House Training Dogs


House Training Dogs is much more than just housebreaking (potty training, toilet training), yet most dog trainers (and thus dog owners too) start and stop with housebreaking - and then understandably they lock the dog in a kennel (=locked crate) because the dog has not learned to behave well in the house.

Why get a dog and then lock the dog away? All the worse if you get a German Shepherd Dog - who is meant to be free to guard every corner of the property and the family?

Hence why in the most remarkable year 2014, the best non-selling author Tim Carter went out of your way and published what is often called a book with the ingenious title House Training Dogs To Behave Well In A High Value Home. You too enjoy humor, right? :mrgreen:

And surprise, surprise, even if you call your house a shack, this book is right on because a German Shepherd upgrades every shack to a high value home anyway.

With House Training Dogs To Behave Well In A High Value Home now you too can give your dog free run of the house, even while you are away! And your dog will keep everything as shack-like as you left it - or as luxurious as you left it, indeed.

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Now for the penny pinchers :mrgreen: in brief: What does House Training Dogs have to comprise, such that your dog is safe, considerate, and clean in the house?

As a minimum:

Now ask yourself: Can you, or the BEST professional dog trainer achieve all this with Obedience Training?

Stupid question, I know. Of course NOT, NO! Try leaving an obedience-trained dog alone at home with free run of the house! :mrgreen:

Not only a German Shepherd, every dog knows very well that when you have left, there's no one that the dog needs to obey. So guess what happens? Not always, mind you, but sometimes. And already once is enough. One destroyed house, and you'll agree: "Phew, I was nuts to leave the dog alone at home with free run of the house - without specific training!"

This is why for all the above topics of House Training Dogs we will make use of Behavior Training, not Obedience Training. See House Training Dogs To Behave Well In A High Value Home if you are interested.

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    hi we have a beautiful 4 year old female german shepherd.
    she has been house trained since pup age - and usually uses a bell to let us know when she needs to go out - however the last 6 months she will choose the same spot to pee or poop at - as soon as we go out - we take her out to do her business before hand and no matter - when we return - even if just 15 minutes later - i have a guaranteed puddle - she has no health issues - but its been frustrating as we have had to crate her through the night. she uses her care as her cozy spot but we've never had to lock her in it unless certain company - soooo any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!! thanks so much


      Audrey, did the vet confirm there is no illness?
      At 3.5 years there is no "normal" (behavior!) reason to suddenly start toileting in the house.
      Have you changed any living conditions? Such that she is stressed?
      Does she get enough attention and playtime? Such that she doesn't feel neglected?
      Without more details, I am puzzled! I've heard such case before, but the owner didn't reply anymore(!!) so I am not sure what it was there.
      (maybe you reply ;-)


    hi ,
    i have a puppy german shepherd dog and i wanna know the normal time to feed him and how to give him a home training , also let me know what to do for him to be aggressive to strangers.


      Apart from the last point, it's in the (free) Periodicals AND in the Puppy 101. I can't repeat myself every day, sorry.
      Why apart from the last point? Because: You better don't make a GSD "aggressive to strangers". What a queer idea, unless I misunderstand!? ALL puppy training is in my puppy book. I wouldn't do anything else/different.



    I inherited a beautiful 1 year old GSD who's previous owner never taught to pee outside, he still uses a puppy pad inside. How can I train him to go outside? Is it too late for us?



      It's never too late, Sam. Forget the "you can't teach an old dog..."!
      I would go about it as explained in the House Training guide.


    Will do, thanks Tim!


    Hi Tim,

    First of all, thanks for all of the awesome information in your periodical and on the website. I had a question a few months ago about crates, which you answered so promptly and expertly.

    My husband and I adopted a 1.5 year old GSD/husky mix about a week ago. Odin is very well behaved and has excellent manners in the house and on leash. Both my husband and I are doing everything you wrote about in your house training book- taking turns with gesture feeding (for every meal), weekly meal interruptions, potty routine, SSCD, collar freeze, isolation, etc. He has become very attached to me and follows me around the house. He doesn't show much interest in toys (even a treat-stuffed Kong!) and won't chase after balls at the park. He does get 2 hours or more of exercise a day. I go on runs with him and we go to the park in the afternoon where he will run with other dogs.

    The only problem is when I'm gone. I am gone for work from 7 until three. There is a dog walker who Odin is comfortable with that comes in the middle of that time for an hour's worth of exercise and attention. When he's alone, we keep him in our large bedroom and bathroom. Eventually he will have the whole house. The problem is that he chews up his bed, doesn't touch the chew toy I leave with him during the day (and that specific toy is just for when he's alone), and has started to urinate in the house. I'm thinking it's separation anxiety because he gets a lot of attention and exercise otherwise so I don't think it's boredom. It's not a lack of manners either because he doesn't do any of that when we're at home.

    Do you have any suggestions? I looked for a page specifically about separation anxiety with no luck, so I thought I would post this here. I can't get him away from me when we're together; it's like he's glued to my side. When I go to the bathroom, he whines and cries outside the door. I try to practice the stay command with him and go into another room where he can still see me, but he always follows. What am I doing wrong?

    Thanks for your help,

    Oh, and I haven’t been making a big deal about coming and going. I just leave the house and when I come home, I go about my business for 20 minutes without acknowledging him (which is hard because he’s all over me!).


