We're considering getting an 11 week old lab as a family dog. What suggestions do you have for potty training? When did you lab become potty trained? When were you able to stop taking him out in the middle of the night? Did you take him to the same place in the yard to do his business and did he continue going there on his own?
We picked Sammi up at 8 wks. I think she maybe had 4 accidents in the house. She was completely potty trained by 10wks. Between her being crate trained and the breeder training them while she had the pup's it was pretty dang easy. We were lucky!
I got Bentley from the pound completly potty trained at 6 months. Tracker my sette rmix is 3 months and i can now leave him out of his crate with no problems. Now with the whole get up in the middle of the night thing. It may depend on the dog. Tank whines sometimes to go out in the mddle of the night and Trackers does almost all the time. Bentley barely whines at night. If you take them to the same place everytime in the yard they should go their aftera bit. treats work wonders with potty training
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I got Lucy at 8 weeks, and only had to take her out in the middle of the night for the first 3 nights. She was potty trained in the crate immediately, not one accident in the crate. Several accidents in the house for the first couple of weeks, but by 12 weeks pretty much accident free. I did take her out VERY frequently for the first couple of months!! Anytime she pauses near the door I let her out! She is almost 6 months now, and has had the occasional pee (every couple of weeks) in the house - it's almost like she was preoccupied and forgot that she had to go!
Tilly, Feb.11, 2003
Lucy, Oct. 24, 2010
Debi and Bauer
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alot will depend on:
- the individual puppy (some simply catch on quicker, some have less bladder control than others...),
- on how diligent you are at supervising the puppy and taking them outside AND
- if you have to leave them crated all day long while you are at work and cannot have a dog walker/friend/family let them out (they simply cannot hold it in so you will have to give them space to go in their crate/bed which will delay house training)
- what their habits are now as the puppy is 11 weeks (ask whoever has the puppy NOW what they are doing, if they have started the work that is great, if not, it may take you longer as the puppy has started the habit). The worst example is a puppy from a pet store that is used to going in their "home" (their kennel) so you are retraining something already learned.
But the more diligent you are at supervising and taking the puppy out the fewer accidents a dog will have and the quicker they will catch on.
Charlie (foster) and Rocky
Tucker was completely housetrained by 5 months...sam also.
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I got Saba at 11 weeks. I remember it was Friday and the following Wednesday (5 days later) was his last accident at home. But it was with constant watching, training and lots of potty breaks outside. Every dog is different and some catch on quicker than others.
I would say Bailey was 95% potty trained at 4 months, she had 2 pee accidents I think she just got distracted and forgot to ask to go. And 100% potty trained by 5 months. Just be consistent take her out of crate and right outside to same place to potty every time. If the pup goes they get time outside their crate if they don't pew back in their crate and try again in 15 mins, they will learn quickly going outside gets them opportunity to play in their house. Bailey only needed to go out once during the night and that was the very first night we brought her home at 8 weeks. After first night she slept through night 10-5 with no accidents in her crate ever.