I have two yorkie 9 week old puppies. I have one puppy that I swear came from a puppy mill. They don't admit to it, but I swear if the breeder has a million different types of breeds, that seems like it to me. Anyhow, the puppy mill puppy seems to like to go in his crate and lay in it, etc. I am getting impatient because I have to bathe him every day and can't even give him toys in his crate or a pillow because he has soiled every one that I give him to feel safe in his home. What do I do? I am gone for about 8 hours a day, sometimes home all day on days off. My husband and I hardly ever have days off together, so we are able to watch them.
I am considering the litter method, but I cannot leave him in a crate with it, because he will play in it and roll in it and eat it. What are your thoughts? If we are gone for awhile, I am thinking that the litter would be easier to prevent accidents. I really want to crate train himi as well, so that he has a place to go and on trips we can leave him with a pet sitter with his crate. I am wanting to buy a book that disusses the litter training, but havne't been able to find one. I was thinking about training them to both outside potty and litter, but I am not sure how to do that without confusing them. I have separate crates for both puppies, and give them a treat to go in, but they do not want to go in there yet. :(
The puppy mill puppy just howls and barks all night , like he is dying. I do not know how to stop it. I say "NO" and he stops but as soon as I walk out of the room he will start up again. This is a VERY LOUD yelping too. PLEASE HELP ME!
I just got a new puppy as well so I am feeling the pain. LOL Not sure if this will help, I am still learning as well but this is what I do while I am gone. (but I only have to leave for 4 hrs at a time right now so she holds it)
Get an Exercise pen and put their crates in it so they can go in and sleep, and put wee wee pads or the litter box with some type of grate over the pellets so they can't lay in it. I will try an link a picture of it to show you what I mean. I am not using this method, I just use the pee pads with a holder (or she will drag them around the pen with her). I got the idea for the litter box from the breeder she came from. Seemed like a great idea. I will copy link so you can see
Like I said I am a new mommy as well, and not sure myself half the time what to do. I am sure someone on here may beable to help you more. There are lots of very very nice people on here with good advice. I hope one responds to you soon as well.
When I am home I don't use the exercise pen, I will crate her. As well as night time. When I put her in there I throw a tasty treat in there that she loves and save those ones for crate time. She has 3 types of treats she goes crazy for. Two are just puppy milk bones and one is a science diet chicken and veg. stick type of thing. You can find them all at any pet store. I use one of the puppy milk bones for the crate so she knows she will be getting a treat upon entering, making this a pleasant experience for her. I also slept with a stuff animal for a few days before getting her and put that in the crate with her as well. I find she loves to sleep with it and falls asleep better with it. Once in the crate I shut the door and place a towel over it if she cries to much. She will cry but has gotten much better. I also keep the crate in the bedroom at night time so she is not alone. The towel helps a bunch. Then 3 hrs later I wake to her cries and I know it is potty and business time. So I take her outside to go and it has been a week. I have to say she is pretty smart and knows exactly where to go.
Someone on this site told me that the puppies can hold their bladder for an hr for each month old that they are plus one. so with yours being only 9 weeks, that means 3 hrs.
I hope the take to their crates soon and I hope I have helped. Like I said I am new to this as well. Only been a mommy for a week now. LOL
First off- Please quit referring to this puppy as a puppy mill dog reject. Whether you made a mistake and received a puppy mill dog or not you should quit acting like the dog is some kind of reject or failure of the yorkie breed. YOU bought YOU deal with it.
Gone 8 hours a day- You expect a puppy NOT to soil after being alone for 8 hours???? That dog should have at LEAST 2 if not 3 opportunities to potty in that time frame. How does this puppy get it's 3 to 4 meals a day if your gone for that many hours?? Most puppies eat at LEAST 3 times a day at that age.
MOST puppys don't willingly go into their crate hence the term crate train. Meaning YOU teach the dog to accept the crate and behave while in the crate- NOT always an easy task.
NOW for the good news. Some dogs LIKE to roll, play, and even eat their POOP. This dog is NOT a defect because of this. What you have is a PUPPY who likes to do those particular activities. Some do and some don't - sounds like you got one that does. Not terribly unusual.
NO 2 dogs are the same. They each will have individual likes and dislikes. Some may bark for attention while others destroy things for attention while others may not care whether you give it attention or not.
Is it possible that you are showing more love to the non-puppy mill dog while ignoring the other? That would be a good reason to bark. Is the other dog out playing with you while you keep your puppy mill dog in a crate?
