My children had found a 6 month German Shepherd abandoned so now we have adopted her. I am not sure of the best way to train/housetrain her. I don't want to do anything the wrong way! I'm not sure on the environment she came from but she is a really loving dog! My other concern is she pees a little when you approach her, is there a way to fix that? Other than a few concerns, she really is a good dog.
Giammetta from Columbia, South Carolina
I think the wetting when you approah her may just be anxiety, and may clear up in time. You might check with a vet when you take her for shots to be sure she doesn't have a UT infection. On the training..we have been really successful with crate training. Basically, any time you are gone, or can't watch her, put her in her crate...or on a short leash to a bedpost or something like that if you dn't have a crate for her..small bathroom might even work. Then as soon as you take her out, take her out to the restroom. When she is out of the crate, just be sure to watch her and run her outside at the first sign of needing to go, and after meals, etc. Also helps to always take her right to the same spot outside that you want her to go. German shepherds are smart, she should learn pretty quick. Don't rub her nose in it if she has an accident..that is like telling the dog " hey..smell this..this is a good place to go to the bathroom! don't forget! " LOL!
My dog has the same submissive personality, and the bit of wetting is natural behaviour meaning she's scared. So even though you feel like killing her when you find another puddle, don't scare her! don't yell, don't rub her nose in it, don't smack her, just remember that she couldn't help it, treat her like you would your elderly mother. This is not true of every dog, but this personality type is fragile. She's not had the easiest life yet, you can imagine, and she's going to need a long term of stability before she calms down around you, and she may take almost forever to not drip a bit when being greeted by a stranger.
Submissive peeing is she is letting you know you are boss. Also some voices tend to trigger this in
puppies. It does go away as the pup becomes used to you and less scared. She is so good because she is grateful for you and a great home. My JackRussell was abused and was ribs sticking out thin and she is the most loving happy (non-hyper)
doggie. She did this for a little bit then stopped on her own one day.
How fortunate you are to find a young german shep. Around here they cost a small fortune. I have a puppy, age 4 1/2 mo.
Your dog is unsure of his surroundings/new family, and will need time to feel safe and secure. When he does feel safe and secure, he will need obedience training. German shep dogs are powerful and smart, and if you don't train him, he will most definitely train you. Human must be alpha. Please get him neutured and checked regularly by a good vet. After the first visit, it's usually only once a year plus heartworm and flea/tick prevention on a monthly basis. I buy mine on the net. I also have a white husky, a mini dachshund, and a pound puppy. We are dog lovers! I can't leave Kitty Gia off the list. She's our cat who puts up with the dogs. We love cats, also.
Well good i hope you look after her. You should take some dog handling classes and lots of walking her and ball play to build a friendship with her all use a dig cage for in the house.
Peeing is anxiety.
When I get new dogs, I always take them out every 20 minutes. Yep, you read that right. They are bound to go one of those times, and they quickly get the message, you are the one who takes them to potty. When they go, make a fuss over them and pat them. If they have an accident wash spot and go over it with white vinegar water to deodorize so they don't think the house is the place to go. When you wake, make it the first thing you do, other than go yourself. Don't stop to make coffee. You'll be glad.
Probably be trained in few days.
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