I recently got a 6 month old Yorkie pup. She was given to me because the original owners had problems potty training her. She also had a problem with chewing on things. CoCo Bean has only been with me for 2 days now, and I think she is doing fairly well. She has not chewed on anything except for toys. She has however, had some accidents and it seems as though it is a real bother to her to go outside.
Is there any hope that I can housebreak her? Please don't feel that I am already giving up, because I posted this after only 2 days working with her. I am in this for the long haul, I just wanted to see what advice someone might have to help me along.
Thanks. Lisa Marie from Friedens, PA
Try taking the poop and putting it outside in her designated toilet area. After nap and 20-30 minutes after she eats and drinks are musts for potty time. I would be cautious of taking her out every thirty minutes. You may be training her bladder to empty every thirty minutes.
Best of Luck. (11/14/2005)
I have a 12 week old Pomeranian named Symba and I found that using housebreaking pads makes a huge difference. Although at times, Symba will potty where he feels he should potty when he can't find a pad to potty on. You can find these pads at online pet stores, Wal-Mart, and your local pet store.
Also, don't feed her or give her water after 7pm. I've learned that Symba loves to be praised when he potties in his designated place. It's a trying process that takes a lot of patience, praise, and love. You can also use the pads for the outside because you don't want her to get use to eliminating on the inside and then you'll have to start the process of training her for the outside. So, try to mix it up a bit. Good Luck! (11/14/2005)
I have a now, year old terrier and went through all that fun of training the little feller. One thing be patient and persistent with your puppy he will pick up what you want but don't give up. If your puppy is getting cold let him in and confine, then try 5 to 10 minutes later to take him out to finish. Mine got cold easily so had to take him out and he would do one thing and want in to get warm. We just held onto him for that time to get warm and try again. He usually would finish the second time.
Some puppies take longer than others to get the idea of what you want from them. My little terrier is great about going out. He has had only one accident in over 6 months and that was our fault. We did not let him out. Be patient and persistent, like your child it takes time and for him to learn control. (11/14/2005)
Everyone I know who has had good success training a puppy used a cage or a pen such as a play pen. It to them becomes their bed which they don't want by nature to mess in. Good luck. (11/14/2005)
Try covering as large an area as possible with newspaper. Gradually reduce the amount of newspaper, leaving the area nearest the door until last. Finally put the newspaper outside. Takes a while, but it will get her used to using just the areas covered in paper. (11/14/2005)
Housebreaking pads will help you but won't teach the puppy to go outside. Consider getting a doggy door. Take her out every 30 minutes and praise her when she goes poopy and crate her when she is inside and you are unavailable or busy. Also, as soon as she quits eating she needs to be taken outside. It's very inconvenient and time consuming at first but once they get it, it's there for life. Patience and consistency with lots of praise will bring success. Took me 3 months to break my Jack Russell. (11/15/2005)
I have two dogs and both have been crate-trained and we rarely have any accident. When you get up in the morning, take her out of the crate and then outside immediately, then again after her breakfast and at regular times throughout the day. She might not 'perform' every time, but that's OK she'll be getting the idea of what you expect. Praise her when she does 'perform' and before you know it, Krissy will be completely trained. (11/15/2005)
By Claudia - MD
Keeping your puppy in a crate is the best way, at night and when you can't keep an eye on her. The best way to train is to leash your puppy when you take her out, take her to where she should go in the yard and say, "potty", or whatever word you want to use. Don't look at the dog, don't say another word. Right now the only reason she should be in that part of the yard is to potty.
When you go for a walk, leave by another door or avoid that potty area. At 12 weeks, she is still a baby and it will take months to master this new trick because puppies go more often. Puppies usually go about 10-20 minutes after they eat, if you take her out and she doesn't go, watch her closely, watch for signs, wait 3-5 minutes and take her back out. After she begins to go a few times in her area of the yard she will begin to make the connection that that is what you want. Catching her in the act and shouting "no", then taking her out to her spot is helpful too. She will begin to realize how to please you. Never spank or beat a puppy for accidents, a sharp "no" is all you need.
The crate is good because they don't like to mess their bedding area, she may cry at first. I had to put the crate in my bedroom at first and then slowly move it farther away until it was in the basement. My now 7 year old Shepherd/Collie sleeps in her crate and it doesn't even have a door on it anymore. If your puppy does mess in the crate it's because she couldn't wait, make sure she has gone before crating. Good luck. (11/15/2005)
In my experience raising Labs I have found the best thing to do is take them out after eating or drinking and also, immediately after waking from naps. Kenneling at night will help as long as the kennel isn't too big. If they have the chance to soil one end and sleep in the other end they will. Praise when actually using the outdoors is highly recommended and be sure to show disappointment in you voice when they go inside.
Good Luck (11/20/2005)
This is what I did with a 2 year old Maltese that had been in a kennel her whole life. I bought cheap hot dogs and cut them into small pieces. I would take her outside and when she did her business, I would give her a piece of hot dog. If she pooped, she got 2 pieces. This was the only time she got hot dogs. It only took about 5 days to house train her. Don't know if this helps, but she sure surprised me with how fast a two year old kennel kept dog got house trained. Good luck. (11/21/2005)
There's a misunderstanding. A crate should "never" be used as a punishment. It should be the dog's special place/den. They naturally like to have a special spot in the house whether it's on the bed, in a corner, in a crate or wherever they choose. They should be able to go into the crate if they want to, even when you're home. It's supposed to be a good place not a bad place. Also training should be fun and pleasurable for the human and the dog. Never punish while training, only rewards. Every step in the right direction should be rewarded with a treat or something the dog likes. (12/14/2005)
I have a 10 week old Standard Poodle Puppy who is pooping and peeing in her crate every time i leave her to go anywhere. I have no clue what to do. Does anyone have any advice?
Editor's Note: It really depends on how long you are gone. 10 weeks is not very old and so I don't really think it is that unusual. You can try taking her out right before you leave and try not to leave her for more than an hour. If you are gone for hours, expect that this might be the case for a while until she is old enough to hold it. (05/09/2006)
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