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Old 04-09-2006, 07:49 AM   #1
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Was just curious in finding out how many of you have housetrained your yorkie and what you used to do it. Has anyone used belly bands or diapers? Did you use a crate or puppy pads? I have heard a lot of horror stories when it comes to males that if they go in your house, then it is very hard to get them to not go back to that spot. That's why I'm curious if anyone used diapers with their male yorkie or belly bands.
I have been using a crate and that is helping him not go during the night and during the day but it feels like he is in the crate all the time!! I would love to have him out more but when he is out (even if I take him out and he goes potty) he still peeing and pooping all over the house! I'm just wondering if belly bands or a doggy diaper would be a good way to go!
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Old 04-09-2006, 08:30 AM   #3
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We were able to be with Oscar ALL the time so were able to take him out constantly. That is the only thing that got him trained - Persistence. We took him out before he had to go potty and stayed out til he had to go...then with lots of praise when he went outside and scolding when he went inside, he got the idea that when you go potty outside, mommy and daddy are happy with you. Now at 18 months, he goes to the door and barks relentlessly until someone takes him outside.
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Old 04-09-2006, 08:36 AM   #4
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I just have to say that both of your puppies are just the cutest things I have ever seen!! Melt my heart.... !!!
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We used potty pads, then we put in a doggie door.
Princess was kind of easy. Takes a lot of time,
but they do learn. Lots of praise really works!
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How old is he? If he's young it might be too early to expect much. I trained 2 boys at the same time and had no trouble. Jo was about 9 months old when we brought 4 month old Riley home. I was using the crate to train Jo and he was doing fine so we used the crate with Riley and left a wee-wee pad down for him to use if he needed it. We installed a doggie door for them and they took to it immediately. I lock the doggie door at night but I leave a pad on the bathroom floor just in case...it hasn't been used in a couple months but I still put it down. Both of our boys are neutered but they never marked before that so we never had to use belly bands. Sure, we cleaned up a few accidents along the way but that's to be espected...we've been comfortable leaving both of the boys out to have full run of the house and no accidents for several months. I had never crate trained a dog before so these were my first 2 and I actually like it. Yes, at first it does seem like they're in it all the time but as they grow you can work up to keeping them out for longer periods of time to cuddle and play. I'm glad mine are crate trained...it makes it easier when we travel or have to stay in a hotel. Good luck with your baby.
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I crate trained and potty pad trained mine. I find that the crate training is the easiest though.
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He will be three months old on Tuesday! I guess I'll just stick with the crate training. I just feel so bad that he spends all of his time in there. I've been taking him out first thing in the morning, and he'll usually poop and pee right away, then he is in the house playing for a little while (he usually does good and has no accidents during this time) then I feed him breakfast, after he eats he's back in his crate for about a half hour or so and then I take him outside to see if he goes. If he does, then he's out for a little while longer but if he drinks any, I put him back in his crate. If he doesn't go potty when I take him out, then he's back in his crate and I take him out every half hour or so until he does go potty. It's during that time that I feel he is in his crate so much. Because sometimes, he will go for a couple hours after he eats and drinks without having to go potty. I just feel so bad keeping him in the crate during that time, I mean, if he doesn't have to go when I take him out, then he doesn't have to go. I feel like I'm punishing him or something. (I have never used the crate for a punishment).
URRRR...I would just love to have him out all the time! Since he's in his crate so much right now, when he does get let out, he goes berserk because he's so full of energy from being in his crate, that we don't get to really love on him or snuggle him, he just wants to play!
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I was able to be home all the time to watch them. I live in NY so the weather does not allow to let them use the doggie door. They had to be trained on the wee wee pads. My girls were trained almost right away. I area trained and allowed them more run when they knew where to go. My maltese boy who was neutered never misses the weewee and squats like a girl. He is awesome. Now....... My 2 yorkie boys are another story. Everytime I see my girls go weewee, I'd make a BIG deal and give them treats. My girls picked up on that so well that they fake peed ALL the time. They will wait to get eye contact and then run to the pads and pee. My boys never picked this up till recently. My boys just started realizing they get a treat if they pee on the pad..... they are both between 2 and 3 years old!
We built a new house in 2002 and I knew having a stud in the house will probably ruin the floors..... and it did. Might have to redo them soon..... but I expected it so it does not bother me all that much.
I tried the belly bands and they just thought it was a game and ripped it off.
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Was just curious in finding out how many of you have housetrained your yorkie and what you used to do it. ... I'm just wondering if belly bands or a doggy diaper would be a good way to go!
Belly bands are good for protecting your house from accidents but they don't do anything to housebreak your dog. You still have to do the work, I'm afraid.
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I think you can solve most of the male marking problem if you neuter at an early age. My Bear was almost 100% pee pad trained until he hit around 6 months old.

Now he has been marking... so we have him wear a belly band as we have to wait till his health improves before we can have him neutered.
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We trained using wee wee pads and an ex pen. It took very little effort and I never felt bad leaving her in her pen when I couldn't keep an eye on her. She had food, water, potty pad, bed and toys.
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I would say keep doing what you're doing, but if you feel he's in his crate too much, get him a belly band so he can be out a bit more. It is nice to have one on hand in case you go to someone's home...you don't have to worry about an accident!
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I have a male who is 1 years old. I used the puppy training pads and just watched him. As soon as I saw he had to go pee, I would pick him up and praise him for peeing on the pad. He eventually understood, and now he always goes on the pad. If you notice that he/she llikes to go in a certain place, put the pad there, and more than likely they will start going on the pad. As far as pooping on the pad, which did take longer than teaching him to pee on it, he just eventually realized he was supposed to when I would praise him when he would do it on accident. The most important thing to remember is to pick up the poop as soon as they poop on the pad. They don't like to poop on it more than once.

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Was just curious in finding out how many of you have housetrained your yorkie and what you used to do it. Has anyone used belly bands or diapers? Did you use a crate or puppy pads? I have heard a lot of horror stories when it comes to males that if they go in your house, then it is very hard to get them to not go back to that spot. That's why I'm curious if anyone used diapers with their male yorkie or belly bands.
I have been using a crate and that is helping him not go during the night and during the day but it feels like he is in the crate all the time!! I would love to have him out more but when he is out (even if I take him out and he goes potty) he still peeing and pooping all over the house! I'm just wondering if belly bands or a doggy diaper would be a good way to go!
Thanks for the help!
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I heard about marking but so far Oliver hasn't tried it- he's 6 months old. He's completely housetrained- and we use a litterbox. It didn't take him long to learn since I started teaching him the day he came home. We are switching to secondnature doglitter today so he's a little troublesome making the switch but he's doing just fine. I think i got lucky- he's jsut really easy to train. But I started with keeping him in a small area and when he was out with me he was NEVER out of my site. I kept him close by playing with his toys, petting him, walking around the house with him. Every ten/twenty minutes I would bring him back to his litterbox (so he learned where it was from different parts of the house) and waited. If he didn't go I would keep bringing him every couple of minutes until he went. It really was work though- constant for the first couple of weeks! After that he jsut needed sparse reminders and now he goes when he pleases- it's great. No worries!
I have neevr used bellybands because he doesn't seem to be into marking... but I have read that a lot of people on YT use them for their males. Good luck though- it just takes time and constant reminders!
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