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|12-14-2008, 04:56 PM||#1|
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Cleveland, OH, USA
New Yorkie Owner: Poo Poo Blues
Hi, I'm "Raz," proud owner of an 11 week old, male yorkie pup named Charlie ("Chaz"). I'm a first-time dog owner and I brought Charlie home with me the weekend he turned 8 weeks old. I've been reading a lot of books and blogs, etc. for helpful tips, and thought it would be a good idea to join YorkieTalk.
My dilema for the moment is Charlie's recent pooing problems. He was surprisingly spot on with both wee and poo when I brought him home, but I apparently gave him too much freedom, and in addition to moving the location of his wee wee pad from one end of the room to the other, I've messed with his flow. Now, he only goes wee on the pads, but poos all over the floor in the room he's gated in to (the kitchen). My poor Charlie is regressing.
I'm open to any and all advice. So far I've tried the following:
- leaving a tiny reminent of his poo on the pad
- saying "Go potty, go potty" when he's actually going and when I put him on the pad
- "matching" him after I put him on the potty (this I just tried for the first time tonight - it's a little unorthodox, but you basically stick a match-side stick of plastic or metal into his tush to induce pushing)
- enclosing him and his potty pad in his play pen (this I'm also just trying for the first time tonight) so that he's in a smaller area (fyi: I do not want to crate him)
- praising him a lot for pooing and weeing on the pad
- no treats for pooing and weeing (lest he think that pooing and weeing in general gets him treats)
- silently showing him the poo when I pick it up from the floor, and then putting the poo on the wee wee pad
Other than hanging in there and being patient, I'm eager to hear what others have to say. Thanks!
|12-14-2008, 05:03 PM||#2|
Senior Yorkie Talker
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Northern IL
Did you move the pad a signifigant amount? You have to move it very subtley or I found it throws them all off with their routine. I mean, like, only 1-2 inches a day(in my personal experience). Be patient. Just as soon as I think I've got my little guy broken he goes and has a bad day and it's almost like starting at square one again. Try not to get too discouraged...as I'm sure you have read, yorkies are tough when it comes to house training. Just keep doing the treats and praises.
|12-14-2008, 05:14 PM||#3|
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: South Carolina
He shouldn't get too much area, unless you're right there to watch him. If you see him starting to smell, get him to the pee pad(if he's peeing on it, he's doing excellent for his age). Usually within about 10 minutes after they're done eating, they're going to have to poop. With all of mine(I have 4 trained to pads, I would praise them when they would poop on it, but, if I caught them pooping in other places than where the pee pads were, I would hurry and get them over to the pee pad, then praise, if I saw them but, couldn't move them fast enough, I would take them over, put their nose down by it(never in it) and tell them NO, you poo poo on your paper, then would take them over to it. He will get it, he's still very young