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house training a yorkie

House training a yorkie will be fun, exciting and successful when you follow these 3 tips and techniques.

Yorkies are very intelligent but have a stubborn personality. They are quick learners but they choose to obey or disobey a command. So be sure to be persistent, consistent, and firm with your yorkie always!

Yorkies love to be praised, as all dogs do, but yorkies even more.

Make sure to train your yorkie yourself. By training your dog yourself, you and your dog will form a bond that can’t be broken and your yorkie will be eager to please his master the most.

3 tips for house training your yorkie

1. Reward Good Behavior

The first way to house train your yorkie is to reward them for their good behavior. If you are trying to get your yorkie to potty outside in the grass, whenever you take them outside to potty and they do it, be sure to reward them.

Also reward your yorkie when he potties outside while you’re playing with them. This will let your dog know that it’s outside where he should potty.

2. Penalty Bad Behavior

Whenever your yorkie does his business in the house, you should discipline them, but only when you catch them in the act! Firmly say "no" and immediately take your yorkie outside to let him finish what he started. Again, reward good behavior once done.

3. Make your yorkie a potty routine

Take your yorkie outside first thing in the morning, at mid-day, and again at night. In case your yorkie will have to go more than that, allow them to do so outside. But this is a good way for them to get on your schedule.

It will also encourage them to go potty. Once they figure out that’s why you’re taking them outside, they will make it a regular routine.

Crate training a yorkie

Crate training can make the process of house training a yorkie much easier: using a crate will keep yorkies confined so they can’t do their business in your house when they would want to.

Make sure a crate becomes your yorkie’s sanctuary and not a convenient way to get rid of your yorkie when you are not around.

Dog crates come in many different sizes, but you need to make sure you find one that is the right size for your yorkie. You don’t want one that is so small that they can’t move in, and you don’t want one that’s too large, or your yorkie will pee in it. You need to find one that is just enough room for them to walk around in.

You will want to put a comfy blanket or doggie bed in their crate to keep them comfortable. Don’t put too much in there at first in the event your yorkie has an accident in it.

Your yorkie should stay in their crate during the nighttime and when no one is at home. This keeps them from roaming the house freely and prevents them from having accidents in the house. Just remember to take them outside to go potty first thing in the morning or when you get home.

If your Yorkie has an accident inside the house, don’t punish them by making them go their crate. You don’t want them to think that their crate is a form of punishment.

Always make sure the crate is a secure, comfortable area for your yorkie. Especially small dogs will actually like being in their crates because they feel safe and comfortable in it.

Crate training works wonders if done correctly. Don’t be surprised that after house training a yorkie, they may still prefer to sleep in their crate.

Training a beagle puppy

Find out how training a hyperactive beagle puppy can be successful and fun, as well for you as for your pup.

Training Beagle Puppies

Beagle puppies are often being passed off as being disobedient, un-trainable, hyperactive and mischievous.

While there is some truth in it, life with a beagle puppy can be enormously enjoyable, fun and downright interesting. What you need is patience, love and the right beagle training principles we will teach you to train your beagle puppy.

Training a beagle puppy cheat sheet

Before training a dog or a puppy, make sure you follow each and every of the following 7 dog obedience tips:

  1. Get your beagle puppy to love its food: try several brands of dog food, and use the one that your beagle loves during your puppy training sessions
  2. Use dog training products exclusive for training: your beagle puppy will look forward to its training session when it realizes that these "toys" are only available during training.
  3. Start young (minimum 5 weeks) but do remember that beagle pup’s attention span isn’t very long. Start out with 4 or 5 minutes of dog training at a time.
  4. Be a firm dog trainer, be excited and praise when praise is due!
  5. You as the dog trainer needs to be the pack leader: dogs are most obedient when they know their place in the pack: you should be on top!
  6. Keep patient, persevere and make 100% sure you and your dog love the training sessions all the time, every time! Beagles love to have fun, so being excited during their dog training will help in prolonging your puppy’s attention span.
  7. Use your puppies voluntary behavior: when your beagle puppy does something voluntarily that can be used as wanted behavior, praise your puppy by teaching him the word for that behavior. You’ll be amazed how quick a beagle puppy learn this way.

Beagle dog training

Know your dog breed. Beagles are hunting dogs so they love the outdoors. Make sure you start your puppy training ASAP with letting your beagle puppy out each day for at least half an hour:

  • for exercise and
  • for plenty of fun, human interaction.

Training beagles is fun as beagles love to please!

