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I have a 9wk old Yorkie female, cute as a button- my very first pet. She's so tiny, half the time I can't find her. Here's my problem...I work 3-11 and am having a hard time keeping things consistant- which I've read is very important. She's been having accidents all over the apartment, even though I have potty pads laid out, sprays to clean them up, and sprays to help attract her to the pads. It's been very rainy lately, but when it stops, I do try and take her outside. I've only had her for a week, very worried I'm not training her right and she'll never learn to stop going on the carpet...any pointers will be GREATLY appreciated.

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In my experience, it is harder to potty train small breeds compared to larger ones. When i first got my dog at 9 weeks, I let her out every hour and we stayed outside until she went potty. We gradually worked our way up to every 2 hours. After that, she became really good at letting me know when she would have to potty by pawing at the door. While I was at work she stayed in her crate with food, water, and toys. Luckily I lived close to where I was working, so I was able to go home and let her out during my lunch break.

Since yorkies are so small and have such tiny bladders, you may have to start out taking her to her designated potty area more frequently than once per hour.

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Thank you for your replies! :-) The accidents have eased up a little...but I'm still wondering when/ if she will ever know to go to her pad when she has to tinkle! Ugh.

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I would highly suggest going to your nearest PetsMart and ask to speak with one of the dog trainers on staff. (assuming your local PetsMart has dog training). There are other behavior modification techniques that can be used that one wouldn't necessarily think of as "house-breaking" techniques, but would still apply. And a trained professional will understand which ones to apply in a house-breaking situation like yours. I'm extremely surprised that spanking worked for the other person who responded. That not a suggested Animal behavior modification technique, so if there is another option, I'd seek it out first. I am not undermining the reply, especially because it was used as a last ditch effort. I'm just suggesting a professional trainer may have other options to suggest before resorting to that. Good luck. P.S. BTW - the trainers are happy to speak with you and there wouldn't be a charge for that. However, I think training is incredibly valuable because it absolutely enhances the BOND between person and dog, so I would suggest considering signing up. I find their prices to be wonderful, and at least at the PetsMart near me, they are extremely GOOD at what they do - rivaling Cesar (Dog Whisperer) himself. But I suppose that can vary store to store (?)

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I share your pain. I can only tell u that . I had housebroke many dogs over the years and my Lucy (yorkie) was the hardest. I refused to smack her or any other form of punishment other than her cage and it didnt work . After 2 yrs I finally had to spank her and it did the trick almost immediately. I had never had to do it with any other dog but I had no choice. If this is your first pet I will tell u yorkies hate hardwood floors an old sheet in her room made her very happy. That took yrs to realize!! Hope it helps