Potty Training German Shepherd Puppies (Basic Tips & Techniques)

potty training a german shepherd puppy

German shepherds learn basic training in a short time so it is not difficult to train them. One of the first things a puppy is expected to follow is bathroom manners. If you do not train it properly from the beginning, it will end up running your home with potty and urine. The Potty Training German Shepherd Puppy method you use to train your puppy is important as effective ways can teach it in a week to go outside.

Things You Will Need For Potty Training German Shepherd Puppy

The only thing you need to arrange or buy is a crate for the puppy (see our reviews of the best crates for German shepherds). It is better to have a door that can be locked. You can also make your own crate from household items. It should have a comfortable and firm base and enough place for the pup to stand or turn around. You can place a towel, newspaper, or other items to make it comfortable for the dog. Puppies do not usually defecate in their sleeping area so it will be mostly clean.

Make Your Dog Knows The Spot

Picking a suitable place for your puppy to do his business is very vital. He will associate with this place and keep coming back for his toilet needs. So choose a place like part of the backyard or grass area away from driveways or porches. Do not change the place and always lead him to the exact spot in the beginning.

Training Your Puppy with Crate

Dog crates can be used to house the puppy while it sleeps at night. It is also an important part of potty training German shepherd puppy. The crate is also useful to keep your puppy in a safe area when you are not able to attend it. Take your pup outside before it sleeps and also in the morning after waking up

Do not keep it locked in the crate for more than 2 hours. Little puppies do not have the ability to hold their urine as mature dogs can. The puppy may cry or whimper at night from the crate. It means you have to take it outside for relieving itself.

How Long To Potty Train A German Shepherd Puppy

It takes anywhere from a few weeks to a few months before your puppy can learn potty training completely. 

You should take your pup out according to the following schedule:

German Shepherd puppy potty training infographic
  • Put him on a leash and lead him to the toilet space after 20 to 30 minutes of a meal. Dogs usually need that much time to digest before they feel the need to go. Repeat this training after each meal. You can also use a consistent verbal command each time while he defecates.
  • You will not be able to train a puppy until he is 20 days older or more. Up to this time, they cannot control their excretions. Take out the puppies every two hours till they are 16 weeks old. It is the maximum time puppies of this age can hold their urine.
  • After 16 – 18 weeks the German shepherd can control its urine for around 4 hours. You can reduce the timing of taking him out when he reaches this age.

Signs of Effective Learning

The behavior of your dog will tell you if it has been able to learn potty training. He will not urinate or defecate in the house even if they have to hold it. Usually, the dog will stand near the door through which you take it outside and make signs or look at you. He could also bark or scratch the door with its paw. It is your signal to open the door and let it out.

Things to Consider

Never shout or show anger on the puppy. Always be positive and show appreciation or affection when it completes the task correctly.

Start as soon as you get the dog in your home. It is difficult to make older dogs learn. Early training also cuts down the alpha male attitude of your German shepherd and makes him less controlling.

Potty training German shepherd puppy can be one of the most rewarding experiences you’ve ever had. German Shepherd pups are really intelligent, so if you have a little bit of patience, your pet would soon know just where to relieve itself. The first few weeks would be tough but then you’re looking at many years of companionship and love, and German shepherds are known for that.

After you potty train your dog, the next step is to teach your dog to ring a potty training bell. With Potty Training Bells, there is no more scratching or barking, your dog just needs to ring the bells if he wants to go out.

What if I have 9-5 Jobs?

A young puppy needs regular toilet breaks depending on his age. You should arrange for someone to come to your place on the determined schedule. Remember, you should not leave your puppy for a long time (4 hours at a stretch) without someone seeing him because when you leave him for a long time, he will be more prone to bad habits.

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Andrew Garf

Andrew Garf

Hi, my name is Andrew Garf and I am 1 part part-time dog trainer, 2 part burger enthusiast, 3 part dog lover, too many parts?