Training your Labrador puppy to pee outside is the most important part of your housetraining task. Labrador puppies are very cute. However, these cute puppies can become nuisances unless your train them effectively. They should be trained to pee and poop and keep the house clean at the earliest. Labradors are not stubborn dogs and this makes your housetraining job a lot easier compared to other canine breeds.
So, there are pee marks on your carpet again. Your little bundle of joy just keeps relieving himself on the carpet even though you are regular to take him outdoors after every few hours. What should you do?
How Often Do Puppies Pee?
First, you must recognize how often a small puppy pees. Puppies have small bladders, and this means they need to pee every few hours. They can not hold longer and need to eliminate too quickly. Generally, puppies pee every two to three hours, depending on their age. As they grew older, they develop better bladder control. Until then, you have a task at hand. That means you should take your puppy outside several times a day to make sure he does not eliminate on the carpet or along the hallway.
How To Know If a Puppy is About To Pee or Poop
Usually, puppies feel the urge to pee or poop after their meal. But since they are still puppies and with very small bladders, they need to relieve themselves more often. They may need to go outside to pee and poop in every few hours.
Here are the signs your puppy may show when he is about to pee or poop.
- Sniffing the floor continuously
- Trotting around
- Restlessness is common when the puppy is in a crate
These three signs happen in just a few minutes. These are often so quickly that you may not notice them unless you are observing your puppy for closely. So, you need to be very attentive. Once you see these signs call out your puppy and take him outside immediately.
Some pups do not show these signs at all. However, the lack of signs is not a sign of naughtiness. Many puppies just do not feel that sensation of their bladder filling until they grow a bit older.
Puppy Doesn’t Want To Go Outside!
If your puppy refuses to pee or goes potty outside, there could be a number of reasons behind this.
- Fear: Dogs, in general, feel vulnerable when they poop, especially if left alone in places they find strange. If your puppy is fearful of other animals or sounds, he may resist going outside. The feeling of being abandoned is also another factor.
- Weather: Puppies and even adult dogs may sometimes refuse to pee or poop outside due to cold weather.
- Preference: Your pup may be more comfortable in peeing on the carpet because he is used to it. However, this does not mean you should let him. Some puppies also prefer having grass or anything with the same texture to pee on.
Training Your Labrador Puppy To Pee Outside
Small puppies are fragile and can get easily scared. It is best not to leave your Labrador puppy outside on his own, especially if you do not have a fence around your property, as little pups can be stolen easily.
To train your puppy to pee outside, you have to go out with him. Else, he might just scratch up your door hoping to get back inside and pee on your carpet again.
Your Labrador puppy may need time to get used to the feeling and environment outside before curling up to do his business, so wait and be patient. Be with your Labrador puppy outside and wait until he pees. Then, wait for 10 to 15 minutes more to make sure he empties his bladder completely.
Should You Let Your Puppy Pee, Potty Outside During Cold Days
If the weather is too cold for your puppy to handle, it is best not let him out. Remember, puppies are fragile and can get easily sick in the cold weather. Instead, you can buy a potty trainer that he can use indoors. These potty trainers often come with a grassy cover so your pup should feel comfortable peeing on it.