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|09-25-2010, 06:02 PM||#1|
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Largo, FL
Help, My Rocky won't go potty outside. He hates being out side
We have had our 4 month male Yorkie for a week now and he just will not go potty outside. I know it has only been a week, but I am worried that I will never be able to praise him. I was outside I think about 6 hours today and didn't succeed 1 time. As soon as we came inside he went on the floor. I need someone to tell me this will get better! He hates it outside and just keeps going to the front door everytime we go out. We have been using his crate, but he goes in there too! I need help, I have read every thread on this topic and tried everything. We have a schedule and are going out the same door everytime to the same place after he eats, nap, playing. Helppp!
|09-25-2010, 06:36 PM||#2|
Donating Senior Yorkie Talker
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Eastern Shore of Maryland
While in the house either use a belly band or a piddle pad with a two liter bottle with water or something in it so it will not fall over. Put the bottle in the middle of the pad so he can use that for a target. Do you know his back ground ? It will take a while to change his mind set but it will work out. Yorkies are one of the hardest dogs to potty train. Good luck,and hang in there
Brenda Jackie,Sadie, Rosie, Julie and Sophie my other non yorkie fur babies Romeo Lillie and Sammie, Jessie, Callie, Cloie.
|09-25-2010, 06:42 PM||#3|
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Benton, AR, USA
I just got my Gabby on Thursday but she is 6 months old, I am having same problem. I will walk her around forever outside and then she comes right in and goes on the floor. She has also gone a couple times in her kennel. Please let me know if you find anything that will make him go outside and if I find anything that works I will let you know too. Good luck!
|09-26-2010, 09:01 AM||#4|
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Hiawassee, GA
I'm going to guess that both Rocky and Gabby were never taken outside to potty before you got them. Many breeders begin pee pad training, but don't take the dogs outside, and going outside is foreign to these pups. It's scary, the grass doesn't feel "right" to their feet, and when they squat or bow up it will tickle their tummies or bottoms!
All of that means you're going to have to work extra hard at this. I highly recommend Amazon.com: How to Housebreak Your Dog in 7 Days... . With Yorkies, it will probably take much longer than 7 days, but the methods are sound. The key is following a strict schedule, and that the dog only gets unsupervised time right after they potty.
Now, to address the "ick" factor of going outside for your pups, here are a couple of suggestions:
- take a pee pad outside and put your pup on that
- be consistent about taking them to the same area, so they begin to associate the place with the deed of pottying
- use the same phrase every time you take them out "Want to go potty? Dante, go potty!" As humans, we tend to vary our language, using potty, pee, poop, go to the bathroom, need to go out, etc. - but it's much easier to train if you find ONE phrase for what you want and stick exclusively to that
- put down some pea gravel so the grass won't tickle as they squat or bow up
- find another dog who can come over and demonstrate what's supposed to happen, and whose leavings will make the area smell like pottying. You can also "dispose" of your dog's leavings in his potty area to help give him the idea.
- a nice, long walk can stimulate the bowels and prompt a poop (Dante and I, along with my two Kerry Blue Terriers, walk 4 miles every morning, so don't let anyone tell you small dogs can't walk that far).
Of course, you praise when they do it outside, and if you catch them doing it inside, you say "NO! We do that OUTSIDE." And promptly take them outside to finish. Then you redouble your efforts to take them out at every trigger point - after nap, 10-20 minutes after eating, after play time, before bed time or car rides, etc. - and every 90 minutes no matter what!
Good luck - it will get better if you're persistent and consistent.
|09-27-2010, 06:07 PM||#5|
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: PA & FL
Pet stores and catalogs have something called a pee stick that you stick in the ground. It smells like pee and will help the dog know where to go. You might also make sure that the area where you want them to go is always mowed so that the grass won't bother them.