Hi, I am new to training any dogs. We got a male Yorkie 1 week ago today. He will absolutely not potty outside. The 3 times he has went outside I gave him a treat and clapped and praised him a lot. I will walk him for up to 30 mins at a time and as soon as we come back in he will walk over to his crate and try to get in. He thinks his crate is where he is supposed to potty. I have him in my kitchen, the only room without carpet. He is not allowed to walk anywhere but the kitchen. He sleeps in his crate at night and still pees and poops in it. He does however try not to walk in it. And it seems like he knows its a bad thing to potty in it or in my floor. The so called breeder we got him from didn't keep a very clean home. We went to go look at all her pups she had and when we saw him (Max) we just couldn't leave him there. Anyway, I have been trying the crating method, but since he potty's in it I do not know what to do.I have even tried using the puppy pads, but he wants nothing to do with them. He walked over his pad to his bed area and peed on his bed. Any suggestions? Oh I even bought that spray that is supposed to make them want to potty where you spray it... well he don't even give it the time of day. HELP?
I just wanted to add that 3 days in a row he held his potty from 8am till about 10pm... he is stubborn
I would just simply use and x-pen and wee wee pads. I have read and heard over and over again how hard yorkies are to break. If he continues to use his crate, put a small x-pen in your kitchen. Put his crate, food, water, toys and wee wee pad in there. that will be his safe place. Once he is trained to the wee wee pad, you may find it easier to get him go outside. You can also use paper, and he will probably try to shred whatever you use, this is normal for puppies. good luck.
My friend who lives in GA and she used to breed Yorkies but she is down to just 2 of them now and no longer breeds. She said that all of them were little devils to house break. She finally bought this really cool "litter box" almost. It is a plastic box with some kind of pads that are made specifically for the box and they have something on them that make them want to go potty there. It has fake grass and everything on it. It is really cool and she has it in the laundry room and that is where they all go. I know she said it has to be changed daily but it has really been effective for her. She doesn't let hers go outside and they just use the box.
Hope this helps!
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He is 4 months old. So far no success today. He pottied inside within a few mins of bringing him back in from a 20 min walk. He just sits on my feet so I have to constantly walk to get him to walk. He just tears up the wee pads. He don't like them. I really don't want a litter box type thing in my house, but if he don't start going outside... I may just have to try it. Thanks all the help.
4 to 6 months is when dogs can really "get" the potty thing. This is a critical time to train. My friend said that her 1st Yorkie that she had we so stubborn and she had her almost a year before she got trained. That is why she went to the litter box.
Just do as you are doing and be patient. Take him out every 2-3 hours, 15-30 minutes after meals, and immediately after playtime.
As gross as it sounds, you can also use a kitchen sponge to absorb some of his urine and then take it outside and squeeze it on the ground where you want him to go. When you take him out, go straight to that spot. I have used this method with great success. (Don't forget to wear some gloves :)
Also make sure that the crate is appropriate. It must only be large enough for him to lay down and turn around. You will probably need a very small one for a Yorkie. If it seems too large, get one with a divider and make it smaller. Most dogs will not potty where they sleep. Put him a bed in the crate and keep him in there when you are not home and at night. There is also a product called No More Marking and it is made by Nature's Miracle. I love that stuff!
Hope some of this helps a little. Best of luck!
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So far we have had some luck with him not pottying in his crate anymore. He however still will not go outside. This morning he did both in the floor within 5 mins of coming back inside. Some good news is that he whined this time before he did it. I just couldn't get to him in time. So I think he is starting to get it. It seems that he only poops once a day. Is that normal for a puppy? Seems as much as he has started eating that he should go more. I've only had him 8 days today so were still trying to figure out his potty schedule. I took his poo outside this morning and showed him, I am going to leave it out there and hopefully he will get the idea. Thanks for all of the advice, It is helping :D
OMG HE DID IT!! I just took him out, he sniffed and went outside. I was so excited he thought I was nuts lol. I am going to work on him with the bell as soon as he gets the going outside part. We have steps to the foyer and to outside so he can't really go down them by himself. The bell will come into play in a few weeks though. Thanks for all your help. I am soo happy right now. :D
When I got my Yorkie, as soon as she got up from a nap (which was quite often), I took her outside. Because of so many trips outside,she finally got the hang of things and within 2 months, she was completely potty trained. I used those pee pads for her at night, but she rarely uses them.
You said your puppy tears up the pee pads, but at my pet store,there is a product called "Potty Training Aid" by Simple Solution. You just spray it on the pee pad and something about it makes them go to the pad to do their business. As soon as we got this, our Yorkie used the pee pad "every" time without fail. See if you can find this and try it once more on the pads and see if your baby stops tearing them up.