I need tips and advice on how to start the transition from potty pads to going outside. My 5 month old Yorkie/Bichon is about 98.9% on the potty pads in my apartment (he does have an ocassional accident), but I'd like to teach him to go outside now. When we're on a walk or at the park, he has gone potty on the grass, and I react the same as when he does it on the pads, (goooood potty boy!) but how do I teach him to let me know when he needs out- and do I put a potty pad outside too? I live on a 2nd floor apt, and would love it if he could just go out on the balcony (on a pad) as another option. Thanks everyone! Presley and Elle
It may seem like a lot of work (and a lot of treats ) but the way I taught my Bostons to go to the door was like this.
Go to the door that you CONSISTENTLY will take him out. If you want him to go out on the balcony, use that door. If you want to go outside, go to the door you will use. While standing there, use the key word (for us it's "potty") and give a small piece of a treat. Take him where YOU want him to go and allow him plenty of time to do his business. Provide a second treat with your usual gooooooood potty! When you come back to the same door you went out of, provide another small piece of a treat. Eventually, he will associate the door with a treat and the potty thing will all come together. Since he is already accustomed to using the pads, that may possibly be a good route to follow.
If you want to take him out to a new territory, (and I know this may sound gross but it does work), take a kitchen sponge and absorb some of his urine with it. Take it to the area outside where you will want him to use the bathroom. Squeeze the urine on that area and allow him to sniff it. (I suggest wearing gloves to do this.)
My dogs are now to the point that they stand at the door and immediately go outside when it is opened for them. They do their business and come back to the door and straight to the treat jar! Since they've learned thou, I only have to give the treat at the end instead of 3 times.
I wish I could offer more advice but maybe this will be a start and help some! Good luck!
Don't worry about tomorrow; it has never happened before.
Be fair to your little dog. He has a tiny bladder and likely won't be able to hold his urine while you try to run him down to the ground level and outside. You could start moving the puppy pad slowly toward the door to your balcony until it's eventually outside. In all honesty dogs the size of yorkies and chis just can't hold it very long generally
It does baffle me however, why you would want your dog to use a puppy pad on the balcony and not just leave it inside. Wind could blow it away or something. My very small dogs always use newspapers in the house.
Bostons are much bigger than a tiny yorkie, and can hold their urine longer than a tiny dog.
Well its simple! It sounds like your doing great so far, keep buying pads, they worked GREAT for all my dogs, when they go potty outside, reward them with a treat and love, when they go inside show it to them then tap there nose fermly and say BAD GIRL/BOY with a ferm voice, and they will get it sooner or later!