Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Southern Illinois
Do or do not, there is no try.
You have to take her out every 20 minutes when she is a very young pup. Stand with her or walk her around and tell her to "go potty!" Take her to the same place every time. You cannot go in once you've gone out to go potty until she goes. She must be made to understand what she is out there for. And you can't go out just when it is convenient for you. You must stick to a routine or she will never learn. No playing either. I never used treats, but you can try that too after she has gone potty.
Always lavish a lot of praise after she has taken care of business, and go right back inside afterward.
You must also take her out after:
Drinking (any amount)
Pull her food no later than 1900 and food no later than 2000 depending upon your feeding schedule and how fast she eliminates. You will likely have to adjust this to work around your sleep/work schedule.
Crate her at night or have her sleep with you. You will have to get up several times so you may as well get used to it now until she can hold it through the night.
Take her out before bedtime, again at 0100, 0400, and whatever time you get up. The objective here is to make sure she is empty as possible before bedtime to eliminate the nocturnal trips as soon as possible after her little bladder can hold the remaining contents overnight.
German Shepherd Dogs are mong the easiest of all breeds to succesfully potty train. But you have to teach her. She can't figure out what you want unless you show her.
One other objective of this training is that they must be made to understand not only that outside is where we go potty, but that it is NEVER ever ever ever (except for an illness accident that you or she can't help) acceptable to go inside.
Bear, Anna, Molly, Ossie, and The Countess Lisl von Schlaf
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