Join Date: May 2009
Location: Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario
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Hi there devildog808!
I live on the 18th floor in a apartment complex and to be quite honest potty training was EXHAUSTING!
I personally do not like the idea of letting the puppy go inside, I don't think it will "confuse them" if you transition properly but I do think having dirty pee pads in the house from a growing GSD puppy can be.. um... icky!
I wanted Stark potty trained right away so this aspect of training was very important to me and so I was VERY COMMITTED to ensuring that I stuck to my plans.
I took Stark out probably every fourty-five minutes to an hour at first (maybe the first week, maybe a day or two less). I then took him out 10 minutes after he ate, even if I had just let him out 20 minutes before that. I took him out 5 minutes after he drank something (even a lick of water), and right in the middle of play sessions. I would stop what I was doing and take him outside. I didn't want any accidents (of couse we had a couple) and tried my best to get him into a routine of going outdoors.
Now, getting from my apartment (18th floor) to the lobby proved difficult some days. The best word of advice I can give you; CARRY THE PUPPY TO THE DESIGNATED POTTY SPOT, because as soon as puppy has a chance to sniff around (even in the elevator) they will start to potty and cleaning a puppy mess in a moving elevator.. not fun, trust me.
Ususally the elevator would stop 10 times before I reached the lobby and I had a hoard of people wanting to pet and cuddle him but I would always ask them to wait until we came back in to play with puppy. This way puppy didn't get too excited and loose control of his bladder. A lot of times I would come back in from letting the puppy out and have 10-15 people waiting in the lobby to pet or see Stark.. lol.
You are going to be a walking zombie for a week or two but to me it's worth it. Stark was potty trained in a week and didn't have any accidents after that. Which was awsome! He then started to hold his bladder for a hour or two around 9.5 weeks old. Again, big step!
Having a puppy in an apartment is a little more challenging as we have to always be aware of people, environment, rules and regulations unlike living in a home where you call the shots but it is so worth it.
Good luck and if you have any questions please let me know, just PM me because I probably won't see the thread as I am not on here too much.
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