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Old 08-17-2010, 07:34 AM   #1
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I'm bad, and you all are welcome to chew me out on this public forum, because I need it. When my fiance' works nights, I can't resist cuddling with Khloe on the couch all night instead of putting her to bed in her crate. Am I helping her to get housebroken any faster? No, we will continue to have accidents until I follow through with training. Am I heading down the road to owning a spoiled dog if I keep doing this and giving in when she begs for food at the table? Absolutely. There are loved and pampered dogs, and spoiled dogs; and no one enjoys being around an overly spoiled dog. It's so hard to not give in with her. Just wanted to share our progress (or lack thereof) around here. Wish me luck; I love her and my family to pieces. I want to nurture her, but I have to learn to discipline her as well and have boundaries. Tssk, tssk.
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Old 08-17-2010, 07:39 AM   #2
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Lucy sleeps in my bed and has from day 1. She never had an accident in the bed or on the furniture. It's when her feet hit the floor that I had to be careful. Had? Who am I kidding. I still HAVE to be careful!
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Our dogs have always allowed us to sleep in our bed with them
I love being woken up in the morning by a little furbutt telling me it is time to get up.
There's never been an accident in the bed (probably if there had they would have blamed it on us humans)
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She's eliminated on our couch. I want new furniture soon also, and would love to trust her. And our living room is carpeted; yikes!
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I am so glad you posted this! I will not be chewing you out though!! I am breathing a sigh of relief because last night I couldn't bear to hear Stormy cry for one more second, so I "rescued" her from her terrible playpen and cuddled her to sleep on the couch where we both slept peacefully all night. I plan on just bringing her to bed with me tonight to avoid the crying altogether. Who am I kidding? That's where I want her to sleep anyway, so why fight it?
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She doesn't whine when my fiance' puts her to bed in her crate, or when she knows that he is here. But when he works nights, she whines and it just kills me. We travel a lot with her also, but I really need her housebroken pronto. I know that Yorkies are a bit stubborn and take a little longer, but I hate to think that I'm holding her back. For those that sleep with their Furbabies, I am not against it; it's a great time to bond with children and Fubabies alike (we have a full king sized bed at times; 2 adults and 2 kids), and it's a personal decision. I'm just hoping to have her housebroken before we introduce her to the bed. I don't want her to wake up before me and pee on my comforter (it's happened before, I'm really bad). Lots of laundry and trips to the dry cleaners in my future. (:
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I know the feeling.. I hate hearing Poppy cry and always give in
Luckily she dosnt cry through the night though.
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I am trying to stay strong with Poppy. She is only 6weeks old. Last night she cried about 3 times for attention and i just ignored her... i know some may call me harsh i really need her to understand bed time is for sleeping and not attention. It was very hard i did just want to go and pick her up. She had everything she needed so i knew there was nothing seriouly wrong with her and a did have a sneek peek to check she was ok without her seeing me.

Poppy has also learnt the 'NO' word and when ever i say it and she stops doing something i give her praise. I am really giving all i have into making sure Poppy is trained well and acts a good little doggie and follows my commands. So far she is doing fantastic hehe!! xxxx
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I don't think you're doing anything wrong! Dogs learn best when they are with us. If you have a puppy, my opinion is that you should expect to have lots of accidents for that first year. It just comes with the territory. Use lots of positive reinforcement when she goes outside, but don't sweat the accidents. They will diminish over time.

Personally, I just don't agree with the whole crating thing. I have never crated a dog. It just seems so unnatural. Dogs are social creatures and they need to be with us, to interact with us. Sometimes I think the easiest way to "train" a dog is to just spend a lot of time around him/her. The more time they spend with us, the more they understand what our expectations are of them. I spend a lot of time with my dogs and that time has been the best training tool. Vinnie has learned so many "commands" from me simply from being with me. Remember, your presence is more reinforcing than any treat.
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The only time she is in her crate is when I go to the grocery store (because of the Food Guideline Regulations) and for bed. She even goes to work with me and to run errands. (: I don't want her to fear her crate, so I only use it when I have to. Her trainer said that all breeds of dogs will feel safe in their crates because they are all 'den animals' (with the right conditioning). Again, I think it is personal preference on whether you sleep with them or not. She will get more free run of the house and the furniture (and probably our beds) when she is fully housebroken. She does well when I don't do what I did last night, and the table food isn't helping any. She becomes more irregular; without table food I know her well enough to take her out every 2 1/2 hours to eliminate. I just want her to thrive and to absorb all that she can while she is a puppy and her brain is taking in information like a sponge. Yorkies are the smartest animals ever, some of a little stubborn and all dogs demand a routine (that I keep breaking in my moments of weakness).
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I know the feeling.. I hate hearing Poppy cry and always give in
Luckily she dosnt cry through the night though.
She will eventually quit whining in her crate after about 3 minutes; when Jimmy is here, she doesn't whine at all. I guess when the kiddos get to bed, and with them growing up so fast and not needing me so, I'm treating her more like my infant than my Furbaby. I'm selfishly enjoying her companionship, and when everyone is asleep and Jimmy is at work, I get lonely. I'm a pitiful mess; my family and Furbaby owns me. I love them all so much, and I want to be around them 24/7.
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I am trying to stay strong with Poppy. She is only 6weeks old. Last night she cried about 3 times for attention and i just ignored her... i know some may call me harsh i really need her to understand bed time is for sleeping and not attention. It was very hard i did just want to go and pick her up. She had everything she needed so i knew there was nothing seriouly wrong with her and a did have a sneek peek to check she was ok without her seeing me.

Poppy has also learnt the 'NO' word and when ever i say it and she stops doing something i give her praise. I am really giving all i have into making sure Poppy is trained well and acts a good little doggie and follows my commands. So far she is doing fantastic hehe!! xxxx
Really? 6 weeks old? How is it that you have her so young? Usually they stay with their mom until about 10 weeks.
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And I'm one of those that believes you can spoil your dog - but in a good way. Although I don't sleep with my dogs - I think that there's nothing more comforting than a doggie sleeping next to you.
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Hammer is annoying to sleep with, so he sleeps UNDER the bed. He just can't get comfortable.

I wish he would though, he's a good nap snuggler.
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Really? 6 weeks old? How is it that you have her so young? Usually they stay with their mom until about 10 weeks.
Read this thread about or little Poppy - I say "our" little Poppy because she has lots of "aunties" on YT - and Natasha has done a great job - we are so proud of her.

http://www.yorkietalk.com/forums/gen...oppy-home.html
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