A picture blog for my Dreizehn, my Doberman Pinscher.
Horrible, but I love it.
Asked by Anonymous
I don’t know how old this is, sorry! You may have already fixed the situation. First, three months is young to expect a dog to be fully potty trained. Remember, your puppy is a baby! Not only are they young and still learning but they also do not yet have perfect control over their bladder. Just something to keep in mind.
When I potty train any dog, be it puppy or adult, I’ll set a timer. For my doberman the timer would be set to 25-30 minutes at first and it would be set any time he was out of his crate. When the timer went off we’d stop everything and go outside to do his business. We would not play outside until he pee’d/poo’d. Once he did I’d give the phrase that I wanted to associate the behavior with and then I’d party and get really excited for him as praise. Next I’d reset the timer and play with him a little outside before going inside. I wanted him to not only associate a phrase with the action (like “go potty” or “hurry up”) but I wanted him to learn that if he went outside and did his business, he’d get to play outside after.
Also, the timer wasn’t for him, it was for me. It was so that I wouldn’t forget to bring him outside. Forgetting to let your dog relieve themselves outside is what leads to most accidents. As he got older I could increase the amount of time on the timer.