Hey ho. Now your pajamas are soaked, your slippers muddy, and the dog still hasn't been to the toilet....
Imagine instead a dog that's trained to go on command. By issuing a cue word such as "Toilet" or "Empty", he understands what's expected and goes right away. Bliss!
Don't be afraid to start this training hand-in-hand with potty training a puppy. As long as you are patient and just ignore any mistakes, the proverbial penny will eventually drop. And as for older dogs, well it's never too late to learn, so start incorporating the cue word into his walks and the next wet windy night you'll be thankful you did.
You may also wish to have different words for peeing or pooping, in order to fine-tune the toilet training on command.
Other supplies you'll need include:
We use toilet sheets so he can know to pee and poo there but instead he does it next to them on the floor. What should we do?
Hello Julio, If by toilet sheets you mean sheets of toilet paper, then if the floor next to the toilet sheets is not carpeted, he is actually doing well in a way. To him the toilet sheets likely look like fabric and not something that he should be soiling. He is choosing to avoid peeing on the fabric type material, and peeing on the more outdoor looking, hardwood floor instead. If your floor is carpeted and not hardwood or tile or something similar, then he is choosing it because it is absorbent. In either case, switch out the toilet sheets for something that resembles the outdoors. If you intend to teach him to go potty only outside when he gets older, then I would suggest using disposable real grass toilet trays right now to make your transition outside easier. If you are at home with him during the day and can start potty training now, then I suggest skipping using anything indoors now that he is eight weeks old and going straight to crate training and potty training. You can do this by following the crate training method from the article that I have linked below. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside Here is a link to one grass toilet: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EQJ7I7Y/ref=sspa_dk_detail_2?psc=1&pd_rd_i=B00EQJ7I7Y&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_p=f52e26da-1287-4616-824b-efc564ff75a4&pf_rd_r=00YCV77A3X0C183H3XZ5&pd_rd_wg=qciqH&pf_rd_s=desktop-dp-sims&pf_rd_t=40701&pd_rd_w=PllE1&pf_rd_i=desktop-dp-sims&pd_rd_r=725cd779-c468-11e8-9d4a-0fba352303e4 Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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