House Training German Shepherd Puppy
A German Shepherd Puppy’s House Training Tips
Do you want to know how to house train a German Shepherd puppy?
You’ve come to the right place if you’re looking for training strategies.
I’ve got ten easy-to-follow tips that will have your German Shepherd pooch potty trained in no time.
German Shepard Puppy House Training
What is the best age to start potty training your German Shepherd? When it comes to housebreaking a puppy, this is one of the first questions that owners have.
Puppies can control their body functions at 20 days of age, so they’ll be ready for potty training as soon as you bring them home.
As a result, it should be at the top of your to-do list.
Waiting a day or two may lead to the child deciding that it’s fine to do their business inside.
It’s twice as difficult to break a puppy’s habit once it’s formed. Let’s take a look at how to housebreak a German Shepherd puppy.
#1 CHOOSE A SPOT
Before you bring your German Shepherd puppy home, you must complete one task.
This is where you’ll decide where you’ll take Puffy to go potty while you’re housebreaking him.
It could be in your backyard or on the grass in front of your house, but you must make it.
If you want your puppy to develop good habits, you must be consistent.
Changing the stop will confuse your puppy and increase the likelihood of an accident in the house.
#2 LEARN ABOUT YOUR PUPPY’S LIMITATIONS
The bladders of young puppies are small. That means they won’t be able to hold it for very long, even if they really want to.
So, if you leave a small puppy alone for more than a couple of hours, expect him to make a mess.
Between the ages of 8 and 16, puppies can hold their bladder for up to two hours. That means you’ll have to take the puppy to its designated spot every hour.
Puppies over the age of three months can control their bladder for four hours, so you’ll need to take them every two hours.
#3 INCLUDE CRATE TRAINING IN YOUR PROCESS.
Crate training is viewed as cruel by some dog owners. Crates, on the other hand, are a great way to teach your puppy to hold his bladder and bowels.
Puppies do not eliminate them in their living space by nature. Their mothers learn this.
As a result, when puppies consider their crate to be a den, they will not make a mess in it unless absolutely necessary.
However, in order for this strategy to work, you must obtain the appropriate crate. Your puppy will use a portion of your crate as a toilet if it is too big.
As a result, you’ll need a crate big enough for your puppy to comfortably turn around, stand, and lay down.
#4 SET UP A Timeline
What is it about German Shepherd puppies that I adore when it comes to housebreaking? Their toilet habits are consistent.
What I mean is that your puppy will need to go to the bathroom after eating for 10–20 minutes.
If you set up a feeding schedule, you’ll be able to tell when your German Shepherd puppy needs to go to the bathroom.
#5 GO OUTSIDE WITH YOUR PUPPY ON A REGULAR BASIS.
Taking your German Shepherd puppy out of the house to do his business on a regular basis is the key to house training him.
When I say frequently, I mean right after they wake up in the morning, after napping, playing, drinking, and eating.
Puppies can usually sleep for seven hours without needing to go to the bathroom. Accidents can, however, still occur.
If this is the case, you should take your puppy out more frequently. That’s because once your dog gets used to soiling the crate, he’ll do it over and over again.
#6 CHOOSE A COMMAND
When you’re taking your German Shepherd puppy outside to pee and poop, you’ll need a command word to remind them to do so.
For example, you could use a phrase like “go potty” or another one that isn’t commonly used in conversations.
Every time you take your puppy outside to potty, say the same command just before he does his business.
Your puppy will eventually associate the word with the action, making your job easier in bad weather.
#7 ALWAYS REWARD YOURSELF
You must remember to praise and reward your German Shepherd puppies when they are house trained.
It must be done as soon as they have finished peeing or pooping. When you get back into the house, don’t do it.
You should also keep in mind that puppies are easily distracted by new smells and sounds.
As a result, it may take a while for your little one to finish his business.
#8 LISTEN TO YOUR DOG’S BODY LANGUAGE
Setting up a feeding schedule and taking your German Shepherd puppy outside often are important parts of house training, but there is one more thing that is just as important.
You must learn to read the body language of your puppy.
Puppies may not be able to communicate, but they can clearly show you that they are uncomfortable.
You have only yourself to blame if you don’t learn to recognize the signs that your puppy needs to be put down.
As a result, keep an eye out for:
- Walking in an unusual manner
- They’re licking their behinds.
- A sudden change in their behavior or activity
- At the door, pawing
- Returning to a previously visited spot in the house
But what should you do if you ignore these warning signs and your puppy is caught in the act?
Say “outside,” for example, and immediately take your puppy to the designated location.
#9 KEEP CALM
Is it taking your puppy a long time to go potty? It happens, after all.
You must not try to rush your pooch or use encouragement to distract them.
The German Shepherd puppies may be too excited to finish their business outside, so they will do so inside.
Furthermore, you must not scold, punish, or yell at your pet while they are doing their business.
You’ll only make your puppy fearful of a completely natural bodily function. This will result in a slew of behavioral issues as well as incontinence.
#10 AVOID COMMON HOUSEBREAKING MISTAKES
It takes time and effort to house train a German Shepherd puppy. Naturally, you’ll make a few errors along the way. But here are the main ones to stay away from:
- Feeding your puppy too close to bedtime or overfeeding them during the day
- Leaving your puppy alone for a long time in a crate or without supervision
- Overfeeding your puppy with treats
- Not thoroughly cleaning any accident to remove the odor
- Ignoring any signs that your puppy needs to be put down
- Allowing your puppy too much access to new areas of the house before they’ve been housebroken
A lot of owners ask me at this point, “How long does house training a German Shepherd puppy take?”
My response is always the same, no matter how long it takes.
How you train a German Shepherd puppy to go to the bathroom outside will depend on how old the puppy is, how committed you are to the training, and how the puppy acts.
Some puppies respond so well to training that they are housebroken in just a few weeks.
Others may take a month or longer to complete. Just remember not to yell or punish your puppy if he or she has an accident in the house.