You've finally received the call. The breeder has decided your new furry family member, a 12-week old Doberman puppy, is ready to leave his mom. Beyond allowing your new pup to get used to everyone and his new home, the minute you bring him into your home, it's time to start potty training. Yes, that's right! At 12-weeks old, your puppy is old enough to start housebreaking if the breeder hasn't already done so. Most breeders won't, as it is much better for you to train your dog your own way.
The task is to teach your Dobie that the only place it is acceptable for him to go potty is outside of the house and that at no time is it acceptable to go inside. In most cases, all it takes is a little hard work for you to bring out the natural instinct in your Dobie to do his business outside of the den-- a skill they would learn in the wild by imitating their mother. One thing to keep in mind is that you should always stay consistent in your training methods and maintain a calm, relaxed demeanor. Your dog will pick up on this and reflect it in his own behavior.
No matter which training method you decide to use, the first thing you must do is decide where in your yard your pup will be claiming as his private bathroom. There are a couple of considerations you need to keep in mind. The spot needs to be close enough to the house to avoid accidents, yet far enough away from doors and windows to keep smells outside where they belong. Beyond this, you need a few supplies:
Other than these items, you just the time and patience to work with your pup. In time, there won't be any more accidents and your pup will be asking you to take him outside.