When house training a German shepherd puppy, it is important to keep in mind that while German shepherds are generally intelligent and eager to please, the degree of difficulty may vary depending on the personality of each individual puppy. It is possible to potty train a German shepherd puppy within five days, but you must be committed and prepared to devote the time required to teach your new pup.
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While breed is not a reliable indicator of temperament, German shepherds are described as intelligent and confident. They have plenty of energy and are eager to please. This can make them one of the easiest dogs to potty train when you proceed with consistency and plenty of positive reinforcement.
Create a schedule
When deciding on the best way to potty train a German shepherd puppy, it is important to remember that whatever schedule you choose must work for your puppy and be something to which you can commit. It is important to stick with the plan if you want to accomplish potty training in five days and remember that a lack of consistency may confuse your puppy and slow the process.
Creating a schedule is key to success. Taking your puppy out to go potty at times he is most likely to need to go not only helps train your puppy to go outside but also prevents accidents and setbacks. Schedule your puppy's feeding times during the day and plan to take your pup out after each meal. Other times to schedule potty breaks include right before bed, immediately upon waking, and after time in a crate.
Make sure you schedule enough potty breaks to accommodate your pup's small bladder and limited bladder control. A general rule of thumb is that for every month of age, a puppy can hold his bladder for one hour. So, if you are potty training a 3-month-old puppy, make sure you schedule potty breaks at least every three hours.
House training a German shepherd puppy
When it is time for a scheduled potty break, take your puppy outside. It is best to select a designated spot in the yard and keep your pup on a leash for potty breaks. This can help keep your pup focused so that she doesn't mistake potty breaks for playtime. When she does go potty, offer lots of praise and even a treat to reward her.
Between potty breaks, monitor your pup closely. She may need an additional trip outside after drinking a lot of water or when she wakes up after a nap. You can also watch for behaviors that show she may need to eliminate, such as pacing, circling, squatting, and scratching at the door.
It can be helpful to attach a command to your pup's elimination. Some options to consider include "go potty" or "do your business." Start using the command when your pup starts to eliminate in the desired spot in the yard. If speaking distracts your dog, start by speaking quietly or even whispering.
Accidents and setbacks
At some point in the house training process, it is possible your pup will have an accident in the house. Never punish your dog for this. If you catch him in the act, distract him with a vocalization, like "ah!" and immediately take him outside. When he finishes in the yard, offer praise. Clean up any accidents thoroughly using an enzymatic cleaner to fully eliminate the smell.
After five days of consistent house training, many puppies will have a good understanding of your expectations. While you don't need to be quite as strict with the schedule once he gets the idea, remember that puppies still may not have full bladder control and need potty breaks every few hours.