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I just got my 11 month old GSD from a breeder in Alabama. She has basic obedience training so she knows sit and lay down and we are working with her on the commands. I'm trying to figure the best style of training for the dog and myself.

The problem we are having is she will dump outside but when she gets back inside she will pee on the carpet, no matter how long we are outside for after the dump. Do y'all have any suggestions?

-Derek
 

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Crate her when you can't watch her.

Tether her to you at all times in the house.

Watcher her every second of the day when she is not one of the above.

Take her out every 20 minutes, and,

after nap time
after eating
after playtime
after 20 minutes have lapsed.

They don't know what or how to do this unless you show them and teach them.
 

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Thanks MichaelE,

She's next to me anytime I'm in the house or she is crated when I leave. I don't let her in any room without me. I was going to try the leash thing once she used the bathroom in the house again, but since she's just been going outside.

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Have you taken her to the vet? She may have a UTI...I'd also have a fecal test run. If she is not spayed, she may be going into heat(which shouldn't have bearing on her not housetraining, but messes with the hormones!)
 

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I noticed you said she pees after she dumps. None of my GSD's ever pooped before they pee'd.

I don't know if that is peculiar to the dogs I've owned, or GSD's in general, but I just caught that.
 

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I noticed you said she pees after she dumps. None of my GSD's ever pooped before they pee'd.

I don't know if that is peculiar to the dogs I've owned, or GSD's in general, but I just caught that.
My boy ALWAYS pees before he poos. So did my girl and the boy I had before her. MHO is that this is the norm unless there is a medical condition or illness. Not an expert but became a big poo watcher after switching to raw diet :)


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I'll have to ask my wife she's the morning walker. I know she normally just pees in the evening. She peed in the house again today so I went ahead and leashed her to me like MichaelE said. I am supposed to keep her leashed until she pees outside and then releash her if she pees inside? Oh, the accident this evening was because I cam home from work and just played with her without taking her out.

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Another thing, she doesn't go to the door yet. I realize I've had her for about two weeks now but she has come along way.
 

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Start asking her if she wants to 'go outside'. "Do you wanna go outside?" "Let's go outside and go potty", something to that effect. Just be consistent.

Ask her everytime when you take her out. It's not really a question for her, but to get her used to the command that you are about to go outside to potty.

When you do this, don't play with her. This is just a potty trip.
Stand there with her until she goes. Tell her to 'Go potty' or pee, or whatever you want to call it, just be consistent. When she's finished, go back inside, no playing. She has to be made to understand what she's out there for. Potty; nothing else.

Keep watching for signs that she has to go. It's the usual sniffing around, walking in circles, or pacing. Don't wait because she'll squat before you can get up. If she does, don't scold her. If she is still pottying in the house it's because she doesn't yet understand what you want (or don't want).

You can't discipline understanding. Only patients and perseverance will accomplish potty training. They're smart dogs. She'll catch on if you do your part.

Watch for other signs too. She might whine when you know she isn't hungry, wanting to play, or isn't tired. She might come to you and sit and look at you and not say anything. She might jump on you and whine. These are all potty signals. You just need to tune into her.

Lisl never did go to the door because if she did I'd never see her. I can't see the door from where I am in the house so she came up with different ways of letting me know she had to go out.
 
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