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Old 03-03-2008, 08:46 AM   #1
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OK let's see Brinkley my new little guy is 17 weeks old now & I have had him for 6 weeks. This is my 1st yorkie. We are just having such a problem potty training. I refuse to do pee pads or a liter because we have a HUGE yard & there is just no need. When I got him he had no idea about potty training what so ever. I bring him out every hour on the hour. But he still has accidents. He doesn't give me any kind of notice that he needs to go. He does great outside on the leash when I bring him but he just doesn't seem to be getting the hang of it. How long does this "potty training" average for a timeline? I am starting to get REALLY frustrated. Any tips for me are greatly appreciated!
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It takes time and lots of patience. Roxie is 22 weeks and Ihave gad her 4 weeks and she is just now starting to get the hang of the potty pads. Still has accidents but I have been putting her in her crate when I can't watch her and that seems to be helping. Hang in there they eventually get the idea.
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At 17 weeks he's still very young so he's still going to have accidents. I've crate trained all of my dogs. Bella was 12 weeks old when we got her and I started crate training immediately and she picked up on what she was supposed to do within days (of course she wasn't completely potty trained to where I could completely trust her until about 5 months). If you are home with him during the day crate training will be a piece of cake. If you work during the day it's going to probably take a little longer. It takes a lot of consistency and praise but it works. Basically with crate training you take him out to go potty, you should always lead him to the door and outside rather than carry him so that he knows where he's supposed to go. Tell him to "go potty" or whatever phrase you choose and if he goes he gets lots of praise and gets to come inside and play for a while. If he doesn't "go" then he goes right back in his crate for another 15 minutes or so and repeat the process until he "goes" outside. While he's so young you only let him outside his crate for about 1/2 hour or so to play and then put him back in the crate for another hour or so. Time it so that you're taking him out about every 2 hours. With repetition and consistency he'll catch on really fast. Make sure you give him lots of praise when he "goes" outside so he knows that he's done good and if he doesn't go just pick him up give him love and simply put him back in his crate, he hasn't done anything wrong so you don't want him to think he's being punished. It will be hard to put him back in the crate after only a 1/2hour or so of having him out but believe me, it really works. Make sure you watch him like a hawk when he's outside his crate so that if he does have an accident in the house you can catch him and correct him. If you look in the training forum on this site you'll find all sorts of info. on crate training. If he does have an accident inside the house tell him "no" pick him up and take him outside, if he finishes outside then lots of praise and he gets to stay out for a while but if he doesn't finish outside he has to go back in his crate. As he gets older you can start to lengthen the amount of time outside of the crate. I'm sorry this is so long Good luck!
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At 17 weeks he's still very young so he's still going to have accidents. I've crate trained all of my dogs. Bella was 12 weeks old when we got her and I started crate training immediately and she picked up on what she was supposed to do within days (of course she wasn't completely potty trained to where I could completely trust her until about 5 months). If you are home with him during the day crate training will be a piece of cake. If you work during the day it's going to probably take a little longer. It takes a lot of consistency and praise but it works. Basically with crate training you take him out to go potty, you should always lead him to the door and outside rather than carry him so that he knows where he's supposed to go. Tell him to "go potty" or whatever phrase you choose and if he goes he gets lots of praise and gets to come inside and play for a while. If he doesn't "go" then he goes right back in his crate for another 15 minutes or so and repeat the process until he "goes" outside. While he's so young you only let him outside his crate for about 1/2 hour or so to play and then put him back in the crate for another hour or so. Time it so that you're taking him out about every 2 hours. With repetition and consistency he'll catch on really fast. Make sure you give him lots of praise when he "goes" outside so he knows that he's done good and if he doesn't go just pick him up give him love and simply put him back in his crate, he hasn't done anything wrong so you don't want him to think he's being punished. It will be hard to put him back in the crate after only a 1/2hour or so of having him out but believe me, it really works. Make sure you watch him like a hawk when he's outside his crate so that if he does have an accident in the house you can catch him and correct him. If you look in the training forum on this site you'll find all sorts of info. on crate training. If he does have an accident inside the house tell him "no" pick him up and take him outside, if he finishes outside then lots of praise and he gets to stay out for a while but if he doesn't finish outside he has to go back in his crate. As he gets older you can start to lengthen the amount of time outside of the crate. I'm sorry this is so long Good luck!
any chance you can crate train while having her out all the time lol I wish!!! my baby is really good all night... she wakes me up if she needs to... but since I have had her it has only been since she was sick last night... other then that she sleeps until like 6:00 or 7:00 in the morning... but she is my baby... I want to hold her and play with her ALL the time... I just wish the potty training would be easier... now she dose whine when she has to go potty but thats only if shes being held... I would like to get to the point of letting her down and if she has to go to go to the door and ring her bells... I think I better try the crate...
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any chance you can crate train while having her out all the time lol I wish!!! my baby is really good all night... she wakes me up if she needs to... but since I have had her it has only been since she was sick last night... other then that she sleeps until like 6:00 or 7:00 in the morning... but she is my baby... I want to hold her and play with her ALL the time... I just wish the potty training would be easier... now she dose whine when she has to go potty but thats only if shes being held... I would like to get to the point of letting her down and if she has to go to go to the door and ring her bells... I think I better try the crate...
I know, it's hard to put them back in the crate but it really is important. I eased up on Bella after a couple weeks because she was doing so well and I wasn't putting her in the crate as often and she started to go backwards and as soon as I got her back on the routine she turned right around. For some reason these little ones seem to take a little longer to potty train but don't let anyone tell you it can't be done. Our Lab only took a couple of weeks to a month of crate training to figure it out and we got her at 12 weeks but Bella took about 2 months to be completely potty trained (we got her at 12 weeks also). It's so worth the effort because she hardly had any accidents during the potty training time which made it so much easier to deal with Good luck!
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