Potty Training A Lab Puppy

How to potty train a Labrador puppy


You want to start potty training your child as soon as possible. It might seem like a difficult task as well. I’ll provide you with a ton of knowledge and training advice in this article to help you as you go through the potty training process.

Is potty training required?

You might question whether housetraining your puppy is actually necessary before starting the laborious process. A puppy will surely figure this out on its own, right?
The puppy might figure it out if you live in a tiny house and she has constant access to the outside. This is not uncommon, though. Your puppy only understands that she needs to use the restroom. Your puppy will typically just walk away from her sleeping area and go because labradors don’t like to relieve themselves close to where they sleep. She isn’t even concerned if this is happening inside the house or outside in the yard.
Potty training is therefore required if you want your puppy to learn to relieve herself outside rather than inside the house. Starting this training as soon as possible will help you prevent future accidents and keep your carpet clean.

What Equipment Is Required for Toilet Training?

There are many supplies that can help you with potty training. Some of these are necessities, while others will depend on the methods you pick.

A collar and leash

Undoubtedly, essential items include a leash and a collar. Your puppy must eventually be trained to walk on a leash. Your young puppy will likely go potty and be prepared to return inside when that time comes. She will want to run as soon as she starts to feel more at ease. She should be on a leash so you can quickly lead her to her designated potty area.

One Crate

For a variety of reasons, a crate is essential. In addition to being a place where you can keep your puppy safe, it can also be an excellent potty-training aid. This will be what your puppy considers to be her safe area. There are other options you can consider if you have problems with crates.

Puppy dividers or pens

Any kind of barrier can be very helpful, even though it’s not necessary. Keeping your puppy in one room or area really helps. Your puppy can have a safe place to run away from trouble by using barriers and gates.

Newspapers or Puppy Pee Pads

When your puppy is unable to go outside, this provides a backup designated area where she is allowed to relieve herself. Although newspapers are less expensive, I personally prefer the pee pads so that I don’t get newsprint all over my hands.

Dog waste bags

When your puppy poos, there is a quick and easy way to clean up. Many parks and dog walking areas require these as necessities.


When your puppy relieves herself when and where she should, you can use this as a reward.

Cleaning Supplies

When the puppy has accidents, you want a cleaner that gets rid of the smell of urine and cleans your carpet. We really enjoy using Nature’s Miracle. It’s important to get rid of the urine smell from your carpets and floors. Your puppy will believe she can go potty there again if she detects any urine odor in your home. As much as possible, you want to clean up accidents. I jokingly said to my family, “We should have purchased paper towels and Nature’s Miracle stock when we adopted our puppy.”

A sheet of tarp (tarp)

A room with tile or linoleum floors would be ideal for your puppy’s safe area because they are easy to create. A tarpaulin sheet (or tarp) might be useful if you don’t have access to a location like that. To protect your carpet or floor, place this underneath the puppy’s area.


This will make you find any missed urine in your house so you can thoroughly clean it up. Although I don’t personally own one of these, I can see how they might be useful, particularly if your puppy consistently has accidents in the same place.

When should potty training start?

As soon as you bring your new puppy home, you should start. In this area, you ought to take your puppy to her bathroom and wait there until she relieves herself. The faster your puppy urinates outside, the faster she will learn that this is where you want her to go.The lowest number of accidents is what you want to avoid. The fewer accidents there are in the house, the less likely she will be to go where she shouldn’t because puppies like to go where they have already urinated.

How Frequently Should I Take My Puppy Outside?

is frequently the best response to this. Your puppy will need to go potty many times a day. She will quickly learn that going outside to relieve herself is what she is supposed to do if you take her out to pee more frequently.
You absolutely need to take your puppy for walks several times each day. As follows:
  1. Immediately after waking up from any sleep period
  2. After she eats something
  3. Following her playtime
  4. Just before she turns out for the evening,
You should take your puppy out every 30 to 60 minutes, depending on her age and ability to control her bladder. It will take some careful observation and some trial-and-error to determine the intervals. Take your puppy outside after 30 minutes the next time. If you waited 45 minutes and she had an accident. Similarly, you can probably wait 45 minutes if you take her outside every 30 minutes, but occasionally she just wanders and doesn’t go potty.
Keep an eye out for the signs your puppy gives you that she needs to go potty. She may be sniffing the ground or walking in circles, as you may have noticed. Your puppy may occasionally whine, bark, or display other signs of agitation. These can also be indicators if you notice her moving toward the door or a distant corner. Take your puppy outside to relieve herself if you notice any of these signs. False alarms may occur from time to time, but it’s better to be safe than to have to clean up after an accident.
Your main objective should be to take your puppy as frequently as you can. She will become more aware that this is where she is supposed to go as she relieves herself outside more frequently. Don’t lose your cool; be patient. This phase won’t last indefinitely. She will eventually be trained to use the toilet, improve her bladder control, and be able to go longer intervals between outings.

