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Facts About Labrador Potty Training

Aug 26, 2008
There are few things more fun than bringing a new puppy home to meet the family. However, excitement soon wanes when that adorable bundle of fuzz goes to the bathroom on your carpet. The first type of training that generally takes place between a new dog owner and his puppy is housebreaking, so educating yourself as to the finer points of Labrador potty training will be valuable information to have prior to brining your new dog home from the breeder.

The process of Labrador potty training basically revolves around teaching your dog the appropriate spot to go to the bathroom. This is generally the backyard for most dog owners, but it may also be papered corner of the kitchen if your dog will be spending time in that room as well. The first step is to get your puppy to go to the bathroom when you put him in the appropriate spot. The next step will be to get your dog to let you know that he needs to go potty by heading to his spot or to the back door.

Many dog owners find the easiest way to Labrador potty training is through the use of a crate. This shelter becomes a safe haven for your dog when you are away or cannot give him the attention that he requires. Most dogs will not potty in their crates, which means that your pup will learn to hold it until you come get him to put him outside. This is a good first step in Labrador potty training.

Remember that for young puppies, this process will need to be repeated every hour or two, since little bladders cannot hold on for very long. As your dog gets older, you will be able to extend that amount of time to overnight and longer periods during the day.

If you catch your pup in the act of going potty on your carpet or in another inappropriate spot, simply give him a firm no, and immediately take him outside. If you find a spot on the carpet after the fact, clean it up quickly and thoroughly with an enzymatic carpet cleaner that will take the smell out completely.

Don't scold your pup at this point, because he will not remember where the mess came from, even if it is a mere five minutes after the fact! When your puppy potties in the right spot, reward him with plenty of praise, playtime or a biscuit.

Use an enzymatic carpet cleaner designed to eliminate pet stains. If you are fortunate enough to catch your pup in the act, a firm no and a quick trip to the appropriate spot should get the message across.

No matter how long it takes your puppy to get the hang of Labrador potty training, rest assured that you and your dog will eventually find success.
About the Author
About the author: Brooke Sunderland is a passionate lover of the Labrador and owns a popular website where you'll discover how to have a happy, healthy and well behaved Labrador. Among other topics there, you can also learn all about Labrador Potty Training plus a whole lot more.
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