Hello everyone, We are new to this board and we got a 10-week-old Yorkie; whose name is Napoleon. That we are still in the middle of potty training him for outside, we have him in the kitchen, which we put up gates, that he isnít potty trained yet and we have carpet all over the house. We have been training him to go potty outside, which he is doing well at this point. However, when we come in and start to play with him, it could be just 10minutes from coming in, he pees on my floor. Here is our question. How do we get him to give us a sign that he has to go? In addition, how do get him to stop peeing 10 minutes after we come in the door? When I take him out, we are out there for almost 45 minutes till an hour. In addition, we know that he would like to walk around the house, then again until we find a way for him to stop peeing that will likely not happened and he will just have to like the kitchen. Any suggestions would be helpful at this point. Thank you in advance
Well first off, realize that he's only 10 weeks old. He's still just a baby, many dogs aren't fully housetrained until they're 6 months old, so there are going to be setbacks. It can take even longer to housetrain toy dogs like yorkies.
That said, accidents happen and are just part of the training process. With my dogs, we always allowed them in the area of the room (carpeted or no) with us supervised, and gated off bedrooms and such. We never kept them confined to one area of the house with 'safe floors' because then they just learn to go in that one area. You want the entire house to be considered part of the 'den', and off limits for pottying, so in a way you have to set them up to fail, so you can teach them where *not* to go potty.
If the puppy started to potty on the floor, we immediately said "NO!" to startle him, picked him up (even if he was still going), took him outside, and kept him outside until he went potty out there. Sometimes it was a bit of a wait, but it just takes patience. When he finally went outside, then we'd give him a treat and allow him play time as part of his reward.
I can't stress the importance of catching them in the act of going potty in the wrong place being a critical part of their learning process. If you turn around and there'sa wet spot and puppy's already walked away, it's too late to correct him and it's your fault that you weren't watching him closely enough. Smack yourself in the head with a rolled up newspaper for not paying closer attention, clean the spot up with an enzymatic cleaner like Nature's Miracle (I'm totally drawing a blank on the cleaner, I think that's it) and then do a better job of supervising the next time.
We also kept him on a leash when he ws outside, walking around. As soon as he started to go potty outside (peeing or pooping) we'd say, "Go potty" so he started to associate the word with the deed. Then as he finished up we'd make a huge fuss over what a good boy he was, praise and reward with a special treat. You want the puppy to learn that going outside brings rewards.... going inside doesn't.
Between catching puppy in the act of going in the wrong place and taking him to the right place, and praising/treating for going potty in the right place, the vast majority of dogs eventaully get it.
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I have a 5 month old yorkie and we got her from a petstore, she came with a training crate and it's great. I am also working on potty training her, but the trainer I speak to from the petstore says only take her out to potty for 5 minutes because they have to learn that they only go out to in order to take care of business. I am running into the problem of after we bring her in, IF she has potty outside then we let her have freedom in the house while we watch her but sometimes after about 45 mins to 1 hour she has an accident, so I don't what I should do, I find myself constantly taking her out to potty.
Monicav My trainer told me that when I took my dog out to pee and she didn't do it to put her back in the cage for about 20 minutes and then take her out again. She soon got the idea what she was there for . But I did feel like a big meanie :lol:
I have never had a toy breed, but as a groomer, I have heard yorkie and yorkie mixes are extremly hard to housebreak. Most of our clients gave up and trained them to a wee wee pad.
Anyway, I watch my dogs like a hawk. They never leave my sight. I smoke and not in my house so my dogs get to go out every couple of hours, just so I can have a cig. I even get up if my dogs get out of my sight. I had all my aussies house broke by 6months. I do have a little trouble with my yr old, sometimes if I wait to long to go out she will go on the floor. I am still working on that. Good luck, and be patient. it will come