The Basics of Potty Training

Potty training is primarily intended to keep your home tidy and to teach your puppy where to relieve herself. Labradors prefer a clean sleeping area. To relieve themselves, the majority of Labs will move as far away from their resting area as they can. Sadly, your puppy also has a small bladder and is still learning how to control it.
This training period can be made simpler by three fundamental factors:
  1. A Particular Bathroom
  2. Keeping Your Puppy at Home
  3. routines

Specific bathroom locations

Both inside and outside should be set aside for your puppy’s designated potty area. You will need to set up an indoor spot in addition to her primary outdoor potty area. Your puppy will need a place to relieve herself inside if you have to leave her alone for more than a few hours.
You might try to train your puppy to go potty in the same spot outside each time. This can make it easier to remove her waste and limit any areas where you might have lawn burn, which are bare or yellow patches of area brought on by the nitrogen in your puppy’s urine. If you want to prevent the smell of dog urine from entering your house, make sure the spot where you train your puppy to relieve itself is not near any windows or doors. Additionally, you’ll want to keep it away from any areas where your kids frequently play. The best way to train for this is to take your puppy outside and lead her to the same spot each time.
It’s not necessary to train your puppy to only use one spot. With three dogs, it is easier for us to let them roam free in the backyard. The most important thing is to make sure you clean up their mess afterward. The puppy will stop using a particular spot if there are too many messes there.
The majority of people must also consider the space for indoor restrooms. It can be challenging to confine your puppy’s training to the outside of the house. An indoor bathroom will be required if you need to run errands or leave the house for a few hours. If you want a room that is easy to clean, choose one with a tile or linoleum floor instead of a carpet.
There are a few different indoor restroom options available to you. Newspapers, pee pads, or even turf boxes are options. Newspaper, because of its low cost, can be used over a larger area without incurring significant expense.Urine can run off the edges and make a mess because it is not very absorbent. It’s also fairly simple for your puppy to chew on or tear apart. Additionally, you risk getting newsprint all over your hands.
The material used to make puppy pads is more absorbent. In order to keep the pad in place, we actually purchased a large cookie sheet to place it on. But the fact that your puppy can still chew on or tear them presents a similar problem.
The term “turf box” means exactly what it says. These boxes typically have a box underneath them for pee to drain into and have a lawn area on top of real or artificial turf. Turf boxes are an expensive option that should only be considered if you don’t have easy access to an outdoor bathroom.

Limiting Your Puppy

As I mentioned in my article, it is important to set up a safe, secure place for your puppy. You can use a corral or exercise pen instead of a room to which you have a gate to keep her confined.
This is important for a number of reasons:
  1. It provides her with a personal space.
  2. It might help her avoid trouble.
  3. It can contain any accidents that occur during potty training.
There will inevitably be times when you must leave your puppy unattended. You might need to use the restroom, go to work, or run errands. You need a place where your puppy can leave during these times that is safe, where she can’t chew up your belongings or furniture, where accidents are confined, and where it will be easy to clean up after them.
You shouldn’t let your puppy run the house unattended while you are potty training. She is still unsure of when it is appropriate and inappropriate to use the restroom. She might view a lot of the house’s rooms as potential potty areas because they are located far from her bedroom. Keep her confined and teach her where she can and cannot go. Your carpets will stay cleaner, and she’ll learn more quickly if you do this.

Plans and Routines

When it comes to potty training, schedules and routines are very helpful. Puppies will learn when it’s time to go outside to relieve themselves if you stick to a fairly regular schedule.
This is basically the schedule we currently follow with our 12-week-old puppy. Every time she wakes up, we take her outside to relieve herself. After that, we have time set aside for play (sometimes with me and sometimes on her own). She usually starts to feel restless after about 30 minutes. I’ll know it’s time to take her outside once more when that happens. It’s time for another nap after she uses the restroom, because she typically starts tired afterward. From this time on, the schedule is repeated, with feedings added as needed. She usually needs to go potty about 10 minutes after she eats, so if I feed her, I usually take her out again.
Additionally, it is crucial to eat consistently. She usually goes to the bathroom on time when she eats regularly. Your puppy’s age will determine how many times you feed her each day. It might happen two to four times per day. You can inquire with your veterinarian about the ideal times to feed your puppy.
You should feed your puppy a nutritious food that contains little filler. Fillers cause her to go more frequently because they tend to pass through her system quickly. High-nutrient puppy food will be more readily digested and absorbed by the puppy’s body. There will be fewer bathroom breaks as a result.
Throughout the day, make sure your puppy has easy access to water. Make sure she has access to water. Nevertheless, it is also a good idea to remove her water bowl from her sleeping area about two hours before she goes to sleep for the night. If you don’t, she will have free access to her water bowl and have to go to the bathroom all night long.
I am aware that it is impossible to stick to a strict schedule every day. There will be things that interfere with life as it goes on. Potty training will go more quickly if you just try to keep the puppy on a fairly regular schedule.

