If you have just brought a new puppy or dog into your family and plan for them to be a house dog, getting your new pet house trained should be your first priority. There are several dog house training techniques that can help you out and the method you choose to use will depend on your own personal preference and your family’s lifestyle.
One dog potty training technique is called paper training. Basically what you do is train your dog to go to the bathroom on paper in your house. Praising them when they do what you want is important and getting after them (in a loving yet stern manner) when they make a mess in the house. Some people use this method as a backup for emergencies and plan to use the next method for normal situations.
Training your dog to go to the bathroom outside is one of the most common methods of house training. The best way to do this is to take them out very often and praise them when they go to the bathroom. As I mentioned above, make sure you scold them when they make a mess in the house. If you are interested in combining two techniques, you can praise them a little bit when they go on the paper and praise them excessively when they go outside. This will show them that it is ok to use the paper, but much better to wait and go to the bathroom outside.
Another possible technique to use is called crate training and works well for people who can’t let their dog out frequently. To learn more, go to KDMGermanShepherds.com and get more information on obedience training for dogs including the Ultimate House Training guide and the Secrets to Dog Training program which can train your dog to be nearly perfect.
For anybody that has a German Shepherd as part of their family, be sure to check out the German Shepherd puppy training page we have at KDMGermanShepherds.com. You will find helpful tips for German Shepherd puppies as well as more information about some of the top dog training courses available on the internet.