January 21, 2012 2:21 PM Subscribe
We got a new puppy! Housebreaking questions inside.
posted by Nathanial Hörnblowér to Pets & Animals (9 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
We've had Chicken
, a two month old Yorkie terrier, for about a week and have started housebreaking/crate training her. We're introducing the crate to her slowly and taking her outside several times a day - after eating, naps and when she shows behavior of needing to go - to do her thing. She gets a lot of praise and a treat when she goes outside, and a stern NO! when she goes inside. But we think she's tricking us when we go outside. If she starts to pee inside we say NO! and scoop her up to go outside immediately. Many times she'll just squat for a few seconds and then come up for a treat. I don't know if she's just wanting the treat or if she's really trying to go because she knows she should since we're outside. Do I reward her even for the fake squat? Or should I make sure she's actually peed or pooped before rewarding her? Any other advice, tips, suggestions or recommendations on housebreaking/crate training would be appreciated.