Start training your puppy in your garden. Once puppies are obedient there, go to the outdoors where there is much more distractive excitement interfering with you training your dog.

At 10-weeks old, you can start calling your beagle puppy "Come here" with lot of excitement in your voice:

  • When your puppy comes back to you, praise and if needed or desired, give the puppy her favorite treat.
  • When your puppy comes back a few times, you are sure she knows the command
  • Only then when she is disobedient (as all little puppies will do from time to time) punish her by:
    • waving your finger at her in disapproval
    • speaking in a harsh, disappointed voice
    • put her in a "punish position" or on a "punish place" (like what your mom did when she ordered you to stand in a corner).

During beagle puppy training, always make sure your puppy understands that:

  • it’s more fun to please you and "play your game" than it is to not obey you
  • you are the boss, but you are a boss that knows how to make fun!

Once you see your beagle puppy lying on the ground, teach her the "down" command.

Add to that the "keep" command to keep your dog in the same position: hold her tight to the ground with your hands if needed and keep on teaching the "keep" command.

Again when training beagle puppies:

  • enforce your command at all costs; otherwise you lost your credibility
  • NEVER let your puppy get away ignoring you, never!
  • praise when commands are obeyed and punish with a verbal scolding
  • always finish any dog training exercise with a command that has been obeyed and give lots of praise.

Teach your dog to go in his doghouse when needed, and add to that the "keep" command so your dog knows he has to keep there.

I train all my dogs to go into their doghouses on command and I keep them there with the ‘whoa’ command. I’ll point to the doghouse and command ‘get in there’, or ‘go lie down’. I do this because I don’t like getting jumped on come feeding time – and a dog in the doghouse is much less apt to get into trouble by barking when they see me coming, or hear the food dishes clang.

Training my dog

Since we use our beagles to go and hunt rabbits, at 3 months of age, we will take our pet rabbit in the garden, let it hop around some time and fix it at one location (we tie it to our apple tree). Then we introduce our beagle puppy in the garden and wait.

We wait until voluntarily until our beagle puppy will notice a new scent in the garden. Once she managed to follow the scent and find the rabbit, teach your puppy the word rabbit.

Then let the rabbit loose: it will run away and excite your beagle puppy to follow it (which goes naturally most of the time). Again you have your beagle puppy voluntary sniffing and looking for the rabbit, so you just have to teach here the command: "find" during the activity.

In order to training a beagle puppy getting used to gunshots, it’s always a good idea to fire a gun at feeding time.

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How to house train your puppy

Learn how to house train your puppy in just a few weeks. Find out exactly when to take puppies out and the signs to watch for (see above picture).

Training your dog to go outside is going to take some time and you’ll be cleaning up some messes, so be prepared but enjoy once your puppy is house trained!

House train your puppy when he has to go

  1. First you need to know when to take your puppy out to do his business. The main times to take puppies out are after eating, playing or running around. Also after he has been chewing on a bone or toy, and of course right after he wakes up, even from a tiny nap.
    As your puppy gets older, you’ll be able to lessen the number of trips outdoors and your dog will learn to hold it or let you know if there is a need to be filled.
  2. Second important house training technique is to keep outside playing to a minimum while you are house training your puppy. You can use going out as a reward for going potty.
  3. Third step is to learn your puppy some human language. After you have taken your puppy out to go potty and he’s walking around start saying "go potty" of whatever word you would like to use.

Then when he does start going potty make sure while he’s going potty you say "go potty" or whatever your choice of words are, so that he knows "go potty" means pee or poop.

Eventually your puppy will go potty on command so you don’t have to stand outside waiting forever 🙂

As with any dog obedience training: Be consistent and persistent. Right from the start, you need to make sure you teach your puppy the rules. One rule is not to do his business in the house. Obviously, your new puppy won’t really get this at first, so you’ll need to be very persistent to reach your goal of having a housebroken puppy.

House training your puppy in enclosed spaces

If you want to avoid having to clean your entire house, keep your puppy contained to one place. You will have less to clean up if you keep your puppy in one area of the house.

In fact, one form of puppy training involves using a crate to keep the dog contained. The crate can be placed anywhere in the home.

If you decide not to use a crate, though, you can still put the puppy in a specific room, particularly at night. Laundry rooms often work well for this since they are easy to clean and warm. Your puppy will also feel more comfortable in a smaller space at the beginning.

