We have a 7-month male Labrador My boy was perfectly house trained till about a month ago. He suddenly started peeing and pooping in the house but only when my partner is in he actually peed the other day when I hugged my partner. Any suggestions on what we should do?
Unbelievable as it may seem – you have a normal Labrador Retriever!
There are a number of Labrador Retriever stages of mental and physical development. When this specific dog breed reaches around 6-months old, they enter their adolescence.
Stage 3: Labrador Retriever Adolescent - This is a tough stage and starts around 5 months old and go anywhere up to a year, depending on the dog. Some would call it the terrible twos because all of a sudden, your sweet Lab baby has forgotten everything you have taught it and has the manners of any human teenager out there! Sure, they know not to go on the couch but they will test you again and make sure you meant it. This is when you need to reinforce all your training because if you let them get away with it now, it is harder to break them of it later!
This stage is quite annoying for dog owners as everything they have ever taught their pup seems to go out the window. Continuing to be persistent and consistent in your training is the only way to make it through this stage.
You may need to begin crate training again or investing in outside dog training assistance. Also, reinforcing the alpha roles in the house is crucial, as it seems your pup is acting out.
Keep your dog on a schedule and continue positive dog training.