How To Housebreak A German Shepherd Puppy


A Guide to Housebreaking a German Shepherd Puppy

One of the main reasons to select a German Shepherd over every other dog breed is the intelligence of these young puppies. All dogs can be taught to use the potty, but those chosen for their intelligence will find it much easier and take it up much more quickly.

Even though potty training a German Shepherd is not straightforward, using the proper techniques will make the process easier than trying to potty train practically any other breed.

Before bringing your German Shepherd puppy home from the breeder or the shelter, you should take the following steps to ensure that crate training goes smoothly.

Invest in a dog crate.

In addition to being an essential part of housebreaking, crate training also makes traveling with your dog much more manageable. It gives him a sense of belonging by providing him with his crate. Start with a modestly sized box. Even if you eventually want one large enough for your dog when it is fully grown, the container should be small enough for the German Shepherd puppy to feel protected and enclosed during potty training. Place the puppy’s crate in a warm location where it can’t see you.

Obtain some healthy treats.

Using food as a reward is a great way to start the training process. This tactile reward can be beneficial at the beginning of training, even if you will eventually stop rewarding your puppy with treats when he uses the bathroom correctly.

Bring stain remover and urine with you.

There may be mistakes and disasters in your home during the training process. Get some urine and stain remover before you even bring the puppy home. Make sure the odor and stain are both gone. If a dog finds urine on the carpet, they’ll assume that’s an excellent place to go potty again.

You can use a bell.

Place a bell or other noisemaker on the door leading outside if you are not in the same room as your puppy when he wants to use the bathroom.

Keep a leash handy

Your puppy will need to go potty outside first, so you’ll need to accompany him to that location in the yard and wait there while he does it.

Select a command.

You should teach your dog a single-word command to go potty and a single-word command to praise him for going potty in the right spot.

The time has arrived to start potty training your new puppy.

If you want your puppy to be quickly and housebroken, you, as the owner, must be on guard. It’s important to remember that your puppy has no concept of right or wrong when using the bathroom within the house.

Your puppy will quickly learn to regard his crate as his home and always try to keep it tidy. But if he spends most of his time inside, he will consider the rest of the house his kingdom, and there must be a bathroom somewhere in that domain. If you reprimand him or make him rub his face in his mess, he won’t understand why you don’t want him to use the bathroom at home; instead, you’ll only terrorize him. The most refined techniques for toilet-training a German Shepherd are listed below.

When and how frequently do puppies go potty?

Puppies require bathroom time about 20 minutes after eating or drinking. Add this to your feeding routine. Take them outdoors to use the water for twenty minutes after eating or drinking. This will help you and your puppy develop a way.

Avoid overusing newspapers.

Try not to paper-train a puppy. Your puppy will be very confused by this.

One Word Sequence

Take him outdoors to use the potty when you bring your new puppy home. Don’t carry the man; make him walk instead. Use a simple instruction like “poop,” and then wait for him to comply. Though he could take a little while, he will eventually use the bathroom because he needs to.

Verbal praise

As soon as he starts to execute his job, give him verbal praise. After he is finished, give him a treat and more verbal praise.


Lead him through the door you’ll always use to let him enter and leave the house after that. Holding his leash, lead him to his bowls of food and water while engaging in play. After giving him something to eat and drink, play with him some more, and then after approximately 20 minutes, bring him back to the door.

Any sound, like a bell

With his paw, ring the bell or other soundmaker you have mounted on the doorknob. Please give him a treat and verbal praise.

Behavior Rewarding

Bring him outside so he may use the bathroom—verbal praise before he starts, then verbal praise and a treat when he moves.


Repeat this procedure each time he eats food or liquids.

The Holy Crate

Put him in his crate when you aren’t at home or actively caring for your puppy. He will scream, but he will give in to their feeble cries. Don’t worry, and he’s okay. As a result, he will become more accustomed to the crate and begin to view it as a secure location. He can have a chew toy in the box, but neither food nor water should be present. (Update: While we’re at it, don’t leave your dog without water for hours at a time or lock him in a hot car or apartment.) When you allow him out of the crate, use the same routine you do after he eats food or liquids. Always walk him; don’t ever carry him.

Never chastise or punish puppies.

Never correct your puppy when they make a mistake or punish them. Make that guest and other family members understand why you are not punishing him for the accident. This is not “new age” dog ownership; it is simply dog psychology. They won’t learn that they should not enter the house since they won’t understand what they did wrong. Instead, they’ll only start to fear you.

Utilizing the Crate to Clean

Put the puppy in his crate and clean up the mess.

Puppies of German shepherds learn new things quickly.

After three or four days, your puppy will understand the procedure, but this does not imply that he is well-trained. This often takes a month to finish, and you can start weaning him off the treats. Just occasionally, not all the time, give him one. Continue to compliment him verbally.

Follow These Steps for Success

By following these steps, you can be sure that your German Shepherd knows where you want him to go and how to ask to go outside when he needs to go potty.

Potty training your German Shepherd puppy will be quick and painless if you do your part. In no time at all, he’ll be content and housebroken.