Things to avoid when house training your puppy

If you don’t see it, don’t punish it. Imagine walking into the room and finding a puddle or a nice little pile of doggy poo waiting for you. This is NOT the time to express your displeasure with your puppy. He won’t understand since the act has been done and he doesn’t know what you’re upset about.

The only time you should penalty your puppy for making a mess indoors (and by penalty, I mean scolding and perhaps shutting up in his box) is when you actually see it happen. Act immediately, or the entire thing will have vanished from the puppy’s mind and you won’t be doing any good at all.

Do not put food near your puppy at night. By making sure that your puppy isn’t eating at night, you’ll save yourself a lot of hassle. You can remove food and water a couple of hours before bedtime and take the puppy out for a walk before turning in for the night. This will work to prevent too many bathroom trips during the night.

Good luck with house training your puppy!

House training your puppy requires patience and consistency, much like toilet training a toddler does. The end result is having your dog enjoying life as a house pet and willing to let you know when he or she needs to go outside.

As long as you are consistent and patient with your puppy, you’ll find that he is eager to please and will do his best to learn bathroom rules quickly.

Dogs really do want to make their humans happy and if heading outside when nature calls is what makes you happy, then you can bet that’s what your puppy will try to do.

7 famous celebrities that own one or more cavalier king Charles spaniels from Ronald Reagan to Amanda Bynes.

Actress Kristin Davis once rescued Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy which she named after another famous actress: Elizabeth Taylor. Her puppy grew up to become a mother of 3 new puppies, one of which Kristin is holding in the picture below:

cavalier king charles spaniel

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy from Kristin Davis
(picture taken November 2007)

Ronald and Nancy Reagan took their dog Rex with them when he took office in the White House:

Rex: a cavalier king charles spaniel owned by the Reagans

The dog that appeared on the cover of Hollywood Dog once in 2006 with Ghost Whisperer actress Jennifer Love Hewitt was of course her own pup with the all but original name of Charlie:

Jennifer love hewitts carrying her pup Charlie

Friends start Courteney Cox owns 2 of them, named Hopper and Hardy:

Hopper and Hardy, dogs of Courteney Cox

Desperate Housewife Teri Hatcher walks her 2 spaniels Klaus and Pip:

Teri Hatcher walks her 2 dogs Klaus and Pip

Mischa Barton also owns 2 dogs, Charlie and her ruby cavalier Ziggy:

Mischa Barton walking her 2 cavaliers Charlie and Ziggy

Just some piece of advice: be original when giving your dog a name, as you don’t want it to become yet another Charlie like Amanda Bynes called her pooch:

Amanda Bynes carrying her cavalier king spaniel dog Charlie

Dog House Training

dog house training

Master the easy and effective way of dog house training: enjoying a clean house with a happy dog and a happy owner. Dogs love to do their business outside the house, so all you have is to teach them "a trick" how they can get out of the house to do their business. Dogs love to learn tricks, so here goes.

Fun and easy steps to house training a dog

If you don’t ant your dog scratching your door each time he wants to go out, try to train him to ring a bel for example. Some owners teach their dog to bark when they want to go out, but I strongly advice against that: suppose your dog is barking because he hears a burglar and your spontaneous reaction is opening the door… You see what I am getting at.

  • Get yourself a bell that’s easy to ring butt strong enough to withstand your dogs paws. Hang the bel on the door knob at your dog’s nose level. You can DIY or buy a dog door bel in your local pet shop:
    House training a dog 
    House training a dog with a dog door bell
  • Every time you need to take your dog out to potty, make sure he hits the bell first before you open the door (or you help the bell hitting the dog…). This will train your dog that the sound of the bell is related to the door opening.
  • Now put your dog’s favorite treat on the bel. Of course your dog will go for it and ring the bell. So you open the door. Now your dog learns that when he rings the bell, you will come and open the door for him (the dog
    training the master so to speak…)
  • Keep on repeating the 2 previous steps until one day your dog rings the bell all by himself. Now make sure you are around, ask your dog if he wants to go out, and when your dog rings the bell again: open the door for him and be sure you just house trained your dog!

Extra accessories when house training a dog

When you are house training a dog, make sure you use a timer, treats and pee pads:

  • time the amount of training you are giving your dog. After one hour, your dog is literary dog-tired butt he will never show it to you. So time your training sessions and always end on a positive note.
  • food dog treats are the most effective to reward your dog, but don’t exaggerate: use commands like "good boy" or a caress to reward your dog as well. Obese dogs aren’t happy dogs so go easy on dog treats.
  • pee pads absorb a dog’s urine very well, so are very useful when you just start to potty train your dog. You rather have your dog using the pee pad than using your carpet when it isn’t house trained yet.

