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Old 01-13-2004, 10:06 PM   #1
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we recently got a 1/2 Yorkie, 1/2 Lhaso Apso dog. hes 3 months old and is not housetrained. after he eats we wait bout 10-15 min and take him outside, with varied results. he seems to "mist" quite often....in fact i think he just did in my room. and thats a real pain. i realize hes a male and thats part of their territory markin process. any helpful advice would be appreciated.
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1) Neutering will solve many 'marking' problems, can make a dog less aggressive, and he won't wander off to look for girls.

2) Try reading 'How To Be Your Dog'* Best Friend' by the monks of New Skete. One of the best dog ownership books ever written. Has TONS of info.

3) Try cueing him to pee on command, by taking a bell, a whistle, or some other noisemaker with you when you take him out. Also take some yummy treats that your dog really likes (pieces of cut up hotdog are good). When he starts to go, ring your noisemaker and praise him lots, giving him a treat immediately when he finishes. Soon, he'll learn to pee whenever he hears the noise in exchange for a goodie. Eventually you can cut goodies to on occasion, and he'll still do it. Kinda like running tap water to help a little kid feel the urge

Caveat: make sure you get a noisemaker that won't be used accidentally, and for no other purpose exept the pee signal. otherwise you'll have a mess.

This actually works sometimes (it works with horses too). I inadvertently cued my ol' collie to stretch and bow by rubbing her sides every morning when she stretched and bowed. Now she'll stretch whenever if someone rubs her sides the right way. Sometimes several times in a row

If this method is going to work, make SURE you do it EVRY TIME, preferably in the same place, every day. Do NOT blow the whistle until he starts to go, and keep doing it until he finishes. It may take a while for him to learn, but it'll be worth it. Try getting a little doggy crate and putting him in there during the day, and at night. He'll need to be taken out a few times a day. That'* a good time to try the whistle. The key is consistency. If you miss a time, it'll take longer to teach because he'll be confused.

4) Be glad you have a small dog and therefore, small poop. Imagine what a 120 pound behemoth could do
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hmmm those are some new things for me.hopefully we can get him to connect outside with peeing so therefore he'll want to go outside to pee. the little bugger has to stay in a cage all day till i get get home so hes in there from bout 8-4 so gettin him to go then is not a prob. if it doesnt work out my mom will get tired of it and get rid of him
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Crate train him at night. During the day for a few hours at a stretch, too. It may seem cruel, but it works, and it beats getting disciplined later for pissing everywhere. After the crate, graduate to a small room, then add a room, etc. Gradually increase his space.

All that other advice is great too. I usually crate train for 2-3 weeks (mostly at night) and have no problems. The older the dog, the more difficult to train this way. 6-10 weeks is ideal.
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he stays in his little crate/cage from about 10:30-6:30 at night. then hes up and about till a little before 8 then he gets to sit in the cage till I get home. when hes not in the cage he roams around in like half the house. hes got the living room, kitchen, and my room on his places to go list.
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Have PATIENCE! it will take time, but if you follow the above advice you shouldn't have any problems.
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But just let me say....a baby is easier than a dog!!!!!!!! Max ( the dog Dad wanted to get) took forever to train. Now i think it was put on this earth to make me CRAZY!!!!! Finally he is trained to go outside, now if only he would stop chewing on everything in the house!!!! That dog must have chewed on 10 stuffed animals, 3 pairs of shoes (even after Dad strongly suggested that he stop) He has about 10 chew toys, but they don't seem to be good enough for him!!! I HATE THIS DOG!!!!!!!
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Trust me, he'* not doing it to annoy you. He'* doing it because your smell is all over the items, and because (perhaps) his gums itch. (Stuffed animals and shoes tend to get saturated with smell and aren't washed too often)

Try those bitter apple sprays (get 'em at pet stores). They taste nasty to a dog and won't leave a smell or a stain on things (always test to be sure)

And 'How To Be Your Dog'* Best Friend' has like...a whole section on chewing. Every dog owner should have this book, I think.

I guess you just gotta pick chew-worthy stuff up for a while, and watch him. When he starts to chew, tell him NO! (in a deep, loud voice) and stomp your foot. (Don't hit him, that'* just cruel. he'll get the message with a loud, stern noise.) When he drops the item, offer him one of his own toys and try to get him to play with it or chew it. When he does, praise him. He'll learn which are his and which aren't soon, even if he is a little 'slow'.

Don't give up on a dog though. Many of those slow learners never forget a darn thing

...We had this dog that absolutely loved remote controls Very odd taste!
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create training works very well. The key is consistancy though. If you arent consistant, ur literally adding weeks onto the time it will take to fully understand. Accidents are gonna happen. Just dont let ur patience run out.
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