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|10-13-2009, 03:30 AM||#1|
Join Date: Sep 2009
How I am potty training my yorkie - is working, but is it ok?
This is the first time I've ever house trained a dog. Blu was around 4 months old when I got her, it has been more than a month since she stepped foot in our home. I asked advice from my co-worker who has had several dogs and she is a very nice person and had some tips.
I bought a kennel, slightly bigger than Blu. I had to put a box in the end of it. This gave her enough room to sleep. I was finding that she was eating the box, so I put a baking pan on the side of the box towards her. That problem was solved.
I would say the first two weeks (as I work), she would be in the kennel while I was at work - I did leave enough food and water for her directly in the kennel. She did not have enough room to turn around and pee or anything, so she was happy and went right away when I took her outside. I put her on a chain in the kitchen during my lunch and sat in the kitchen with her to eat my lunch. Then I put her in the kennel with food and water.
I get home from work and let her out right away. Then I had her on the leash in the kitchen, but let her out every 15 minutes as puppies can't hold it that long. I spent this time cleaning my kitchen and doing dishes as it was important to her that I was right there. She didn't seem to be interested in the food or water on the floor, but spent the time eating and drinking while she was in the kennel, probably because she was bored during this time.
At night, of course I let her out first thing, we have kept her on a leash so she cannot run and go pee under a table or something, but she is totally happy on the leash if she is with us. We watch tv and she sits on the sofa with us and watches with us.
I continue to let Blu out at least every 15 minutes.
It has been over a month now, and now she has graduated to sleeping in our bed, again, on the leash in her bed which is on my bed, she can't go far to reach the end of the bed for an accident. But she is very happy sleeping there with us. Of course at night she has no food and water so she has no problem sleeping through the night with us.
We have not had Blue that long, but she is a very smart little puppy. I've never slapped nor hit her in any way, but I have used the word NO which she understands very well.
I am not sure how long I will have to continue the leash and kennel thing so if anyone else has sorta used this same method, I would like to hear from you.
So far so good, Blu has had only a couple of accidents and she is a very well adjusted and extremely happy little girl.
|10-13-2009, 04:00 AM||#2|
YT 500 Club Member
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Michigan, USA
It sounds like you've got a handle on everything. Kudos to you for spending time with your puppy even thought you're working. I think that's great. I have heard that you can't trust a puppy until about a year, but I'm sure each case is different. Sydney is in the process of being housetrained. She just turned four months. So far so good, but she still has an accident occasionally. If I'm not watching her, she goes in her crate (kennel).
Keep up the good work.
|10-14-2009, 05:34 AM||#3|
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: In my childrens heart
Good for you I wish I could be there to let mey baby out during lunch but being that I work 30 miles away its not possible. you sound like you got it all down and got her in training on a leash. Lola isn't very fond of a leash so I haven't really tried but once,then she didn' trust me enough to come to me after that so I didn't push the issue. She sleeps with us in the bed also and has not had any accidents either. I get up around 2 or 3 in the morning to let her go pee. we are paper training her right now and has had a few accidents also but..I've seen way worse in other dogs. I keep her in a kennel also but only when DH or I are not home. We can't leave the door open cause she'll jump the baby gate we have and start to wander around the house. I don't trust her right now either cause she still has her accidents. But I am happy for you!! It seems like a journey to get to where you are now right??? lots and lots of luck to you- your a good parent
-Lola 's Presleigh
|10-14-2009, 06:20 AM||#4|
Donating YT 1000 Club Member
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Chicago Suburbs
The leash is great. They will typically hold it longer on the tile floor than on the carpet. Mine would always have an accident the minute their feet hit the carpet so they were not allowed in carpeted rooms unattended until they were trained
The crate you should continue to use while you are at work for a while, up to a year, until she is completely trained. Mine have had both free run of the house and get crated (together, in a HUGE crate with big fluffy pillows) when we leave, depending on how long we are going to be gone, the time of day, and if there is anything out they could get into (like my sewing stuff) We used the small wire kennels during training but once they were both trained we got one of those big fabric kennels that zip up. They seem to like it as it's more cozy than a wire crate. At this point crating is for their containment, not for house training, but if we are gone longer than they would usually hold it (more than 3 hours) then we crate them because they will hold it for longer in the crate - mostly because the only thing to do in the crate is sleep.
Also, how is she asking to go out? That is the hardest part of the training. We use a bell. Taking her out on a leash is a GREAT routine. She will know why she is out there and it's not a free for all. Keeping their focus on pottying is important. Sam's attention span when she goes outside is" "OH! A leaf! OH! A frog! OH! Bird poop!!!!! Why was I out here?" I still to this day have to watch her and yell "SAM! Hurry UP!" and then she remembers and pees. Otherwise, she'd spend an hour out there and not potty.
Also, if you are outside training you will probably want to get her on a feeding schedule at some point. Mine eat and poop at the same time every day (twice a day.) That is so helpful for knowing when I need to make sure they are "empty" I wouldn't feed them and then let them stay home for 3 hours without making sure they pooped first. If they were free feeding I would have no idea when they need to go. We don't put water in the crate but that's because Loki drinks all water that is put in front of him immediately so there is no point. I just make sure they aren't left alone too long and get plenty of water before crating. If she is rationing the water, lol, you are fine
Last edited by Erin; 10-14-2009 at 06:24 AM.