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February 10th, 2009

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02:48 pm - Hi, Brand New to the Community - An Introduction :)
Hi everyone! I'm new to this community and recently bought a Yorkshire Terrier here locally in Germany. He's a male, 9 weeks old now. I've never owned a dog before, only cats, so you can imagine I am reading books, literature, websites and the like to make sure he is trained well and given all I can give him. (He's already spoiled rotten!)

Since I am in Germany and it is still very much winter time here, the breeder said to potty train him using a puppy pee pad and day by day as it gets warmer to slowly move the puppy pee pad closer and closer to the door that I will be using frequently to take him out for his relief. So far, he's doing very well urinating on the puppy pee pad, but pooing is another thing altogether. He leaves little logs in the same spot in a corner, out of sight. He seems very shy when it comes to pooing in front of anyone. Haha.

If I decide to start taking him outside to relieve himself now, with it being so cold, will he become ill? I'd hate having to pee in the snow and rain all the time, so I can imagine he won't like it either. Any suggestions?

Here are some photos of my little tyke. His name is Stryker. (He's named Stryker because my husband is career Military and in a deployable Stryker Calvary Unit - Strykers are HUGE like my little one's personality!)

Current Location: Vilseck, Germany
Current Mood: lovedloved
Current Music: "All Summer Long" by Kid Rock

(4 yappers | Woof!)


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Date:February 11th, 2009 02:28 am (UTC)


Stryker is sooooooo cute!

I don't thnk he would get sick, does he like it outside? I would limit is play time to a few minutes.
I never had success with a pee pad. I had another yorkie, Bella, who I could not train, it was a nightmare. I got her as a puppy and when she was 15 months I sold her. I was working full time and she would not potty-train...she didnt care if she was in her crate and sitting in pee/poo. We would take her out potty and then she wouldnt go, we would put her back in her crate and she would then go and then sit in it. She now has a happy forever home with a stay at home Mom who got her potty trained!!!

But the love of my life is my yorkie, Rocco. Rocco is 10 years old. I would invite you join www.yorkietalk.com
There are so many people on there and they have helped me so much. HUGE discussion community, I would highly recommend. Let me know if you join, I am novemberstorms on there, too.

There is a big section for new parents, all about potty training, etc. You name it, you can search for it and there will be an answer! I love it!

By the way, I am by Ft. Lewis in Tacoma, WA, but we are not military, I have had a lot of friends whose hubby's are in the Stryker Brigade!

Edited at 2009-02-11 02:59 am (UTC)
Date:February 19th, 2009 06:25 am (UTC)

Re: awwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!!

Thanks. He is a little doll and absolutely so smart! It's been a week and we've figured out the potty training situation. I've got a schedule for him set up (based on the times I've seen him go, plus taking into consideration the tips in "Dog Training For Dummies". I take him outside (I was previously afraid he'd get sick being so small and there's snow here) and he does great outside and loves it! In the same time I get to do some leash training which is a twofer plus!

He uses the pee pad by himself if by chance he has to go before the scheduled pee break outside and because he's growing, as is his bladder, so things are forever changing.

Funny story from last night. I was about to take him out last night before bed and I got my jacket and slippers on and said "Let's go pee-pee, Stryker" - well, that he did. He ran to his pee pad and went! LOL "go pee-pee" was the command I used for the pee pad inside. I should have used a different phrase. Smart guy!
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Date:February 18th, 2009 02:24 am (UTC)
I 2nd the http://www.yorkietalk.com idea I'm also a member there and have got great info from everyone there..my puppy is 17 weeks old and we used pee pads and she done really good with peeing on them but like you said not so much with the poop so now we are crate training its going ok.
I don't think your puppy will get sick if you take him out maybe get him a little sweater to keep him warm while hes outside!
Stryker is so cute :)
let me know if you join yorkietalk
Date:February 19th, 2009 06:30 am (UTC)
I will join yorkietalk this morning. I'll post my username once I join. He doesn't like his crate and I will probably start that training within the next few days. I know it takes a little while for them to realize it's not a scary place to be. While I am home now during the day, I know soon there will be times I won't be home all the time and I want his crate to be a positive non-scary place for him. It would hurt me terribly to think he is at home suffering, so I need to train the pup. He's smart, so it probably won't take long for him to become comfortable with it.

Thanks for your help!

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