summersbrook labradors - house training a puppy
.... can be achieved almost as quickly as “you” want to.
 Remember - you’re in charge!

  • The secret - as with most things to do with dogs - is “routine”.
  • Your little puppy is very keen to be “accepted” by you and your pack
  • It needs “you” to show him “how”........you’re the leader.......... got it?
  • So...................................................
  • First thing in the morning...........
  • Every time it wakes up,.................
  • After every meal........................
  • About every hour in between........
  • And last thing at night ................
  • Gently - take your little  puppy - put it on a flower bed - or in amongst the shrubbery and patiently wait....and wait - without playing - until it’s “done”
  • It’ll probably want to do everything twice - they often do.
  • When you’re absolutely sure that it’s finally finished.......give loads and loads and loads of praise...........very,very important!
  • Return to the same place each time, and  it will soon learn the name of the game.
  • (It will also quickly realise that the sooner it’s over - the sooner it gets back inside for a cuddle - and hopefully a biscuit or two!)

Keep this up for a week - or three - or even six - and you should have an almost completely house trained puppy.
Don’t expect it to regularly last all night without having a pee - for at least the first six months.
Please - don’t lose your temper if it makes a “mistake” - it doesn’t work that way.
It will soon get the message, that if it wants your attention, it needs to be good.
You certainly don’t want it to get the idea that a good way to get your attention is to be bad!

A key stage in all this is the first time that it manages to last all night. If you come down one morning and see this - give loads and loads of praise and take it out as usual, still giving loads of praise. If, the next day, you come down to find a mess, just take it out and, when it’s done, give the usual praise - but not so much as on the “successful” morning!

“Think positive - praise for success....ignore for mistakes”

Just in passing ....(sorry!).....
Don’t let it use the lawn - it leaves ugly stains, takes the fun out of mowing - and reduces your chances of being invited to “next door’s” barbecue!

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