Potty training your new German Shepherd puppy takes diligence and, it doesn’t happen overnight. You will become discouraged, but believe me, with time, patience, and persistence, your puppy will be house broken within no time.
I start working with my new puppies at about 4 weeks old to potty train, but quite possibly you won’t get your puppy until they are closer to 6-8 weeks old. That’s O.K. Whatever age you acquire your new pup, the work to start house breaking him (or her) begins immediately. A lot of people buy puppy pads which, in my opinion, are a big waste of money. They do work for some people, however, they are quite expensive and you are encouraging them to pee in the house instead of going outside, you are just teaching them to go indoors on a pad.
Your puppy will have accidents inside, but without accidents there is no room for teaching. Diligence is key, and being in tune with your puppy is essential. Here is what to do when your puppy does his business in your nice, clean home:
- First, you want to scold your puppy in a firm, but not mean voice.
- Pick up your puppy and show him the mess he has made, tell him ‘No potty inside…potty outside’ and immediately take the puppy outside.
- Once outside, keep repeating the dog’s name and say ‘Congo potty outside’ with the inflection on the word outside.
- Keep repeating this process. Your puppy will eventually start going to the door to let you know he wants out, but, he’s a puppy and he won’t wait long because he hasn’t learned to control his bladder, so if you’re not constantly watching your puppy, you won’t get his cues and miss out on this opportunity.
After a few weeks of repeating this process, your puppy will be house broken in no time. He will learn to hold his bladder and your life will go back to normal and you can trust him when you’re not home.
Remember, this is a process, your dog is not magic and it can be discouraging. Keep your cool and be persistent so that your household remains healthy and happy.