Having as funny and enthusiastic a creature as a Labrador puppy in the home is such a pleasurable experience; however, it may be at times upsetting and tiring when your lovely puppy starts messing around. It is, therefore, crucial that you teach him or her to behave ‘ethically.’
Here are few tips for you to housebreaking your Labrador Puppy:
Set up the Toilet Area
As early as his 8/9 weeks, your puppy needs to learn to empty himself outdoors. Your puppy should familiarize himself with the place in order for him to consider it as his ‘toilet’ place.
This step consists, therefore, in taking your puppy out to the chosen area several times a day. There are specific times where it is advisable to do so, including right after waking up, eating, playing, and every time his bladder is full.
You should keep an eye on him and figure out when his bladder is filling.
How do you know if his bladder is filled?
By measuring how many times, and how much time it takes him to re-empty it. As a general rule of thumb, if he empties himself every 30 minutes, it is more likely that he will need to re-empty 20 minutes later.
In the first few days, you should cuddle him. Once everything is settled, you can move to the crating method.
The crate needs to be appropriately used so as not to harm or abuse your puppy.
As a beginning, it is advisable to leave the crate door open, for him not to feel imprisoned and isolated.
As he starts getting used to his restricted ‘home,’ you can momentarily close the door, but not so long that he starts crying.
During his first nights, keep him by your bed. That way, he will consider the crate as his natural place to be.
As he starts growing up, you can move to the next stage: the crate on command.
Choose a cue word and make sure to be cheerful and lovely when saying it. Then, exercise him into entering the crate by himself. The required technique is as follows: each time your dog enters the box, reward him. Consequently, he will re-enter it willingly, as he seeks the next reward.
It’s vital that your puppy grows up controlling his impulses and instincts, learning to stay still, wait for food, and keep in mind that things can take a while to happen.
Doorway Rushing: The Crating Tactic
Crate your dog, once settled, open the crate door. If he rushes into the doorway, close the door. Repeat these steps over and over again. Each time he tries to flee when opening the door, sit him down. Gradually, your little puppy will learn to control himself.
Waiting for a Meal
Sit your dog down in front of his bowl meal. If he rushes into eating, cover the bowl with your hands. Keep on repeating it until he stops lunging. Then reward him with a meal or snack.