HOUSEBREAKING AN OLDER YORKIE

by Savannah
(Stevensville, MD)

I GOT SOPHIE, A PUREBREED YORKSHIRE TERRIOR, IN EARLY DECEMBER.

SHE HAD TWO PREVIOUS OWNERS AND THE ORIGINAL OWNER, EVEN THOUGH SHE GAVE SOPHIE TO A FRIEND, WANTED $500 FOR HER.

THE ORIGINAL OWNER'S CATS AND CHILDREN TERRORIZED HER.

THE FRIEND SHE GAVE HER TO HAD HER 3 MONTHS AND SAID SHE COULDN'T AFFORD TO KEEP HER. SOPHIE IS ALMOST 2 YEARS OLD AND IS NOT HOUSE TRAINED.

THE FIRST WEEK OR SO I EXPECTED THERE MAY BE A PROBLEM BECAUSE IT WAS ANOTHER NEW PLACE. I KEEP FINDING INFORMATION ON TRAINING YORKIE PUPPIES, NOT OLDER DOGS.

I PREVIOUSLY HAD A YORKIE FROM 10 WEEKS OLD AND SHE WAS TRAINED IN UNDER TWO WEEKS BUT SOPHIE DOESN'T GIVE ME ANY "SIGNAL" THAT SHE NEEDS TO GO.

I KEEP TAKING HER OUT AT INTERVALS TO AVOID ACCIDENTS IN THE HOUSE.

I THOUGHT THINGS WERE GOING WELL EVEN THOUGH SHE STILL DIDN'T GIVE ME A SIGNAL. lAST NIGHT YET AGAIN THERE SHE PEED ON THE RUG AND MY DAUGHTER FOUND A PUDDLE NEAR THE FRONT DOOR.

SHE SLEEPS WITH ME AND CAN STAY IN BED FOR 12 OR MORE HOURS AND NOT GET OUT OF BED OF HAVE AN ACCIDENT SO I KNOW IT'S NOT A MATTER OF JUST "HOLDING IT".

I'M DISABLED AND OFTEN NEED TO SLEEP MUCH LONGER THAN ORDINARY PEOPLE.

I LIVE ALONE AND WAS TOLD SOPHIE WAS "CRATE TRAINED".

SHE HAD AN UNDERSIZED CRATE WHEN I GOT HER AND I WONDER IF "CRATE TRAINED" MEANT SOPHIE SPENT ALL HER TIME IN THE CRATE EXCEPT WHEN FED AND TAKEN OUT.

PLEASE, IF YOU HAVE ANY IDEA HOW TO HELP ME WITH SOPHIE I WOULD GREATLY APPRECIATE IT!

SAVANNAH

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potty training
by: Gaby

Sounds like she might be trying to tell you a little if she went by the door that is a sign... her way of letting you know is what you may not be recognizing i have two yorkies One goes to the door and sits sometimes whimpers but not often the other walks to me and then walks off comes back and then goes to the door. when I get ther she turns in a circle evrytime like yes you got it! try giving her a treat everytime you are outside and she uses it!

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