Please help with some puppy potty training basics
So I did a lot of research prior to getting my GSD puppy. He's a great dog, and we are making progress with some things (crate training, sit/let go/come), but I am hitting a roadblock with potty training.
Everything I read says to be consistent and make a routine. I am trying this, but it is not working. He knows that outside is a potty place, and when I take him he pees almost instantly (takes a few minutes to poop, but that's okay). I take him outside first thing in the morning, about half an hour after meals, and roughly every two hours for the rest of the day, once more before crating at night, and again at about 2:30 in the morning.
Like I said, this is not working. He goes when we go out (and I do give him enough time, praise only after he has finished and walked away, etc.), but he also goes basically whenever he wants to once we get inside. He has had an accident almost every day now. Right now we are going outside about every two hours, plus any additional accidents he has in the house.
I'm not mad at the dog, and I know there is something I can be doing to make him more successful. But I'm really not sure what it is.