From tower-block dwellers to the disabled, toilet training a dog is almost impossible if you have to trek long distances before the dog can perform. The answer could well be to designate a dog toilet area indoors and keep it clean with a covering of newspaper or puppy pads. Indeed, with a little time, patience, and persistence it's perfectly possible to train the dog to pee on a patch of newspaper, which minimizes the mess and keeps everyone happy.
Training a dog to do this depends on consistency so that he understands what's required of him. In turn, this means you need to have tactics in place to either make him want to choose the newspaper or to praise him when he happens to visit the right spot.
This task is made considerably easier when you eliminate the possibility of the dog making the wrong choice! Again, this can be via method one in which you start with a room tiled with newspaper or you watch the dog constantly to prevent accidents.
Any dog, even a puppy from 8 weeks onwards, can learn to pee on paper. However, adult dogs may have ingrained habits which are difficult to break. But even old dogs can learn new tricks, so be patient and consistent and eventually, the penny will drop in the right place.
In addition, you'll need (depending on your chosen method):
Samuel is already newspaper trained, and pee on it 1-2 a day (other than 4 times on walks). my question is when is it a good time to remove the newspaper for him to learn to pee only outside? and what is the best method for achieving that. Thanks.
Hello Idan, When to make the transition depends mostly on your schedule. If someone is home with him during the day, or not gone for longer than 2-3 hours at a time right now, then I suggest starting immediately and going straight to a training program, removing the newspapers completely right away rather than trying to phase them out. At his age he physically cannot hold his bladder for longer than 2-3 hours during the day (and about twice as long at night while asleep). Ideally for potty training to go faster he would be taken out every hour at this age during the day. Most puppies can typically hold their bladders for the number of months they are in age plus one while in a crate or asleep. Meaning that at two months he can hold it for 2-3 hours, at four months he will be able to hold it for 4-5, and at six months he will be able to hold it for 6-7 hours, until he reaches 8 hours around 7-8 months - which is the maximum amount of time an adult can hold it for normally. These are maximums though, for potty training it is generally better to take the puppy out halfway through that maximum amount of time - meaning every 1-1.5 hours right now, except for times when you have to be gone for longer. Start potty training without paper as soon as you can take him out often enough to accommodate his potty needs at his current age. The longer the wait, the harder potty training will be. When you get ready to train, I highly suggest using the "Crate Training" method from the article linked below. It requires a lot of structure but tends to be the quickest way to potty train and teaches puppies how to handle alone time - which can prevent separation anxiety later, and learn to chew their own toys instead of your things, and prepares them for trips and boarding later on. Crate Training method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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