How to punish when house training a dog?

Dogs love positive attention much more than they hate negative attention. Because even negative attention is better than no attention at all and above all, dogs love to play around.

Physical punishments aren’t an efficient training method: your dog will get confused that one time your hand caresses him and the other time your hand punishes him. When your training is not successful, it is mostly you doing something wrong rather than your pet doing something wrong. The best way to show your discontent is a "firm No!".

Totally ignore the dog if he doesn’t obey any of your commands. Do not even look his way as the most severe punishment for not obeying your commands. Dogs thrive on attention and when you ignore your dog, he wont get any attention. If you practice this continually, your dog will eventually make the connection.

Maybe what you are asking is "too complicated" for the dog, so be patient and go over all the steps again that you want your dog to do. Quickly rewarding your pet for each desired behavior is much more effective than punishing the dog over and over again. Your dog will understand fast that something is wrong, butt you need to train him an alternative that is right or your dog will have no choice butt repeating the wrong behavior.

Never let a puppy do something you wouldn’t like a grown up dog to do! Because one day your puppy will grow up as well and not at all understand that why the behavior he had when being a puppy is suddenly wrong behavior. Nothing worse than confusing a dog when training them: always be clear and persistent in what you want and reward your dog when he achieves what you want him to achieve.

If your dog still doesn’t learn to go out when he needs to go potty, then you need to make sure he uses the pee pad each and every time. Once he starts using a pee pad on his own, you need to slowly butt surely introduce it outside the house. Sooner or later your dog will get the hint that he has to pee outside, so all in all: house training a dog boils down to:

  • breaking things down in clear and easy steps
  • being patient and explaining your dog over and over again
  • and worse case scenario when your dog doesn’t seem to get it: accommodating to what your dog does and building on that to reach the desired behavior.

What is so great about this bell-house training a dog? You can bring the bell with you and your dog to any place other than your house. As soon as your dog needs to go potty, he will ring the bell and you know what to do. This way of house training a dog is great when you have an older dog that needs to potty more often and knows how to tell you in advance.

House Training a Dog

house training a dog

Enjoy a house free of dog urine! House training a dog work well when you follow our 3 basic tips.

We have been there done that: got a new puppy or dog that wasn’t trained and wanting to do their business in the house. We asked our dog breeder what we had to do and he gave us the following 3 housebreaking tips that work all the time:

3 tips to house train your dog

1 Take your dog out a lot

In the early stages, before your pet has established any kind of bad dog routines, do take your new puppy outside as much as possible.

Let your dog play around outside and let him get used to naturally do his business there, as and when he needs to.

Don’t underestimate this step: if a dog has never done it outdoors, he might get nervous or shy when you insist he does his business outside.

2 Listen to your dog

Dogs are clean animals and by instinct they know it’s a good idea to keep their toilet away from where they live or play. Do be alert when:

  • your puppy starts looking for corners, under sofas, behind chairs or goes in cupboards when they need to go.
  • they start scratch with the intent "to dig a hole to go in".

Watch out for these signs, because they mean your pup is about to make a mess!

As in step one, immediately take your dog outside once you notice any signs that refer to toilet business, so your pup will get the idea: "when I need to go, my master will take me out".

Eventually your pup will adjust and start going or scratching at the door to let you know what’s up. You are now halfway there!

3 Tell your dog off, but not too much

We all have to go to this: your puppy has done his business inside the house. Both you and the puppy are in fault, so adjust as good as possibe:

  • take your puppy over to where he went,
  • point out to the mess and say a firm "No" and
  • take him outside.

I can hear you thinking, "but he just did his business, why taking him outside"? Because your dog needs to associate that the "No" means "don’t make a mess inside, outside is the way to go".

Consistency is key. You’re building a pattern of association, and hopefully he’ll remember that next time. Dogs don’t want to get punished so sooner or later he will get the idea that outside there aren’t bad consequences.

It’s important that you don’t tell him off too much, or he might associate he is not allowed to do his business at all. Which will end up in your pup hiding his mess somehwere around the house. That’s when you get those mysterious unpleasant smells which you just can’t pinpoint where they come from. Observer your puppy well and you will learn what the problem is.

House training a dog boils down to observe your dog, take him out and be persistent until your dogs gets the routine. Some stubborn dogs will take longer than others, but when you do your part of the work, your pup will end up doing his thing outside.

