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Old 09-27-2005, 07:15 AM   #1
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Animal Smiley 019 Have any of you ever had this problem???

My yorkie is only 10 weeks old, he was doing great with potty training....That is before I started giving him treats. Now all he does when he goes outside is look up at me like, "Okay I am out here, Now where is my treat."
Alot of people have had tons of success with this method, and I thought it would help speed up the potty training process, but as of now has only make it worse...

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Old 09-27-2005, 07:17 AM   #2
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Do you tell to 'go pee' or do you have a que word for him so that he knows why you are outside? To get business done!
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Old 09-27-2005, 07:26 AM   #3
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Do you tell to 'go pee' or do you have a que word for him so that he knows why you are outside? To get business done!
I tell him "go potty", he was starting to go on demand too. Do you think it could be because we take him out too often? We take him out maybe 5-6 times after 4:30 and 3 times in the morning before we go to work.
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Old 09-27-2005, 07:30 AM   #4
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Only give him a treat when he potty's he'll pick up pretty quick what he has to do to get a treat. Make sure you're always taking him out the same door. Before long he will start going to the door and letting you know when he has to potty. Just be patience. Taking him out too often is better than not offend enough.
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Sorry didn't answer your question. Yes this is a common problem. My mom's dog who is near 10 yrs old will go to the door and when you open the door she'll go out on the porch and then turn around and come right back in and expect to get a treat. I just laugh at her and tell her "you so did not go....no treat" then she sulks off.
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All my training is done with the tone of my voice and praise. Treats are given for fun. So, I am no help with this one, sorry.
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I only give him a treat when he goes, but resently we started trying to teach him to sit and also "ring the bell"---to go outside, and we are giving him treats for that as well. We might be confusing him.
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This is why the clicker is so useful! It lets you easily let the dog know what you are giving them a treat for. The clicker, when used appropriately, will "bookmark" the correct behavior for you.

It's never too early to start training with the clicker, and in this case, it's bennefit is pretty easy to see. WIth Yorkies, I suspect a quieter clicker is called for (I made the mistake of getting a pretty loud one).
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Capone is guilty of it. He has yet to get a treat for just messing around outside and not doing his business though. We keep his treats in a lower cabinet in the kitchen. He will do a "run-by" just to check to see if he can get a treat; for the most part he won't pursue it if he knows he didn't do his business outside.
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I tell mine to go busy busy. I read that in a dog training book once. My three pups are doing much better since i give them treats, but they where doing horrible last week, then i thought of the treat. My little girl does best. she looks at me while she potties and soon as she finishes she runs toward me for her treat.I've always had more luck with the girls, but the two boys are coming along.I use the adult doggie food for treats. it works i just break it up and give them tiny peices of it.
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Where did you get your clicker and how do you use it with the training? Sounds interesting.I still have messes from at least one of my boys in the morning. The girls crate is always dry and clean.
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Where did you get your clicker and how do you use it with the training? Sounds interesting.I still have messes from at least one of my boys in the morning. The girls crate is always dry and clean.
Your local pet-supply store will have a lot of them. Get a clicker and a book, and possibly look for an obedience class (if you havne't already done one) that teaches clicker-training.
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I didn't have this exact problem but one close. When we were still only using the pads she knew she would get a treat every time she went so she would just go pretty much only a drip and then look up like "look at that now where's my treat?" I really wasn't sure if I should still give her a treat or not, I did though.

You may be taking him out more than he has to go but I don't know if I would cut back at his age, better to be safe than sorry. If he doesn't go then just don't give him a treat. Give it a few more weeks and you'll get a better feeling for his schedule. You may even try writing down the time of when he actually went, then after a few weeks you can really gear the times you take him out to the times he's actually going. He's still little keep working he'll have it soon enough, sounds like you're out to a great start, much better than I was.
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