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Old 03-01-2010, 11:13 AM   #1
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HELP....I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO, Ava is 16 months old and I CANNOT get her housebroken! She knows what she is doing is wrong, she runs when I find her little prizes, but she won't stop. I have tried everything, I let her out, she pees and comes in and runs somewhere to hide and poo. My husband is down to alternatives, she learns or she leaves. I love her SO MUCH, I DO NOT want her gone, but we have two other dogs and they are trained, I am starting to see his point. I am desperate, PLEASE HELP save my AVA!
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Old 03-01-2010, 11:31 AM   #2
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well since she is not fully housetrain can you get like an expen where you can put down pads, food and water bowl and bed in...enough room for her to move around and doing her business when she is not able to be supervised?
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Old 03-01-2010, 11:42 AM   #3
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Does Ava do this all year, or does weather (i.e. cold) affect her behavior?

Scheduled feedings and scheduled exercise (ideally walks) are great means to predict when your dog needs to poop. If you walk Ava at these times, you should be successful at making sure she poops outside.

The other option is to go outside i your yard with her and stay out there until she poops, but walking will facilitate matters.

Either way, don't let her come back into the house until she poops. When she does poop, praise her profusely with keywords and give her a treat. She will catch on.

The process will take a great commitment of time and patience.

I hope you and your husband don't get rid of Ava because of this obstacle. Potty problems are one of the main reasons so many doggies end up homeless and sitting in shelters, rescues, or worse.
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Yep - Yorkies are hard to potty train. How old are your other dogs? Are they all kept together? Like Mary said - you might have to go back to the beginning and put her in an xpen in order to have more control over her area. Is she on an eating/potty schedule? Are you home during the day? Just wondering what all the circumstances are.
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well since she is not fully housetrain can you get like an expen where you can put down pads, food and water bowl and bed in...enough room for her to move around and doing her business when she is not able to be supervised?
Yes, definitely limit Ava's movement inside the house when not supervised...until the problem is solved.
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All the above info is great. They say some Yorkies never get trained.
Sorry, I don't want to discourage you. How about diapers for now until
you get a grip on this. I certainly would keep her confined to one area,
weather it's a kitchen or x-pen, or crate until she learns.

Good luck, I can't imagine the frustration.
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All the above info is great. They say some Yorkies never get trained.
Sorry, I don't want to discourage you. How about diapers for now until
you get a grip on this. I certainly would keep her confined to one area,
weather it's a kitchen or x-pen, or crate until she learns.

Good luck, I can't imagine the frustration.
even with diapers that doesn't stop them from pooping...since that is the problem she is having...peeing she gets and understand needs to be done outside then per the op then she comes in and finds a place to poop...

TO the OP: and if you can't confine her to a limit space then have you consider laying down peepads when she normally poops...and cleaning up the smell so that she doesn't go back to do her business there...
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hi; my dog also named Ava; didn't get housebroken until she was a year and half.
she was driving me nuts. i used to have a pad in 3 different places so she wont miss it. but she still chose to pee on the carpet; she knew to go #2 on the pad though. i realized that i was confusing her; she didnt know where to go. so i only put one 1 pad in my bathroom, and also confined her to a pen when i wasn't home. so now she knows where to go. good luck
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My buddy was VERY hard to train and I had the same issue and we have another dog who is also housebroken and as soon as we stopped spoiling our other dog because we had a new dog and focused all of out attention on him he started to listen and go outside. Espically once my fiancee gave him the attention it takes both of you to give him LOTS of love praise and attention it took us a year to figure this out but he finally is housebroken and we haven't had an accident since.
Yorkies are stubborn so you just have to stay one step ahead of them
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All very good advice here.

I just want to add that when we housebroke Bailey - we gave her our UNDIVIDED attention for two solid months. Our lives were literally put on hold while we supervised. We kept her in the family room with us. The object was to "catch her in the act" and correct. If she was ever un-supervised (like at work - or to brush teeth, etc.) then she was put in an ex-pen or crate. Never-ever loose in the house unsupervised.

It wasn't easy. All the household chores were put on the back burner (well, that part was easy ). But, all our attention was on the dog until we saw serious signs of success - only then did we lighten up.

