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Old 07-29-2013, 01:43 PM
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Hi, I just joined the forum and I just got my new puppy about 3 weeks ago. I love him. His name is Izzy and he is a yorkie. He sleeps well throughout the night, he doesn't bark a lot or whine, and he goes on walks well. He follows me around and when he can't find me he looks for me when he knows I am still in the house. My problem is that he is crate trained. He pees and poops outside every morning when he wakes up. However, throughout the day he is asking to go out but does not pee. He plays and eats grass and then when I bring him inside he pees. I tried keeping him on a leash so he couldn't get distracted and stood out for 1/2 hour and he didn't pee. The moment we got inside he peed. Also, when it rains I can't get him to pee outside (under and awning or anything). He refuses to go on puppy pads and just tears them up. When i try to get him to use it he keeps holding it.

I love Izzy a lot but he is stressing me out and I don't know what to do. He knows to go outside and it is stressing me out. I keep finding myself eating and crying uncontrollably I even had a panic attack. I love my puppy but my getting upset at him is making me angry at myself. I know it takes time to train him and he'll have accidents but my stress is so high that I am starting to get headaches and feeling fatigued as well. Please any advice will help me.
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Old 07-29-2013, 02:13 PM
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Hang in there! You have the "normal" puppy blues that happen when a new pup is adopted/purchased. It is totally normal. Clicker training is really helpful and there are utube video on getting a dog to "void" on command. I know there are a lot of other stickeys on DF on puppy training. Please have someone else give you a hand and take care of him occasionally so you can do your pre puppy activities...sometimes a person just needs some respite. He might have been trained on puppy pads, so try one of those - have him pee on it inside - and then take it outside with you and try to get him to pee on it there...??
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Old 07-29-2013, 02:26 PM
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He doesn't know to go outside. If he did, he'd go outside. The fact is, he's a baby and he doesn't have full bladder control yet and won't until 6 months, at the least. It's up to you to prevent accidents. We have loads of potty training threads here, but basically, you take the dog out every hour. This is not play time, it's potty time. He potties, no playing, and if he potties, he gets treats and gets to play. If he doesn't potty, back inside until next time. If he has an accident, clean it up with an enzymatic cleaner and move on.

Puppies are hard work. It's why I encourage the adoption of older dogs and will never have a puppy myself. But it does end eventually. They all grow up with time. You'll be okay.
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Hi Arieschica,

If Izzy is not going potty outside then he does not know that is what he is supposed to do. These setbacks happen often in puppies (bigger ones will come around sexual maturity around 6 months) and you just have to go back to the basics and reteach.

Every time he has an accident inside he builds that habit. You need to make sure you do all you can to keep him from developing a habit you do not like. This means LOTS of supervision, crating when he can't be watched, and whisking him outside at the slightest hint of having to go. Set him up for success and you can't fail!

With the playing outside then eliminating inside, I would recommend remedial crate training. Take him outside but keep him on leash. BUSINESS BEFORE PLEASURE. No playing, walks, or fun until he eliminates. Wait only 5-10 minutes then take him back inside if he does not go potty. Carry him directly to his crate (so that he cannot have an accident) and leave him there for about 10 minutes then try again. Keep repeating this process until he DOES go outside (he should have no opportunity to go inside so he is set up to eventually succeed.) Throw a PARTY! Lots of praise, treats, toys, walks, fun. All good things happen when you eliminate outside. Then you can happily invite him into the house and let him be out with you.

Keep in mind that within 30 minutes after eating, drinking, waking from a nap, or exciting play his body will start telling him that he needs to go to the bathroom so the process will start all over again. Pretty soon he will learn to get it over with quickly and life will be much easier

With cold or wet weather you can try booties to protect his feet from the wet and cold, hold an umbrella over him, find an area with very short grass or rocks that he can go on so that he doesn't need to wade through the long wet grass. Little dogs HATE getting wet or being cold, you can try these things to make it easier but in the end Izzy just needs to be able to go to the bathroom no matter what. Tough love, follow the previous protocol of outside-crate-outside-crate until he goes. Remember to reward heavily when he does go to make it worth his while.

Hang in there, the more work you do not the easier it will be in the long run!
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First, take a deep breath! What you getting all stressed about, it's only a little wee and poo - just thank God you chose a Yorkie instead of a Great Dane! Can you imagine the size of the wee?! :O

If you are only three weeks in and he's sleeping through the night, I think you should count yourself lucky. It took my pup until she was 5 1/2 months before she could hold herself that long. (And at the start she was getting up twice a night!)

Your little one doesn't understand like you think he does. It's all about repetition and praise - and yeah it takes longer than a couple of weeks. Mine still hasn't got it fully yet at seven months old. Puppies are such hard work but they are so worth it!

But the main thing to remember is Izzy is the most un-trained he'll ever be. Every day forward with your training he'll understand more and more - so it will get easier and I'm sure the cuddles and devotion compensates you for the accidents he does
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You are on the right track~! VIGILANCE IS KEY, you will make it through this. I have learned that any time i get frustrated or impatient with my pup, its me who needs to readjust. My expectations are higher than my puppies level of performance. Once you lower your expectations and work with your dog from a new perspective, POOF! the frustrations go away! Its a good way to check yourself and make sure you and your puppy have success and progress forward together at the same pace.

When my pup was still in her first 3 months of life, i took her out every two hours. EVERY TWO! Sheesh, it was over kill but let me tell you: I would rather take her out every two hours than clean up poo everyday! heeheheee!! Best of luck and if it gives you hope: This too shall pass!!!!
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Thanks everyone. Izzy is the love of my life and I guess I was feeling like a failure because I expect so much out of me that seeing Izzy fail makes me feel like a bad owner and that I get myself worked up and angry at myself. I love him so much and nothing makes me happier than when I come home from school or work and he runs to me and is smiling. One thing I do notice with him is that a lot of times he does ask to go outside because he er... runs to the door and kind of knocks himself into it. -_-; He's a klutz.
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Oh... and also Izzy doesn't bark a lot. When he does it's at a certain person. Sometimes someone will be riding a bike and he just watches. Then someone will be walking by and he barks a little. Then another person and he just watches. Is that normal?

In addition, he sometimes growls at me. Did I do something wrong? It usually happens when we play (it happened like 2-3 times).
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Growling during play is usually normal. It's like his way of saying "Ooooooh this is so fun!" Especially whilst playing tug. As long as he still acts appropriately and you are working on impulse control there should be no worries.
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Another thing to try and do is interrupt him whenever you catch him peeing in the house. A quick "no", pick him up and carry him quickly outside so he can finish. When he finishes outside, treat and praise and have the "party" mentioned above. The more often you can interrupt and finish outside, the better. Think of those episodes as excellent teaching opportunities!
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