Potty training is essential for any dog that is in its puppy stage. Just as children must learn to relieve themselves correctly in the bathroom, puppies must also know where and when to urinate or defecate.
When a German Shepherd is a puppy, it is normal for it to relieve itself all over the house. Obviously, you do not want to find urine or faeces on your furniture or floor, so it is important to train it properly to avoid these situations.
Consider Crate Training Your German Shepherd Puppy
Generally, all breeds of dogs hate to urinate or defecate where they sleep or spend time. Therefore, it is very rare to see a German Shepherd puppy relieving itself in the place where it spends time.
That is the reason why they end up urinating or defecating anywhere in the house when they are not trained. Crate training is a good way to make our dog learn to relieve itself in the right place.
A crate will become a puppy’s resting space which will make it want to get out of there when it needs to relieve itself. That is very beneficial as it will be much easier for our German Shepherd to quickly learn where it should really urinate and defecate.
Training a puppy of this breed to be in its crate can be complicated if we don’t use the right methods.
The first thing to understand is that it is never recommended to force a German Shepherd into a crate as this could scare and stress it out. You must make it get used to that place little by little so that the process is more natural.
In fact, you can train your pup using a command every time you want it to go in or out of the crate. Make sure to always reward your pet with treats whenever it obeys you.
Select the Best Place Where Your German Shepherd Puppy Will Urinate or Defecate
You need to decide if you will let your German Shepherd puppy relieve itself inside or outside the house. Some people will prefer to choose a spot in the garden or backyard while others will think indoors is a better idea.
For people who usually work many hours of the day and are not with their pets at home, the best option is to train them to relieve themselves inside the house. Either way, you need to make sure the location is suitable for your German Shepherd. For example:
- If you want to train your puppy to urinate or defecate in the garden or backyard, be sure to find a spot that is shady and free of distractions. Any source of noise could make your German Shepherd nervous when it comes to relieving itself.
- If you plan to potty train your pet indoors, choose a place with a suitable temperature and one that is away from where family members spend time.
Create a Routine for Going to the Bathroom
One of the most important phases for potty training a German Shepherd puppy is to create a daily routine in which we establish the best times to take our pet to the selected space and allow it to relieve itself.
The first and most important time of day for your German Shepherd puppy to relieve itself is in the morning after waking up. When you and your pet wake up, take it directly to the place you have chosen. Do not allow it to urinate or defecate anywhere.
It is also important to take it to the established place after each meal. When a puppy eats, it is normal for it to begin to feel the urge to urinate or defecate.
Therefore, you should get your German Shepherd puppy used to going to the bathroom after every meal. You should do the same after each exercise, game, or training.
Finally, you should take your pet to its bathroom before sleeping at night. You can choose any other time of the day according to your needs.
Make sure you stay with your puppy when it relieves itself, but try not to make noise to avoid distracting it or making it nervous.
Keep in mind that this process can be slow and tedious at first, so you must have a lot of patience. Fortunately, German Shepherds are smart and will learn quickly.
Consider How Often Your German Shepherd Puppy Needs to Relieve Itself
Although we have already talked about the best times of the day to take your German Shepherd puppy to the bathroom, it is important to keep in mind that the frequency with which it goes to the bathroom depends on its age:
- An 8-week-old German Shepherd puppy should relieve itself every 2 hours.
- A 10-week-old German Shepherd puppy should relieve itself every 2.5 hours.
- A 12-week-old German Shepherd puppy should relieve itself every 3 hours.
- A 14-week-old German Shepherd puppy should relieve itself every 3.5 hours.
- A 16-week-old German Shepherd puppy should relieve itself every 4 hours.
Learn to Identify the Signs
When people need to go to the bathroom, it is normal for them to show some signs such as constantly walking, crossing their legs, etc.
The same goes for dogs. For this reason, it is important to know the most common signs that will let you know that your German Shepherd puppy needs to relieve itself.
Some common signs in these dogs are:
- Walking in circles with its head down.
- Smelling the floor and furniture.
- Scratching the floor and door.
- Barking near the door.
- Chewing anything it finds.
If you notice any of these signs, immediately take your German Shepherd puppy to the place where it usually relieves itself.