Potty Puppy Training, Help!!

Updated on April 07, 2009
T.C. asks from Carrollton, TX
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I have an 8 week old mini yorkie, who I have NO IDEA how to train! I can't get her intersted in the puppy pads, and how do you get them to associate the back door with going potty!?

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B.B.

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Try kennel training. I had one that that was the only way I could housebreak her. Limit space to one room for the most part and put them all over the place, I had to do that with one. Then slowly I got it down to where I could just put one down.

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S.V.

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I have a min schnauzer and we were having the hardest time trying to potty train him. We took the 8 week puppy training at Petsmart and they gave us the best advice ever!! He would never give us a "sign" of when he needed to go outside, ie going to the back door. So we created a way for him to communicate with us. The trainer told us to put a bell by the back door and to ring it everytime we took him outside. We got one of the bells that you usually find in a birdcage and hung it next to the back door. Everytime we took him outside we would take his paw and make him ring the bell and say "go outside" then head out to potty. It's very important to use the exact same verbal command every time, whatever it may be. He caught on within a few days and would ring the bell everytime he wanted/needed to go outside. We had him potty trained within a week and he still rings that bell four years later. We have told this method to every dog owner we know and it works to perfection. Also it is important to put the bell near the door and not on the door b/c you don't want the bell to ring everytime the door opens. Try it, I promise it will work!!

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C.S.

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Think of your puppy as a brand new baby.

You get her up (crate), potty then feed her, play with her, potty her then put her to bed (crate). Then get her up (crate), potty then feed her, play with her, potty her then put her to bed (crate). 2 hour routine works for puppies too.

Once she feels confident in your routine it will happen.
Our puppy loves her crate and goes in there by herself at night now when she's tired.

I wish you best of luck. I love the puppy stage except for the potty training part. :)

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A.J.

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Most small dogs have trouble potty training completely until they are about 4 months old. The bladder is just not able to hold it all and they are tiny so they have to go a lot. take her out side every 30 minutes during the day or every time she wakes up, eats and drinks... tell her to "go potty" and then praise. get a crate and crate her when you are gone. the crate should not be too big it should be big henough for her and her bed with no room for her to move about and potty off of her bed.

every time you come home, take her out right away, after she goes potty then greet her and praise her.

place the potty pads near the door and hang a cow bell from the door and teach her to ring the bell with her paw or nose every time you take her outside to go potty...

all these things should help.

be consistant and keep at it it might take a couple of months.

HTH
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S.S.

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I have a 11 week old Yorkie,as well and have all the same questions. Please forward any resonses you have! [email protected]____.com

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T.H.

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Crate training is key!! Also praise, praise, praise when your puppy does eliminate on the pad and/or outside (including offering a treat immediately after the "act"). Be consistent in your training. Don't become discouraged if your puppy has accidents in the crate because it probably will; however, it will grow out of it. Offer a treat every time you put your puppy inside the crate also because you want it to be a place he enjoys going.

Yorkies are hard to house train so be patient. Your puppy is still very young so don't expect perfection for several weeks. Good luck!

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L.

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I am no expert dog trainer but I have potty trained3 dogs successfully. I have never used any pads. All I do is watch them when they are pups and take them out to pee every 15 minutes and say "go potty" when I take them outside. Also I only feed them on the back porch and leave them out for 30 minutes after eating so they can do their business. When they are inside, I just keep them in certain rooms and watch for excessive "sniffing" and put them outside again when I see that.
I hope this helps.

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J.D.

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To train a puppy, you need to make sure you take them out first thing in the morning, whenever they wake up from a nap, after each meal and before bedtime when they should be crated. When you take them outside, place them in the grass where you want them to go and say "Do your jobs." When they start going pee or poop, praise them over the top, "GOOD BOY/GIRL!". You don't have to make the association with the backdoor. They figure that one out all on their own.

In case of an accident, tell them "NO!", pick them up and put them outside immediately. Bring the puppy over to where you are cleaning and clean the spot with vinegar. Let the puppy smell the vinegar...Don't worry, vinegar dissipates in about 30 minutes. This discourages repeat offenses.

I highly suggest you crate train. Crating give the pup a sense of its own room and space. The crate should be just big enough for the dog to move around in. If you give them a bigger space, they will pee in their crate.

GL!

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G.A.

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It took us a yr to train our Shih Tze and she still will have an accident if we leave long. My daughter has a chawawa( spell) and that dog will not go and she works and leaves her all day. I am home all day. But treats for good behavior has taught our dog tons of tricks and she is more and more understanding. Just take her on a leash just like kids every hour and take her to where you want her to go. Then if she does not go right away back into the house. She is not there to play but let her know it is to go. If she does it then give her a treat. Some one said they taught their dog to ring a bell that hangs on the door. My dog comes to me and sort of growls at us. Sort of a whine. She wakes me up every night about 3-4 am to go and I have to get up. Good Luck. I had new carpets and I have had to clean and clean them then opened a Day Care at home and now clean more. God Bless G. W

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A.A.

