Hello All, My sister just got two new Yorkie pups. They are 12 weeks old and are liter mates. She has been keeping them in a play yard with papers for pottying on. They have turned distructive and just tear the paper to pieces and poop and pee whereever. They are also unzipping their dog bed and making a mess out of the foam. I realize they are pups and this is what pups do. Food/water is in the play yard also. Potty training is not going well. Should she start crating them? I think so. If so separate crates???? They like to be together but one pup is more aggressive than the other. Could someone please just give me the basics of crate training as I have forgotten since Toby is almost 3. HELP!!!!! Thanks so much.
Well I won't go into the biggest mistake she did since that has already been done, but.....
Yes she needs to put them in seperate crates. The play pen is nice for the day when they are home, but can't watch them completely.
The crate is better though for nights and when no one is home.
The newpaper is only incouraging them to go in the house. Plus it is fun to play with.
She also needs to make time to spend seperatly with each puppy loose in the house.
Right now the puppies are just strenghening the bond they started at birth. Your sister needs to step in and get them to bond with her and not with each other.
The potty training isn't going well since it doesn't really sound like they are tring with the newpaper layed out for them to go on. Plus she hasn't essablished who is alpha.
The puppies are still looking at each other as pack members and being on top. The more aggresive one is probably alpha and then the other is the sub. Which is also where your sister is at.
Once she begins the one on one bond and establishes alpha statis with them both the training should be easier.
She needs to remember that it is hard to do this with just one puppy with two it is even harder. Just like with kids want one doesn't get into the other will. They will also gang up on you and do their own thing if allowed to.
Hope some of this helps and tell her to be patient and make time for both seperatly.
Actually papers are good to use. Leave them down because it is easier to clean up any accidents they have when you can't watch them. I'll find an article in one of my books that I used when potty training some of my dogs. One way she could do it is to tie her dogs to her waist and keep them with her-then she can see if they start acting like they need to go potty.
STEP 2:PICK A POTTY SPOT Before you can teach your dog to do it's business on a designated spot, you must pick the spot. It should be close to the door you use to take the dog out.
STEP 3:MAKE SCENTS Next time your puppy pees, wipe its bottom with a soft cloth or paper towel and save it. At next potty break, take the cloth and the puppy to the outdoor potty spot, and put the cloth on the spot. In all likelihood, the puppy will pee on the cloth. Repeat this process a few times and soon your puppy will potty on the spot with no cloth.
STEP 4:MAKE A SCHEDULE Now that you've shown your puppy where you want it to do the doo, you need to show it when you want it to do it. For a while though the timing of its trips to the outdoor potty isn't completely up to you. That's because a puppy can't hold it's water-or the other stuff-for very long. Puppies younger than 4 months may need 12-14 bathroom breaks each day. In any case a puppy needs to make a pit stop when it wakes up in the morning, after a nap,after it eats and after it plays. The best way to keep track of all those bathroom breaks is to establish predetermined times you will feedthe puppy(keep water available), play with it, take it out and put it in the crate for a nap. Such a schedule not only gives you some predictability during the housetraining process, but your puppy will be housetrained more quickly. STEP 5: WATCH FOR CUES, GIVE A CUE After the puppy starts to eliminate, praise it.You need to go out with the puppy. don't let it out by itself. give it a treat, then bring it inside. potty time should not turn into playtime.
STEP 6:BE VIGILANT Your job is to make sure it doesn't have the opportunity to make mistakes. When the puppy's not in it's crate always watch it carefully. If your pu sows any signs of needing to potty, pick it up and get it to the potty spot. Then when it potties praise immediately. If you're too late and the puppy presents you with a pile or a puddle, put it in the crate and silently clean up the mess. Don't say anything to the puppy.
STEP 7: BE PATIENT Don't expect the puppy to learn bathroom manners overnight. Housetraining takes time,patience and understanding.
You know your puppy is housetrained when it consistently gives you a signal that it needs to go. Like a bark at the door, coming to you and going to the door, etc.
***Edited By: doxielover1 on 1/11/2007 1:58:57 PM*** Reason: add
Thanks everyone. I know she messed up some already. I think they are young enough so she can correct her mistakes. The puppies are a boy and a girl. They are not brother/sister but I think share the same Dad and were born very close together. They were babies together and have grown up so far together at the breeder. The girl is the aggressive one. Her name is Misty. The boy is Moe. Short for Mistletoe and Mozart. They are really, really cute. I will forward your advice to her. Thanks again. She has already gone to the store to get crates!!!
A small dog is still a dog, and needs to be taught to go outside. ----------------------------------------- True, still a dog, but I believe whatever place, method etc works best for the owner is fine as ling as they are vigilant and consistent. No real rule on where thay HAVE to go, just a personal choice on the part of the owner.