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Old 01-24-2018, 01:22 PM   #1
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Default I need help training my 6 year old yorkie

I need ideas for training my 6 year old yorkie. The lady who i got the dog from said she was trained but she isn’t. She is not crate trained. Please someone help me with ideas.
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Potty training as an adult can be a little harder but you approach it the same way. Take her out often at least every hour. Giver her a treat when she goes potty where you want and lots of praise. When you can't watch her put her in a small area like an exercise pen. At night I would put her in a crate where she can see you in your bed and if she whines take her potty and put her back.
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Welcome to YT, is it just crate training you need help with.

At 6 yo if she has never been in a crate it can be hard to train her, some dogs hate crates and will never go in one.

How long of a period of time do you want her crated.

I would start by putting her bed, toys, if you want her to potty in the crate then put a potty pad in it.

If she's food motivated that would be ideal. This could be a long process if she is afraid of the crate or unwilling to go in it. Crates are meant to be their safe haven a place they like to be in.

I would start by putting her fav. treat inside the crate or if she loves her kibble you can use that, let her go in and get it, always leaving the crate door open. Do this several times through out the day for a week or two until you see she is comfortable going in the crate to get the food.

When you see she's comfortable going in I would then close the gate for 5 minutes then opening the gate and let her out, again doing this several times throughout the day. If you see she is not fussing and willing to stay those 5 minutes then increase the time to 10 minutes, again, if she is ok with 10 minutes increase it to 15 minutes and so on.

This will not be an over night process, it can take weeks to months if she fears the crate.

My boy is a rescue, I adopted him when he was 2 1/2 yo. He was not a abused dog, his prev. owner kept him crated all day until they returned home from work 8 hours. He cannot be crated. At the groomer when he's finished they put him in a crate and he goes insane. He's in it maybe 10 or 15 minutes until I pick him up, he is 6 yo now, we are a team for 4 years and he has never adjusted to being crated for 15 minutes once every 5 weeks.

Hopefully members that do crate can offer up advise, suggestions, tips.
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Welcome to YT, is it just crate training you need help with.

At 6 yo if she has never been in a crate it can be hard to train her, some dogs hate crates and will never go in one.

How long of a period of time do you want her crated.

I would start by putting her bed, toys, if you want her to potty in the crate then put a potty pad in it.

If she's food motivated that would be ideal. This could be a long process if she is afraid of the crate or unwilling to go in it. Crates are meant to be their safe haven a place they like to be in.

I would start by putting her fav. treat inside the crate or if she loves her kibble you can use that, let her go in and get it, always leaving the crate door open. Do this several times through out the day for a week or two until you see she is comfortable going in the crate to get the food.

When you see she's comfortable going in I would then close the gate for 5 minutes then opening the gate and let her out, again doing this several times throughout the day. If you see she is not fussing and willing to stay those 5 minutes then increase the time to 10 minutes, again, if she is ok with 10 minutes increase it to 15 minutes and so on.

This will not be an over night process, it can take weeks to months if she fears the crate.

My boy is a rescue, I adopted him when he was 2 1/2 yo. He was not a abused dog, his prev. owner kept him crated all day until they returned home from work 8 hours. He cannot be crated. At the groomer when he's finished they put him in a crate and he goes insane. He's in it maybe 10 or 15 minutes until I pick him up, he is 6 yo now, we are a team for 4 years and he has never adjusted to being crated for 15 minutes once every 5 weeks.

Hopefully members that do crate can offer up advise, suggestions, tips.
I'm such a dork I thought by crate training she meant potty training not actually training to be in the crate.
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It seems the OP wants to crate train or has experience with this method of potty training and is not seeing results with her 6 year old.

Consistency with the crate training will get her comfortable in the crate as well as going outside. Limiting access to certain areas of the home will help save your floors. Get a good enzyme cleaner and if you catch the dog in the act a firm no and redirection with consistency will train your dog into what is good and what's not.

Matese provided some good feedback on schedule as well.
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And I want to add that not all animals are amenable to being confined to extremely tight spaces - so you also need to keep an open mind that, especially at this age, this method just may not be an option to you. I wouldn't force and force and force a dog into a situation that it can't tolerate either.
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We adopted a 6 year old female nine months ago that was supposedly potty trained. From the start she peed and pooped in the kitchen and dining room; understandable due to new people and surroundings. After 2 months of training to go outside, all seemed good.

