Originally Posted by greatwolf329
Well put. I can say out of the 3 GSD's i've had since pups, i have never had a 'dookie' accident in the house, but piddling is unavoidable to an extent. My current pup took about a month to stop the house piddling. What I've had work for me is a leash method, to form locational habits along with the potty training.(yes may sound very strict, but when you live in a place that requires it(an apt/condo/etc...). What I usually do is take them out on a 6' lead 20 minutes before eating and 20 minutes after eating to the same place every time. If done enough, they will go to this spot every time. Other then meal times, out every 2 hours or after intense play time, or a walk and such. As with other training exercises, it's all about building confidence. wait them out for at least a pee'ing and praise them for doing it outside. Everyone has their own methods that work for them, and this is what works(and has worked a number of times) for me. That and it makes clean up easy! GSD's are a very rewarding breed. You will see that very early in ownership.
Inducive methods work best like stated above. If you use any sort of compulsion for bad potty behavior you will get negative results. I also use the leash trick for breaking my MWD. Since they are kenneled most of the time when they are not on the road, first thing I do is take him to the break area. We use 6' leashes on all the dogs except when we get them on the 360" or 360 retractible. Anyways, I keep him on the 6' close to where I want him to do his business. It takes him a bit but he is getting used to me waiting him out till he goes and he is getting better at it and not ****ting in his kennel. Its unavoidable... they always poop in the kennel
Also, with a puppy and a younger dog, maintain your inducive training methods. If the dog knows the behavior or command (sit, stay, down, etc) give the command or gesture and if the dog performs give them their praise and some light petting. If they know the desired behavior and fail to perform, give them a stern NO and repeat the command. Once they perform with-hold their praise and petting for failure to perform. This is called "Positive Reinforcement and Negative Punishment" giving the praise (reinforcement) and with-holding the "NO!" (punishment/no praise). With compulsion it is considered "positive punishment" when administering a meaningful correction for disobeying a known behavior and negative reinforcement by not administering a meaningful correction paired with verbal and physical praise.
SO... what this means is if you are using compulsion "IE physical corrections" for your dog going bathroom in an undesired location you are actually hurting the dog you're training. He is performing a biological response and cant help having to go but there are better methods to getting him to perform a desired task. Greatwolf is helping his dog by marking the desired behavior by providing that praise and love and, I hope, with-holds the same for undesired behavior.
This will also help when teaching your dog not to jump on you, when performing obedience, and of course potty-training which we talked about. This is just a small bit of information the military uses to teach their working dogs desired tasks and behaviors. If you have any questions please feel free to PM me. These methods are NOT limited to working breeds they work with ALL dogs!!!
Sorry to rant... im bored