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February 19th, 2009

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07:31 am - Regarding Potty Training
Stryker is totally getting the urine training part down - I take him out on a leash, he does his business urine wise. At 10 weeks old, I think he's getting the concept quick. However, here's my question: For is poo, he is not going outside nor does it correlate with his times to urinate. His poo schedule is so odd whereas his urine schedule is about every 2.5 hours. He does not poo at the same times every day.

Are yorkies (and maybe other dogs) a lot like children are in the fact that a lot are urine trained before poo trained? His behaviour reminds me of my oldest daughter and how she was as a toddler. She would urinate fine in the toilet but for poo, she'd hide somplace and poo in her panties. He hides as well and leaves a tootsie roll behind. Is this common? I don't punish him, of course and pick it up and flush when he's not looking. Will their poo times become more consistant as they become older? Just wondering.

Thanks in advance for your advice!
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Date:February 19th, 2009 12:29 pm (UTC)
I think Stryker is adorable! And I'm no expert, but I do know that Reggie does the same thing; he refuses to poo outside. He goes on the potty pad in the house.

Now Roux is another story. He pees and poos every time we go out back for a potty break. He's just over one year old. Reggie is seven, but I've only had him two years.
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Date:February 19th, 2009 01:48 pm (UTC)
Corky, who is over two years old now, will go in the house if I don't keep him out long enough to poop.

If Stryker is still a puppy, I tend to think he'll "get with the program" if you're consistent and patient with him. I've seen this happen numerous times with puppies I've walked and taken care of.
Date:February 20th, 2009 06:40 am (UTC)
Okay, thank you! Glad to know it's a puppy thing that will eventually even out. I thought maybe I was doing something wrong...and I really do want to train him properly so he's happy and I'm happy.

Thanks for your reply.
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Date:March 2nd, 2009 09:59 pm (UTC)
I think it depends when you feed him :) our yorkie is fed at 5 in the morning and then 5 at night. he usually has to poo at around 12, or 2 in the morning. It's like clockwork! So about six hours after eating?

When they really young, their tummies are crazy not used to the food and table food :) so i think eventually they get used to things. Crate training definitely helps this!
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Date:February 19th, 2009 03:57 pm (UTC)
Yeah, my Roxy got the hang of it, but she was much older than 10 weeks by the time she had figured everything out. I took her outside every hour to hour and a half during the day and didn't have too many issues with her. You might want to check out some potty training videos if you're feeling like you're not making any progress with him, but I think he's still young enough not to worry too much about. :)

P.S. He's totally adorable! :)
Date:February 20th, 2009 06:38 am (UTC)
Ahh yes.. we are making great progress. I was only wondering if it is normal that their #1 and #2 schedules are completely different at this age. He even #2's in the middle of the night, so.. it is never at the same time as he urinates.

Thanks. He knows he is adorable. How old is Roxy now?
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Date:February 19th, 2009 10:53 pm (UTC)
Stryker will get his potty coordination down...they are just like potty training kids, huh?
My kids all peed first and the pooping came later.

Stryker will get it!!! he is doing great at 10 weeks....meeting you two is really making my puppy craving heart quiver. I see myself getting another one in 2009!<3
Date:February 20th, 2009 06:32 am (UTC)
Yes, I think he is too. He's still learning and I read it takes months to get the training just right. You are right, seems like I've done this before with my own children...

Oh? Getting another puppy? How sweet. Make sure you take photos! I ordered a crochet sweater pattern for the pup so I can crochet him some clothing. He gets so cold and loves being outside.. besides, he needs to look hip, ya know? He loves his shirt. I am sure he will like the sweaters I crochet too. Cheaper than buying them. :)

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