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    How long should a housetrained 7 month old Yorkie be able to go in the daytime without wanting outside to potty? My friend's dog wants out every 2 or 3 hours and I think she's just smart enough to know that she gets a treat when she comes back inside.

    I know it's so wrong to ignore her or tell her to go lay down instead when she cries to go outside, when they figure/think she really doesn't need to. I think they should stop giving her treats except on occasion, and just praise her when she comes back in, but does anyone else have any other suggestions?

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    i agree with you to stop the treats. they are very smart and know how to get what they want.

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    I agree, stop the treats. I have never used treats when training my dogs, a regular routine is usually enough to get a dog properly house trained without having to use incentives or rewards.

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    Default Re: house training question

    for some dogs 2-3 hours is all they can go
    yet some can hold it for 10 - 12 hours!
    I agree to stop the treats and replace with praise or play
    I believe treats should be used to start training then be random so the dog appreciates them rather than expects them.

    she is still young she may only be able to hold it that long. Still let her out but stop the treats and see if she holds it longer.
    If you want the best seat in the house, move the dog.

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    I agree with Joy. My 5 month old girls (lab/collie/beagle) need out every 3-4 hours minimum during the day, yet my pugs and my lab are good for 8-10 hours. The treats are not getting them anywhere and may only be useful to get dogs to return to the house as in my situation.....damn beagles. If they drop the treats and pay attention to the signals that the dog gives, they are more likely to keep the dog on track with training. Food and water intake may also play a part for how often the dog needs out.
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    Default Re: house training question

    Thanks all! I'll let her know to stop the treats. She works nights and needs her sleep in the daytime, but getting woken up so many times through the day is hard. Hopefully her little pooch will soon go longer for needing out.

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    There is always crate training for when she is trying to sleep.
    If you want the best seat in the house, move the dog.

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    yes, I think that would be a good suggestion too. Thanks!

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