Q: I work all day. How can I let my Yorkie puppy out every 2 hours for a week?
A: Start on a weekend. That will give you 2 good days to get a head start. Then, seriously consider taking off a personal day or two for house-training - it's worth it, believe us. Out of the question? Try to get home at least twice during the day, and/or have a friend or Pet sitter drop by a few times. One to two weeks of serious house training now will save you a lot of time and money later. Soon you'll have a fully house trained puppy, and you won't have to worry about him while you're away. (Remember, do not crate your pup if someone can't let him out frequently during the first 7-10 days; use the puppy-proofed kitchen instead, described below, but keep the crate training going when you are home at night).
Q: I'm away from home 9 hours a day, I can't take time off or afford a pet sitter, and none of my friends or family can help me out. Now what?
A: Very frankly, you are asking for trouble in the form of an unhappy puppy with serious behavioral problems. You should seriously consider whether a puppy can really fit into your lifestyle and financial means. If, however this is a very short-term and temporary situation, and you can vigorously exercise and socialize your pup DAILY during your off-hours, here is your answer: Although difficult on you and your puppy, your mission is not impossible. Bear in mind that house training in this way will take longer, and your puppy will probably have more accidents. NEVER LEAVE A PUPPY IN A CRATE FOR THE ENTIRE DAY- he will soil it. Instead, give him a puppy-proofed area like the linoleum-floor kitchen. Make sure there's nothing he can reach or get into. Line the floor with newspaper for easy cleanup, leave the crate door open and line the crate with, blanket that smells like you, leave the radio on with calm music or a talk show, and give him plenty of durable chew-toys to occupy his time. During your off hours and weekends, do crate train him as directed here. It will take longer, but he still needs to learn how to hold his bladder and bowel.
Q:Why is it important to house train my Yorkie puppy so quickly?
A: Every time your puppy soils inside your house, he learns "this floor is just as good a place to go as any," and the chances of him going there again will increase. The fewer accidents he has now, the quicker you'll have him house trained.
Q: What should I do if my Yorkie puppy has an "accident?
A: Close supervision is key during his free run time, so watch for his "signs" the he has to go (sniffing, panting, circling, staring at you or the door, whining). If you don't catch him "in the act", just clean it up with a non-ammonia cleanser and chalk it up to not being there in time. Your pup won't know what he did wrong! Punishing him is not only a waste of time but confusing to him and completely ineffective (See Step 3 above.) Punishing a pup for an accident also teaches him to sneak off from you when he has to go he might even become too afraid of you to eliminate in front of you, even when you take him outside!If you do happen to catch him "in the act", in a firm voice "OUTSIDE OUTSIDE OUTSIDE'" and take him outside immediately, praise and treat him outside as he finishes up. Remember: Punishing him is much less effective than simply showing him where you want him to go and properly teaching him how to "hold if'.
Q: What is AKC registration? What is the difference between full and limited registration?
A: A.K.C. stands for American Kennel Club. The purpose of the AKC is to maintain a registry of purebred dogs. All of our Yorkie are registered with the AKC. Our Pet Puppies are placed with AKC limited registration.
Q: What If my yorkie puppy always soils the crate?
A: Are you sure he wasn't in there for more than an hour or two? Do everything as instructed above, but instead of putting him in the crate, keep him on his leash which is tied to your belt loop (as in Step 3 above). When you have to leave the house, put him in your puppy proofed kitchen, expect a puddle or a pile when you return home, and DON'T punish him for it!
CRATE DO'S AND DON’T
- DO purchase a crate which is only large enough for your pup to stand up, turn around and lie down in.>
- DO introduce your puppy to his crate gradually, with praise, toys and treats galore.
- DON'T slam the crate door and leave the room when first introducing him to his crate.
- DO remove the water bottle at about 8pm each evening. This will help him "get through the night"
- DO put in a blanket or other bedding.
- DON'T put your puppy into his crate in anger, or as a punishment.
- DO give him a good chew-toy or two when he's in his crate.
- DO keep in mind: .A new puppy needs to relieve himself several
times during the day. In spite of his instinct not to soil his cozy
crate, he will be forced by nature do so if you leave him in it for too
long, until he gradually learns how to "hold it"
- DO leave the crate door open when he's out; he may just go in there on his own
- DO praise your puppy when he enters his crate.
- DO "ignore" your puppy when he leaves his crate.
- DO bring him outside immediately when he leaves his crate.
- DON'T leave him in his crate for longer than he can "hold if' (1
hour max. for very young pups, 3 hours for 3-4 months old, 4-5 hours for
older pups and dog!>
- DON'T give him attention for crying when he goes into his crate.
Rather, give him a chew toy before he starts crying, and never open the
crate door until he has been quiet for a few seconds.
- DON'T leave house training or crate training duties to children. Rather, involve them in the process by letting them help you.
- DON'T leave your puppy (or adult dog) in a crate all day, if he
can hold it in the crate, he can hold it in the rest of the house.
- DO praise and treat your pup every time he urinates or defecates outside.
- DON'T use ammonia or any cleanser with ammonia in its ingredients
to clean a pet accident (ammonia smells like urine to your pup and he'll
be likely to go there again soon)