It is a usual reaction of pet owners to interrupt whenever we see our puppies about to eliminate in areas of the house or lawn other than in the designated area. Saying or doing something that can distract the puppy like clapping the hands loudly to startle it and stop it from actually eliminating may help. You may then pick up the puppy and carry it to the designated toilet area. If your dog is not that small anymore, you can take the dog’s collar and lead it out to the actual defecation and voiding spot. However, there will always be times when they are unable to hold their bladder before reaching the designated area, thus you should be prepared for this circumstances. Never try to shout or scare it off for it can instill fear in your puppy. A dog is very sensitive to the tone and the volume of your voice, thus, when it has committed a mistake use a firm but friendly voice to avoid scaring it off. Use a loud voice but make it a friendly command. Then wait patiently as your dog eliminates. This is a subtle way of telling him that he has committed a mistake but it is perfectly alright with you.
However, some of the old ways of pet house training involved punishment whenever the animal commits mistakes or does not do as he is supposed to do. Even little puppies were punished if they break rules and do not understand simple instructions. But as modern training, principles, and studies revealed that such practice does not elicit positive response after all, many have shifted to more humane methods of discipline and training.
So if it is your job to make the Labrador Retriever learn how to keep his functions of elimination in control and do it in the appropriate venue, you need to have tons of patience and tolerance. It is not that easy and quick to train even the most well-bred canine, especially if they are yet three months old or younger. If you fail to catch your dog showing some signs that he is about to poo or pee, accidents can happen. In order to avoid getting frustrated, learn to look at the situation as a positive learning experience. This will teach you next time to be more watchful of your pet’s actions.
Using punishment is no longer considered an effective house training approach as most animals will run away and hide to avoid the punishment. Punishment leads the dog to more hiding and only indicates more punishment. This can become a vicious cycle that can become a dangerous practice in the long run. While it is not advisable to punish your dog physically, you can firmly instruct and show your displeasure to the dog, but be gentle.
Instead of using punishment as a consequence of a mistake, just be more vigilant and watchful over your dog so that you can anticipate and assist the puppy’s toilet training needs. Simply directing your puppy may not be as effective as when you lead it to the designated potty training area consistently and routinely. This will establish and impress on the dog the proper and designated potty area. With corresponding reinforcement and praises, your dog will surely learn the essentials in the training. It has been observed that without punishment, most dogs have responded well to housetraining.
So what shall you do when messy accidents happen? Expert trainers believe that dog’s feces and urine have a unique smell that will easily be recognized by dogs. Bringing a puppy that did not pee or poo in the designated area to the designated toilet area, can help them realize that their scent is present in a place where they freely relieve themselves. It is for this reason that you need to keep all other areas as clean and free from any feces and urine as possible. Let those scent be distinct and confined in the potty training area alone.
Remember, spanking, shaking, or scaring the puppy away may not have the desired effects in house training. Punishment, in fact, creates confusion and may be counterproductive to training. So keep your cool, and learn ways to make all those mess and accidents work in your favor.