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|12-17-2012, 11:22 PM||#1|
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Melbourne VIC AUS
Potty training: Teaching puppy to 'hold it' while using puppy pads
Hi, I just got a little Yorkie baby a while ago and since I live in an apartment I have taught her that if she needs to I potty she goes on her wee wee pads. This is no problem for me since I think it's the best solution for us. The only problem is that I'm worried that she won't know how to hold it in when we are going places. Like if we are in the car and she needs to go or if she is in her carrier I would prefer it if she knew how to hold it in just so that she doesn't pee all over herself.
|12-18-2012, 07:23 AM||#2|
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Join Date: May 2008
Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
Welcome to YT! "Hold it" comes with age. What you can do is be very strict, or consistent about where pottying is acceptable. Piddle pads and outside is ok and equals treats and praise. The car, your friends home, etc equals a stern no. (No yelling just be firm) Do expect accidents with a puppy. Do remember it also gets better. Also, while your pup is young set them up for pottying success. The more chances you give your pup to get it right, the more chances they have to please you. For example, set a schedule and stick to it. Right when you get up, take your puppy to the pad and give the potty command. Praise and treat when puppy does well. Feed puppy and then give her a chance to potty again. If she doesn't confine her to her crate/pen for 10-20 mins and try again. Right before and right after playtime is another good opportunity for potty. Activity always seems to make them want to go. and of course right before bed.
I hope this is helpful!
We miss you Kaji