Did you just find another puddle in your house? Or did you walk into the living room and discover a pile of poop? Do you feel like you are spending all your time taking the dog outside or cleaning up messes in the house? You are not alone, but you do not need to be in this situation. Learn how to house train a Black Lab. Your Black Lab puppy can be fully house trained and you can be free of cleaning up “accidents” all the time.
But remember, housebreaking, like all other types of dog training, involves positive reinforcement. Learn how to deal with accidents appropriately without hitting your dog or “making a big deal” out of it.
Puppies under six months of age are not fully developed and will have trouble being able to hold their urine and feces. However, if you learn to know when they are likely to potty, you can anticipate their needs and get them out to a potty place at the right time.
It is important for your Black Lab to have an established routine and for you to be consistent in your expectations of him. The easy way to look at the routine you need to establish is that any time there is a break during the day or a change of direction in your Black Lab’s day, take him to his potty place.
The five keys to your success are:
- When your Black Lab gets up, take him to the potty place.
- Feed your dog on a regular schedule which will eventually be twice a day, about 10-12 hours apart. After he eats or drinks anything, take him to the potty place.
- After your dog plays or exercises, take him to the potty place.
- Withhold water for two to four hours before your dog goes to bed.
- Just prior to going to bed, take him to the potty place
Do you know . . .
- You can teach your dog to eliminate on command?
- A proper fence is important for housetraining?
- You can learn to understand your dog’s body language and know when he is ready to eliminate?
- The three most common housebreaking problems?
- 7 steps to successful housetraining?
Housetraining your Black Lab puppy is not an easy job, but TrainPetDog.com can help.