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Categories: Housebreaking

Q. How does my pup learn to give us signals when he needs to go outside?
Dear Mr. Frawley,

First let me say that I enjoyed your article on housebreaking and want to move forward with your methods on crate training. I suppose my only question regards the pup giving signals when it needs to go outside (i.e. scratching at the door, barking at the door, etc.). In the process of crate training, is this something that will occur naturally? Thanks for the excellent online support. Keep up the great work!

Warm regards,
Marc

A. We don’t expect this to happen. We assume this will not happen. We anticipate how often a dog needs to go outside and the dog is NEVER out of our site. Not even for 5 seconds – which is about how long it takes a pup to pee on the floor.

You may want to read the article I wrote on GROUND WORK BEFORE OBEDIENCE TRAINING. This is how we raise pups in our home.

Our goal is to teach the dog to hold it until we let it outside. Not give us a signal. We want the dog to learn that if it holds it just a little longer it will go out. As it matures (2 to 3 years) we may begin to trust it in the house. But one mistake and that’s the end of that

I would recommend you purchase the video I produced titled Your Puppy 8 Weeks to 8 Months. I have owned and trained German Shepherds for 40 years. In the past 30 years I have bred over 350 litters of working bloodline German Shepherds. I give this video to all of my puppy customers and never get questions on how to raise a pup. Read the description of the video on my web site. Dog training is not rocket science its simple common sense ideas on how to handle and train a dog,

You should also consider my 4 hour DVD on Basic Dog Obedience. The fact is you have way more to learn than your dog. I always recommend the handlers start studying this DVD right away even though you won't train a lot of the work until the pup is 4 to 6 months old.
  
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