But then she began to pee in the kitchen, even after spending 20-30 minutes in the back yard. She still pees there to this day, although not every day. She likes to nap in her crate which is kept in the living room. What can we do to stop her trips to the kitchen to pee?
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We adopted a 6 year old female nine months ago that was supposedly potty trained. From the start she peed and pooped in the kitchen and dining room; understandable due to new people and surroundings. After 2 months of training to go outside, all seemed good.

But then she began to pee in the kitchen, even after spending 20-30 minutes in the back yard. She still pees there to this day, although not every day. She likes to nap in her crate which is kept in the living room. What can we do to stop her trips to the kitchen to pee?
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If you can bust her doing it and a sharp no might help. Have you tried blocking her from that room?
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Default Our 6 year-old is peeing again in the kitchen

We’ve never caught her peeing in the kitchen; she’s a smart one! It’s only later that one of us finds the puddle. My next idea is to put the crate in the kitchen and crate her for 20-30 minutes every couple of hours. Does this seem plausible?
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We’ve never caught her peeing in the kitchen; she’s a smart one! It’s only later that one of us finds the puddle. My next idea is to put the crate in the kitchen and crate her for 20-30 minutes every couple of hours. Does this seem plausible?
I’m not sure why you would do that? You don’t want her to potty in the crate and you don’t want her to think the crate is a punishment.
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I train my dogs to see ‘crating up’ as a positive experience and all willingly crate themselves readily. Tibbe loves his crate, sees it as his sanctuary and often sleeps in it, door open. I change the fur pad in it weekly so his crate is always fresh smelling. He often just spends time in it, takes any special treat he gets there to enjoy. If a large, wild, rambunctious dog or kid visits, he initially might observe it from his crate of his own volition as that is his ‘man cave’ to his thinking. Used an upbeat, happy voice when training him to love going into it, found his fav treats lying about in there, any new toy he might get is first put in there for him to ‘discover’. At the vet, recuperation or during emergencies, etc., dogs may need to spend time in a crate so loving it is important.

My body attitude, focused stare, loudly clapped hands and verbal reprimand are my tools for any misbehavior, not crating, as my dogs love spending time in their ‘den’, go willingly, knowing a treat has been placed in there beforehand
when they enter at my request. I first trained them to love, never dread, their crates, then used it for periods of confinement during crate training, along with confining to the same room I was in and always keeping them on a timed schedule for going outside, one they came to count on, treats and happy, genuine praise for going potty outside. After 18 months of this, any Yorkie is then clean in the house, prefers pottying outside in nature where they can leave scent messaging for other dogs and critters and willingly spend their own time in their crate. Tibbe will cross his legs to hold it to get to mark his outside territory, hating to waste his precious scent messages in the house.
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I understand what you’re saying and will NOT be putting Pepper in her crate as punishment for peeing in the kitchen. Recently she began to go into her crate voluntarily so I don’t want to discourage that behavior. It looks like we’ll go back to gating the kitchen for as long as it takes to stop her from peeing there.
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I understand what you’re saying and will NOT be putting Pepper in her crate as punishment for peeing in the kitchen. Recently she began to go into her crate voluntarily so I don’t want to discourage that behavior. It looks like we’ll go back to gating the kitchen for as long as it takes to stop her from peeing there.
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Good! You can encourage her by placing her water, food bowls in there until she truly enjoys time in the crate. Pile all her toys in there, toss her treats in there and gently praise her every time she enters. Before long, she’ll come to enjoy her sanctuary. If she ever requires crate rest or staying overnight at the vet, you will be so glad she doesn’t dread crate time!
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Thank you for your encouragement! Pepper is our first Yorkie; she’s six years old and we’ve only had her for 9 months. She’s lots of fun and very sweet, albeit a new adult is different than a new puppy.
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We adopted a 6 year old female nine months ago that was supposedly potty trained. From the start she peed and pooped in the kitchen and dining room; understandable due to new people and surroundings. After 2 months of training to go outside, all seemed good.

But then she began to pee in the kitchen, even after spending 20-30 minutes in the back yard. She still pees there to this day, although not every day. She likes to nap in her crate which is kept in the living room. What can we do to stop her trips to the kitchen to pee?
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When we were potty pad training our Mike last year, he trained so quickly, but still had this one spot between living room and the bathroom where he'd pee occasionally. I cleaned it well with vinegar to get rid of smell and then put his favourite blanket and a few toys on that spot, he stopped right away.
Also maybe you could feed her in the kitchen for some time?
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