Re: German Shepherd Puppies Pooing and Peeing
When we got our pups at 5-1/2 weeks old the lady we got them from said they were newspaper trained.
Having two of them, looking back now it seemed like when they were in the house, take a step, pee, take another step poop. I thought we'd never get them housebroken. We did do what you're doing, put newspapers by the door, but they could have cared less, they were obviously NOT paper trained.
Then I remembered from my dog books, if you train them to go inside, they'll always go inside, not matter how old they are.
You didn't say how old your pup is. I was lucky to be home with them all the time, so I just started taking them out maybe every 10-15 minutes when they were super small, as they grew, 15-20 minutes, of course giving a small treat & making a huge deal out of them going outdoors.
She'll put it together eventually. GSD are so smart. I'll never forget what my girlfriend told me when I was housetraining my first GSD. She said he'll be outside doing his business & you say your "key word", our is go potty, & your eyes will meet & in that instant you know that he "gets" it.
If its any consolation I never thought my boys would be housebroken. Now here they are a year old & the only accidents are my fault, not getting them out in time. It WILL happen. But I wouldn't use the mat. I agree with Ruth.