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I have two small issues with my new chi, Yusuke, 10 weeks old, completely adorable and the sweetest little fella.
First thing is housetraining. We've figured out how to go potty on command and we know WHERE we're supposed to go, however the difficulty is getting him there. He had a problem with staying on the puppy pad when we first got him so I got a play yard that could fold down into a square that just fit the puppy pad and then I'd put him in the yard and he wouldn't stray off the pad. Once he got the hang of peeing on the pad and the pad alone, I made the yard big enough to house the whole pad, plus put his bed, food and water and toys in there. It takes up the majority of our kitchen but he deserves it. So he figured out that he's supposed to pee on the pad. However, when I let him out of the play yard and into the rest of the house, he doesn't go back to the play yard to go to the bathroom. He just goes right on the floor, especially if I'm not quick enough to grab him and get him onto the pad in time. How do I get him to go back to his yard and go potty there?
The second issue is that he does listen to me. He knows when I'm telling him no, he understands his own name and stuff, but he refuses to listen to me. Like I tell him to come here and he runs in the opposite direction. Should I take him to obedience training?
 

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He IS only 10 weeks old. Thats really young, and he can't be expected to do it all perfect right away. My oldest chi is 12 years old. He followed everything to the letter at about 2 years old. My youngest chi will be 2 years old on Dec. 24. He's pretty close, but still makes some mistakes now and then. The point is, is that it may take a few months or longer. You have to have patience more than your chi. But he will soon learn. Thats about like it is with a human baby. People can't expect a human baby to be out of diapers by 6 months, or listen and obey everything by 1 year. It takes time. It takes consistency and time on your part. My nearly 2 year old chi still doesn't listen to me all the time (or rather, come when I call), but he does MOST of the time. And he is 99% puppy pad and outdoors trained. Just be patient and keep on doing what you're doing. It WILL take a while. But once he learns, its always going to stay with him.
 

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At 10 weeks old he is still a baby. You can't expect him to act like an adult dog just yet. He needs time to learn.
If you are going to let him in different areas of your house, you will need to put pads in those areas where you are letting him go, one or two in each room that you allow him in.
When I got my girls, they were confined to the living room since that is where I spend most of my time. I had several pads there for easy and quick access until they got the idea that they were suppose to go on the pad. Once they got the idea, I just eliminated the ones they didn't use. If I went in another room and took them with me, I had to be ever watchful of them in case they needed to go. If I was busy doing something and couldn't watch them they stayed in the living room where the pads were. Now that they are older, I have a pen set up in my kitchen lined with pads that they use.
My youngest chi turned 1 year old in November. I would say it took them at least 3 months to be trust worthy to go in different rooms. I also have my stairs blocked off so they don't go up there at all.
At this point in time, I take them outside to do their business unless it's raining or their is too much snow. If you are planning to have him go potty outside eventually, I would get him used to going outside at least once a day to go potty. First thing in the morning is usually the easiest because you know he has to go.

As far as the "not listening" to you goes, that will also take some time. Training classes are always a good idea because it not only teaches you how to train him, it also allows for socializing with other dogs. But if you don't want to take him to classes, there are books you can purchase that will tell you how to train him.

Good luck, and remember, it all takes patience and consistancy.
 

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Try bribes and praise. My wee man looks for a small treat after he asks out. If he has pooed he gets his reward. I've had O'rielly about 3 months any we dont get many accidents.
Now if he would just always come when I call him - we're working on that - bribery and praise. It works for children - its how I bought my three up - it should work for a wee dog.

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As far as getting him to come...what I did from the time I first got Beau as a puppy was this:

I always made coming to me a fun thing with praise, treats, or a toy--and if he didn't come *I didn't chase after him or go to him*...I simply walked (or ran, which made it more exciting) away in the other direction, and that would entice him to run after me. So it was sort of like a game, and that way he also learned to keep an eye on me to make sure I didn't ever leave him behind. He became reliable off leash (in the yard, I don't let him off leash anywhere else) and now he always follows after me wherever I go. And he's good about coming when I call him, because it's never for punishment.

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Puppies bladders do not mature until about 4 months of age... so it's going to be a while before you get any consistent results. Praise him with lots of enthusiam when he does the right thing. Don't yell when he makes a mistake, just clean it up when he's not looking. It's going to take a lot of work and patience on your part at this stage of the game. Good Luck!
 

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... just clean it up when he's not looking. It's going to take a lot of work and patience on your part at this stage of the game. Good Luck!
I've read this before. Same for picking up poop in the yard. I've always wondered why?
 

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Well, what I meant was clean up the pee with a solution of water and vinegar (I mix mine with rubbing alcohol, dish soap, water and vinegar) because I have Mexican Saltillo tile floors throughout the entire house, patio, and front porch to clean. Vinegar kills the odor so he won't pee there again.

As for picking up the poop in the yard that is for hygiene. If you pick up the poop it's not bad for him to watch you, although if he makes a mistake in the house you don't want him to see you clean it up.
 

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We had the same question with the come command with Chica. A helpful suggestion for us was making it a game. I'd practice calling her throughout the day from different parts of the house and I alway had a tiny treat. In a day she'd be running at top speed to get to me. After a few days I rewarded her with really excited praise! The housebreaking will take time. The best advice I can give is to really watch your pup for the bathroom signs(sniffing, circling, etc.) and get the pup to the pad. Until Chica was housetrained she wasn't allowed to far from us. It took about a month for her to be totally reliable and we got her at about 9-10wks. She is a chi mix. My friend, who is a vet tech said that smaller dogs can take longer to housetrain. They do have tiny bladders. Good Luck!:)
 

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the come comand is all about finding something 100% irresistable to the dog, then having that item as the reward everytime the dog comes to you.
NEVER associate comming to you with bad things (try not to say his name angrily if he messes in the house ect or call him to you to punish him) it should always be a good happy thing with a positive reward!

the pad issue is a common one, you could try putting down a pad in the room and slowly move that pad towards the origional one (so he slowly leanrs that he does have to go to that kitchen pad) or you can try increasing his freedm slower, he could e doing it in excitment, worried if he runs back to the kitchen he'll miss something.

as for being weird, at 10 weeks its VERY normal, still a baby (its like trying to teach a 1 yr old) they dont understand us and as humans we tend to give mixed signals lol...be patient and persistent, ive seen it take a year or more to fully housetrain some toy dogs!
 

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Oreo had a designated puppy room covered in newspaper. At first she sprayed all over, but gradually she started just using two or three spots, so we took the rest of the paper up. Finally, she picked one spot, and that is still the area where she goes.

As for picking up poop - they love it when they do it right, and then they see you clean up with a big happy smile cooing like mad. That's a great game for them!

Good Luck!
 

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Puppy update!

We are fifteen weeks old now and have gotten the going pee on the pee pad issue solved. He will go pee every single time on the pee pad! ...However, going poo is a completely different story. He will quite literally walk into the kitchen, go pee, then return to the living room and go poo on the carpet. Oh well, at least we're halfway there. 'Nother five weeks and I should have him completely house broken.

As for coming and other commands, we're still having an issue. He still gets so excited at the mere sight of a treat that I can't get him to sit still long enough to complete one command... Like "sit" for example. He just wiggles around and runs in a small circle and leaps up at my side for joy. I'm sure it'll pass in time. He's only a baby after all.
 
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