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|05-10-2005, 08:31 AM||#1|
Join Date: Jan 2005
I have two questions that hopefully someone can give me some insight to.
First, Milo is 14-weeks old. He is crate trained. He has been great about learing the whole potty thing and right now we are in the process of learning how to go outside. My question is this - Milo might have pooped in his crate once or twice when we first brought him home then he stopped. Now, he goes in his crate every night. I have stopped feeding him past a certain hour to see if this helped but it hasn't. I thought dogs typically wouldn't go to the bathroom in their crates. So, I am wondering if anyone has any suggestions. He stops eating around 8-8:30 and goes to bed about 11:00 p.m. Should we stop feeding him closer to 6? He's a good sleeper and doesn't get up until 7:30-8:00 when the family gets up.
Secondly - we have two little fur-babies - Max is 6-mo old and little Milo. Anyone have any tips as far as getting them to "come". We are learning to go outside and go potty. We have a 4 x 8 ft pen that they get to go in but when it's time to go in they don't seem to want to listen. Also, when we go out to play in the front yard we have a hard time getting them to obey us when we say "come". What works? Treats? I worry that one day one of them is going to take off - they are so quick - and even though we typically keep them on a leash they have run away from the kids. I would just like to get them to listen when we say come.
Thanks for listening to my ranting. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Shelley and the Boys
Max and Milo
|05-10-2005, 08:52 AM||#2|
YT 1000 Club Member
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: House Of York
I think Milo think his create is where he should poop. BTW, when does he poop and how long do you crate him? Make sure you are not crating him so long that he has no option but to poop in his crate.
The easiest way to call a dog back to you is with a treat. When I say "come" they know I have a treat for them, so my dogs will rush as fast as they can to me. Honestly, you don't have to use "come" if you don't want to. You can call them by saying 'Bisuit" or "treats".
|05-10-2005, 09:01 AM||#3|
My Precious Pup
Join Date: May 2005
Location: New York City
Your crate may be too big for the pup. I have a pup 12 wks and 1 1/2lb and we have to smallest crate but we still have to stuff the back of it with my son's old jacket to give him less space. The more space they have, the more space to go poo - until they are trained. You might also have to wake up once during the night. i get up at 3:30 AM and he just goes pee and then we all wake up at 7AM.
As for come, treats are best and do it inside the house for a few minutes daily over and over and they will soon get it. good luck! p.s. do the training sessions seperately.
|05-10-2005, 09:22 AM||#4|
Join Date: Jan 2005
Thanks for your input.
Milo is crated from 11-7:30 so quite a while. My husband usually gets up every night so I will have to get him to take him out once and see if this helps. ( it seems that sometimes he must poo in the middle of the night - and other times its more like early morning.) It varies.
His cage really isn't too big for him. He is 4 lbs already and he has a small bed and two baby blankets in there with him so he doesn't really have a lot of room to begin with.
Will try using the treats to get them to listen....God knows they love their treats....
Shelley and the Boys
Max and Milo
|05-10-2005, 10:05 AM||#5|
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Aiken, South Carolina
A good way to get them to come in the house is to play hide and seek. Take your treats with you. Have someone hold the dog then call them. This works well. Also if the treats don't work outside put them on a long lead and try this with the treats that way you have control without worrying that they might run away.
|05-10-2005, 11:01 AM||#6|
Donating Senior Yorkie Talker
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Gilbert, Arizona
My little guy is 16 weeks old and I don't think he could hold it
from 11 to 7:30 or 8:00. That's like almost 9 hours...Getting
up in the middle of the night bites, but I think until he is older
you may have to break up that 9 hours into shorter segments.
Mine is crate trained but doesn't sleep in the crate at night.
In the beginning he woke me up probably every 3 hours or so
which meant I was getting up twice during the night. The older
he is getting the less frequent he seems to need to go out at
night but even now we do make one poo call at about 4 a.m.
Definitely do the treat thing in getting your pup to come. I began
with giving mine treats every single time he came. After he caught
onto the concept it didn't matter where he was on our 1/4 acre
property when I say "treat" Teddy almost flies to me. Now I have
cut back on the food reward everytime to just sometimes. I mix
up treats and yorkie parties to keep him interested and always
positive that he is doing what he is suppose to be doing. It's always
a pay off for him he just doesn't know which it will be and doesn't
seem to care. I don't know your pups personality though so you
may just have to find things that will work for you. I am lucky in
that my little guy seems to learn like a little scholar. At 16 weeks
he sits, stays, lays, shakes, high 5's, rolls over, plays dead, knows
the word off, Does circles, comes when called and is about 95%
potty trained. Good Luck to you and your little pup!