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House Training a New Puppy

We are the proud owners of a beautiful 17 week old German Shepherd boy. He is doing wonderfully in all aspects except for one issue. We take him out hourly for potty breaks. We take him out 20 minutes after a meal and we take him out 20 minutes into playtime.


Because we own an older dog who doesn't want the puppy jumping on her, I have set up a playpen area for Spencer to play in and stocked it with toys. Well, we are now noticing that after he goes out, I put him in the pen to play (which he does), but within 10 minutes I see he has peed and pooped again. He has already gone when outside. Why is he doing this? I feel like all we do is take him out to go to the bathroom. It is frustrating to all of us. Anyone have any insight?

By Lisa from MA

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January 31, 20110 found this helpful

Perhaps you simply need to stay out of the older dog and newer dog learning to socialize with one another. Sometimes it's best to let all beings work it out amongst themselves instead of trying to control a situation. Why don't you try not separting them for a couple/three weeks and see what happens? Chances are the younger dog is having anxiety over not being able to get to know a being he wants to be his pal and you might also be underestimating your older dog's love and affection capabilities too.

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January 31, 20110 found this helpful

It could be what you are feeding him like to much soft food. Also he might be feeling some anxiety with confusion on why he is being penned up. Good luck an lots of love to your new arrival.

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February 1, 20110 found this helpful

Welcome to "puppy world" your sweet German Shepherd boy is one of the most intelligent canine breeds in the world and should "never ever" be restricted from canine companions. It's not always wise to have a puppy when the older animal has been the only one and set in their ways. Please let him play with the adult under your strict supervision and if the older female is nice natured she will let him know when play-time is ended.


Just as his mother would have with him and his litter-mates. Good luck with both animals.

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