If you dislike the second dog prehaps return it to the "breeder". A good breeder will take back there pups.
Hi- I have a yorkie I adopted from a puppy mill rescue group. He came with issues directly related to living in the mill- namely housebreaking and separation anxiety. I got him when he was 10 years old, and he will never be housebroken, I just have to accept it and he wear bellybands. But since your dogs are still pups, there is prob. a good chance of getting them housebroken! the fact that both your yorkie pups are only 9 weeks, old plus the info you wrote about one of the breeders having a lot of different breeds, certainly sounds like a puppy mill or backyard breeder. If this is the case they will have issues like the housebreaking that are going to be even more of a challenge. In mills they pee and poop right where they sleep, because they have no choice. You're certainly brave and have your work cut out for you because 2 puppies means twice the work, and housebreaking both of them becomes even more challenging (how will you know who made what puddle, etc.). They were probably taken away from their mothers way too young, and will have issues from that- like separation anxiety that your mill dog is displaying. I would really recommend getting some training books (I'm just thinking off the top of my head- Good Dogs, Great Owners by Brian Kilcommons, Puppies for Dummies- I liked them both a lot) and be very consistent in how you treat them, and most of all very patient. They are tiny little pups that sound like they did not have the best start in life. Good luck!
I did not KEEP referring to the puppy as a puppy mill puppy. I referred to it once to distinguish the difference between my two puppies. AND, I do not apprecicate your rudeness. I am on here trying to get help, and you are just determined to undermine me and make me feel inferior.
by the way, I happen to spend sometimes MORE time with the puppy that is from the other breeder because he is so sweet and friendly. HOW DID YOU KNOW WHO I SPEND MORE TIME WITH? PERHAPS YOU SHOULDN'T EVEN EVER RESPOND ON HERE AGAIN.
I got one of the puppies from a puppy mill, and they gave him to me for free because my vet told me to take him back. He is very clumsy, and tilts his head to the side, and my vet said I better take him back to the breeder. Because the breeder's conditions with having lots of puppies, and perhaps a puppy mill, we loved that puppy so much that we couldn't see it go through its life there. Who knows what would have happened to him there. He has a much better life at our house, gets to go outside all the time, while we're home. He is never ina crate while we're home. They only let their dogs out once a day. :( That was horrible!!!!! We got our money back for this puppy, and understand his responsibilities and want to correct his bad behaviors. He is smart, he just falls over sometimes, and the vet mentioned that he doesn't know how long he could live, or if this will be with him forever and he'll live to be 15 years old. It is neurological. The other puppy we brought from a private breeder, went to her house, saw the mother and everything. We love both puppies equally, and spend a ton of time with them. Thanks for your help!
It had been a long time sincer I trained a puppy... (11 years) but we recently adopted a wonderful puppy who is 5 months old. Here are the things that I've found work...
Never encourage your puppy to go to the bathroom inside... piddle pads, litter, etc... those things just confuse a puppy. The ONLY acceptable place to potty is OUTSIDE.
Our puppy stays on a leash until he potties... OUTSIDE. Then we praise him and give him a treat while saying "GOOD OUTSIDE!!!!" After he has gone potty we remove the leash and allow him play time in the yard (fenced in) - but only after going potty. If he doesn't go potty after a few minutes... he goes back in the cage for 10 minutes - then back on the leash to go OUTSIDE.
When inside - if we were watching tv - he was attached to me by a lead of gated into the room with me. If he had an accident inside - we needed to be able to catch him in the act. When he would start to go we would shake the scruff of his neck and say "no, bad INSIDE" and take him outside and say "hurry up, go potty" - then praise him with "Good OUTSIDE".
This puppy has never had an accident in his cage - and there were a couple days early on when he was left in his cage for up to 9 hours... my grandmother was in the hospital and there was simply no getting away. With my older dog, when he was a puppy - if he had an accident in his cage I made him stay with me while I cleaned it. Back then I didn't know what was "ok" and what wasn't... so i would have him smell the papertowels and tell him ... "Outside"... then take the papertowl outside put it on the grass and have him smell it there... and say "YEAH!!! Peepeee outside!"
Now.... knowing what I know now... I'm not sure that he really got all of that.... but he didn't have many accidents either!!!
Consistency is the key. Praise the good and reprimand only the bad that you catch them doing... otherwise they simply don't remember!!!