10] Easy Tips  to House Train Your German Shepherd in 2023

By: Sahil Luthra

This breed is known for its friendly and outgoing personality. They are always up for a good time and are happy to spend time with their human family. 

1. Establish a Routine

Set a consistent schedule for feeding, bathroom breaks, and playtime. This helps your dog learn when to expect potty breaks.

2. Frequent Potty Breaks

Take your German Shepherd outside to the designated potty area frequently, especially after meals, playtime, waking up, and before bedtime.

3. Choose a Designated Area

Pick a specific spot outside where you want your dog to go potty. This helps them associate that spot with bathroom time.

4. Watch for Signs

Learn your dog's cues for needing to go potty, such as sniffing, circling, or whining. Take them out immediately when you notice these signs.

5. Use Positive Reinforcement

Praise and reward your dog with treats or verbal praise when they successfully go potty outside. Positive reinforcement helps reinforce good behavior.

6. Supervision Indoors

Keep a close eye on your German Shepherd indoors, especially during the initial stages of housetraining, to prevent accidents.

7. Crate Training

Use a crate to limit your dog's access to the house when you can't supervise them. Dogs usually won't soil their sleeping area.

8. Clean Accidents Promptly

If accidents happen indoors, clean the area thoroughly with an enzymatic cleaner to remove the scent and discourage repeat accidents.

9. Be Patient

Housetraining takes time, and accidents may happen. Avoid scolding or punishment; instead, focus on positive reinforcement.

10. Consistency is Key

Stick to your routine and training methods consistently. The more consistent you are, the faster your German Shepherd will learn.

Remember that each dog is unique, and some may catch on quickly while others may take more time. Be patient, stay positive, and celebrate your German Shepherd's successes as they progress in their housetraining journey.