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Why isn't my Doberman puppy potty trained?

Hi everyone,

I recently got a Doberman puppy and I've been having a hard time potty training him. He's about 4 months old now and we've been trying to train him for about a month, but he still doesn't seem to understand where he's supposed to go. I take him outside every few hours and give him lots of praise and treats when he goes outside, but he still has accidents inside. I'm getting frustrated and don't know what else to do. Is there something I'm missing? Any tips or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!

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Hi there,

I totally understand the frustration of potty training a Doberman puppy. I had the same struggles with my Doberman when he was a puppy. Despite being consistent with taking him out every few hours, he still had accidents inside the house.

One thing that really helped me was crate training. I found that if I placed my puppy in his crate when I couldn't supervise him, he was less likely to have accidents inside. Dogs naturally don't like to soil their sleeping space, so it helps teach them to hold it until they're outside.

Another thing that helped was increasing the frequency of potty breaks. At four months old, your puppy may need to go out more often than every few hours. Try taking him out every hour and gradually increasing the time as he becomes more reliable.

Finally, be patient and consistent. Potty training takes time and every dog is different. Don't get discouraged if your puppy has a setback or accident. Keep up with positive reinforcement and eventually he will learn where he's supposed to go.

Hope this helps!



I had a similar experience with my Doberman puppy, and I understand what you are going through. The potty training process can be frustrating, but it's important to remember that every puppy is different and learns at their own pace.

One thing that helped me was using a consistent command or phrase when taking my puppy outside. By using the same words every time I took him out, he began to associate those words with going outside for potty breaks. For instance, I would say, "let's go potty" and take him to the same spot every time.

Additionally, I made sure to clean up any accidents inside thoroughly with an enzyme cleaner. Dogs have a keen sense of smell, and if there are any traces of urine or feces, they may be more likely to go in that spot again.

Finally, I tried to be patient and not punish my puppy for accidents. Instead, I would interrupt him if I caught him in the act and immediately take him outside to finish. Punishing them may make them fearful of going potty in front of you, which can make the potty training process even more difficult.

Overall, potty training takes time, consistency, and patience. Keep up with the positive reinforcement and your puppy will eventually learn where he's supposed to go. Good luck!


Hi there!

I can totally understand your frustration about potty training your Doberman. It can be quite difficult to get them to understand, but don't worry - it's a normal part of the puppy training process!

One approach that has worked for me is keeping track of my puppy's bowel movement and urination habits. This helps me anticipate when she needs to relieve herself and take her outside before she has an accident in the house. I also found it helpful to give her designated potty spots that she can associate with going to the bathroom.

Another thing that has helped me is keeping her in the same area of the house until she's fully potty trained. This limits her access to the house and minimizes the mess in case she has an accident. But more importantly, it keeps her under close observation, so I can jump into action when she signals that she needs to go.

Finally, I noticed that being very enthusiastic and praising her a lot when she does her business outside encourages her to do it again. This positive reinforcement lets her know that she's doing a good job and helps motivate her to continue the behavior.

In conclusion, patience, consistency, and positive reinforcement are key in potty training your Doberman puppy. Remember, it's a learning process, and it takes time and effort, but with a bit of work, your pup will eventually be fully potty trained. Best of luck!



I can definitely sympathize with your struggle in potty training your Doberman puppy. When I went through this process with my own pup, I found that it was really helpful to establish a routine. Dogs thrive on routine, so by creating a predictable schedule for your puppy around feeding, potty breaks, and sleep, you'll give him more opportunities to learn and practice good habits.

Another thing I found really effective was using a bell to indicate when it was time to go outside. I hung a bell near my back door and rang it every time I took my puppy out for a potty break. Eventually, he learned to ring the bell himself when he needed to go outside. It was a great way to give him more control over the process and gain a better understanding of when it was time to go.

Lastly, I would suggest finding a treat or reward that your puppy really loves, and using it consistently as a reward for successful potty breaks outside. This can be a powerful motivator for your puppy, and will help reinforce good behavior over time.

Remember, every dog is different, and some may take longer to potty train than others. Stay patient, consistent, and positive, and with time and practice, your puppy will get there. Best of luck!

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