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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-01-2016, 10:13 AM Thread Starter
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Help with housetraining 10 weeks old

We got our GSD at 6 weeks, he is now 10 weeks, house training was going really good he would let us know when he had to go at night he would wake me up to go then we went a few times on the floor and I thought I just didn't wake up so I got puppy pads and he used those a few times but now he's not and he wakes me after he goes. I don't crate he I have never crated any of my dogs. Any suggestions for night time?
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-01-2016, 02:34 PM
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My personal experience is crate training is much easier to housebreak. When I didn't use the crate for about six months she went all over my carpet, now I am having to change to tile. Once I put her back in her crate I don't have that problem. But the damage to my carpet was permanent.
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We used a crate for the first 3-5 weeks, depending on the dog. Then we confined to a small area, and even after that we'd have to wake up in the middle of the night for several months. Sometimes my pup would alert on time, sometimes not. Like Laura66, the carpet in one room never really recovered. If you don't want to crate, you can try an exercise pen. We have a 4'x4' one (for recovery after surgery) and you can put pads on the floor within the pen for overnight.
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I crated Layla when I got her then stopped crating her and we had the same situation, of her just going.

I went and got a bigger crate and started crating her again at night and during the day while I am at work. Then when I was home I kept her close to me either in the same room or if I was preoccupied I tied her leash to my belt loop and kept her close, she has now earned back not having to be tied to me, and I leave her out of the crate when I go on short errands.

If you are not wanting to crate, have you thought about applying the same rules to a bathroom and adding a baby gate?
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the Monks of New Skeet have a book, The Art of Raising a Puppy.
I strictly followed the schedule that is laid out in that book for potty training and Finn trained very quickly.

I also followed their instructions on crate training and that was quick and easy too.

Finn is crated when he eats (door closed, for 1 hour).
He also rests and sleeps in his crate (door open). He loves curling up in there during the day to take a nap.

He is also crated in the car.
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