Whether you will be training your Labrador as a hunter or simply a good old family dog, the first thing that you need to do is to potty train them. So, is there anything special that needs to be done when potty training a lab puppy? In this article we will discuss how to potty train a lab puppy and give you some tips and tricks to help to do this fast and RIGHT. Let’s discuss!
Are Labs hard to potty train?
While that keen sense of smell your little hunting puppy has can certainly distract them at times, as far as potty training goes you won’t have a lot to worry about. Potty training can begin as soon as you take your puppy home and ideally it should. This means that when you get the little one home you should take them out immediately and show them where you would like them to go. Whether an area you will be walking them in often or simply the backyard, get your puppy to relieve themselves first-thing and give them a treat when they do. Puppies have small bladders and will typically need to go every 2 to 3 hours (or 10 minutes after a meal), so we are going to want to work out a schedule to make sure that puppy doesn’t have any accidents in the house.
How to potty train a Lab puppy fast
We should clarify that when we say ‘fast’ we mean ‘faster than you would otherwise’. Proper technique can sometimes mean that potty training is done in less than a week but it’s going to depend on your dog and your own patience and dedication. Each dog is different so the best thing that you can do is to make sure that you set up a strict schedule so that your puppy quickly learns that they will not have to wait long to go to the bathroom. So, what is a good schedule for potty training a Lab?
How to train a Labrador puppy to potty: Sample schedule
This is just a sample which you can use as a basis for your own Lab puppy’s potty training schedule. This is set at intervals that are designed for an 8 week Lab Puppy.
- 6am – Time to get up! Your puppy will need to go early, so be sure that you don’t sleep in!
- Around 7am – After puppy’s breakfast (approx. 10 minutes) you will want to take your puppy outside again
- 9am – Time for another trip outside
- 11am – Give puppy an early lunch and then 10 minutes after you should take your pup outside. This is a good time to get your puppy to nap
- 1pm – After naptime, another trip outside!
- around 3pm – Time for puppy to eat again and then after 10 minutes, time for a walk outside. Don’t forget to give your pup a treat when they go potty!
- 5pm – Time for a little playtime and potty time outside
- 7pm – Dinnertime. 10 minutes after, time for a potty break and a treat!
- 9pm – Last long walk of the day (but there will be one more quickie!)
- 11pm – One quick trip outside is a good idea
- 2am – *optional* – If you can do it, one late night trip a night for the first 2 to 3 weeks can really help. However, we realize not everyone can do this, so we will discuss another option in the ‘crate training’ section of this article.
How to potty train a Lab : Crate training
The perfect compliment for your schedule is going to be crate training. So, what is crate training? First, you will get a wooden crate or some pet fencing and make a small enclosure for your Lab puppy. Include a small bed, a small water owl, and some toys to keep the little one occupied. Next, you will want to acquire some pee-pads or even
“The perfect compliment for your schedule is going to be crate training.”
better, you can find faux-grass or even real grass mats for potty emergencies. You will place your pup in this crate every night and take them out first thing in the morning. This also doubles as an emergency spot to put your puppy if they are getting underfoot too much while you are trying to get ready for work or in case you need to leave the house to run an errand. While your puppy may be resistant at first, they will get used to it, but during this time you will want to avoid using the crate as punishment. Only use it for sleeping and for errands as a sort of isolated play spot.
Lab potty training tips
Some last minute tips that you will want to follow are as follows.
- Keep your schedule like clockwork – If your puppy learns that they won’t have to ‘hold it’ for long periods of time then they will be more amenable to potty training. So keep to your schedule and as your puppy gets older then you can wait longer between walks.
- Always reward with a treat – Make sure to reward your puppy every time that they go potty outside. This will help to reaffirm their training.
- Clean up ‘accidents’ fast – Your puppy will be more likely to use the bathroom again in the house if they smell poop in one location, so clean up any accidents thoroughly
Some closing words
Today we have discussed how to potty train your Lab puppy quickly and efficiently. We advise patience during this time. Remember that your little one simply cannot hold it for very long periods of time and so the best thing that you can do is make them a schedule and stick to it. Once your Labrador gets used to this schedule you will quickly see results and your pup will be potty trained in no time!