I bought my girlfriend a yellow lab pup for Christmas. His name is Cooper. i've had a pup before so i understand about potty training and teaching tricks. we play with him a lot fetch, tug of war, and general playing around. we thought everything was going as planned.
we basically thought he was potty trained. he wasnt having accidents, he was holding it very well, and were thrilled. then he started having an accident here and there which is no big deal.. now he is like getting lazy? he wont whine to us or go sit by the door anymore... we just find a wet spot or pile.
also he is getting really, really destructive. he plays with his toys while we are here.. but when we leave he wants anything thats not a toy.. and he had never chewed anything that wasnt a toy before.. started with my shoes and work boots. the other night he had to be left home alone for about 1.5 hours. my girlfriend calls me when she got over and he had destroyed our living room. anything that had a cable was chewed up.
He keeps doing things like that when we leave, when he used to just sleep the whole time we were gone. so is he like getting mad at us for leaving and acting out?
the other morning i took him out when we got up (went 1&2), fed him, took him out (went 1). i took a 15 min shower and by the time i was out he had pooped twice in the living room and shredded a lint roller everywhere! i dont understand him
any advice or help would be much appreciated thanks for reading! -Allan
Crate train him.
I agree ! Do a search for crate and you will get a mountain of advice !
He could still be chewing things at 2 years old so now is the time to save your house and make sure he doesn't need an expensive operation to remove a sock or the like !
Make sure that his share of the crate isn't too big as they don't like to poop where they sleep generally !
he's a baby. give him some slack.
have you been giving him more freedom because you thought he was trained? If so THAT is the problem. He is too young to have full control on his bladder at this point. You need to be more vigilant about taking him out regularly AND supervising better. At that age you can only take your eyes off him if he JUST emptied his bladder (otherwise - crate!)
read up on crate training, and buy a crate. The crate will help him (he will want to keep the area where he sleeps clean) AND keep him from chewing thigns up.
labs are known to be destrcutive, very few are reliable unattended until they are much older. The crate keeps THEM safe and your stuff safe.
I highly recommend puppy classes to help with training and socialisation. There are classes made for puppies that haven<t had all their shots yet.
Charlie (foster) and Rocky
thanks for the replies everyone!
he is crate trained. i guess we just werent using it? hmm.. haha
OMG I don't know what I'd do without our crate! We trained him from day one and he loves his crate. When he is out of his crate, I always have to keep an eye on him or he has something he shouldn't! As soon as he is chewing on something he shouldn't be, you should immediately replace it with something he is allowed to be chewing. Hunter has a bag of toys that he's learning to know are his, as soon as i clean up he unloads it again but whatever he's into what he knows he's allowed to be into.
I've read that Tug of war is not a good thing to play with puppies or dogs. I forget why but I know it's not the best thing to play. As far as the house training part. I would just start over. Take him out frequently, praise him when he goes. You could try bell training. I did that with my first lab and it worked great. Ring bell every time you go out and eventually they will associate the bell with going out.
Good Luck but I recommend that crate especially if you already have it! And if you can section it off so he doesn't go. We lost our section part so I put a laundry basket in there upside down to section it off and he's never gone in the crate.
Missing you every day Summer
I agree with all the above posts. We have a 6 month old and if he's not in his crate, we keep an eye on him because he's a puppy and puppies need supervision. I know it's not easy and maybe try blocking access to certain areas so the possibility of destroying something important is reduced. Our puppy has really improved my housekeeping skills as I'm always making sure not to leave shoes, socks on the floor.....which my wife also appreciate...
The only thing I can add is to make sure you clean up the accidents completely! Once they mark in the house they see that as their area and will use the area again to relieve themselves if the scent remains.
You HAVE to use the crate and put him in it when you can't be with him. Give him a peanut butter Kong and/or non-destructable toys (Nylabones are great). No stuffed toys, and definitely no squeekers. Also, don't leave a collar on him while he's in the crate. It could get caught and he can choke to death.
"Each is a creature of Earth and is entitled to reside on it with dignity"
I had a chocolate lab puppy (who is no longer with us) who around 4 months old became a monster and started chewing on EVERYTHING. We tried everything then one day right when she was around 1 year old she just stopped and was the perfect dog for her 13 years on this earth. I think its just a stage and give it time and hopefully he will get better! Good Luck!
Debi and Bauer
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