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Old 05-28-2004, 02:29 AM
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hey everyone, I'm new here and have a few questions as I am planning on buying a yorkie.
1. How do i train a dog so that i dont have to put it on a leash when i take it outside?
2. What do i do when i have to leave it for a while? How do i keep a dog from being depressed or too upset if i leave it for a few hours? (wont it get really bored?)
3. since I dont always have alot of time and i know yorkies dont always need exercise outside of the house, does it make a difference whether or not he gets potty trained in the house or outside of the house? Is it possible for both?

These are the main questions that are keeping me from buying a dog, especially the second question. any feedback will be great.
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PS great site btw
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Old 05-28-2004, 07:59 AM
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Hi, Sleepy

I'm afraid I'm not a lot of help with the toys, but I will put my two cents worth in on the leash question:

A leash on your dog when you're walking outside is a good safety measure for your dog's sake. A leash lessens the chances of all sorts of accidents and even theft. You might want to get one of those retractible leashes so that you can keep your dog closer when there are people around and let him have more leash when it's safe.

The way you teach a dog to walk with you is the standard "heel" command, but I really have no experience teaching a small dog.

With a dog as small as a teacup Yorkie, if you want to pad or litter train him, by all means, it's a good ideal. You don't have to worry about going out with him in all kinds of weather and having a wet, cold little dog. As to whether or not your dog can be trained inside and outside, it's probably going to depend on your dog. Some dogs will accept seemingly contradictory ideas and others won't.

All dogs get bored if they're left alone with nothing to do. Leave your dog toys; a treat ball is a great puzzle to keep them occupied while you're gone. Some people crate train their dogs. I've never used a crate, so I can't speak to that.

If you've seen my monsters in the gallery, you'll laugh and know why I'm not much help on the small dogs. Sorry!
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Old 05-28-2004, 03:24 PM
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Thank you for your replies. I never knew that side of teacup pups. Do you think he's just using the name to sell? or is 4 pounds at full grown a really a teacup? Please let me know, because if so, i'm probably gonna find another breeder. as my main concern was leaving the dog by itself, I guess giving it a treat ball is a pretty good idea, or i guess training it so that i can take it to places is good too. Will the dog get bored of a treat ball? i guess i can always leave it with the neigboors too. Thanks for your replies once again.
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Old 05-28-2004, 10:48 PM
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Here's a link that might help you start doing some research on Yorkies: http://www.dog-breeds.net/Dog_Breeds_Directory.htm

Charlie and I spent untold HOURS researching before we decided that the Fila Brasileiro was the right breed for us, and I'm still learning and finding new Fila sites, even after we've brought home our third. I've also met some great people, gotten advice and reassurance when I needed it, and even made some good friends in the course of my research. It's really time well spent.
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Old 05-30-2004, 11:44 PM
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Thanks a lot for all of your help. I really do want the best for the dog if i end up getting one, and i'm thankful that you are all able to help me with my questions. I'm probably going to buy one within the next month. now its a matter of who i'm going to buy it from. Any suggestions? I live in east bay.
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Old 05-31-2004, 03:52 AM
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ok, i'll take that in to consideration. Thanks!
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