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Old 04-16-2012, 12:27 PM   #1
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Default I'm starting over....house training.

Miss Priss has me about to pull my hair out..she will go several days and not have an accident and then all of a sudden she will pee and poo in the house..Right now she is tethered to me, she was chewing on the leash for awhile but is now laying here beside me and taking a nap. She has never had full run of the house but she had access to the fr, lr, dr and kitchen.

I feel like I have failed and I know it's not her fault but I honestly thought I was doing so well with her. Does anyone else have trouble with their girls? She will be 7 months old the 24th. Plus I know you have seen where I posted Yoshi was marking, keeping a close watch on him too. Do I need to be doing something else? Any hints or things that worked for yours?

I know I am venting but I love my pups so much and just want to get this house training done.
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Please tell me this gets better. Khloe is 17 weeks old.She seemed to be doing so well with potty training but she must have the bladder the size of a dime. I am trying to get her to go outdoors. Kirby is trained. Folks told me that bichons were hard but I had no clue about yorkie puppies. She watches Kirby potty outside and sometimes she does go outside. But it is not consistent. I am crate training Khloe. I can't understand how she can go so long at night but during the day its so hard.
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No doubt, housetraining is probably the most frustrating thing about owning a dog.

Start over. It's ok to do that. Train yourself to train your dog.

First things first:
* Decide which room she'll be limited to. Having access to as many as she does allows her the ability to sneak away from you and have a pee. Remove that ability for now and you'll resolve that problem.

*Now either gate off that room so she can't access the others or invest in an ex pen. Walmart has the Superyard XT for $50. An investment I'll never regret. My playpen is only limited by my imagination. It's become so many things. And when I don't need it, it collapses and stores in a closet. If I can't have all 16 eyes on my dogs, they hang out in there with "busy" toys.

* Ok. Let's set up her new environment. I use 3 mil plastic from the painting aisle at Home Depot. I cut it to fit underneathe the panels as a floor. Plastic is easy to clean and cheap to toss. Toss the floor at least every other week, even if you do clean it. Add in a pee pad, some toys and food/water bowls.

* Now we need to find her mistakes and clean them up. Get a stink finder light from the pet store and some Natures Miracle. Wait until dark and go hunting. When you locate the pee spots, treat them generously with the Natures Miracle. I use a mixture of GSE, or Grapefruit seed extract (found in the health food section at your grocery store - 1 drop per 2 oz of water in a spray bottle) to pre-clean the stain and then apply Nature's Miracle. GSE is odorless and colorless, but has the same disinfecting properties as bleach (you can also use this to clean the rest of your house). Spray the area well, blot up the excess with a clean towel until it's barely damp to the touch and then saturate with NM. If you don't clean up her mistakes, she'll find them again and continue this cycle. Add some Boundary after it's dry. It'll probably take a few days. I usually put a piece of masking tape on the carpet as a reminder and a locator.

*Next up, we need a routine. VERY important! Feed her at the same time every day. Play with her at the same time every day. Dogs thrive on routine. If they know what to expect, they'll come to accept your rules and look forward to those times. I set a reminder alarm on my phone to feed my girls every morning at 9am and another that reminds me to take them out at 9:30, Noon, 2:30 and so on. Remember that playtime activates the bladder. After 20 minutes of play, we need a potty break!

*If she uses that pee pad you put in her ex pen, relocate it outside where you want her to do her business. She'll get the hint by smell. Dogs are predictable in the idea that they always go back to where they went before. Leave it outside until you have a few surrounding the area. A kong packed with peanut butter and frozen will keep a dog occupied for HOURS. Boredom is a bad thing. It leads to destruction. So make sure she has something to "do" while being confined.

* No feet on the floor. I think Gabby was 6 months old before her feet hit the floor in anything other than her allowed areas. Cuddling on the couch with your Yorkie is ok. But if she wants to get down, she needs to go to her area. If this is an off limits room, she can't have access to the floor. Period.

* Use the 21 days rule. It takes 7 days to form a habit but 21 days to break it. After 21 days of reliability, allow her access to one more room. Remember that ex pen? It can also be used as gates to gate off areas she's not allowed into yet. All 6 panels break down individually or you can leave as many as you need connected for non standard openings.

* Pottying outside is a lot like winning the lottery. You need to let her know this. Find her favorite treat and make it so that's the only time she gets it. Choose a cue word (mine is pee-pee) and say that word as she's going potty. When she does her thing outside, Praise, Praise, Praise and give her that treat! She'll make the connection quick! Eventually you'll be able to take her out and just say your cue word and she'll know what to do.

