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|10-12-2010, 06:08 AM||#1|
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: beachwood, nj, usa
potty training advice, lots of ?s
we just got our little boy on saturday, and he is adorable. 13 weeks old. i have had 2 cavaliers in the past, and one still is with us, who obviously goes outside. we had no problem with praising, rewards, ect, to potty train. i look at this little puppy and think he is just too small for outside. do you think it is more common to indoor potty train yorkies? or would it be better to outside train since the other dog may help "teach" him? im esp concerned about the outdoors being too cold with winter coming, where he wont want to go outside at all?
secondly, while i understand the practicallity of using disposable pads, we live an environmentally conscious life, and try to limit our wastes. i cannot myself justify using those pads for a puppy for years considering i cloth diapered my children to avoid disposable diapers for a much shorter time. do you think paper training will pose more problems for indoor training?
has anyone had any experience with a grate system where the puppy's uring goes below so he wont have to step on it?
now for the night, the puppy is in his little crate next to my bed on the nightstand. he goes right to sleep when he can see me, then wakes 1-2 times a night. he is put in his expen with only his "potty pan" with the paper. when we leave the house, he is in his expen with his crate opended an potty pan. 90% of the time, he goes on the paper. just a few times, he has gone on the tile.
so my issue is the day. when i try to bring him to his expen after playing, eating, sleeping, or just hours after he hasnt gone, he doesnt go. the only time he goes in the day are when i finally leave the room and he stays in the expen for an hour. ill come back, and he has went. i feel like i am never getting a chance to praise or reward him for going in the correct place. sooooo, when he is running around playing for a long while, should i instead have a daytime potty area downstairs with the same pan setup, where i actually bring him to it with his harness, as if im taking him outside?
i feel like the expen isnt going to give me a chance to "train" him since i never get to praise him. i am hoping to be able to give him limited access to the downstairs, and have him have access to the potty pan, when we are out. is this a reasonable expectation? would this be more reasonable for a yorkie trained to go outside? i just feel like im just containing where he goes, rather than teaching him.
any help would be appreciated!
|10-12-2010, 06:19 AM||#2|
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Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Lebanon, PA, USA
WOW! You've got a lot going on here! LOL
First off, yes Yorkie's can be trained to go outside. Try taking him out every 1-2 hours at this stage. Increase the time as he gets older.
If you don't want to use the outdoors, there are pee pads. I understand you may not want the disposable ones but are you aware that there are washable ones? Just like cloth diapers, so to speak. I prefer the washable ones and use them in my home. (My Yorkie goes outside, but my two Biewers are pee pad trained).
Yorkies take a bit more time and patience to potty train than many other breed of dogs. Patience and consistency is the key to this and generally by 8 months or so they pretty much have it down pat. Some a little sooner and some it takes a little longer.
Lastly, if you want to give him a little "free time" outside the expen you can use a belly band. Although these aren't designed to wear every day, all day (because they will cause irritation and redness) you can use them for a few hours a day and let your little guy have some free time in the house.
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