Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Male Labrador Retriever urinates in my house - part I

This e-mail comes from Lyn in Australia who has a problem with her 12 week old Labrador Retriever urinating in her home.

This is part one of a two part e-mail.

Reader's E-mail - Lyn Writes:

I have a 12 week old male lab who seems to only go to the toilet when he is inside. He spends most of the day outside and goes when he has to go with plenty of praise, but as soon as he comes inside the door he will urinate again.

Is this marking his territory or is it just a case of being a typical puppy who is making mistakes?


All About Labradors Blog Answer:

Hello Lyn,

Thank you for writing and for visiting the All About Labradors blog.

In order for me to try to be of some help to you, I will need you to answer a few questions for me.

Has you Labrador Retriever had a thorough checkup from you veterinarian?

Does you Labrador Retriever have a certain spot she goes when outside?

Does he urinate in the same spot when he comes in?

How long have you owned him?

Does he live inside or out?

How does he react when in the house (besides the urinating, any strange behaviors)?

Has he had any training?

Do you own a crate?

What is his name

Anything else you can possible tell me about him will be helpful.

With all the email questions I receive, I always ask a favor of the person writing. If you have any photos of your Labrador Retriever, that you could email me, I would love to post them to All About Labradors and/or Labrador Retriever Pictures blog. You DO NOT need to send a photo to get a reply to your question.

Get back to me at your earliest convenience Lyn, and we will see what we can do for your Labrador Retriever.

Talk to you soon,


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Reader's E-mail - Lyn's answers to my questions:

Hi Fay

In answer to your questions, my labs name is Tyson he is 13 weeks old.

He spends his days outside while we are both at work, and sleeps in his own area at night.

When I get home I play with him outside for about an hour and then come inside to get dinner. My partner does the same when he gets home although he probably doesn't spend as much time with him as I do. He goes to Puppy Kindy and is learning obedience which is something we practice when I get home and again throughout the night with things such as sit, shake, drop, come etc. He is fed each night at around 6pm.

We have been house training him since we first got him which was when he was approx 6 weeks old. He started off quite well, letting us know if he had to go outside by whimpering, but once he had settled in that seemed to have been forgotten and now he lets us know by running around and sniffing, on seeing this we take him outside and after about 5 or 10 minutes when we are sure he has finished whatever he has to do, he is allowed back inside again, this is when he urinates. There are times when we see him sniffing around that we open the door and he just refuses to go outside, which makes us force him out or use rewards to get him outside.

I have noticed that during the day he will urinate etc on the garden, but when he comes inside at night he will also urinate near the back door.

When he is inside he plays with his toys and enjoys having our attention. He gets very naughty when he is really tired, (just like a child) and either runs around the house (literally) like a lunatic or does something destructive such as chewing on furniture or biting playfully, when he is reprimanded he puts himself to bed.

We don't own a crate.

I think thats about all I can tell you, except he is a great little guy in all other ways and we both love him a lot.

I have attached a photo as you requested.


To read part two of this e-mail visit: Male Labrador Retriever urinates in my house - part II

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