It's been awhile, does my potty training plan sound ok?
Last fall we put our GSD of 13yrs down due to cancer.
We get our new pup from the breeder 3/16/2014.
It's been a good 13-14yrs since I had to potty train a puppy.
Here's my plan. I'm not saying it's perfect or even good. Like I said, it's been awhile. I'm just looking for tips and/or advice.
- Take out once every hour (when possible) during the day for at least 15min or until puppy goes. At night, set alarm to 1am and take dog out. (last time before bed will be around 9pm and I'm usually up between 430-5am)
- Lots of treats/celebrations when/if puppy goes outside in designed area
- If there's a 'tell' that puppy has to go, get him out regardless of time.
- If puppy does let it loose in house, put puppys nose by accident, stern "NO", and take outside (I know this one will get argued but I've done it for years)
That's my basic plan. I will be crating the dog at night and the few times of week during the day when both the wife and I will be gone, but I don't want to put potty pads in crate because I do not want the puppy to think that going inside is an acceptable option at all.
I started this thread for tips/help. Like I said, it's been awhile.