One of the first things any new puppy owner has to face is that their first job as a new puppy owner is to teach your pooch not to go potty in the house--better known as potty training. Your little Rottie is smart, quick to learn, and loves to please you. This is the perfect combination for anyone who is trying to potty train their pup. One of the biggest reasons for unsuccessful potty training is that the owner has not learned how to show their pup what is expected of him right from the start. One of the other major players in the game is not having enough time to properly train your pup. It will take time and consistent practice in order to succeed with potty training your Rottweiler puppy.
Today's assignment, should you decide to accept it, is to take your new Rottie pup and train him that the only place he is permitted to go potty is outside in the yard. At the same time, you will be teaching him to hold his bladder and bowels for longer periods of time and that going potty in the house is never an acceptable form of behavior. Bear in mind that you should pick one spot in your yard for your pup to use as his potty. This will help with the whole training process and keep the rest of your yard much cleaner.
Keep in mind that the best time to potty train your Rottie pup is from the moment you get out of the car with him on his first day home. Start out by taking him to the spot in your yard you have designated as his personal potty area the moment you bring him home, even before you take him inside for the first time. This helps set the stage for future potty training.
To complete training, you will need:
Along with all of this, you are also going to need a large supply of patience and, of course, the time to spend taking your pup outside until he gets the idea and starts going potty outside where he should and not inside the house.
We have been trying to potty train our puppy and it hasn't been consistent. We've gotten it down to him going out in the morning and and in the evenings when we get home, but he tends to pee often in the house regardless. Sometimes after he comes in from using the restroom he immediately pees moments after coming inside on the carpet.
Hello Prez, Check out the article that I have linked below. I suggest following the "Crate Training" method to stop the accidents from happening. As long as regular accidents are happening inside he won't make a lot of progress going potty outside. Also be aware that at this age he physically cannot hold his bladder for longer than 2-3 hours during the day. Puppies can generally hold their bladders no longer than the number of months they are in age plus one, meaning that at ten weeks he can hold his bladder for 3 hours maximum, 2 normally. After that time he will be forced to have an accident. For potty training to be successful he needs to be taken outside about every 1.5 hours to help him learn faster. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside For the peeing as soon as he gets inside it sounds like he is either submissive/excited peeing, or has a medical condition that needs to be evaluated by your veterinarian, such as a urinary tract infection for example. If the peeing is happening when you touch or yell at him it is probably submissive peeing. If it happens when he gets really excited, such as when someone comes home or rough houses with him, then it is probably excited peeing. If it happens even when things are calm, I suggest speaking with your vet to rule out medical causes that can make it hard for him to hold his bladder. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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My beautiful little girl won’t use the bathroom outside! She’s very scary of the outside and when I do finally get her out there she either just sits or plays. How can I break her?
Hello Declan, First, spend a lot of time outside with her, playing, teaching commands, and simply hanging out reading a book. You want to make going outside familiar, normal and pleasant for her so that she gets over her fears. Whenever she investigates something that she is scared of, praise her and give treats - carry small treats or pieces of her food in a ziplock bag in your pocket while outside with her to help her get over her fears. Once she is over her fears, being distracted while outside is completely normal at her age. It can take a lot of patience to keep puppies focused while outside. Take her potty on a leash even if you have a fenced in yard. She should be taken on a leash for several months, until she is fully potty trained and has learned to focus while outside. If off leash, she will likely just play and not understand why you are outside. The leash helps her focus. While she is outside on the leash, walk her around slowly to get things going and encourage her to sniff the ground to find a spot to go. Stay patient and persistent. Check out the Crate Training article linked below. That article will improve your potty trip timing, prevent more accidents while training, and give further tips on how to encourage pottying while outside. You can also combine the Crate Training method with the Tethering method while you are at home. The Tethering method can be found in the article linked below also. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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