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I'm having this problem too. My girl is doing well with peeing outside. When I take her out to poo, it seems like she doesn't want to. She ate over an hour ago and she still hasn't gone. I tried what you suggested, I stood out there with her for 20 minutes at a time and still nothing. We can't do the walk, she hasn't learned to walk on the lead yet. Any other suggestions?

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Does Ava do this all year, or does weather (i.e. cold) affect her behavior?

Scheduled feedings and scheduled exercise (ideally walks) are great means to predict when your dog needs to poop. If you walk Ava at these times, you should be successful at making sure she poops outside.

The other option is to go outside i your yard with her and stay out there until she poops, but walking will facilitate matters.

Either way, don't let her come back into the house until she poops. When she does poop, praise her profusely with keywords and give her a treat. She will catch on.

The process will take a great commitment of time and patience.

I hope you and your husband don't get rid of Ava because of this obstacle. Potty problems are one of the main reasons so many doggies end up homeless and sitting in shelters, rescues, or worse.
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I would suggest crate training.

First thing in the morning you take her out of the crate to potty outside.
Tell her "go potty" or something similar each time as she will eventually be able to recognize this command and it will be very helpful for the future.

Only keep her out there 10 minutes. Any longer and they forget what they are out there for which doesn't do well for the training.
If she doesn't potty, put her back in her crate. Try again in 5-10 minutes. Keep doing this until she goes. It takes time but they learn to understand and it works.
When she does go give her a lot of praise and some treats, make a big deal out of it. Yorkies want to please you and this will encourage her training.

Until she is completely trained, anytime she is inside the house and you can't supervise her 100%, either put her in a crate or pen. This will really cut down on her having accidents.
If she is having an accident in front of you, simply tell her no, pick her up and take her outside. Don't scold her for having an accident or she will simply be afraid and will just make sure you aren't in site when she has an accident. If she manages to go some outside, praise and reward her.

Keep a good feeding and water schedule and this will help the training process as she will develop routine bathroom habits. After all if you know when she is eating and drinking, you will know she will have to go shortly afterwards.
Have a regular potty schedule so she knows when she will have the chance to relieve her self making her more likely to hold it then if she doesn't have a regular schedule and she goes anytime she wants.

Please don't give up on her yet. Yorkies are quite known for being difficult to potty train. They take longer than most breeds. It takes a lot of time, consistency, patience, and praise but you will get there and it will all be worth it in the end.

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The key to potty training is consistancy. You need to set a schedule and stick to it. Feel out your pup and take note of what time of day your pup poos. My Sasha, for example, poos in the morning consistantly. I have the luck of being home (or my hubby, she's only home by herself on Sundays for a few hours as we work opposite shifts) to watch her every move. You can't let her run off somehwere that you can't see and do her business... put her on a leash and attach it to your pants, or put up a gate in an area that you can always see her in. I have to keep a contant eye on my girl (she's 6 months old) and she is doing so well! You know when she starts to sniff around and turn in a circle, she needs to go out ASAP! If she is home alone, either crate her (but no longer than 4 or 5 hours) or ex pen her off with potty pads. You made the decision to bring her home, so you have to do whatever it takes to train her. You wouldn't give up a child because they were having a hard time being potty trained, you need to have the same love for your pup. Maybe you should get rid of the boyfriend... lol just kidding! Good luck to you! Remember, be consistant and she'll get the hang of it!
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I seem to recall a post from a while ago where someone was dealing with severe potty problems

Her solution was to carry the dog around with her in a vest-harness pretty much all day. The pup only was put down outside - to go potty. This forced the pup to wait - so when it was put down outside it had to, and could go. I thought it was a very creative approach, and was effective

Aside from something like that - limiting the pups territory, keeping to a rigid schedule, and CONSTANT monitoring is the best approach. It sounds like she is confused right now, so it may take some patience until she understands what you want her to do

Question - when you said you "let her out" does she go outside with you on leash, or does she just go outside on her own? If she is going outside on her own, I would put her on a leash and walk her. Do not let her come back inside until she potties - pees and poo.
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