Hi, I am the owner of a white GS. We have the puppy since it was almost 4 weeks old and is gonna be 10 weeks on Tuesday. The breeders didn't take very good care of the animals and we reported after we rescued it. Now for my questions. The dogs only got fed once a day, had fleas and worms.
1. House Breaking.
This isn't my first dog but it is my first GS. But he seems to have his good moments. We haven't had a single day that he hasn't had an accident in the house. I work 9 hour days and my gf works 8 hours. When we are work he is at either one of our houses so he doesn't have to be crated all the time. I have been trying really hard to house break him as soon as possible. I take him outside after he takes a big drink, wakes up from a nap, goes to the door, 5 minutes after eating unless its a big meal, and after playing. He will go potty outside when I tell him to do it, so he has learned that aspect so far. But for some reason he will have really bad days when he won't go outside for at all and then once he comes inside he goes right away. He will have accidents without any warning even while we are playing he will stop and just go.
I am the only one following this method and the others will let him out after he eats. I am not 100% on how often they do.
How can I get him to stop having those bad days and so many accidents when I try and take him outside every hour or 2.
I am a firm believer that they shouldn't be crated at all. My pitt is allowed to roam my apartment and sleep where ever she wants. She is fully house broken and once my GS house broken he will be the same way. Now the only time I have him in his kennel is when we are sleeping over night, I am in the shower, going to work until (but he is out of his kennel within 2 hours because someone comes to get him if I don't drop him at my gf parents.), or when I am taking my other dog outside. Now my issue is at night even when he is sleeping I will pick him up and put him inside his kennel after we go potty. He will start to bark and whine insanely loud and it will usually continue for 10ish minutes. I try to just ignore it but his kennel is right next to my bed and it gets really annoying. So I will yell stop, no, or just tell him he is fine.
How can I get him to realize his kennel is purely for sleeping and isn't any sort of punishment? Around 8 weeks he was doing fine with it but when I went out of town for a week I think maybe they used it for punishment and maybe he is afraid of it now. I don't know.
Hey there! I'm a new mom of an 8 week old GSD and I can tell you one thing for sure, I feel your pain!
I want to help, so I can tell you what I've been doing that's been pretty successful, with the help of my boyfriend (his parents took their dog to obedience school so we've picked up on some helpful things that I've found effective with my Ava).
While being raised in terrible conditions, it's still possible to re-hardwire the bad behaviors while they're still at a young age (at least, I firmly believe it is).
1. House Breaking-
This one was a little demanding, but after several pee stains and poop piles in my house, we finally got her house broken at 7 1/2 weeks. First, we picked up one 20 pack of puppy pads. While in the house after naps, eating, playing, we'd take her to the pad in a designated area, so not to confuse her and tell her to go potty. Sometimes it worked, most of the time not so much. Whenever we caught her in the act we'd pick her up right away and take her to the pad. Never scold them for going in the house, the most we ever did was pick her up and take her to where she went potty and she'd look away shamefully- which does the trick (accidents aside).
After a while, we moved to the outside world and to a certain section of our yard. She spent a while just discovering things, but the second she would use the bathroom we'd give her a treat and praise her. This is IMPORTANT! This shows them that what they just did will receive a reward and she's likely to repeat it. Initially we'd carry her outside because she was a slow pudgy thing and we didn't want to have accidents. As we head out we ask her if she needs to go potty, they will make an association with the word so later on they'll just run to the door when you ask. Pretty soon you'll be able to get a routine down as long as you're firm and consistent.
I hate it as much as the next person, but it is necessary in early life. They will whine a lot the first couple of times, but as long as you present them with something soft to sleep on, and a toy to chew on they will adjust accordingly. We only put her in it at night initially so she knew it was bedtime. What you want to do, is make them realize it's not a punishment. So we would take her to the crate, tell her "hop in" and put her in it (word association that will help much later on) and give her a treat. That way they think, "Ohh i get a treat for being here, so it's clearly not because I was bad!" It's best to keep the crate in a dark room, like a bathroom. Crating is a good idea because if you have guests over that have allergies or that the dog may not be too fond of (dogs sometimes just don't like some people just like we do!) you can put them in their kennel without them carrying on like they're being murdered. Plus, if you ever need them to be boarded they won't wreak havoc in the car or wherever you take them.
This is all what has worked for me, good luck in your endeavors!