House Training German Shepherd Puppy

A German Shepherd puppy’s housetraining and housebreaking

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Getting a German Shepherd puppy is a lot of fun and excitement, but it also brings with it a lot of new responsibilities and challenges. Housetraining is one of them. As soon as you bring your German Shepherd puppy home, you should begin housetraining her. Housetraining is all about consistency, repetition, and good timing. Until your puppy is about 4 months old, she will need to relieve herself frequently, so this crucial period will require a lot of commitment on your part. Take your puppy outside every two hours during the day, ideally after every meal, after a round of play, right after waking up, and at least once during the night. Fortunately, this will not last long, and with a little patience, you will soon be able to get a good night’s rest.
Dogs prefer routine, so the more routine your training is, the faster you’ll see results. Use these two tips to make housetraining a habit: First and foremost, take your puppy to the same potty area every time. This has several advantages, including the fact that your puppy will be more likely to learn to do her business in one area of the yard (for example, a wooded area), and you will save time cleaning up after her.Your puppy will also be “reminded” of what she is out for by the smell of previous visits, and she will go potty faster as a result. If you take her to different places each time, she will first investigate the area, which is not the most appealing situation when it is raining or you are in a hurry. Second, whenever your puppy is about to go potty, say “Go potty,” “Get busy,” or any other word you want, as long as you say them the same way every time. After she’s finished, use the same phrase to tell her she did a good job. For example, say, “Good girl! Good girl!” in a cheerful tone.
If you must leave your German Shepherd puppy alone for an extended period of time (for example, when you go to work), put her in an area of the house with a hard surface floor that you don’t mind cleaning up. Never scold your puppy if you return home to find a mess. Too much time has passed for Puppy to realize what she did wrong. There should be no delayed punishment for any “mischief” that your puppy commits.
One of the most common mistakes new puppy owners make is bringing the puppy to the puddle she made, pointing at it, and then speaking sternly. The puppy will usually adopt a “guilty look,” leading the person to believe that the puppy is aware of what she has done wrong. The puppy, in reality, has no idea why she is being chastised. The puppy is aware that you are dissatisfied with her, not with what she has done. She will demonstrate her submissiveness, which many people take as acting “guilty,” to show you that she is just a puppy and to avoid punishment.
This situation only teaches your German Shepherd puppy two things: you get irritable for no reason, and the best way to deal with it is to become submissive. Put your frustration aside, clean up, and try to check on your German Shepherd puppy at least every four hours to give her a chance to potty outside.
Keep an eye on your puppy at all times when you’re playing inside with her. If you notice your puppy circling and sniffing around for a potty spot, or if you catch her doing so, emphatically say “No,” grab her, and take her out to her regular “potty place” right away. When she does it outside, don’t forget to lavishly praise her. If your puppy has an accident inside, clean the area well with a strong cleaner, like bleach that has been diluted, to make sure there is no smell that will make your puppy want to go there again.
German Shepherd puppies have a natural place to keep their surroundings clean. This instinct will aid you greatly in housetraining, and if you let your puppy out at least four times a day, you should have no accidents inside by the age of six months.