There are very few things more valuable to a dog owner than a dog who is house trained. Having accidents in the house is never fun, and being able to rely on your dog to use the bathroom outdoors when he has to go can be relieving in more ways than one. Some owners who have smaller or more fragile breeds may find that it takes much more time and effort to convince a stubborn pooch to go outside, especially when it’s cold or raining. Luckily for owners of the always eager to please Labrador Retriever, house training may come much easier.
The Labrador is a lover of the water, doesn’t seem to mind the weather all that much, and is quite content with sniffing around in the grass until it’s time to “go”, though he won’t always know exactly what you expect from him. While it may take your help to get him to understand your expectations for bathroom time the first few training sessions, he’ll be able to pick up on it fairly quickly, leading to a much easier daily routine.
There are multiple ways to teach your Labrador to know that outside is the place to do his business, but the important thing, no matter what method you choose, is consistency. You’ll need to repeat your routine multiple times a day, especially if your pup uses the bathroom a little more frequently than other dogs.
House training should occur as soon as you bring your Lab home with you. Teaching him while he’s still a puppy is ideal, but even the Lab with some previous bad habits will quickly adapt to a new training regimen within a week or two at the most. Don’t expect to skip this crucial part of raising a dog, however, as both you and your carpet may be the ones to suffer. If your Lab is taking a bit longer to pick things up, just remember, house training your pooch is just as important as teaching a small child how to use the toilet. With your help, it can become just another daily routine.
Before getting started, head outside to determine a place where you’d prefer your dog to relieve himself. If you’d rather not have him use the garden as a bathroom, then don’t let him wander alone in the yard! Being able to designate a specific area for his waste will help him adapt to his routine a little better than if he has the whole yard to himself.
Depending on the method being used, you may want to purchase a pack of puppy pads. Otherwise, the only other things that may come in handy are your Lab’s leash and a handful of treats for a reward. Have these on hand when you venture outdoors and be ready to use them to your advantage.