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Old 12-05-2012, 09:27 AM
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I posted this on the Yorkie forum but no one has responded. That site isn't like this one it's a potty question so should be the same for as a chi... anyway, can anyone help?


I am familiar with how to potty train. I get the positive reinforcement, putting him straight on his pee pad when he has an accident, etc. etc. BUT, since he's been in a cage forever and has never had free roam, can I do anything else. Today is his first full day with us and he does have a playpen. I take him out of it and keep him confined to our VERY small living room within an arms reach, yet each time I take him out of the pen, he is either peeing or pooping, EVERY TIME. He has no concept of pee pads. What can I do to help him STOP peeing everytime I take him out. Is there anything else? I want to let him out more so I can play with him but he's constantly going to the bathroom. I'm talking right after he peed in his pen, I took him out, and he went again.

We're going to the vet either tomorrow or Fri just to check him out and make sure he's healthy. This pee thing has me concerned.
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Old 12-05-2012, 10:07 AM
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I don't know,it does seem a lot.Good job you're taking him to the vets for a check up.It may be he's excited, new home and he's anxious ??i know Lily would pee herself when she was a puppy when she got excited
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Can you take him outside when you take him out of the pen? I'm glad you're taking him to the vet. Might be nerves. Sounds like he has a weak bladder & such because of the lack of exercise from being dormant in a cage. If you start exercising him, outside where he can go potty when he needs to, this should strengthen those muscles up. How old is he?
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This could be 'submissive urination" when you pick him up. If he has not been socialized then he could be frightened. Just work with him slowly
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I agree with Lisa 100%. It sounds like he does not want to urinate in his little
area, like most dogs, they just do not like to do their business where they sleep,
eat, etc. I'd start taking him outside frequently, after each meal, each time he
wakes up, every two hours. Eventually you'll be able to take him out every 3
hours, then 4, etc.
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Send Elaina a PM. She has a Yorkie and also is on a yorkie forum similar to this one I think.
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When you say he has a pen, do you have a separate area in it for him to potty that's easily distinguished? As LS said they often don't like to potty where they sleep; so if you make a clearly separate area with pads (or newspaper, or whatever your choice may be) he SHOULD, in avoidance of pottying on his super comfy bed, use the opposite area (the pad.) I've used this method with all new fosters to help reinforce the surface they should be pottying on; and am doing so with the puppies as well. It's not something that needs to be done long-term; but only until he is accustomed to using the pads regularly (and seeks them out even if he's NOT in the pen.) It's a great way to be training them even when you aren't there; just lets instinct kick in, and since they adapt to routines so easily he'll develop a "substrate preference." Good luck!! =D
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Next time he pees wipe the pee pad on it so it gets a bit of his pee and he should soon learn to go on there. You'll have to make sure it has a bit of pee until he gets that he needs to go there. That's what I did and it worked for me.
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