I am a new owner of an 8 week lab and desparetly need advice on how to get Le Bron from peeing all over the place. The first night home he waited until morning to go outside the house. Now he goes whenever he feels like it even though my 15 yr old daughter and I take turns taking him outside. As for the crying at night, until he is trained I cannot have him out of his training kennel while the rest of the house is sleeping. Help! Please.
Potty training a puppy is always a tedious task! I would suggest to take the puppy outside about every half hour, this will get him used to using the "potty door". Take him to the same spot every time so he gets the hint that he should go potty there and no where else. You can by phermone (sp?) scent, sticks to put in your yard that will trigger the puppys brain to potty there.
if you are unable to watch him, then put him in his crate. Keep a leash on him at all times during the day when you are training him. Don't scold him unless you see him potty. Scolding him after the fact will not work. Never rub his face in the potty and scold him either. He doesn't understand that.
Crate training a puppy is the best idea. But seeing he whines at night when you put him in his crate, get him some chewey toys, a bone, something to keep him occupied. Even a blanket that smells like your family may make him feel more comfortable. Where does he stay in his crate? Dogs are pack animals and he may be scared if he is not near your family. Maybe put his crate next to your bed, hang your hand over the edge so he can sniff it if he feels scared. When I used to live at home, my mom would do this to her golden and he would be calm and sleep all night.
Good luck and post pics when you can, we'd love to see the little guy!!!
Outside evngery half hour Outside after food Outisde after water Outisde after waking Outside after playing Outside if he has been playing for more then 30 minutes
The crate you have to deal with it. It is a pain and can take a while but it is worth it in the end. Puppies at that age can not be unsupervised at all. Put a leash on him and keep track of him, don't give him the oppertunity to make mistakes and it will go easier.
As far as the crate maybe try leaving some "special toys" in there. Toys he shouldn't be allowed to take out so it is a more enjoyable exerience when he is in it.
The first couple days are the worst. The more you can ignore it the better off the training goes. If he starts barking non-stop a squirt gun works well. A squirt and the command "QUIET" usually is effective after a couple times.
Hannah (5 months) could bark forever if I let her. One day I timed her for 40 minutes before I thought I was going to loose my mind. 1 squirt and "Quiet" was all it took.
She tried it again a couple days later and I repeated that and she was quiet. Now all I have to do is say Quiet (no squirt) and she settles right down.
Crates are not bad and should not be used to disclipine your dog. It is for times you are not home, sleeping, or unable to watch your dog (and he is to young to).
Maggie (2 yr) only takes naps or if I need to leave she is in her crate. At night she sleeps in the bed and other times she can handle being out unsupervised (while I am still home).