      You are doing nothing wrong, you sound like a model dog owner to me, I wish I had that self-discipline for the benefit of the dog.

      I agree it sounds like it's Separation Anxiety. Pl say if this helps (you can post it there underneath): Separation Anxiety


    Thank you for the link, Tim. I bought Odin a Thundershirt yesterday. It's too early to tell if it's working, but at least he hasn't ripped it off of himself/chewed it. We're also practicing mini leaves and having him stay while I walk to another room or behind a door. I can't get very far yet, but I'm tying to set him up for success by rewarding him BEFORE he breaks the stay.

    I'm not sure how I can change up my leaving routine since I don't see any anxiety on him until I close the bedroom door (he starts whining). Any suggestions here?

    When I come home and let him out, he jumps on me. I turn to the side and ignore him. Should I be doing more? Is it ok to say "off" or "no jumping" or do collar freeze? I want to stop the jumping (which only occurs upon my return), but I also don't want to give him too much attention right away.

    Again, thanks for the help!


      >I’m tying to set him up for success by rewarding him BEFORE he breaks the stay.
      Brilliant Madeline, exactly, reward the desired behavior, not when he quits it. In trying to get the desired behavior longer, I often risk to miss the last chance to reward the desired behavior.

      When I wear cleaned trousers, I don't like jumping either, then I say and show one decisive "NO" when his body language indicates he'll jump up, and I turn sideways, yes, or I just keep walking (he follows). You could then walk to whatever room you walk to when you come home.

      Ignore the dog, and be consistent. He will get the message sooner as when you give attention to the jumping (because that's inviting him).


    Will do! BTW, I used tape to make a barrier to keep him out of the kitchen. It totally worked! Who knew some things could be so simple?? :)

    I'll keep you posted on the SA.


    Can you tell me how can I walk with my dog without agressing moves.Please


      If you don't walk in the house I wouldn't look on this page but under leash training/outdoor training. It's all in the Periodicals in detail.


    I have a 2 year old male GSD who recently started being destructive when we leave the house. Up until a few months ago he was very well behaved when we left him alone, then he started chewing his bed. We thought it was related to a friends dog having been in the house and near his bed so we got a new one that would not smell like the other dog but a few days later he destroyed that one too. He has started chewing the couch and even the baseboards. He knows that he did something wrong because if we even look at the spot he was chewing he gets upset. We crate trained him when he was younger, but for about a year he was out in the house when we left with no problems. I'm wondering if you have any suggestions as to what the problem might be and how we might go about fixing it. I try not to make a big deal about leaving or coming home because I was assuming it was anxiety from me leaving but that hasn't seemed to make a difference. Any suggestions would be much appreciated!


      Assuming he is neutered, could it be his terrible twos testing your Pack leadership?
      2 ys is the age where that happens unless you run a strict regiment (Feeding Routine, Attention Seeking, Play sessions,... all we always teach).
      Also, what exactly suggests to you that it is not anxiety?


        He is not neutered. I'm not sure that it isn't anxiety but if it is I'm not sure what else to do about it.


    Ok, hi you all.
    I have a female that's about 6 mths. old that's got me about to the point of Breaking into the tequila and pitching her but out the door to stay. Pisses every where, no rules. Since the day I got her she's pee'd, if I look at her, talk to her, reach for her, stepped toward her. Any interaction results in the same reaction. Pee! So I started by crating her and first thing out of the crate I'd take her out and hope that we'd finish the incomplete action we left in the crate. My be results are to quickly open the crate and open the door and allow her to exit by her self. We have working this way and seem to be making it out the door with a dry exit all the way. she has me flustered. she can hold it from 10-11 PM until 9-10 AM.
    Needless to say this has not only effected house training but all of her training. She's a very soft female. This isn't my first GSD. But I haven't had one this soft before. Any suggestions will be implemented.


      Any suggestions will be implemented. - Great, just implement what you find here, it works! :-)


    Hy my GSD dog not barking atall she loves to play and her back legs are rili bent that they touch each other


    I have a beautiful 4-5 months old GSD. The problem is with her pee and of course POTTY. What to do to stop her doing potty in the house. She cannot open the door herself then how to know her nature's call?


      Tapasvi, just apply what you read above, or if you desire all the detail nothing is more detailed than My New Puppy Diary.

      Anyway, what of all the above have you applied yet? And what were the individual results?


    One of the things that bother me the most is seeing a dog (any breed) tied up or crated all day, or even when left alone for an hour! Your house training guide is a wonderful tool for anyone who wants a reliable dog that respects the home.
    If you have a dog that you cannot trust alone at home because he or she destroys things or uses your carpet for a bathroom, DONT BLAME THE DOG!!!!
    Everything you need to know is at your fingertips here! It takes time and patience and commitment and if you are patient and committed, the time spent is minimal before your dog gets the picture. Use the tool box!!! You will enjoy your dog so much more, and your dog will respect you and your home.
    If you cannot take the time, or the patience.......there are plenty of stuffed dogs in the stores!


      Thank you Maureen.
      And yes, you can't imagine how many dogs I see here that are tied up ALL DAY...! Why get a dog then at all??

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