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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 03-26-2013, 08:17 AM Thread Starter
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Going to get a puppy soon

I just want to know if this would be a good method to potty train a puppy.

Here is what I would do. I would feed him then wait 15 minutes then take him outside. I also will take him out every 15 minutes when I see him drink water each time. I have no problem keeping my eye on him 24/7 so he doesn't have an accident in the house.

Probably at 10pm I would put up his water bowl and put him in his crate for both of our bed times. I plan on setting my alarm clock to 5 am so I can let him out so he could use the bathroom then feed and give him water then wait 15 minutes to take him out again.

Will this help from having to deal with accidents in the house if I keep my eye on him at all times?

I'm freaking nervous about having a large breed dog because I don't want to set my puppy up to fail.
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I think even if you pick up his water bowl, you're still going to need to do at least one middle of the night potty break from the crate (depending on it's age).
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 03-26-2013, 08:25 AM
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I think after feeding mine had to go almost immediately. I did not leave down water all the time with a puppy but offered it frequently. Taking up at night is good. Always out after playtime and after eating or drinking.

When young, the puppy should be where you can hear him in the crate and it should be small enough so he can't go in the corner and get away from it. He will wake you up frequently and slowly learn to hold it for longer periods. At 8 weeks expect to wake up every 2-3 hours but that period goes by fast and by 12-16 weeks he should make it through the night.

Night potty is all about business no play. At some point when you KNOW he has gone you need to ignore crying in the crate (And I mean IGNORE-only reward him for being quiet in the crate, not noisy)

Relax-don't be nervous. GSDs are pretty easy to housebreak.


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