How to Train a Labrador to Poop Outside

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1-2 Weeks
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Introduction

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.

Defining Tasks

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.

Getting Started

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.

The Puppy Pad Method

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Find an area indoors
Place the puppy pad in an area indoors where your Lab can regularly have access to it.
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Adapt to the pad
Introduce your dog to the pad with treats. Let him sniff and explore it.
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Reward for use
Once he uses the pad, reward your dog with plenty of treats and praise. He should know that using the pad to go to the bathroom is what you want him to do.
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Move the pad towards the door
Day by day, start moving the puppy pad towards the door. Make the move subtle enough that your dog does not really notice and uses the pad anyway.
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Transition to outdoors
Place the pad right outside the door and then gradually move it out onto the grass or other area where you want your dog to relieve himself. Continue to reward for using the pad outdoors.
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Remove the pad entirely
Once he is reliably using the pad in the outdoor spot, try removing the pad entirely and allowing him to go directly outside. Reward generously the first few times he relieves himself outdoors without the use of the pad.
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The Command Method

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Determine a verbal command
Find a word or phrase that will always be used for bathroom time. A popular one is ‘go potty’ but you can use whatever you think will work best for your dog.
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Take note of your dog’s habits
Keep an eye on when your Lab uses the bathroom. If she’s showing signs that she may need to go soon, that’s when you need to move!
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Use the leash and head outside
Place the leash on her and take your dog out to the designated bathroom spot. The leash is used to keep her focused on the area you want her to use.
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Wait for the perfect moment
Wait until she squats to use the bathroom. Don’t use your command before that.
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Use the command
As soon as she begins to use the bathroom, use the command and reward with plenty of treats once she’s done.
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Practice
Start practicing several times a day. Eventually, your dog will equate the verbal command with the act and be able to go as soon as you tell her to.
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The Schedule Method

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Write down your dog’s bathroom times
Make note of when your dog usually needs to use the bathroom. Usually, this may come after meals, after naps or in the morning, and maybe a few times throughout the day.
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Adjust your dog’s feeding schedule
Most dogs have to relieve themselves after a meal. Try adjusting your Lab’s meal times to have better control over when he may use the bathroom.
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Go out morning and night
Take your dog out every morning after waking up and every night before bed. This will offer him opportunities to use the bathroom at these times.
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Go out after meals
About ten to fifteen minutes after a meal, take your Lab out to use the bathroom.
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Repeat every day
Repeating these set bathroom times every day will help regulate your dog’s system and make him more reliable when it comes to using the bathroom. Switching the schedule up may throw him off, so be consistent and regular.
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