Four training methods to consider

You can potty train your puppy using one of four strategies:
  1. crate conditioning
  2. Constant Watchfulness
  3. Paper Training
  4. Tethering
You might decide to try two or more of these methods. For us, this was the situation. Find what works for you and your puppy the best, then stick to it.

1. crate conditioning

When training your puppy, crates can be very helpful. The majority of puppies, and even adult dogs, prefer the safety of their crate when they must be left alone.
You want a crate that is just large enough for your puppy to stand up, turn around, and lay down in when you’re using it to help potty-train them. By using a crate as a potty-training tool, you are utilizing the Labrador’s innate desire to keep her sleeping space tidy. A large crate should be avoided. She might simply move to the far end of the crate if it’s too large and relieve herself there.
You will add crate time right after play time using the basic schedule I mentioned earlier in this article: sleep, potty time, play time, and outdoor time (adding feedings as needed). Your puppy should only be kept in the crate for about 10 minutes at first before being let out to use the restroom. She will learn to control her bowels by being in the crate. As she gets older and is able to hold her pee longer, you can lengthen the time she spends in the crate.
Make sure you remain in the same room with her when you first place her in the crate while carrying on with your daily activities. As long as you don’t fuss over her or engage her excessively, she will quickly get used to this situation.
Never keep a puppy in a crate for too long; doing so may force her to relieve herself, which will stress her out and leave a mess.

2. Constant Watchfulness

Constant supervision should be fairly obvious. It implies that you keep an eye on the puppy at all times and take her outside whenever you notice any indication that she needs to relieve herself. This kind of training will be a little simpler if you adhere to the schedule mentioned earlier, because it will give you a general idea of when your puppy needs to go potty. Additionally, your puppy will be easier to watch over if you keep her in a small area.
This method will only work if you are always at home. However, constantly being on guard can be exhausting. Supervision is a part of every potty training plan, but it usually works best when it is combined with other methods.

3. Paper Training

Many people use this method frequently, especially if they have to work during the day. To use this method, keep pee pads or newspaper in a large portion of your puppy’s area. These should be kept apart from the areas where people sleep and eat. When your puppy needs to go, you then encourage her to do so on the paper.
This can be rather unpleasant and odorous, but it can also be quite efficient. You can make the area smaller as your puppy becomes accustomed to using the paper. If your puppy is about 6 months old and can control her bowels for the entire day, if you only use this method, you will need to retrain her to relieve herself outside.
Most people combine this strategy with other techniques to ensure that the puppy has a place to relieve herself when you have to leave her alone for a while.

4. Tethering

Umbilical training is another name for tethering training. This method entails tethering your puppy to you at all times. She follows you everywhere you go because you are always connected to her by a leash. This prevents her from wandering and peeing inside your home. Additionally, it helps you see every sign that she might need to leave, guaranteeing that you will never be in the dark about an accident.
This method will keep you physically restrained throughout the entire potty-training process and is obviously time-consuming. However, because errors are discovered quickly, it can also be very effective. Because most Labradors won’t like this method, they might pick it up faster.

What works best?

I believe a mixture is the most effective. We borrow techniques from paper training, constant watchfulness, and crate training. We sometimes use our puppy’s safe place instead of the actual crate to confine animals. Although not constantly, we supervise. When we have to leave the puppy alone, we also use papers. You will find the training that works best for you if you keep the fundamentals in mind, such as consistent routines and denying your puppy free run of the house.

How Should Accidents Be Handled?

Accidents are bound to happen. The most important thing to keep in mind is that your puppy is not acting inappropriately; rather, she is still figuring out what is appropriate. Don’t scold her or make fun of her. Both of these are useless.
Your puppy needs to know that having an accident is unacceptable behavior, and you need to show her the appropriate behavior as soon as you see it. Point to the area and sternly tell her, “no.” Take her outside to her supposed location right away. In order to keep her safe while you clean up the mess, you should put her in her crate when you bring her inside.
All spills must be thoroughly cleaned with the right cleaner. A puppy is compelled to urinate in the same spots that she has done before. You must remove all traces of urine because she has an acute sense of smell. Nature’s Miracle is what we use, and it consistently works well for us.
Take the accident’s time for a while. Were you not paying close enough attention to her? Had she gone too long without going outside? Had she recently eaten? Are you giving her too much freedom? If there’s anything you need to change about your routine or schedule,
There isn’t really anything you can do if you find an accident in the house but the puppy did not catch it. She won’t understand your correction if you try to correct her because it will be too long after the behavior. Just thoroughly clean it up and keep a closer eye on her.
When you correct your puppy, try not to startle or frighten her. She might become too anxious as a result of this to urinate in front of you, lengthening the time it takes for you to go outside.

