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|08-15-2009, 03:39 PM||#1|
Join Date: Aug 2009
New to the yorkie and yorkie new to me
I just joined the site and it is very informative thus far. I got Bernie for my birthday (which is today) I picked him up a week ago yesterday. He is 9.5 weeks old and precious. I had always wanted one and my husband got me one.....how sweet....
Well I guess I am wondering how old do they have to be before they start catching on to things? I mean, I am trying to potty train him. He will start using his pad and does great but I bought him a play pin today and took the gates down from blocking the whole family from entry to the room. As soon as I picked him up out of his pin he walked to the carpet and pee peed on the floor. OMG, I know he is young and I am hoping that along with the fact he is new to me and me to him is part of the issue.
Thanks ahead of time for all the information you guys give I truly appreciate it.
|08-15-2009, 04:59 PM||#2|
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Welcome, Happy Birthday and congratulations!! The key to training is consistency and vigilance. If you cannot watch him even for a few minutes put him in his pen. Always take him out after he wakes up from naps and after playing. He is still young but if you try and get him use to a schedule it helps.
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|08-15-2009, 05:00 PM||#3|
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: San Francisco, CA
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Yorkies are famous for being really hard to potty train. You'll need to come up with a plan. There are tons and tons of threads here on different methods:
Here are some things you'll need to think about:
- Outside only, inside only, or both?
- Crate training, xpen, "umbilical cord"?
- Schedule food and water. Expect pee ~15 minutes after drinking, poop ~1 hour afterwards.
- At 3 months, you can expect them to hold it for about 4 hours, at four months, 5 hours, etc. Plan to take her out every two or three hours at her current age.
- Get an enzyme cleaner like Nature's Miracle to clean up messes.
- It is worth it to start out really vigilant - that means if the dog is not in a crate or xpen, you are watching him with BOTH eyes - and set the dog up for success.
Good luck! If your dog is anything like mine, you will need it. Be prepared to learn a lot of patience. It is so worth it once they finally catch on.
If you love something, set it free. Unless it's an angry tiger.
|08-16-2009, 09:59 AM||#4|
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Flower Mound, Texas
I agree with Quicksilver!
These little guys need to go often as they can't hold much so being vigilant about getting them outside (if that's where they're going to be trained to go) very often is key. As a young puppy, that also means during the night until they can start holding it longer which you'll be able to see.
I'd say 5-6 months if you're on top of it and they're pretty much done; not 100% maybe, but really close. They'll have accidents (which is human language for "we screwed up" ) When a puppy goes in the house and isn't supposed to, fault is with people, not the puppy.
I used specific words and still do. When it's tome to go outside, I repeat a few times, that it's time to go "potty outside". When they went in the house, pee or poop, I'd smack the floor near it, to get their attention, and say "no potty inside". I'd soak up as much pee as I could on a tissue or pick up the poop, and we'd go "outside to potty". I'd lay the tissue on the grass where it was OK to go, or the poop, and make sure they came and smelled it then praised them for "potty outside". I had a treat for them as aften as I could remember to bring one. We tried to keep the treat by the back door.
Oh, and when they were young, we made sure to take food up by 7-8 PM so they had an hour or 2 to empty out and be ready for bed. Otherwise we'd have a hour or so hoping we could get them to go.
Now, at night when it's time to go to bed, I just tell them it's time to "go potty outside" and they take off for the doggy door (or stand by the big door when they want to make sure I go with them ) and we go out and they do their thing. The 9 month old I'll still need to repeat "go potty" several times sometimes because she'll get distracted barking at a toad or chasing bugs.
You'll think you've made great progress then they'll poop or pee and you'll feel like you're starting over, but you're not. Just continue with the regiment and they'll be done before you know it. Our male doesn't even mark in the house. Both would tuck their ears if they went in the house and I called them to it. They know, but I still told them "no potty in the house" and took them outside. No punishment, just the attention getting "smack" on the floor and a stern "no potty in the house", but I think it's important to get them outside, show them where it goes and praise them like nobody's business. Once you're there, you'll be proud.
These little guys are smart as can be, and if you're like me, you'll realize it's "us" humans that will hold them back when training on anything.
Last edited by JKTex; 08-16-2009 at 10:02 AM.