I've been trying to potty train my adult yorkie. She defecates outside always but when it comes to pee she really just does what she pleases.
I go outside in a consistent schedule and I always reward every pee she does.
However she does understand that she gets a treat when she pees outside (she always looks at me expecting it), she still thinks it's ok to pee inside if she wants.
Another issue: in the morning she wakes me up to go pee. However if I don't close the bedroom door she'll just pee in another room so I can't see. How can I make her extrapolate the bedroom rule to the rest of the house?
Thank you in advance,
Hello Catarina, She needs to be strictly crated when not supervised so that her only option for peeing is outside - for potty training to be effective you have to control the environment enough that the dog doesn't have regular accidents inside anymore; only then will rewarding pottying outside work. Dogs have a natural desire to keep a confined space clean. By crating a dog inside and preventing messes inside you are encouraging that natural cleanliness and helping the dog associate that with the rest of the house in addition to the crate. Your dog is obviously associating it with your bedroom which is good - when she wakes you to go potty I suggest you take her potty, but after she goes potty if you don't want to start your day at that time make her go back to bed - you may need to put her into the crate for her to learn this. Check out the Crate Training and Tethering methods from the article linked below. Focus the most on the Crate Training method to encourage her desire to hold it in a confined space. You can also work on teaching her to ring a bell to go potty once she is going potty when you take her and not inside anymore, if she doesn't find her own way to alert you while in other parts of the house too. Since the article linked below was written for puppies and she is older, instead of taking her potty every hour, you can take her potty every 3-4 hours (more often is fine, and longer periods are fine when you are not home as long as she is in the crate, but at 3-4 hours she is more likely to go when you take her potty). If she goes potty when you take her out, then when you come back inside you can give her two hours of supervised freedom if she is truly empty - if you are not sure attach her to yourself with a six or eight foot leash and watch for signs that she needs to go, like the Tethering method. After two hours of freedom, put her back into the crate until it has been 3-4 hours since she last went potty - so that she is not free when her bladder is full but still gets used to holding her pee a bit. If she doesn't go potty when you take her, try again in 1-2 hours (depending on how long it's been since she last peed - how long you can make her wait). Crate Training and Tethering methods: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
Thank you for the advice.
How long am I expecting until the training has really sank in and she no longer needs to be in the crate?
Given she is an adult dog with certain daily habits (check the window, sleep in the bed, watch TV with people) won't she be stressed once confined?
Thank you once again
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