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#5654474 - 03/16/15 11:35 PM Lab pup house training
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We have a 3.5 month pup that am having struggles with house training. He is very smart but just will go whenever and whereever. We spend a lot of time, day and middle of night taking him outside and praising his business. But he will still soil his kennel and our carpet. Any suggestions? Our heeler caught on quick but this fella not so much.
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#5654525 - 03/17/15 05:19 AM Re: Lab pup house training [Re: Halfadozen]
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Make him an outside dog.
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#5654559 - 03/17/15 06:21 AM Re: Lab pup house training [Re: bobcat1]
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Just keep plugging away. At 3.5 months, most pups are still unreliable, and Labs almost never fail to housebreak. It'll happen....eventually.
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#5654744 - 03/17/15 09:04 AM Re: Lab pup house training [Re: Halfadozen]
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#5654864 - 03/17/15 10:28 AM Re: Lab pup house training [Re: Halfadozen]
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Seems like I spend half the day outside when my pups were tiny. The point is The less mistakes they are able to have in the house, the quicker they got the idea. Mine stay within a few feet of me,(most of the time on lead)or crated, and taken outside about every 20 minutes when awake. Make sure your crate is small, and you clean everything with something that takes the urine/poo smell away. Even after I think they are pretty well housebroke, I still take them out a lot. I just slowly up the time I do it by a few minutes a week.
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#5655474 - 03/17/15 06:10 PM Re: Lab pup house training [Re: kindall]
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My dad used to tell me if they poop where they sleep they are idiots. Put them outside.
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#5655523 - 03/17/15 06:39 PM Re: Lab pup house training [Re: Halfadozen]
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Maybe he has a urinary tract infection
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#5656357 - 03/18/15 09:17 AM Re: Lab pup house training [Re: MS1454]
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Originally Posted By: MS1454
Maybe he has a urinary tract infection


True,,, It's worth running him to the vet to find out. It's not uncommon in puppies.

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#5657424 - 03/18/15 06:39 PM Re: Lab pup house training [Re: Halfadozen]
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Do you scold him when he goes inside ?

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#5660920 - 03/20/15 06:54 PM Re: Lab pup house training [Re: Halfadozen]
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if you can catch them in the act, immediately pick the dog up and go outside, sometimes they will get the idea sooner
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#5667588 - 03/24/15 06:20 PM Re: Lab pup house training [Re: Halfadozen]
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If you're using a household cleaner to clean up his messes, it might have ammonia in it, which smells like pee to the dog, so it will keep peeing in the house. The dog-specific cleaners for accidents don't have ammonia and will not smell like pee to the dog.

Labs can be tough but it will happen eventually. The last inside pee we had was after he was house trained, but still young. My buddy brought his female lab over and about 30 seconds into it, while they were still excited over seeing each other and playing, my dog just took a wiz, half like he forgot and half like he was marking. It was odd/funny/frustrating all at once.
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#5668441 - 03/25/15 08:51 AM Re: Lab pup house training [Re: Halfadozen]
ZachW Offline
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The advice to keep him on lead next to you the entire time you're in the house is spot on. He can't handled being on his own in the house so don't give him the opportunity.

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#5674112 - 03/28/15 10:03 PM Re: Lab pup house training [Re: Halfadozen]
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Thanks guys, no UTI. When we catch him in the act inside he is scolded and picked up in put in yard where prior biz has been done. He now understands the command potty time and will go to the door. Just still young and learning control, but getting better. Also changed his feed schedule to mid day so potty time happens outside before he goes kennel at night. His water is outside as well, which give him a reason to go out more often. Now that the weather is better he is happy out side as long as I give him some loving and play time frequently. My heeler is actually helping him learn as well. All in all getting better,, no soiled kennels or carpets this past week.
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#5830802 - 07/13/15 07:44 PM Re: Lab pup house training [Re: Halfadozen]
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Zues is now potty trained! He is kenneled most night (loves it) and if he has the urge in the middle of the night, which is pretty infrequent now, he will let me know with a few quick barks. Have been training him with e-collar the last few months and it is amazing how quickly he has learned commands. He may be a bit young yet for dove season, but has already shown a soft mouth. Would love your advice on your approach to gun training, have heard so many ideas, but am looking for somewhat of a consensus from the pros here.
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#5831406 - 07/14/15 10:16 AM Re: Lab pup house training [Re: Halfadozen]
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Get him in love with retrieving and intro the gun out in the field at a distance. A primer pistol or 22 revolver with blank loads works well for this.
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