| | Potty Training Help. Getting There But Need Improvement
We have had Kona, a 15 week old Yorkie, for about five weeks. During this time, we have tried a variety of potty training methods. At first, we tried exclusively teaching her to go outside but that didn't work so well. Given that I work from home, I would take her out once an hour but she would still have accidents in the house. So, we decided to give the wee-wee pads a go.
For the next couple days, I would say no anytime I caught her going (would catch her during 90% of her accidents) and would carry her to her wee-wee-pad. She started to catch on little by little but would still have accidents. For whatever reason, she would go next to, near, or in places totally unrelated to her pad about 25% of the time. At that point, I figured, ok maybe we need a physical structure for her so I got a litter box, placed the wee-wee pad inside it, and introduced it to her. That was a total disaster and didn't get me anywhere as she wouldn't even venture inside it despite repateidly bringing her there after going elsewhere.
During the day, things have been ok. Went back to just the pads and, again, 75% of the time, she does well. The problem is at night. Reason being, we spoiled her rotten. We tried keeping her in her cage next to the bed and would keep our fingers in the crate door but she would howl and eventually we gave in. We set up a stepstool for her made of pillows so she could easily climb up and down on and off our bed. We would let her sleep in the bed and kept a wee-wee pad at the base of the steps. Unfortunately, 75% of the time, if she goes during the night, she goes on the carpet and not the pad. I am not sure if it's that she can't see the pad as it's dark or if she just feels the carpet and it's similar enough to the pad that she goes. Whatever the reason, I need ot figure out what's best going forward.
Sadly, I feel that we have to start using the crate at night. I LOVE having her snuggle but I don't see the night time situation improving all that much. During the day though, I am not sure what to do. Should i start from root one and crate train her? If so, given that i'm home all the time, how would I even do such. I can't imagine it's good to just leave her in the cage hours on end while she barks. Should i just get rid of wee wee pads all together and try to exclusively have her go outside. If so, any suggestions on that transition? Should I try the bell by the door? Should I stick with pads and continue trying to enforce that's where she goes?
What woudl you suggest?