How to Potty Train a German Shepherd Puppy
A German shepherd makes a lovely and perfect pet for the family because of its loyalty and intelligence. In fact, German shepherds are so intelligent that they are even trained to be used as service dogs in the police and military.
Your reasons for choosing a German shepherd for your pet have probably something to do with its loyalty and active nature. Your family and you also love its handsome yet reserved-looking appearance.
After much research and debate from your children, you settled on getting a German shepherd puppy. You know you have your work cut out for you because not only do you need to teach the puppy to understand your commands, but you also need to potty train it. After all, you don’t want your house ruined by the over-excited puppy.
Start potty training from day 1
No matter how excited you and your family members are about your first pet, you need to ensure that you start the puppy’s training from day one. Many owners believe in giving the puppy some slack, but that is a very bad idea! Your puppy should start his or her training from day one or it will take your commands lightly or even worse, think of itself as the ‘master of the house’
Steps and tips on potty training your puppy
You might be confused on how to potty train a German shepherd puppy so here are some steps and tips to help you:
- As soon as you feed your puppy, take him or her outside after 20 minutes to the designated potty area.
- While taking your puppy outside to the designated potty area, make sure you put it on a leash.
- Take him or her to the designated potty area and give him or her the command “Go potty”. When the puppy does its business, give it a treat.
- Always make sure that when you take the puppy outside, you take it out by the same door. Routine and consistency is important in potty training your puppy. Therefore, after every meal of the puppy, you need to take it outside.
- When you first bring your pet, you need to monitor it at all costs before the puppy is fully house- broken.
- If sometimes you cannot keep an eye on your puppy then keep it inside a comfortable crate so that it doesn’t ruin your house. The puppy might cry or whimper, but to give yourself a break from keeping an eye on it, you need to do this.
How do you know your puppy is learning?
One of the signs that show that your puppy is learning its potty training is that it will scratch the door (from which you take it outside) whenever it wants to go for nature’s call. When you see this sign, slowly stop giving your puppy the treat when it is done doing its business outside.
However, the final sign that your puppy has been potty trained is when it doesn’t ruin your house by accident for straight 25 days. This means that you don’t have to worry about taking out your canine friend because it will tell you itself by scratching or standing in front of the door.
At first, all this training might seem wearisome, but it will be worth your efforts in the end!