How to Housebreak a German Pinscher

Walk your German pinscher out to the same spot each day when house-training.

Walk your German pinscher out to the same spot each day when house-training.

When you chose to get a German pinscher, you picked one of the most intelligent and trainable breeds. As long as you stay firm and consistent in your training and reward your German pinscher for good behavior, he should catch on quickly to housebreaking.

Walk your German pinscher to a familiar spot to relieve himself on a consistent schedule. German pinschers learn best through repetition, so stick to a daily housebreaking schedule. Always take him out first thing in the morning and before bed at night as well as after meals. Puppies need to go out five to 30 minutes after each meal and every 30 minutes to an hour throughout the day.

Stay calm but firm when your pet makes a mistake in the house. German pinschers often want to be the pack leader and can take charge if their owner is too relaxed. When your pet makes a mistake, immediately remove him to his designated spot outside and let him finish there.

Reward your German pinscher with affection and a treat when he successfully eliminates outside. This will help him view the training as a positive experience, and he will enjoy going outside each time.

Items you will need

  • Dog treat


  • If you don't want to use treats every time, give your pet his favorite toy after he relieves himself outside.


  • Punishing your German pinscher for accidents in the house will cause him to fear the housebreaking training, and it will take him longer to catch on.

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