How to potty train German Shepherd puppy
The first lesson for new dog owners? How to potty train German Shepherd puppy should be number one on the list.
Potty training may have started with your dogs breeder. This is the first person to ask about your dogs eating and pottying schedule.
They may have already started paper training and you can pick up where the breeder left off. In cases where you might not have this information there are steps you can take to begin potty training your German Shepherd immediately.
Getting Your German Shepherd Into A Potty Routine
Just like humans upon waking the first thing your dog is likely to do is potty. Some people use crates overnight to keep their dog from free wandering and messing in the house.
The first thing you should do in the morning is take your dog outside to relieve himself.
He (or she) has to learn that outside is where we potty and inside is where we don't potty.
You want to correct accidents by inserting a firm NO when you catch your German Shepherd puppy in the act and quickly give him the proper alternative, outside.
Your attitude will effect how well your puppy responds to the training. Staying firm but positive is key.
You don't want to be angry or rageful as this instills fear in your dog.
Puppies have small bladders and can only hold it for 2-3 hours at about 2-3 months old.
Remember they are growing, learning, and experiencing a lot of new things all at once. Too much too soon can be overwhelming to the puppy.
German Shepherd puppies should be given to opportunity to potty outside immediately in the morning, right after eating, and after serious playtime.
Activity keeps things moving and knowing these active times can help build a good potty routine for your puppy.
Patience and Consistency To Train German Shepherd Puppy To Potty
All things take time and potty training is no different. Many puppies can be potty trained easily in a short time frame if the owner gives the time and is consistent with desired results.
Catching the dog in the act is most beneficial to training. Your dog will understand exactly what he did wrong if caught doing it.
Bringing your puppy back to a mess he left an hour ago doesn't teach the puppy not to do it. They don't have a long term memory like humans. If it's been more than 3-5 minutes puppy has already forgot he made a mess.
Newspaper and potty pads can help to train puppies to an area that is OK to poop or pee on indoors. As your puppy grows and urgency subsides you can lessen the newspaper or move towards the door to outside. This gives puppy some time to adjust and grow into it's responsibilities.
Dogs should never have their noses rubbed into their own poop or pee. This will make your dog mistrust you.