One of the biggest mistakes you can make as a new German Shepherd owner is thinking that you need to wait until your pup reaches a certain age before you can start potty training him. Nothing could be further from the truth! You can start working with your pup from the moment you pull up in your driveway with him for the first time. In other words, as soon as you get home with him, take him over to his "spot" in the yard to go potty. If he goes, be sure you praise him and give him a treat.
German Shepherds are highly intelligent and easily trainable as long as you are willing to put in the time to work on training him. No one wants to step on an ice-cold pile of poop in the middle of the night. In the wild, your pup's mother would have taught him not to go potty in the den. But, since you took him from his mother and the breeder before she has had time to train him, it's now your job. Take your time, be positive, and never punish your dog for having an accident.
You can start working with your pup as soon as you bring him home. While potty training doesn't require much in the way of supplies, it will require you to invest a significant amount of time. The less time you have to spend working on the training, the longer it is going to take. The only real supplies you need are:
The rest is all about having the time and patience to see your pup's training to a successful conclusion. Take your time, work at your pup's pace and before long, he will no longer be leaving you those landmines all over your house.
Hi, We have a germen shepherd and we will take her out in the morning, for instance this morning at 8 am she was out peed and pooped, by 9am she already pooped in the house while in her gated area while we got ready for work, she does this everyday and we cant seem to get her not to poop, she never poops in the house or even pees when she is free roam only if she's gated off.
Hello Catelyn, Are you feeding her between 8am when she goes outside and 9am when she has an accident? Puppies at that age need to go potty after very specific events happen. One is when they wake up, which is why she probably goes at 8am easily. Another is within ten to thirty minutest after they eat. That one is very specific to needing to poop and there is a very small window between when they eat and need to eliminate. Unlike an older dog, puppies cannot hold their poop for very long after eating. If that is the case try taking her back outside ten to fifteen minutes after she eats, even though you already took her at 8am. The area that you are placing her into is probably also a problem. If you are using a cleaner that does not say it contains enzymes, even if it says it's for pets, then the poop is not being broken down enough to fully eliminate the smell, and with her stronger sense of smell the scent left is encouraging her to go again in that same area. Try cleaning that entire area with a pet safe spray that contains enzymes. You can also try moving her gated area to a new location until the problem is solved. She might be going there out of habit at this point and only moving the gate will break the cycle. Try taking her outside again before 9am, right after she eats, cleaning the area with an enzymatic spray, and if that still does not work, moving the gated area to another location while doing the first two things. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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I take him outside when he is showing signs of pooping and my record is being out there with him for 1-1/2 hours before giving up and coming in but 10 minutes after we come in i find a pile of poop somewhere in my house. I dont understand. Its like he thinks the house is where he poops ive tried reversing to the best of my knowledge but to no avail..
Hello Pheonix, Many puppies this age get super distracted (or nervous) while outside and will wait until things are calmer (inside) to go potty. Check out the article I have linked below and strictly follow the crate Training method. Anytime you take him potty and he doesn't go both pee and poop when you know he probably needs to poop too, after 15 minutes of walking him around without him going, bring him back inside and put him into the crate, then try again 30-45 minutes later. Repeat this until he poops outside. Once he has pooped outside, you can give him more freedom after he pees outside, until he may need to poop again - then start the whole process over again - only giving freedom when he pees AND poops outside, and crating and trying again if he doesn't go when you take him. Read the method carefully. It talks about walking him around slowly on leash to help him focus, teaching the "Go Potty" command - which will help him focus and know what to do once he learns it, and rewarding with treats to motivate - keep the treats hidden in a pocket until after he goes though. It's also important to walk him around slowly to get his digestive tract going so he feels the urge to poop. After running around, and 15-45 minutes after feeding him are also likely times he will need to poop. Many puppies poop 2-3 times per day. Pay attention to his body's schedule so that you can get an idea of when he may need to go and be more strict with the crate around those times. Crate Training method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside Finally, don't put anything absorbent in his crate or he will likely soil that, and make sure it's sized correctly. Enough room for him to turn around, lie down, and stand up, but not extra room for him to potty on one end and stand in the other to avoid it - too big and he may poop in it. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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How do I get my 11 month German Shepard to poop outside cause when she goes outside she is all distracted even in a non distracted environment. She could be eating grass looking up and barley sniffing.
Hello, I suggest that you keep Athena moving along when you take her out for potty breaks. Your dog is more apt to eliminate when walking is brisk. Work on her heeling skills when out on walks: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-poodle-to-heel. Try the Treat Lure Method and the Turns Method. She'll be focusing on you as opposed to the environment. Chances are, she'll poop on one of the breaks. Take her on a walk first thing in the morning, after a nap, and always after mealtimes (within about 30 minutes). Dogs often need to poop at that time. Praise her every time she goes and give a treat as a reward as well, to motivate her. Good luck!
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