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|11-29-2008, 11:09 PM||#1|
Donating Senior Yorkie Talker
Join Date: Feb 2006
Yorkie Talkers I need your expertise on potty training!
I have a 4 year old Yorkie - potty trained - it was a hard job but now there are no problems!
I have an 11 month old Biewer - potty disaster - big problem!
I have a 4 month old Yorkie puppy from Charro's litter - not real sure what is going on with him. While at my house he was the model puppy for potty training. Now that he is at his new home he is giving his new owner a problem. His new owner resides in Germany with her husband on the military base but she is here in The States currently and I am going to have to take him back until she goes to Germany because her Mom is giving her a hard time about the potty issue.
My problem is Franny. I love her, she has a wonderful personality. It reminds me more of a cat than a Yorkie, she is that mellow. I want to love her as much as my Yorkie but she pees all over the place!!! It doesn't make the bond as strong and I want to overcome that so that I can give her the best life has to offer. I have observed her obsessively and there are no clear signs of when she needs to pee. The only thing I can do is logically do the math of when she might need to pee. Here is why I think that I can never see the signs . . . I have only caught her in the act in my new house of 2 months twice. She sneaks when she pees. I either find it by stepping in it or I am constantly looking around for it so I can stay on top of cleaning it up. I have a 1 year old in the house so this is super important.
The old house is a totally different story. I had to have the carpet cleaned 6 times in 4 months.
Ok next factor, she never goes in the same place twice. My house is 3/4 hard wood, 1/8 carpet, & 1/8 tile.
When Cheech was here I confined them both to the kitchen where the tile is. She finally began using the potty pads 50% of the time but even then she would only go on the far corner and it made a mess underneath the pad so it was as good as not going on there at all but still a little bit of progress. Now that Cheech is gone I gave her a little more freedom and she has failed. Soooo I began walking her every hour to 2 hours because that is how I finally got Charro potty trained. Franny will pee outside sometimes and I give her a treat but sometimes she will walk with us and then come in and pee whenever she feels she needs to go. Again about 50% of the time outside and 50% error.
Yorkie Talkers I need your help and expertise. My Mom comes and helps me with the baby and she does not have the love that I have for my dogs and she gets very frustrated with them and it causes much friction between us. I can be patient with them because I love them so much and I know that it is a work in progress. My husband and I split up and this was one of the smaller reasons. He also did not have the patience to put with the potty training and it caused a lot of fights between us.
Now, Cheech is coming back to live with us until his new owner goes back to Germany so as of right now I plan on confining he and Franny to the kitchen and walking them every hour to 2 hours.
Is this the best plan?
Should I crate train her? I am not crazy about that and I don't think it would be fair when Charro gets to run free. I would have to research the do's and dont's because it is not my preferred method and I know very little about it.
|11-30-2008, 06:31 AM||#2|
Donating YT 500 Club Member
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Canton, GA
I am by no means a Yorkie expert, I have a six month old Yorkie puppy who has the same problems as Franny -she is sneaky. The best luck I have had is learning her schedule, walking her every two hours at first and really observing when she goes (and what she does).
I have been doing that for about two weeks and I am finally getting her schedule down. We are four days without an accident in the house knock on wood. I am also trying the reward system, I bought some Cheerio's which she loves...when she goes potty outside she gets a Cheerio. It is kind of funny, my neighbors must think I am nuts on the walks because I use a really excited voice and say "Someone gets a Cheerio" and she wiggles and gets all excited.
Good Luck and maybe we can share tips.
Cheryl,Mom to SophieKate
|11-30-2008, 07:47 AM||#3|
Donating YT 500 Club Member
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Packer Country!!!
I'm no expert by any means...but, My thoughts are if you are using pads and going outside, you may be confusing her. I think you should do one or the other. I've heard of so many people that use pads that have problems with it taking longer to train. JMHO.......
Also I think it would be very helpful to crate train. I've crate trained 4 dogs and never had a problem with potty training. If I couldn't watch them they went in their crate. When I got Myah, hubby thought it was mean to put her in her crate while Chloe' was free. But, I haven't had any trouble with more than a couple accidents. The crate is a life saver.
I hope you figure it out soon. Good luck!!!
|11-30-2008, 10:10 AM||#4|
I ♥ Franklin & Maggie
Join Date: Dec 2007
I agree with the above poster. Trying both potty pads and going outside is probably confusing. You can do potty pads and THEN transition outside, or just go outside completely.
I'm going to tell you how we did it. It's not that much different than what you're doing but maybe it will encourage you to stick it out.
We got Franklin as a puppy and started out training him on potty pads. He stayed in a play pen when we were gone so I put a potty pad in there. The most important thing I've found thus far with potty training is confinement. I would consider my dogs potty trained and we still don't let them have full roam of the house. When I am in the living room, they stay in the living room with me also. By keeping them confined, you can keep an eye on them at all times. This is also important. When you can't watch them completely, they need to be crated or confined to a "safe" area. Until they are potty trained, any accidents are your fault. Basically, the key to potty training is eliminating the chance for accidents. Any time we saw Franklin even barely sniffing around, he went in his play pen until he pottied. He could come out as his reward. We were lucky and he pretty much caught on pretty quickly.. Once he caught on, we would leave the play pen open so he could go as he pleased. If there was an accident, we went back to square one.
Now, after we moved to our apartment, we decided we wanted to switch to outside completely. We started out by finding a treat they loved. This was cheese. Cheese is their special potty treat and they don't get it any other time. Afterwards, we went out every two hours religiously. We stayed and walked until they pottied. Once they did, we would cheer and go crazy and give them their special treat. After a couple of weeks, we increased the time by a half an hour every couple of days and they did fine. Now they can wait 4-6 hours between potty breaks. We still have accidents every couple of months when I forget to take them out, but for the most part, we are golden!
In the mean time, maybe invest in some diapers/belly bands to save your sanity?
I hope this was helpful at all.. I know you're already doing a lot of this stuff so I don't know if it will, lol. Sorry it's so long, too.
Diana , Mommy to Franklin, Maggie, Oliver, and Millie - RIP Piper