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Old 07-06-2007, 09:17 AM   #1
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As I've just posted in another thread, we've just become the owners of a (little) Yorkshire terrier. Having read threads elsewhere about the benefits of outside toilet training as opposed to pee pads, it's got me thinking about our situation. In order to get to our garden, you have to go down a flight of stairs. Having read elsewhere that Yorkshire terrier puppies shouldn't attempt stairs til about 6 months, we'd resigned ourselves to pee pads in the relatively short term. I'm now wondering if this statement about them not attempting stairs is true (I'd been avoiding doing anything that might encourage her to go scurrying off down them herself - there is a gate up, but she can be very quick). Can anyone advise. I also read that they shouldn't run too much for similar reasons - is this true also?!?!

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Old 07-06-2007, 09:28 AM   #2
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Hi Boo, sorry I don't know anything about small breeds as I've only had large dogs...but even when my Bruno was 6 weeks old when I got him and I also had a flight of stairs to go down to take him into the back yard I just carried him as he would of tumbled right down them. I did this till he was like 3 months old every 20 minutes at first then spread out the time as he got older....good exercise for your legs ..lol I have never used the puppy pee pads....I would think if you want yours to go outside then this is a confusing thing to teach them to go inside the house also.....I am sure you will get many responses.....good luck with the training!!!
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Old 07-06-2007, 09:29 AM   #3
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We trained our little 4lb chihuahua to a litterbox.
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Welcome Boo! Sorry I can't help you with your problem as I am like brunosmom and have only owned large breeds. I'm sure you'll get some good advice though.
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just a thought ...could you put a leash on her while you take her down the stairs until she get's the hang of them ....
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Hi Boo,
I think if at all possible you want to avoid the pee pads. Many people who come here with housetraining problems are those who have first trained their puppies to do their business indoors on the pee pads. Apparently the dogs find it confusing-indoors is indoors as far as they are concerned, and things that may be similar to pee pads (such as newspapers, pillows etc) also get peed on and the dog does not understand why this is wrong.

I think Brunosmom's idea of carrying him down the stairs until he can navigate them himself is a good idea. (Jan I am picturing Bruno being small enough that you can do that it is a cute mental picture! ) I carried little Zircie down and up three flights of stairs at work for a few weeks until he let me know he could handle them himself. The bonus is that you will have an easier time getting the message through that "outside = good".

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I have to agree that avoidance of pee pads is the best way to go. It simply teaches them that going indoors is acceptable. I'd also be carrying the pups down the staircase until they're old enough to go up & down stairs instead.

Dlambertz idea of the litterbox would be my 2nd choice. At least that is a very specific "defined space" and you could train that it is the only acceptable spot.
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Wow! Thanks so much for the advice!! Outside it is! My real concern is that going up and down the stairs might put undue pressure on her bones/joints - do you not think this will be a problem? We'll certainly dispense with the pee pads forthwith - it always seemed to me it must be quite confusing for the dog.

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they make nifty little dog litter boxes, its a wooden looking box, with fake grass, and it is used for small indoor dogs that have a hard time going out into the elements, i have a freind with a 3 lb yourkie, and he has extreme flea allergies, one flea bite is all it takes to send him to the vet, so that had no choice but to let him go in the house, they used this and it worked wonders... i will have to do some searching to find a link but will post it when i find it.
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they make nifty little dog litter boxes, its a wooden looking box, with fake grass, and it is used for small indoor dogs that have a hard time going out into the elements, i have a freind with a 3 lb yourkie, and he has extreme flea allergies, one flea bite is all it takes to send him to the vet, so that had no choice but to let him go in the house, they used this and it worked wonders... i will have to do some searching to find a link but will post it when i find it.
I use a covered litterbox called the booda clean step. I also use clumping cat litter. No mess, no smell and easy to clean up. Zoey never messes anywhere in the house.
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