If I Work During the Day, How Do I Potty Train?

You can still potty train your puppy if you have to work full- or part-time and leave them alone for a few hours.Simply put, it will take more effort.
You must first understand that a puppy cannot be crated for that long. She’ll eventually have to go, and she’ll do it in her crate. She won’t be able to get food or water either.
As we’ve already mentioned, you need to provide your pet with a secure and safe area. This might be a corral or a closed-off room. Both she and the rest of your house will be safe as a result.
Her bed, food, and water should occupy half of this area. She should be able to relieve herself on the other half, which should be covered with papers or pads. You will be able to remove some of the papers as she ages and develops better bowel control because she won’t need to go as frequently.
When you are at home, spend a lot of time with her and take her outside to use the restroom when necessary so that she can begin to learn to do so as well. Before you leave for work and right after you get home, you should also take her for a walk.
Having someone come by to feed her, take her outside, and play with her a couple of times a day is a great idea if you can. You can either hire a dog sitter or ask a friend or member of your family to help.

How Can I Train to Go Potty at Night?

The potty training process must include this step. Don’t skip this step, even though you might be tempted to. Your puppy is unable to hold it all night. Just yet, her bladder isn’t ready to do this. You should only need to get up once because she typically needs to pee less during the night.
Prior to going to sleep, your puppy shouldn’t eat for three hours and shouldn’t drink anything for about two hours. Make sure you take her outside to use the restroom just before she goes to bed. Then set an alarm for about four hours from now. For instance, if you go to bed at 11:00 PM, set your alarm for 3:00 AM.
It should be peaceful and quiet during this late-night bathroom visit. Take her for a walk and encourage her to go. When she does, compliment her in a soft voice. Bring her back inside and put her to bed immediately. Play time and treats should be avoided. She will anticipate that every night if you do.
Get up earlier the following night if she has an accident the first time you try this. To see if it helps, try waking up 30 minutes earlier. Once your puppy is able to sleep through the night without having an accident, you can gradually start setting your alarm for 15 minutes later. While each puppy’s timetable will be different, most puppies are able to sleep through the night without having accidents by the time they are 16 weeks old.
It is especially important to avoid accidents if your puppy spends the night in a crate, because once she starts to soil in the crate, it could develop into a habit.

Command Peeing

Although teaching your puppy to urinate on command is optional, it may come in handy if you need her to do so quickly.
Select a command or brief phrase that is not commonly used in your house. Make sure that your puppy is using the phrase and that everyone is aware of it. Our family uses the rapid-fire, upbeat phrase, “Quick! Quick!”
Wait until your puppy is about to urinate before using your chosen words. If you keep doing this for a few weeks, she should begin to associate those words with going potty.
Once she does this, you can use the phrase as a command for her to go. This can be helpful before bedtime or when you are getting ready to head out the door. Because they enjoy being outside, labradors will be tempted to spend a lot of time sniffing around and exploring. She will know to do her business immediately if she uses your command.
You shouldn’t use a phrase that is frequently said in your home because doing so may cause your puppy to urinate, leaving you with a mess to clean up.

Leash-Assisted Potty Training

You might be wondering what potty training has to do with a leash. When your puppy is young, going potty is not too easy. She has very little bladder control, so all you need to do is take her outside, and she will urinate. But in a few weeks, she’ll be able to hold off longer before having to go, and then she’ll decide it’s time to start exploring the yard. Long potty breaks may result from this, and occasionally she may even forget to go. Additionally, some puppies develop the ability to hold their poop on purpose in order to prolong their time outside. She can be guided to the bathroom and prevented from wandering off if you have her on a leash.

How can I tell when I’m finished?

The short answer is when your puppy hasn’t had an accident in a few weeks, you’ll know you’re finished. By about 6 months of age, the majority of puppies are fully potty-trained.
Stay patient. Every puppy is unique, and some pick things up more quickly than others. Additionally, especially if your puppy is under 6 months old, don’t assume that she is potty-trained just because she hasn’t had any accidents in a few weeks. Being fully trained takes time. There are times when a puppy will revert or appear to have forgotten her training. Return to your potty training schedule and be ready for these situations.

Final Reflections

Keep in mind that this phase won’t last forever. Potty training will go more smoothly if you put more effort into it at first. Be on the lookout and watchful. Your puppy’s learning process will be accelerated if she has fewer accidents inside. Maintain your routines and be aware of the cues your puppy gives you. You’ll soon have a fully trained puppy if you are persistent and patient, which will help the training stick.