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    Thread: Potty training

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      Potty training

      Am interested in reading how different ones potty trained your puppy. Did they pick right up on it? HOw long it took, etc.

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      Charlie was our first puppy. He took a while. We had him on a strict schedule and worked it out with crate training him. We took him out after every meal, after drinking water, after play sessions, after waking up, before crating and then a couple times throughout the night (for the first few nights). That was the first week or two. Eventually he learned to go to the door and we would let him out but we still stayed vigilant about taking him out at all the important times (after play, after eating, after waking).

      Burton came home and went to the door right away. He saw that if Charlie rang the bells next to the door, the door opened, so he rang the bells. He made it through the night from 11-6 the first couple of nights, then 11-7 then 10-7 (but usually we would crate later than 10). He usually doesn't sleep past 7 am but Charlie has always enjoyed a good sleep in.

      Both boys were limited to the area of space they were allowed in the house until they proved to be fully potty trained.

      I believe that crate training and having a schedule will create better predicability and less (or no) accidents.

      Also it will depend on what your breeder has done with the pups before you bring yours home.
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      Chili came to me potty trained already...never pee'd in crate and only pee'd in house twice same spot same carpet...So I am no help.....but I did take chili outside and said potty in same spot quite frequently. So maybe I set him up for success by taking him outdoors. I woke up every morning between6-7 and went to bed every night 10-11 so he had a schedule to make it thru the night. just be consistent.
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      Mostly the same as above. Maxx only required one potty break during the night for the first week. By the time he was with us for 2 weeks he was pretty reliable and only had 1 or 2 accidents inside that were entirely our fault. Make your puppy's training very positive, Labs love to please, if you throw a party with lots of happy praise and yummy treats they respond very well. Consistency and positive reinforcement go a long way in successful training, including potty training.
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      I got Pixie when she was 9 weeks. She was pretty much potty trained in the first week. I didn't use a crate with her, just took her out a lot and gave her lots of praise. She was getting her leash and bringing it to me when she had to go. It was pretty amazing.

      With Roxy, it was not that easy. I got Roxy at 8 weeks and she came with a recessed vulva and urinary tract infection. Poor kid. Once the antibiotics started working, potty training her was much easier after that. It was my first time crate training with her.
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      Same as above. Thor came from the breeder with some good crate and potty habits already trained, so adjusting him to our house didn't take long at all. We always used the words "go pee" when we let him out and "good pee" when we treated after he went outside, and now he'll almost pee on command. It's really nice when we are heading into a new location (restaurant patio, friend's house, etc) and don't want him to do it in that spot - we'll tell him to "go pee" before we go in and he'll go as much as he can. Anything for treats!

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      Thank you everyone. I have not been using treats when she goes outside. Only praising. I will start treating her. We have had her 4 days now but we don't crate. She is in kitchen while we are at work.

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      Sam's 12 weeks old today and can hold his bladder for a good 3 hours and never goes in his pen.. The accidents indoors have almost stopped completely. We're still vigilant about taking him out every hour or so when we're home and still get up a couple of times past midnight in 3 hour intervals but have a feeling he can hold it in much longer, but don't want to take a chance or have him be in pain... Stopping food and water 2 hours before bedtime REALLY helps!

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      We put a bell on Mollies collar at night and when we heard any type of movement we got up and took her out. We did crate train for about a month and that helped also. During the day she had limited space and was watched like a hawk. Exhausting at first but paid off in the long run.

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