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!
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!