We will be getting another yorkie in about 3 wks. I have never had a male before and the breeder suggested bellybands until he was nuetred. She said it would keep him from hiking his leg but to have him fixed as soon as possible.
Young males don't generally hike their leg to mark until they are 6 months or older. by which time most have been neutered. They still squat like females. I'm not too sure of the actual age the little guys generally mature at, always had big dogs, but belly bands do help in some cases.
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I don't have yorkies, but my bassets are low to the ground. Most of my guys squat. They try to raise the legs, but it doesn't work real well. I have always found belly bands to be far more of a nuisance than a help.
Congrats! I hope your little guy isn't as "challenging" as Kayla, LOL! It probably wouldn't hurt to have a belly band or two on hand just in case. Dogs usually don't start lifting their leg until they're older, but some toy breeds mature faster.
Some of the belly bands out there are just not made right. I use them on fosters. But since the last dog here. I have decided to double the band. Its typically too narrow near the whizzer. so it pokes out. So insted of having say 4 inches covering the whizzer, I'd go with 6-8 inches. A nice thick sanitary napkin. Which you can get a bag of at the 99 cent store.
These only need be used till you potty train. Nothing really to do with hiking the leg. Typically with my boys after age two they became the little man and hiked the leg. Once trained they will know where to pee and not to pee.
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Smudge at 2 will hike in other people's houses.. but only those with many dogs, and more so if there are girls going into heat.
I stay off and on with a friend with 6 dogs, 2 are intact girls and he seems to have a chronic problem there. If free indoors he is banded. At home it is a rare occurrence and only ever in one location no matter how well cleaned on a tile floor.
I made my own belly bands, never had issues with them moving, but I'm going to try thinner material as he isn't learning from his lifting. I don't think he's feeling the wet fast enough.
I don't use them for potty training.. and he didn't require one till long after he was one.
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I talked with the breeder on Saturday and seems little Dudley is hitting the wee wee pad everytime. We will get him in a couple of weeks and she said to have him nuetred as soon as the vet will do it. She said they don't start hiking until they are alittle older. I misunderstood in the start. I have all girls and bless his little heart I was going to put a band on him when I brought him home. She said Oh, no its not to train only if we take him somewhere that he is not familar with and to keep him from tee teeing. Her little yorkies are adorable and the little boys just walk up and get their little bands on when they come in for you to see them. We are real anxious to get him home. Maybe he can teach Kayla something. lol!!!!! She is one WART.....
I have to be contrary to TP popular opinion: Based on my experiences, most dogs do not develop an indoor marking behavior. Out of a couple hundred dogs that I've known, only 5 of them marked inside. There were many more that the owners thought were marking when it was really a case of poor housetraining.
Please be aware that "marking" and "relieving" are two different behaviors. A lot of people think their dog is "marking" its indoor territory when, in actuality, it is "relieving" itself (it's not properly housetrained, in other words).
I beg to differ. My boy is perfectly housetrained, haven't had an accident in the house for years. I take him to a house with bitches (intact or not) and he doesnt even try to mark. I take him to a house with a neutered male, and they will try to have marking fests all over the house, and yes, their male is perfectly housebroken too.