How to Potty Train a Weimaraner Puppy

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1-6 Months
General

Introduction

Weimaraners are highly intelligent dogs who were originally bred as hunting dogs in Germany. They learn fast and thrive on positive reinforcement training methods. Treats make a great way to potty train your pup as it will help him to associate the reward and praise you give him with the reason you are doing so. Weimaraners need a lot of exercise and tend to be a bit on the stubborn side, so you will need plenty of patience to reach your goal. Until you are sure your pup is fully trained, you should always keep a very close eye on him or put him in a crate.

Defining Tasks

The last thing you want is a full grown Weimaraner who still thinks your house is his bathroom. Yet, if you don't take the time to train him from the start, you can expect nothing less. The younger your pup is, the easier it will be to train him. While you can train an older dog, it will take a lot more work. Keep In mind you need to choose a spot in your yard that will become his "bathroom" and stick with it. You also need to be very patient and ready to work with your pup for several months before he will have completely mastered the fine art of going potty outside. 

Getting Started

Before you can start potty training your pup, you need to make sure you have plenty of time on your hands to work with him. During the early phases, you need to be able to take him out every half hour. If you cannot dedicate this much time, you can use a crate, but even then he must be taken out every couple of hours at the most or he will not be able to hold himself.

For training you need:

  • Crate
  • Treats
  • Leash

Along with this, you need plenty of patience as Weimaraners can be quite stubborn. The most important things to remember are to never punish your pup for an accident and to take your time and let your pup set the pace, he will learn faster this way. 

The Crate Training Method

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Pup in crate
Set your pup up in his crate with a bowl of water, a couple of his favorite toys, and a nice bed to nap on. Set a timer so that you can take your pup outside to go potty every hour. As you head out the door use a cue like "let's go potty" so that he can associate the command with the action.
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By fives
Take your pup to his spot in the yard and give him no more than five minutes to go potty. If he doesn't go within those five minutes, go ahead and take him back inside and pop him in his crate. Reset the timer and try again the next hour. If at any time he starts to whine and fuss like he needs to go potty, take him out immediately, otherwise wait for the timer to go off and try again.
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Woohoo, he went potty!
Whether he goes potty the first time, the second time, or whenever, be sure to praise him and give him a tasty treat. The more fuss you make, the more he will associate good things with going potty.
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Extended time in
Start slowly increasing the time between outings until he can stay in the crate for up to two hours.
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Door open
Now you can try leaving the crate door open. Just remember to keep an eye on your pup. If he starts to indicate that he needs to go potty, take him out and make a huge fuss because this means he is figuring out the whole going potty outside thing.
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The Eyes of an Eagle Method

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Fill your pockets
Fill your pockets or a bag with plenty of your pup's favorite treats.
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Eagle eye
Whenever your pup is not in his crate, you need to keep a very close eye on him. If he starts circling a spot and sniffing at it, scratching at the floor or the door, whining, whimpering, or showing any physical signs of needing to go potty, tell him "No!" in a firm voice.
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Straight outside
Then pick him up or hook him to his leash and take him straight out to his spot in the yard.
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Patience
Give your pup plenty of time, he may need to "get back in the mood" before he can go. When he does, be sure to praise him and give him a treat.
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It's all about time
Start working on making your pup wait longer between trips outside, be sure to keep an eye on him to make sure you take him out if he shows signs of needing to go. Be patient and keep working with him, in time he will master this vital skill.
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The Pee Zone Method

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Shopping time
Believe it or not you can buy a spray at your local pet supply store that can be used to mark an area of your lawn to entice your pup to go potty in a specific spot.
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Mark the pee zone
Use the spray to mark a small area of your lawn, one that is close enough to your door that your pup won't have an accident on the way and one that is easy to clean up.
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Hook up the pup
Hook your pup on his leash and using your cue, take him out to the area you previously marked on the ground. Give him up to 15 minutes to go potty. If he doesn't go, take him back inside and keep an eye on him. Take him back out in 15 more minutes.
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If and when he goes
When your Weimaraner goes potty, be sure you praise him and give him a treat or two.
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On and on
The rest is all about continuing to work with your pup, extending the time he stays inside between potty breaks. In time, messes in the house will be a thing of the past.
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