Potty training ensures your dog is able to empty his bowels in a designated place not on the house floor everywhere or behind the furniture. You want your house clean and tidy hence do the training when the puppy arrives. We have three steps for potty training. It can be done outdoor or indoor with a suitable crate.
Steps on how to potty train your Labrador puppy
- Toilet area should be established within 8-9 weeks.
Set a specific area for your puppy to pee and poop. The area can be indoor or outdoor. You can be taking your puppy to the yard to relieve itself severally anytime when its bladder is full and with time it will always go to the same spot.
If you prefer indoors you can use a crate or a corner in the house that has a washable floor to clean always.
Crate training is introduced gradually after the puppy has settled in your home. Do not leave your puppy for so long in the crate. If it wets its beddings and you are not around it might develop a problem of bedwetting which is not our objective. We would advise you do crate training when you are around. You can time your puppy who might want to pee after every thirty minutes or after a drink. Get a good and comfortable crate in terms of size. You do not want your puppy to be squeezed up.
- Self-control technique should be done within 10-12 weeks.
As much as your puppy is used to peeing it need to be shown how to self-control. It should just pee in the areas agreed on not everywhere in the house or yard. Make sure your puppy gets to the designated toilet place and not wet on himself. Continue escorting and supervising your puppy to the yard to pee after an hour if you see its forgetting, to avoid wetting himself.
- Extend the designated clean zone, this can be done after 3-6 months.
By now your puppy is used to peeing in the designated toilet area after several hours. The bathroom trips are not as frequent as at stage 1. Now you are ready to introduce your puppy to your other home areas and allowing him on your carpet. But be careful and alert because you do not want him to pee on your carpet. If this happens go back to stage 1 and start all over again.
This training will help you if you work long hours as your puppy will not pee in the house. Ensure outdoor training is constant. Let your puppy pee outside and if you are late it won’t mess your house with pee and poop.
Once your puppy has passed the three stages in three months and does not have any more toilet accidents indoors. Can last for hours between visits outside and has good bladder control then you can happily say you have achieved great success in potty training.
Keeping your puppy company when peeing will motivate him to pee outside. It is your duty to encourage him to achieve good potty training.
Do not punish your puppy when it pees indoor just do frequent visits outside when his bladder is full to correct this and wipe the pee quickly and thoroughly. With time it will see how serious you are and adapt to this routine. With these simple tips, potty training does not have to be a hard task for any dog owner.
Pippa Mattinson, thelabradorsite.com , retrieved April 7, 2018.