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|02-09-2010, 01:24 AM||#1|
Senior Yorkie Talker
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Berlin, Germany
Puppy hates being outside
Hi! I have a 12 week old Biewer, Hepburn, and he hates being outside. I live in Berlin, Germany, and live on the 4th floor in an apartment. He still needs to wait two more weeks according to the Vet until he can go out on the sidewalks, but we have a back courtyard and no other dogs live in my building, so he goes out there. I take him out each morning and before bed, 1 hour after eating, and after naps or play, but he just stands there on the ground (ok there is snow and gravel, I wouldn't want to be out there either) and shakes. Sometimes he looks at me with those eyes and I can't help but pick him up and take him in. I tell him to go potty, but he just won't move at all. He is either so scared or cold, I just don't know! Any suggestions on how to remedy this problem? He does have paper/pee pads in the house, and he will pee on them sometimes, but mostly he goes on the floor or the area rug if I don't catch him sniffing and take him out, but even then, he won't go outside, and he will still pee on the floor when we come in! I am tired of trekking up and down the steps to watch him stand on the ground! I want him to go outside eventually, although I know he won't be trained at 12 weeks, and I would be happy with mostly on the paper and outside when I take him.
|02-09-2010, 01:56 AM||#2|
Join Date: Nov 2009
I only started taking Sandy out when he's around 15 wks old. He's paper trained by our breeder. I got him in November and it's already cold. He didn't like to be outside. What I tried to do first was to let him run on the balcony. He's usually there for a min and ran back because it's freezing cold.
When I first took him out in the yard, he would just sit on the ground, shaking and refused to walk when he's on the leash. Our time outside was short, only 5 mins or less. It took us a few days and he finally started to walk with me and enjoys his time outside and he loves playing in the snow.
It takes time for pups to get used to outside and patience in the key. I believe Hepburn will learn to potty outside very soon.
|02-09-2010, 04:42 AM||#3|
Yorkie Kisses are the Best!
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Houston TX
Blog Entries: 1
Awww - it's all new to him -
just a little 'peon' advise - but maybe try to make going outside fun ? Act like it's a great place to be - and don't push the issue - if you try to get him to enjoy it maybe he'll end up just having to go - WHEN he does - that's where all the praise comes in - when I say praise i mean throw a party so he's really proud of himself....eventually he'll realize what he can do outside
|02-09-2010, 08:30 AM||#4|
T. Bumpkins & Co.
Donating YT Member
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: New England
All three of my dogs go inside on pee pads. They will go outside and in fact prefer to go outside to go but they go on the pee pads. I found this was easier with my schedule. If you live in a 4th floor apartment you might find going outside is not the best option.
If your pup is going on the area rug and not the pee pad, I'd analyze why this is happening. I have area rugs and throw rugs in my house and the dogs will only pee on their pads. I think the key has been consistency in the locations of the pads. They will actually walk from one room to another to "their bathroom". For years, I used a litter box with pellets but when we got Teddy we had to switch to pee pads. The location of the box/pads has always been the same - one in the kitchen, one in my bedroom, and one on my little porch outside.
I used consistent food rewards - chicken tidbits - whenever they went in the right spot. Teddy has been very hard to house break. He is easily distracted and crazy but even he is going in the right spot now. The other two very rarely have accidents.
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|02-09-2010, 10:23 AM||#5|
Join Date: Jan 2008
Blog Entries: 1
I would try taking a toy outside. Toss it for him, get silly - show him that outdoors can be fun too. One thing I noticed about puppies is when they are playing they sometimes forget they have to go, when the playing stops - they just go where ever they are. When he does go, praise like crazy and give him some treats. I'd recommend little bite soft chews, they are easy to break up so you can reward like crazy, plus my dog will do anything for them.