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Old 02-01-2009, 01:17 AM   #1
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So yesterday we brought our new little boy yorkie home. So far he's wonderful, an absolute angel, he's just seemingly very timid, and is a bit of a shaker heehee.

What has us a bit concerned are his potty habits, or rather lack thereof. In the 28 hours or so that we've had him, he's only gone #1 one time, and no #2. He ate this morning and a little bit tonight, and drank some water both times.

The only #1 was an accident inside the house (on a towel), and he doesn't seem interested in going outside on the grass (we've taken him outside 8 times, and he ends up sniffing around then just lying or sitting there), and hasn't showed any recognition of the training pads on the patio.

So, is it normal to withhold from elimination when a puppy's still getting used to his new home? Any advice or knowledge about this for the new worrisome parents would be great! Thanks!

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Old 02-01-2009, 02:46 AM   #2
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It does take a little time for puppies to get used their new surroundings. After all he's just left his mum & siblings. When we got Tilba we had a 6.5 hr drive home & she wouldn't go until we got home & we stopped 3 times for her.
If you want him to go outside to toilet I'd make sure & take him out after eating, drinking, playing, waking up & being a little chap every 30 mins in between. When he does go give him praise & a small food treat. I've never used puppy pads & from what I've read on forums they're not a good idea.
Have you got his vet appointment yet, you should always take a new puppy or kitten to the vet for a check up & discuss his vaccination, worming etc schedule.
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Congratulations on your new puppy! When do we get to see pictures?

April is right, it takes them some time to get used to being alone and in a a strange place.

There is no way for a puppy to recognize puppy pads, since they smell completely differently than what he is used to. And as April already said, using puppy pads causes more problems than it is worth. We get a lot of new members asking for help after they think they've trained their dogs to use puppy pads and find it messes all over the house. Better to make a clean break between inside and outside. Also dogs go by the feel under their paws, so if he's never been on grass before, that will take him some time to get used to too.

Why not check out our FAQ section? We have some helpful advice for new puppy owners there. Good luck!
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Thank you both for your replies! Pictures are coming soon...just have to upload them from my wife's iPhone, which she has to do because I've got no clue how!

I will definitely stick with it on this one. I suppose the thing that concerns me is that he's seemingly scared of everything! He's fine when he's on the couch with my wife, but the minute we take him into the hallway of the apartment building, he starts trembling, and does so the whole way down to the grass outside, where he stands or sits shaking.

I wish I knew how to make the little guy more comfy outside...is it just a case of the more often I do it, the more he'll come around?

I was also concerned about any injury that may occur from holding too long, like a ruptured bladder...drastic I know! (sorry)

Aaaaanyway, we've got another little girl coming this week, and once they're both here, we'll definitely put some pictures up. Thanks!!

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Old 02-01-2009, 01:09 PM   #5
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Hi there

Its definitely a case of introducing you pup slowly to new things

As for house training wev used the pads but Mabel was started on them as a tiny puppy so always used to them we had to use them as we didnt crate her and we did have to leave her 2 to 3 hrs a day to go to work but we are in one respect very lucky as she has always gone to the pads in just one area of the house will break her play and go to find the pads in the hall, BUT BUT BUT where I do agree with April and Skunkstripe is that if you dont need to use them dont as now Mabel is so well trained to the things shes having a confusing time poor girl understanding that its now time she peed and pood outside so at nearly 5 months she only now gettig the hang of it and we are nearly there with her, we cant make her feel stressed about using the pads we encouraged it but what we do do is go completely over the top when she goes outside the neighbours have been seen laughing hysterically at us encourageing her by saying have a wee wee mabel good girl have a wee wee and then squeeling with delight when shes gone to the loo outside, so using them is a great asset if you need to but will prolong the house training and no one should get irritable with the dog for taking time if they do use them

Hey 2 pups at the same time hee hee your in for some fun cant wait to see the photos

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Hi And aboard I too used puppy training pads they do work
I used 3 one a few feet from her bed one in the middle in the kitchen and one near the back door at first she needed help so look for the signs constantly sniffing the floor in circles as soon as you see your pup doing this pick them up and put them on a mat and when he gets it right praise till the cows come home Never scold/tell off for getting it wrong Consistancy and repetition are the keys to success on this and all other training!!

So every time your pup has eaten or had a drink watch for the signs around about 10 - 15 mins this will get longer as the pup gets older. Also keep trying out side as soon as it happens again praise lavishly with loads of petting Where is he slepping at night?

For a good nights sleep try a old 'T' shirt rub it over your body and put on top of his bedding, second item is a ticking watch or small clock put under his bedding the 'T' shirt will create the sense that your are with him even when you aren't, the watch resembles his mother's heartbeat. I used this method (as recomended in the breeders handbook) it does work. And I removed the watch and 'T' shirt at around 6 months old! I have not had a sleepness night from day one So I highly recommend it!! Good luck to you and your new puppy
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Sometimes you have to wait a long time for your puppy to pee outside. If you are a guy, avoid the temptation to "set the example" for where your puppy should pee. Lexi didn't get the idea, and ended up needing a bath after for the obvious reason.

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ROFLAMO @jludman

That was funny...

I would say give the pup a couple of days of getting used to the apartment and you.

Play with him, encourage him and praise him, lots of little treats and toys..

Once you got him jumping around in the house try to take the play to the hallway, and then outside..

This so he realtes it to something fun.

Meanwhile you take him out, dont make a big fuss of it, just behave like it's nothing. In a few weeks he will come into his more braver phase (around 12-14 weeks) where he is likely to be more outwards.

question however, was any of the parents timid? or the sibblings?
In that case it might also be genetic and require more work from you guys..
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Monkey is it no use getting all overly excited and praising the pup for going outside we do but Mabel just looks us if we are mad and trots off to do something else lol lol

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Monkey is it no use getting all overly excited and praising the pup for going outside we do but Mabel just looks us if we are mad and trots off to do something else lol lol
Of course it is this helps the pup realise it's done somerhing good and correctly and IMO speeds up the process of potty training
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