Potty Training a 10-week old labrador female puppy
(New Delhi, India)
We have a black labrador female puppy with us for two weeks now. She is now 10 weeks old. Since we live in a flat, we had trained her to pee and poop in the balcony (we live on 2nd floor). Now that she has been allowed to go out, we take her out in the morning and evening but she refuses to pee or poop outside the building premises and goes the moment we get back to our flat.
Also, unlike what we read, she does not poop after having her meals but between two feeds so it's becoming difficult to keep track of her poop timing so that i can take her outside. She also refuses to walk on a leash but runs back when we turn towards the house. Pl help!
Hi Poonam Puppies are creatures of habit, and once they learn to do something in a certain way it takes a good deal of time and patience to break them of that habit.
That's one of the reasons why I'm not fond of using pee-pee pads, litter boxes etc. for pups, you just have to re-train them later! Of course, sometimes it is necessary as a pup may not have access to a safe area to eliminate prior to being vaccinated.
Anyway, what I'd recommend now is that you buy a crate for your pup and start to crate train her. It's the easiest and quickest way to housebreak a puppy, plus it prevents most of the opportunities for her to 'make a mistake' indoors (thus setting up another bad habit) and helps her to learn bladder/bowel control. You can read all about this method on my Crate Training A Puppy page.
Most puppies aren't too happy about wearing their leash either, it's just a case of letting her get used to the feel of it. I'd suggest letting her wear it indoors for short periods and drag it around (but you need to follow her to make sure that she doesn't get it tangled around stuff and hurt herself). After a few days or so and once she is comfortable with that, pick up the end and follow her around, rather than trying to lead her. Again, give her a little time to feel comfortable doing that and then progress to encouraging her to follow you while you lead her.
It just takes time and patience, but usually if you follow the procedure above a puppy will accept the leash okay. It's important for her safety that she wear it, so you need to be firm about that.