The hardest dog to ever housebreak

United States
March 9, 2008 11:29am CST
Hello, i just bought a 4 month old Yorkie about 4 weeks ago. I have tried everything with him to housebreak him. He is a very sweet dog but is just having a hard time learning to go potty outside. I have used potty pads and take him outside but nothing is working.I bought him from a women in Kentucky who I felt after walking in her house was a puppymill. There were dogs everywhere and they were going potty all over her house. I felt like I was rescuing him from this hell that he was in. Now I am not so sure I don't think this women spent anytime training or caring for these animals.She had at least 25-35 dogs in her house and like another 20 or so outside. There would have been no way for her to take care of all of them. Do you think that my dog could ever be properly trained now? Do you have any advice or similar stories?
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@carolbee (16241)
• United States
9 Mar 08
I do believe the dog can be trained. Some dogs take longer than others. We now have a Dashaund that belonged to our daughter and she had to leave him here when she moved. We've had him about 10 yrs. The dog was difficult to housebreak because he is very stubborn but I was able to do it. This might irritate a few out there but what I did was take one thin sheet of newspaper, roll it up and just tap his nose if he went inside the house. He didn't like the noise and with enough persistence on my part, he learned to go outside. I would also just touch his nose on the area he wet and put him outside. I didn't have to yell or get angry. It worked and our daughter said I'd never be able to train him. I've done this with several dogs over the years. All were a success. Good luck with your new pup.
• United States
10 Mar 08
I have dachshunds and i can't get them succesfully trained, I needed this today. I let them out 1st thing everyday.Praise when they come in.They still make a mess sometimes.I will try this if not I don't know what to do.
@carolbee (16241)
• United States
12 Mar 08
I've had excellent success using a piece of rolled up newspaper. Haven't had a dog yet I couldn't train and I am just an average person with no special training. Good luck.
• United States
10 Mar 08
Hope things get better with your pup. It will be alot harder with the puppy being in a puppy mill. They do not know it is wrong to go in the house and persistance is the key. You just have to make sure you pay very close attention to what your puppy does at all times if you notice he is getting ready to go stop him if you can a get him out quick. The crate training is a great thing.
• United States
10 Mar 08
Yes, I am a great believer in crate traning.
• United States
9 Mar 08
On top of what the other poster suggested, I would suggest crate training. Under normal circumstances, dogs will not go where they sleep and eat. If you don't have one already, get him a crate that's only big enough for him to lay down in. (You don't want it to have enough room for him to go in a corner and still have room to lay down. He should be in his crate when you're not watching him. Water and food should be controlled. No water or food after, say 6 at night. Give him the water on your schedule, and like rjscott said, take him out immediately after he's done eating or drinking. Also, be sure to take him right outside when letting him out of the crate. If you have to, pick him up when you open the crate door and don't put him down until you're outside. STOP using the puppy pads. They only serve to cause confusion. "What do you mean I can't go in the house? My 'bathroom' is right there..." The next time he has an accident, soak a paper towel with it. Then, the next time you try to take him out, take the paper towel with you and put it on the ground in a spot where you'd like him to go and allow him to sniff it. (If he poops in the house, put the poop outside and take him to where it is when taking him out. Do not allow him any loose time in the house unless you are right there to monitor him, and NEVER before he's gone potty outside. If you take him out and he does nothing, bring him back in and put him back in the crate. Then try again 15 minutes later. Do not allow play outside. He's not out there to play, he's out there to potty. Until that's clear, ignore any of his attempts to engage you in play. Pick a word, or phrase to use consistently when taking him outside. Stand there with him and say "go potty" or whatever. When he does go, make a big deal out of it and be sure to say something positive using the word or phrase so he associates that word or phrase with the action AND the praise. Be persistent. You'll need a consistent schedule. Feed him at the same time everyday. Water him at the same time. Try to make the outside breaks regular. (Remember, he's little and has a tiny bladder. Small dogs need to go more frequently. I'd say take him out every two hours while training, at least.) Good luck.
• United States
9 Mar 08
Thank you so much for your response. Yes I do have a very small kennel for him and he still goes in there. It is only big enough for him to stand up in but not to move in. I am thinking about buying him one that he can only lay in. I have never had this problem before. I think that he is having problems due to that stupid puppy mill. Puppies have to learn from the start before they go to their owners. The learning continues after they go to their new homes I understand that . but I think that he has learned for the first 4 months of his life that it is ok to go where ever he can. I will get the smallest kennel I can find. Probably a cat kennel. Maybe if he can't stand up in his kennel it will be easier for him to go outside. Again thanks for your response.
@sid556 (31003)
• United States
10 Mar 08
I have raised a few dogs. One thing I learned in 4H as a kid was that If you put a dog in a crate at night to sleep, they usually won't urinate in their own sleeping space and they will learn to hold it until they go out. I have had success with that method. I have not had a dog that has come from a situation like yours tho. Those dogs may have issues. That is sad. I think that woman should be reported for neglect. Yes...I do think there is hope for your dog but unfortunately it may take a bit of time.
@jennysp8 (855)
• United States
10 Mar 08
I am having the same problem..I have a YorkiePoo which is a cross between the Yorkie and a Poodle. My little angel is about nine months old now and I cannot get her to go outside if there is snow on the ground....even when I clear it for her. I put the pee pads down even though I hate the idea but I thought that is better then the floor...she will pee once on it and then pop on the floor. I am going nuts!!!!! YUCK! This is the hardest dog I have even had to train!!! I will be buying a crate and trying that.
9 Mar 08
chuewauwa dogs are also hard to potty train they are very stubburn i love them but boy they are hard to train
• United States
9 Mar 08
When I read your headline before I even read your discussion yorkshire terrier popped right into my head. These dogs are hard to house train even when brought at a younger age so just be patient. They are very strong minded so just stick with it.