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01-21-2014 12:38 PM
Luna'sMom Oh, no, I don't expect her to be potty trained--just get the door idea!

I love her coat, too. This is our first GSD and she's super cute!
01-20-2014 03:44 PM
mcdanfam
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I can't advise you on anything from an expert opinion.....but for our two potty training....they were potty trained in less than a week and never had an accident. We got them at 9 weeks, 10 weeks they were ringing their bell...sometimes just to go out to play....most of the time for potty.
We hung a bell, we would keep the pups in their kennels, every two hours we would take them out-even throughout the night, straight to the door, handle their paws to hit the bell, vocal praise, treat and open the door! We would let them potty, play for a few mins, bring them inside, play about 15 mins more....return them to their kennels and repeat the process. The first week was all about play, kennel and potty training. Before we entered stores, we would break and right as we left stores.
I am not sure if this was the correct way. But it worked wonders for our pups. They still ring the bell...sometimes just to play, but most of the time for potty. They are now 15 months and never had any accidents.
Others may have Better action plan than we had....we did the two hours until they were 13 weeks, 13 weeks we moved it to 3 hours, 15 weeks 4 1/2 hours, by the time they were 4 months old....they could handle an 8 hour car ride.


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By the way.....love her coat. She is a cutie!


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01-20-2014 03:43 PM
mcdanfam I can't advise you on anything from an expert opinion.....but for our two potty training....they were potty trained in less than a week and never had an accident. We got them at 9 weeks, 10 weeks they were ringing their bell...sometimes just to go out to play....most of the time for potty.
We hung a bell, we would keep the pups in their kennels, every two hours we would take them out-even throughout the night, straight to the door, handle their paws to hit the bell, vocal praise, treat and open the door! We would let them potty, play for a few mins, bring them inside, play about 15 mins more....return them to their kennels and repeat the process. The first week was all about play, kennel and potty training. Before we entered stores, we would break and right as we left stores.
I am not sure if this was the correct way. But it worked wonders for our pups. They still ring the bell...sometimes just to play, but most of the time for potty. They are now 15 months and never had any accidents.
Others may have Better action plan than we had....we did the two hours until they were 13 weeks, 13 weeks we moved it to 3 hours, 15 weeks 4 1/2 hours, by the time they were 4 months old....they could handle an 8 hour car ride.


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01-20-2014 03:22 PM
Galathiel Mine is 9 months old and still doesn't really alert to go outside mostly. I just keep to a schedule of going out every 2-3 hours. When my pup was your pup's age, we went out probably every 45 minutes to an hour while he was not crated. I wouldn't expect him to be completely trained (i.e. alerting to go out religiously) at 13 weeks old.

While mine doesn't ask to go out, he IS trained. He doesn't go until taken outside even though I find out sometimes that he really needed to go!

Can't help on the other two. Mine had pretty good bite inhibition to begin with and is still a butt-head about the leash (ah .. a work in progress for sure!).
01-20-2014 01:10 PM
Luna'sMom Thanks, we think she's a beauty, too!
The only thing about turning around--we would never get anywhere! And it's COLD outside brrr.
01-20-2014 01:06 PM
Angelina03 She's adorable!! 13 weeks is still just a baby. I would just keep up with what you are doing with lots of patience. For potty training, I would not wait for her cue. I would take her out as often as possible (because she's still so young) and reward when she goes outside. I would want her to learn that she can't go inside and has to hold it until I take her out (she'll catch on). For lead pulling, try turning her around when she pulls so that she is next to you again and continue walking, when she pulls again, turn around again. This worked more for Rocco as a puppy than stopping. Now that he is big and "knows", stopping works fine. Good luck. She's beautiful.


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01-20-2014 12:52 PM
Luna'sMom
What my 13 wk old is up to

Hello, again. Agnes is now 13 weeks old....quite the interesting pup. A handful to say the least. For the most part, we adore her, and she is a good pup. I know she is just being a pup, but there are days...I just want to run away. She seems very smart, drivy (she NEVER quits), and can stay focused on me...I need better training in this area and am going to order a Michael Ellis DVD. I have just a few issues that I would like some feedback on.
1. Potty training. She has had two accidents in the house in the past couple of weeks, which is not bad, My fault. Waited too long, or wasn't watching. BUT, she still has no clue that she should go to the door,j and if up to her, she would just pee anywhere. At first, it seemed like she was getting it, but no, she is not. What I do is, I think, is just pre-empt her and just take her when I think she needs to (based on timing and activity and eating). If I just let her go and wait for her ques, she will just mill around, looking for a place...instead of going to the door. I did try taking her to the door, holding her paw and scratching the door, reward at door, then reward after potty. She screams bloody murder if you touch her paw to do this. No, there is NOTHING wrong with her phsyically. She is just being bratty. How can I help her get it?? I reward her with words and treats. When she starts to pee, she will look up at me for either reward. ?? should I wait for her clue that she has to go? and is my action of just taking her before she asks not allowing her to learn to run to the door. ??

2. Biting: getting better, but still pretty bitey. I just redirect,redirect...get a toy, whatever. When does the phase end???? She has a strong prey drive, so all my socks have holes. Loves to attack feet. Me, I can deal with, but my boys,...she chases them (I tell them not to run, as it makes it worse, but they do not listen!) the boys are 9 and 11, so I know the should understand this. Ugh.

3. Pulling on the lead..seems to have no clue how to walk on a leash yet. I know most of it is because the big dogs are outside, so when we go outside where they are, she goes nuts to get to them. Still...seems like we cannot get anywhere, as when she pulls, I stop and/or give her a quick pop back. but, I think will all of the leash correction, she has now just started to ignore it. Help! She is already pretty strong. I cannot image when she gets much bigger.

I know there was one more thing....if I think of it, I will post again.

Thanks! This forum has saved the both of us on some days! LOL

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