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Old 04-05-2009, 12:46 PM   #1
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Confused Need some help on training my baby yorkie

Hello everyone, Im Krystal and Im so thankful I found this site to help me out with rasing my baby. Lucky is about to be 4months old in 2weeks. Ive had him four about 4 weeks now. I have a few questions on training him. He just got all his shots and I have no idea where to start on training him on walking on a leash. Hes been wearing collar since the day i got him so hes kinda of use to it. ive tried letting him roam the house with the leash but he doesnt get it and just sits and looks up at me. ill walk away and hes too scared to even move. Any ideas on how to get him to feel good about moving around with the leash??
Next, ive been trying to potty train on pee pads since ive got him too. every morning we get up the first place he goes is to his pads. he just doesnt get it that he has to go on there and he tries so hard to run away to pee on the carpet. its so rare when he goes on the pad we'll sit there for 30min to an hour before he goes and when he does go we throw him a party of treats and love so why cant he get it?
He also eats his poo all the time! the vet said this was okay and you have to train him out of it. ive been trying so hard to let him know not to eat it. hes always sneaky now when he has to go poo. he'll hide and eat it away from the room. i just dont know how to break his habit

Please if anyone has any good ideas or had this problem please let me know how you broke your yorkies habit.
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Hi Crystal! Sometimes our little ones inhale their food without chewing so that what comes out at the other end is just as enticing. I hear giving them little bits of pineapple along with their meal makes the poo taste horrible. Let me know if this helps Lucky.
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Old 04-05-2009, 06:06 PM   #3
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Hey! The leash issue - introduce him more slowly, maybe. Also, collars can be rough on their little necks, harnesses are better. They also give you more control during leash walking.

Let the leash sit out in the middle of the floor, with a treat on top of it. Let your dog go up by himself, sniff it, check it out, and hopefully take the treat. Praise him! Make the leash seem like a GOOD thing. Don't force it on him because then he will always associate the leash with bad things. Also, every time you put him on the leash, do fun things! He'll begin to understand that leash = fun.

Potty training is so hard. Jackson's about 6 months now and not fully potty trained but he's close. You really have to either crate them or put them in some sort of an x-pen and let them out or on the pad all the time. It takes SO much time and patience. Schedule is key too and consistency. Every time they eat and drink water, they're going to have to go, so be sure you put them in the correct spot after eating or drinking. Get them on a good pottying schedule.
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Old 04-06-2009, 08:39 AM   #4
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Hi this is my first thread. Am sooo glad to be on this site. My new baby is 5 months now and I have had him for 3 weeks. Are Yorkies just all around more difficult to train than other breeds? I have done a lot reading for the past year (wanting one that long, longer) and I know it takes more due to their tiny bladder, but give me a break. My Aussie was so easy to house train. Also Tuff will mind when he knows I have the treat but just stares at me if he dosen't know he will be rewarded or not. He is doing better at first thing in the morning " go outside "I have learned his routeen, but I cannot be there all the time I put him the bathroom with plenty of toys and so on, he is oblivious to the pee pad. Not sure how to get him to use it. Tried putting his "gifts" on it for smell and pee from floor but not working. Any ideas will be appreciated. We have horse's and other animals, and I NEED him to mind, come,sit, no, stay. For his safety. When I am not at work (school hrs) I have him with me. I have to keep him safe and can not hold him while choring outside.
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Are yorkies more difficult to traaain?
I don't think so ... but training puppies in general can be tuf
if you are pee pad training there are things you need to do
You have to contain his movements until you can trust him
Pups have small bladders and their control in holding it is poor
so they have to go when they have to go
If you keep him in a special room
first coat the floor with pee pads ... then little by little remove them one by one
and he'll stick with peeing and pooping on the pee pads

