Housebreaking a Puppy - 12 Tips for German Shepherd Puppy Potty Training
German Shepherd Puppy Potty Training
Afraid to take an eye off your new puppy? Hoping that your carpets won't be ruined and your house won't stink? Don't worry. If you do your part, German Shepherd puppy potty training will be quick and relatively painless.
This lens has my 12 tips for housebreaking a puppy successfully. I've learned these the hard way, but you can save your rugs by using these tips.
This lens is not about paper training a dog. If you want your dog to go to the bathroom indoors, paper train it. If you want it to be housebroken, follow these tips for successful potty training.
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Tips for Housebreaking - Potty Training your German Shepherd Puppy
German Shepherd Puppy Potty Training Tip #1
Decide where your puppy will go. Yes, this is your choice. Pick an area and keep your puppy there. Once it goes in its corner of the yard, it can explore.
German Shepherd Puppy Potty Training Tip #2
Always take your puppy outside after meals. I have fixed feeding times for my German Shepherds, which are the only times food is available. Your puppy can adjust to eating on your schedule, which lets you know specific times when you will definitely take it outside.
German Shepherd Puppy Potty Training Tip #3
Crate train your puppy. Dogs don't like to mess in their living space.
German Shepherd Puppy Potty Training Tip #4
Always take your puppy outside when it wakes up or when you let it out of the crate.
Focus on Crate Training
You can make expensive mistakes buying a dog crate and bed. Your German Shepherd puppy will go to the bathroom in its crate if it is too big. Your puppy needs a crate that is the right size for a puppy. The bottom of the crate needs to be a solid pan, and the bed should be machine washable and fast-drying. Big, thick pillows are the wrong choice.
Here are some recommended products.
This crate comes in many sizes. The correct size for a German Shepherd puppy is the 18" x 24" model, listed on the same page.
More Tips for House Training - More Tips on German Shepherd Puppy Potty Training
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German Shepherd Puppy Potty Training Tip #5
Excitement distracts your puppy from giving signals that it has to go. When something unusual is occurring, take your puppy out more often.
German Shepherd Puppy Potty Training Tip #6
When your puppy whines, take it outside - unless it's in the crate. Whining in the crate initially means, "Let me out!"
German Shepherd Puppy Potty Training Tip #7
Teach your dog a command that becomes the trigger to go. You will never regret it. It's tremendously helpful in the rain, at unfamiliar places, or when there is a lot of distraction.
German Shepherd Puppy Potty Training Tip #8
Learn your puppy's signals that it's about to go: sniffing, circling or walking oddly are typical.
German Shepherd Puppy Potty Training Tip #9
Reward with praise when your puppy goes outside.
Puppy Potty Poll - How Long Does It Take to Potty Train a Puppy?
How long? That's the question every owner has about puppy housebreaking. How long did it take until you could trust your puppy indoors?
How long did it take for you to potty train your puppy?
Final Puppy Potty Training Tips - To Housebreak a German Shepherd Puppy
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German Shepherd Puppy Potty Training Tip #10
Let your puppy enjoy being outside for a little while after going potty. If you always take your puppy inside as soon as it goes, you'll teach it to delay going for as long as possible so it can stay outside.
German Shepherd Puppy Potty Training Tip #11
Remember that what goes into your puppy must eventually come out, so if it eats something between meals - including a lot of treats, - adjust the potty schedule.
German Shepherd Puppy Potty Training Tip #12
You can not take a puppy outside too much. If in doubt, take it out!