Working With Puppies: Training Lab Puppies
Labrador Retrievers are one of the most popular choices for families who are looking for a medium to large breed dog. Labs are known for their patience, kindness, and loyalty to all members of the family. They are usually not people or dog aggressive and have very even temperaments, making them an especially good choice if you have small children. Of course, not all dogs fit the mold, so be careful when introducing your small children to your new dog and never leave them unattended.
Labs are exceptionally smart dogs. Beginning your training at around eight weeks of age is recommended. First, show him where things are, such as the crate, food and water dishes, the toy basket, and the door to go outside. Use easy and clear words for these things, and before long, he will know exactly what you are talking about.
Since Lab puppies are bigger than lots of other puppies, their bladders will be able to hold more and for a longer time period than many small breed dogs. This means that they will learn potty training easier and earlier. Begin this from the day you bring him home and be consistent; take him out every hour and after you see him eat or drink. With frequent visits outside for potty and extremely lavish praise and treats, your dog will be potty trained in no time.
The key to training your puppy to hold it at night is to keep him crated. Puppies will not eliminate where they rest and sleep. Make sure the crate is only large enough for him to stand up in and turn around comfortably. If it’s too large, he will use one side to go potty and the other side to lie down.