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How to Potty Train a Yellow Lab Puppy

Yellow Lab puppy looking out of a glass door

Potty training a yellow lab puppy is a lot easier than you think. In fact, most yellow labs can be potty trained in as little as three weeks.

It all starts with the correct diet. Yellow lab puppies need to eat a high-quality, high-calorie diet that is balanced and nutritious. Once your pup is on solid foods, start by offering him one or two small meals per day and gradually increase his portions over the course of a week or two. Avoid giving your pup any treats while he’s eating his meals. And don’t offer him anything when he’s not hungry to avoid causing obesity.

Keeping your house cleancan be a tough chore when you have a small Lab puppy around the house. As you know, puppies just go where they want to until they are trained to go outside. It is a chore every dog owner must face.

But with a little patience, some rewards, and the time, you can get your Yellow Lab puppy to go outside. Once it is done, you never have to do it again, that is the good part of this chore.

Continue reading the reading to know more about potty train a yellow lab puppy. It has some important information which can make this task a bit easier for you.

How Long Does it Take to Potty Train a Yellow Lab Puppy?

This time is flexible as every puppy is different. Some will not take as long as others and if you are lucky, your puppy will be in that former group. But to give you an idea as to what to expect when you start, it won’t take long to fully train them.

On average, a Yellow Lab puppy should only take between 4 and 8 weeks to get them to remember where its bathroom is. After that, you just need to open the door whenever they signal that they need to go out.

This time frame may take a little longer if this is your first puppy and your first time having to house train them. Just be flexible, patient, and kind during this time towards your pet

When they get it right, make sure to reward them with their favorite treat. Just do not use too many treats or you will be spoiling your puppy. Also, use some positive words like ‘good boy’ to reinforce their successful venture.

Want to know more about yellow labradors? Check out our post “Yellow Labrador – A Complete Guide” to learn more.

At What Age Should a Lab Puppy Be Potty Trained?

A yellow lab puppy sitting with an adult yellow lab outdoors in a yard

Normally, most dog owners get their puppies at around 7 to 9 weeks of age. Before then they probably were paper trained by the breeder but not any house training. That means you will have some work cut out for you to do.

With every puppy different, your time in training should vary. But their start date is about the same time. You want to start training them as soon as you bring them home from the breeder’s or the pet store.

Keep in mind that your puppy does not have any idea of what you want until you show them. That should help you be more patient and less angry with them when your pup makes a mistake or forgets his training.

The following times are the best opportunities to do your training:

  1. After a nap
  2. After eating or drinking
  3. Post playing
  4. If they are sniffing the ground or going in circles
  5. When they seem excited

Be flexible and be positive and do not get angry as they are little dogs trying hard to please you. Also, while you are training your pup to go outside, you can also train them where they can and cannot go in your house (Wander or exploring, not potty training).

Are Yellow Labs Easy to Potty Train?

Yellow lab sitting in tall grass and weeds outdoors

For the most part, yes, they are. This breed of dog loves to please its masters and will try to learn as quickly as possible what you want them to do. Plus, they are very intelligent dogs which means they can pick up their training very quickly.

The key to their success will be in how you treat them during their training time. Being positive is a lot better than being negative during their training time. Also, be understanding as dogs do not have any idea of the human world and need to be shown what to do.

When you train your Yellow Lab, you will need to put in your time and be dedicated to getting this chore done and over with. After training is over, there may be an accident or two every now and then.

Just take these accidents in stride and reinforce their training in the right way.

Yellow lab puppies need a lot of love and attention. Check out our post “How to Take Care of a Yellow Lab Puppy” to learn more.

House Training Supplies

Blue puppy pee pad spread out on hardwood floors next to a sliding glass door

Here is a list of items that may come in handy when you start this chore:

  1. Absorbent pee pads- keep the mess in one place
  2. Stain remover- always handy to have on hand
  3. Pooper Scooper or plastic bags- you know what they are for
  4. Treats- you need to provide a reward when your dog follows their training
  5. Leash & collar- lets you lead your dog to their bathroom
  6. Barrier gates- confine your pet to certain areas until they are trained
  7. Pee finder- you need to clean up old pee you did not find earlier. Dry pee is permission for your dog to use that spot again

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Some Final Words

Yellow lab puppy sitting in grass and wildflowers outdoors

House training your pet is part of owning a dog. The best thing to do is to get help if you are not sure you can do it. This chore is not hard, and it will be over before you know it.

Your dog will let you know when they need to go outside, and you can feel proud that you were successful in this stage of their training.

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Please note: We are not veterinarians and you use our advice at your own discretion. We always recommend that you consult your veterinarian whenever you have health-related conditions your furbaby is facing. With that in mind, as pet parents ourselves, we wish nothing but the best for your pet and their healthy and happy lives.