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Watch her all the time and take her out every 15 to 30 minutes at first. Praise her and give treats when she potties outside. When you can't watch her, keep her confined to a small puppy-proofed area with newspaper or puppy pads available. Take away water an hour before bedtime and take her out to potty right before you retire at night. If you're truly devoted, you can get the potty training done quicker if you sleep near her at night so you can take out during the night when she stirs too, at least for the first couple weeks to month. I'm sure you can find a lot more tips if you just google "house training your puppy."

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A.N.

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I have a Yorkie as well and know exactly what your going through. What worked for us was crate training in a wire crate so he could see out. When he pottied in the house we told him no and put him outside. He would go in the crate for a couple of weeks then he quit. Now he is 8 months old and he has been completely house trained for about a month. It was hard but you just have to stick with it. Good luck!

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K.D.

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I have a 7 year old Yorkie and I will tell you they are by far the toughest breed to potty train. We still have problems. Crate training has been the best outcome. These dogs are very subborn and do not like to be alone. I swear my yorkie will hold her poop for days just waiting on me to forget to crate her so she can go poop in my bedroom doorway. Just be very consistent and give rewards cause once they are older, habits are hard to break.

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J.B.

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Dogs and children. . . not that much difference. Start a routine of taking the dog outside with a treat. As soon as he goes, give him the treat. I used puppy pads, mainly by the exit door we used most of the time. Our mixbreed would use that if we were gone. He's now a year old and can hold it for 4 hours. Now the only time I have to use the treat is during a rainy day. He doesn't like to go out, but needs to, so I reward him. It always works!Like some of the other respondants, our dog is crate trained. I learned a lot at Petsmart, too.

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B.M.

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We crate train our dogs. While inside the dog stays in the crate. Every time you let her out, take her outside first. Let her do her business. Then she can come back inside and you can have some play time. Back to the crate to eat, to sleep, and everything else. Works great.

E.C.

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I'll just tell you what worked for us...

We had a kitchen that we could gate off, and a dog door in the back kitchen door.

I started off putting newspaper ALL over the kitchen floor. Each day, I would take one or two pieces off. In about a week, there was just one by the dog door. Then, I put it halfway in the door, and half way out.

This worked like a charm for us!

Good luck.

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E.C.

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I potty trained our dog... I can't remember how long it took. However, I took him out very often - maybe every hour or so. Also, I kept in our kitchen with a baby gate so that if he had an accident it was not a big deal b/c it was on the tile. I think he only had maybe two accidents on our carpet as a puppy - i don't think that is too bad. Now, he is a golden retriever; so the breed may make a differenc. However, i would just continue taking him out very, very often. Also, if he went potty inside, then take him outside immediately so that the puppy can associate going potty with outside.

Also, when the puppy does go outside, then a make it a HUGE deal. Just get really excited and say "good girl, that is so good, what a good girl" in a very excited voice. If the puppy does goe inside, say a firm "no" and take the puppy outside. Communication in conjuction with consistency should eventually work.

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C.C.

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We used a little wind chime next to the back door and would ring it every time we took our dogs out. Now they nudge it with there nose when they want to go out to potty or even to play. Can be annoying, but works for us. Also, we use a gate to block off our kitchen when gone. Just remember, your dog is tiny and has a smaller bladder, so let of out more often. Good luck!

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S.B.

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Not sure where you live, but I got a great DVD from the animal rescue where were addopted our puppy. Maybe you can call your local rescue and see if they have them. You can message me personaly too if you would like more info. We had our little girl fully trained with no accidents at all in a matter of a week. It was great!

Good luck and congrads on the newest addition to the family. The fuzzy ones are almost as fun as the real babies. :-)

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E.C.

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I agree that puppies should be crate trained also because it really does give them a secure sense of having their own safe space. In addition, I also used the bell method with my two Cavaliers and it worked like a charm. We no longer have to use it because now they go stand by the back door, but it started with the bell and them having a way to communicate their need. And it is all about consistancy. You have to do it the same way, every time, even if you don't feel like it. Good luck!

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M.A.

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I know this sounds gross, but it works. Next time she pees, whether it is outside or inside grab a new puppy pad and rub the top of the puppy pad on the pee enough to get the pee scent on the puppy pad. Put that puppy pad right next to the door that you eventually want her to go out of to potty. The puppy should begin to want to pee on the puppy pad since it smells like her pee. You need to use a really good cleaner on your carpet when she goes because they pee where they find their pee scent, even if that is your carpet. I suggest a cleaner called simple solution that can be found at pet stores for pet stains, it is specially formulated to remove the pee scent and I think it smells very fresh. The better you clean and try to keep a pee smelling pad available, you will be successful. I say to put the pee pad by the door so that eventually once she gets familiar with the pee pad and uses it regularly, when you see her heading to it to potty, you can just go over there before she goes, open the door and put her out!

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