German Shepherd Potty Training Helpful Hints

by Jan Ryan

Now that you have brought your German Shepherd puppy home you need to start thinking about German Shepherd potty training. German Shepherds take to training very well so if you follow the training procedures and make sure you have a lot of patience then you should not have a lot of problems getting your German Shepherd puppy housebroken. Just remember that your puppy is going to require a lot of your attention during this period, so be there for your puppy and do housebreaking the right way.

Always remember that a German Shepherd puppy wants to do what is expected of it so accidents are just accidents and not the dog making any kind of statement. If your puppy has accidents do not deviate from the training and do not punish the puppy for those accidents. As easy as German Shepherds are to train they also confuse easily as well when you punish them. And punishment as a puppy can bring out aggression later in life so whatever you do you do not punish your puppy during housebreaking.

Most German Shepherd owners use the crate method when they are working on German Shepherd potty training and that seems to work the best of all the methods. It is not cruel to use a crate as you are teaching the dog that it has its space and that it needs to keep that space clean. Only crate your dog when at night or when you are not at home. When you are home keep your puppy near you at all times and keep an eye on it. Watch for behavior that indicates they are ready to go to the bathroom like circling and sniffing.

You can help your own housebreaking cause by feeding the dog on a regular schedule so that you know when you can expect the dog to need to relieve itself and you can take it to its spot outside. Also keep an eye on the dog after it drinks water and make sure you get it outside as soon as possible so it can do its thing.

German Shepherd potty training requires a lot of patience on your part and a lot of attention. Take your dog outside constantly, maybe even every forty-five minutes or so, to its designated spot outside so it knows that this is where it needs to go.

When it does its thing outside praise it profusely and let it know it did a good thing, that way it will want to do that again to make you happy. It really is just an exercise in patience and spending a lot of time with your dog.

If you do things as you are supposed to, and show the dog unconditional love and patience, you should be able to accomplish German Shepherd potty training without much problem. There may be accidents but just clean them up and move on.

Following the correct training procedures can help insure success with German Shepherd potty training. You have to be aware that anything you do when they are puppies can potentially become bad behavior later in life so during German Shepherd potty training you need to use the utmost patience and love with your dog and make sure you show them when they do things right.

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