The training .. the sit, stay and come stuff is up to you
There are a great numkber of threads that deal with each issue but it only takes time and technique
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Thank you Joey, I never thought of covering the floor, My husband has been coming home during the day (construction close to home) and he lets him out. He didn't go outside but came in and went poo in our daughters room. I'm not sure that he gives him enough time to do what he needs to do. how did you get your dogs pic with our name? I will continue to train on the other cammands.
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Pineapple is great to mix in their food (About a teaspoon) and Pumpkin works great too to deter them from eating their own number 2's.
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Hi this is my first thread. Am sooo glad to be on this site. My new baby is 5 months now and I have had him for 3 weeks. Are Yorkies just all around more difficult to train than other breeds? I have done a lot reading for the past year (wanting one that long, longer) and I know it takes more due to their tiny bladder, but give me a break. My Aussie was so easy to house train. Also Tuff will mind when he knows I have the treat but just stares at me if he dosen't know he will be rewarded or not. He is doing better at first thing in the morning " go outside "I have learned his routeen, but I cannot be there all the time I put him the bathroom with plenty of toys and so on, he is oblivious to the pee pad. Not sure how to get him to use it. Tried putting his "gifts" on it for smell and pee from floor but not working. Any ideas will be appreciated. We have horse's and other animals, and I NEED him to mind, come,sit, no, stay. For his safety. When I am not at work (school hrs) I have him with me. I have to keep him safe and can not hold him while choring outside.
I think Yorkies are definitely harder to train when it comes to potty training. They're stubborn as hell. HOWEVER, Jackson (my yorkie) is SO smart with other things. I've taught him sit, stay, down, shake, high-five, come, bang bang (play dead) and roll over so far and he's almost 6 months old! I've never had a dog so smart. He's about 90% potty trained right now. I 99% trust him in a certain area of the house but once you give him too much freedom, he will find a place to poop or pee. It's all about constant supervision, watching them like a hawk, schedule is key... get them on a good potty routine. Not too much freedom too quickly. Use an expen or crate when you can't watch him. Personally, I've found outdoor training to be much easier and more efficent than potty pad training. I'd rather him know inside = no potty at all.
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Thank you Joey, I never thought of covering the floor, My husband has been coming home during the day (construction close to home) and he lets him out. He didn't go outside but came in and went poo in our daughters room. I'm not sure that he gives him enough time to do what he needs to do. how did you get your dogs pic with our name? I will continue to train on the other cammands.
Dog Tricks! Shake, Crawl, Beg, Kiss, Roll Over, Bow, and more!

That's a good site for trick teaching... shows you in a simple way.

I feel like obedience is so important for a dog's well-being. It's much more pleasant for EVERY one to be around the dog if they're trained, even if it's just knowing a few commands. It also helps better your relationship with your dog and communication! It sounds cheesy but it's so true.
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Old 04-07-2009, 03:01 PM   #10
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I just got off the site for dog training by David, anybody have input for me. I have been to the petsmart training for another dog (austrailian shepard) but never finished, My Grandmother died and I just lost track of life for a while, two years ago. I still have the clicker, and am using the sit and come cammands. Tuff just looks at me, he is young though. What do you thionk of the book.
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the walking problem: i started off chasing yogurt in our backyard before taking him on actual walks. he somehow understood to walk and chase after me......i gave him treats everytime he "caught" me. so thats how he learned to walk beside me and semi chase me. i sugges harness instead of collar. you will have more control over your little one. collars are bad for small dogs in general

the peepee problem: i made a small one meter by 1.5 meter crate with baby gates(we kept them from my baby sister). he stayed there for about a week whenever no one is supervising him. whenever we see him getting into position to peepee or poopoo we scoop him up and put him in the crate's peepee pad. he got the idea after the first day! maybe i am just lucky. he was upgraded a week later and was out of the crate but was still restricted to the kitchen area only. it took another week or so when he got used to the bigger roaming space and going back to his pad. again, we upgraded him to the kitchen and living room.....and so on until our house was his playground.
some people may not agree with me on crating little puppies but a little discipline earlier will make life easier later on! besides, i had to crate him his paw bones were broken when we brought him home. the vet said no jumping no running....basically no big movements


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I am not familiar with this particular author, but any good dog training book shoud do, go to petsmart, or library or other good bookstores like Barnes and Noble or Borders etc. Take a look at house breaking books,(there is a House training for Dummys too!) The main thing is to be persistant and to hang tuff! Use a carrier or small pen while ya'll are out and let him out the first thing you get home! Keep a constant schedual with him. See about going again to the lessons at Petsmart and they can help with house training suggestions too.
I hate pads all over the floor, you have to mop daily, I have enough to do when I get home from work!
Most of your collies are going to "catch on" much faster than most Yorkies, that is just the way they are made They are a "brainy" dog Yorkies are more, of a, rat chaser killer, kind of dog. But they sure are cute and cuddly And they know how to get a treat with out working for it too brainy, but different brainy
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Hi Abby08, the author comes from the site of kingdomofdogs. At the bottom of the YT site page. Tuff does better when I am home (of course) I watch him better. Thanks for the input on the pads. I have never thought that was a good idea (paper training) I just thought to be a good Yorkie Mom that was one of the things I had to do for them. I am X military and my family say a control freak (they are wrong) well maybe to some degree, but I believe in rules even for animals. My animals are family not just something to have hang around.
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Oh, here is a tip, from when I went to a prof. dog trainer. Use one of those long handled wooden spoons,(I got a set from the dollar store) and put some peanut butter, cheese spray from a can, or some other sticky treat on the spoon part.A tiny amount!!! Then hold it so that the treat part is hanging just in front of him as you try to lead him with your leash. Great way to teach heal also

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make sure you have a small and thin, not heavy leash. less intimidating.

also for house training, my dog learned a lot faster when she could smell another dog's poo & pee outside. if you have friends with dogs who are already trained, taking your puppy to their yard may help. on the pad, don't change it after your puppy goes on it once. the smell helps her realize where she should go.
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