For some reason my Yorkie (nearly 3) has reverted back to peeing and pooping in the house. She just doesn't want to go outside with the other dogs. She would prefer to pee and poop in the house when she is good and ready.
Part of the problem may be that her baby that we kept, well he is so small that he CAN'T go outside with out a person with in 2 feet of him or the cats WOULD EAT HIM. So about 1/2 the time that little fart is going potty in the house too!
This is summer. There is no way in heck they are going to go outside in the winter. I don't even think the puppy (Gizmo) should go out in the winter. He would get too cold.
So I am looking at inside options. I tried the litter thing, but the pan is too tall for Gizmo to get in, and the other dogs started eating it and spreading all around the house.
So now I am trying to teach them to go on a 'puppy pad' but I have never done this before. How do you get them to want to go on that instead of all around the house? Is Ginger too old to learn the pads? I am getting very frustrated.
Boxers are like cookies you can't have just one :)
I have never trained a older dog to use pads but you can try some of the tricks that I use to train the puppies.
Start with Scent Treated Pads. They cost more but are good for beginning training. When they piddle in the house use a pad to do the innitial soak up of the mistake and then leave the soiled pad out. Likewise, although it is grose, smear a bit of fresh doo doo on a pad as well. You don't need much just enough for a scent. Keep doing this for a while, transfering the fresh scent to the new pads when you change them out. You might also want to get a pad holder to prevent them from sliding around or the dogs from playing with them.
Be sure to pick a good area for your pad placement and always praise them if you see them go on the pad. If you catch them going somewhere else pick them up mid piddle and place them on the pad. They most liikley won't continue the deed but will start to get the idea that when I potty I end up here so I might as well start off here, ha ha. You can start with using a confined area such as an enclosed porch or kitchen with pads in one corner and food water on the opposite side. Limiting access to the house will definatly help when starting.
This is how I train my pups before they go to there new homes and now at 9 weeks old I can place unscented pads at a few regualr places around my home and the puppies will look for them and potty on them every time. It's great having the freedom of letting a puppy run around the home (supervised ofcourse) and not have to worry about the accidents on the carpet. There new homes appreciate the extra training as well since most people have to go to work and can not let a new puppy outside every hour or so durring the day.
Since you are dealing with such small dogs perhaps you may want to invest in one of the indoor grass plots I have seen advertised. They are really neat, kindof like a house plant of sorts but it's a small plot of grass in a box that you keep indoors for your dog to potty on.
Good luck ;)
I prefur to have my Bordeaux with fur instead of a cork and bottle ;)
I have never even heard of the grass in a box thing. I think I would like that better than the pee pads. I will have to look in to it. I normally crate train with out problem, but the Boxers don't mind going outside. These Yorkies wouldn't mind never stepping outside again for the rest of their lives. Well--unless it was to ride in the car. So spoiled.
Boxers are like cookies you can't have just one :)
Quick question- Louie does go mostly on his potty pad, mostly always pees on it but having trouble with going poo every time on the pad. I notice there are a few places he seems to go, should i put a potty pad there? or keep them where they always have been? I thought it wouldnt be a good idea to put them where he wants to go and make him go where I want him to go. any one know if i should put a potty pad there also .
Also to the orignal poster- I did potty pads with all my dogs in the beginning seemed i got them all in the winter time and being small dogs, potty pads worked best. The 2 older dogs now do go out side but will use the potty pad (out for Louie)if they have to go and im not home. But the problem i had/have is they would also pee/poop on rugs, im thinking they thought these were also potty pads. They are the same shape and such so i guess i could see the confusion part of it..lol but I do have to wash my rugs every other day because Louie will think its his potty pad...lol
Our new pup Chewie is 10 weeks old and we're having tremendous results housebreaking him with the praise method. Each morning we bring him straight from his pen to the grass. He plays around for a few minutes but eventually goes and when he does we have a little celebration party right at the spot where he eliminates. This makes him so proud that he even gets up on his hind legs and does the Snoopy Dance. :) On days when I can be with him all day I take him out to the grass often (every 2 hours) and after every mealtime. We limit his water consumption after 6 or 7 at night because he's still a baby and has little bladder control. If he wimpers in the middle of the night I bring him straight from his pen to the grass and he usually does have to go. Once in a while he still has an accident but it's usually when I'm not paying enough attention to notice the signs. And there are always signs, so watch for them (they vary). For insteance, when he starts sniffing the ground wildly pacing back and forth we've learned this means he's looking for a good place to squat. When he does have an accident I try to get him outside as quickly as possible, especially if I can catch him in midstream. He NEVER goes where his bedding is and so far I've never seen him go on the piddle pad. We've had the same piddle pad in his pen for a week and it's still dry and fresh smelling.
Chewie is a Havanese and part Wookie, we think :) and they are a praise-driven breed, as opposed to treat-driven. I think we're having such good results with his housebreaking because we're very consistent with giving him access to the grass and praising him when he goes in the right place.
Simply pen the dog on pee pads, and eventually the dog will go. If a dog is going on a certain thing all the time, most dogs will become conditioned to going on that paper or pad or what ever. Thats why in the beginning of house training, you want to get them outside to that spot as often as you can.
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