* For a little while, keep a diary of what time she eats, plays and goes potty. You'll see a pattern form and be able to adjust your schedule accordingly.

Definitely keep up posted on her progress! And vent to us whenever you need to!
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Sometimes starting all over is the only solution, but let them have all their running and exercise outside, then crate inside. Take them out about every couple of hours or sooner if you want, and don't take them back in until they potty, then praise when they do, but put them back in the crate when you come inside. At night when you have settled down to watch TV or read, have them with you but not on the floor. Don't allow them on the floor. It's just bonding time and to be out of the crate inside. Give them a toy and a chewy when with you or in the crate. I'd keep this up for a couple of months, then keep them tethered to you for an additional month. It isn't easy but it will be worth it in the long run. When they are allowed off the tether, let them be gated in the kitchen with pad down, but continue taking them outside every couple of hours. Do this for about two to four weeks, depending on their potty habit. Then give them another room, but gated for an additional two to four weeks. It's called baby steps, and it's long but a must. If you see them starting to potty off the pad while they are gated, just loudly say AAAK, pick them up and take them outside, then pet them while they are on the grass and say "go potty". Some dogs take up to a year to fully house train, so just let it be a way of living till they are trained.
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Thank you both, I do appreciate the help and reinforcement...
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Thank you...I think I will print this out now...
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Miss Priss has me about to pull my hair out..she will go several days and not have an accident and then all of a sudden she will pee and poo in the house..Right now she is tethered to me, she was chewing on the leash for awhile but is now laying here beside me and taking a nap. She has never had full run of the house but she had access to the fr, lr, dr and kitchen.

I feel like I have failed and I know it's not her fault but I honestly thought I was doing so well with her. Does anyone else have trouble with their girls? She will be 7 months old the 24th. Plus I know you have seen where I posted Yoshi was marking, keeping a close watch on him too. Do I need to be doing something else? Any hints or things that worked for yours?

I know I am venting but I love my pups so much and just want to get this house training done.
You are not alone! Same exact thing with our 6 month old.
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Bella does the same thing I'm at my wits end. She will pee and poo on the pad...and when I'm not looking she will poop and pee on the floor. I put up a baby gate to keep her from going upstairs and she just climb over the gate and run upstairs to poop. I don't know what else to do and I don't want to keep her in a crate all day while I'm at work...I dunno I'm so fustrated I'm thinking about selling her
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I was always told I did the wrong thing by sticking Avery's face in his own waste after in the house. I never did it to where it would hurt him, but I was firm and said, "bad boy!" in a stern voice. I've read how this embarrasses them and can set them back, but it totally worked for us! No accidents in the house in a LONG, LONG time!
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I'm also ready to pull my hair out I'm having the same problem. Christabel will be 7 months old on the 22nd. I was so excited a few weeks ago thinking yes she's finally got this. Then a few days ago it was like all training went out the door. It has been raining alot, but we have a tent up over her xpen so she doesn't get wet. Although the ground still is wet. She has never had full run of the house. I have a crate for her and baby gates. Yesterday I had her in the bathroom with me, while I was getting ready for work. She started sniffing around looking, as I was going to pick her up she was already in the squat position I said "noo, outside". Took her out, we stayed out at least five minutes. Nothing. Go back to the bathroom not even a minute later sniffing, squat, so I immediately so "no outside " pick her up, take her out, put her in her xpen, stay out for another five minutes. Still nothing. I know she has to go but she doesn't. Time to leave, crate her up. Get home to let her out she goes teetee but still no pooh. Back inside I step over the baby gates to go to the kitchen not even in there a minute come back and she poohed right in the middle of the living room. She did this this morning also. She teetee'd in the living room. She is not even attempting to ring the bell or come ask. It's like she has forgotten everything. Sorry about being so long, it's just very frustrating. I was hoping for her to be trained by six months. Now I'm wondering if she'll even be trained by the time she's a year old. So I guess a deep breathe and start all over.
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Bella does the same thing I'm at my wits end. She will pee and poo on the pad...and when I'm not looking she will poop and pee on the floor. I put up a baby gate to keep her from going upstairs and she just climb over the gate and run upstairs to poop. I don't know what else to do and I don't want to keep her in a crate all day while I'm at work...I dunno I'm so fustrated I'm thinking about selling her
I completely understand how you feel, and I do know it's very difficult having a puppy when you work full time, unless you can afford day care or someone to come over every two hours to take her outside for at least 1/2 to run off some energy. Yorkies are not the easiest to house train, and can take a year or more if your able to be home and stay right on top of it, but if you work, the I really would re-home her if you can't afford day care or pay someone to come over every two or maybe three hours a day. It isn't fair to you or her to suffer.
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