Always remember: you make your dog the happiest ever is you take him out for a walk on a regular daily time, so he can do his business along the way.

Free dogs for adoption in Florida

Enjoy choosing a new dog out of the many free dogs for adoption in Florida.

In stead of going from one dog shelter to the other, and having to stare into the loving eyes of many dogs that unfortunately doesn’t fit your needs, you can go online at


What they do is adding descriptions with pictures of many dogs that are free for adoption in Florida. Private owners, dog shelters and dog rescue groups will list their dogs available for adoption.

If you are looking for a specific dog that doesn’t seem to be among the dogs listed online, you can email them with a request of which kind of dog you would like to adopt. Your request will then be forwarded to many dog shelters and dog rescues in Florida.

Small dogs for adoption

Exhaustive list of all small dog breeds for adoption: from companion dog breeds to terrier dogs, small scent dogs and small herding dogs.

Small companion dogs for adoption


Be warned that not all small dogs are companion dogs, although most are. When adopting one of the small companion dog breeds below, make sure you give them as much attention and companionship as they will give you. These dogs don’t thrive well at all when left too long on their own:


  • Affenpinsher
  • Bichon Frise
  • Bolognese
  • Brussels Griffon
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  • Chihuahua
  • Chinese Crested
  • Coton De Tulear
  • English Toy Spaniel
  • Havanese
  • Maltese
  • Miniature and Toy Poodle
  • Miniature Pinscher
  • Papillon
  • Silky Terrier
  • Yorkshire Terrier


Small herding dogs and scent dogs for adoption


Herding dogs and scent dogs are normally larger dog breeds with the following 2 exceptions:


  • Herding dog – Shetland Sheepdog
    Shetland Sheepdog
  • Scent dog – Dachshunds aka Whinner Dogs, Weiner Dogs, Dachshunds, Sausage Dogs or Teckles.


Small terrier dogs for adoption


Terriers were originally bred solely to help in exterminating small rodents and other vermin by burrowing them out of their dens. They are usually small but full of energy since they are bred to be work dogs. Some small terriers ideal for adoption:


  • Australian Terrier
  • Border Terrier
  • Cairn Terrier
  • Fox Terrier
  • Jack Russell Terrier
  • Lakeland Terrier
  • Manchester Terrier
  • Miniature Bull Terrier
  • Miniature Schnauzer
  • Norfolk Terrier
  • Norwich Terrier
  • Toy Fox Terrier
  • West Highland White Terrier


Training small dogs after adoption


Small dogs like any other dogs should be trained by adults. Don’t let your children be the master of your small dog: children are growing up themselves and aren’t the master of the house. Make sure you are "the top dog", then your children follow in the "dog" hierarchy, then your small adopted dog.


Small dogs are also full of affection and energy yet require the same amount of upkeep and responsibility as big dogs:


  • go for daily walks with your dog
  • give your dog daily attention for play, bonding and dog training
  • make sure even small dogs can get rid of their overwhelming amount of energy in and around your house, garden or apartment.


Make sure you get all medical papers in order before you adopt small dogs or any dogs for that matter.

Choose a dog bed that is the right size for your dog. Your dog should be able to lie flat, completely stretched out on his side, without hanging out off his dog bed.


Is the dog bed washable and refillable?


Ask the salesperson for advice! Most dog beds are filled with foam, but some are filled with cedar, which repels fleas. Be sure that a cedar bed is refillable.


Make sure if the covering on the dog bed is removable and washable. Dog bed covers do get dirty.


Dog bed styles


Think about the type of bed your dog would be most comfortable in. There are pillows, mats, rugs and cuddlers.


  • pillows are just big cushions
  • mats are thinner than pillows, and
  • rugs are still thinner.
  • cuddler dog bedcuddlers are like a pillow with sides: so your dog can curl up and be supported on three sides.


Look at the area you would like to keep the dog bed in, and try to match the colors of the bed to your room.


If you are buying a bed for a dog’s crate or dog house, color may not be as great a concern. A simple crate mat will work best.


Beds for dogs with special needs


For old, arthritic and ill dogs there are special orthopedic beds and heated beds available.


For hot weather, there are dog beds made to be cooler in hot weather.


Dog bed prices


A simple fleece rug can be found for $10. Pillows and cuddlers run between $20 and $150.


There are also expensive dog sofas, which look like small human sofas made especially for dogs. 


Dog beds summarized


Buy a dog bed that is:


  • big enough to accommodate your dog
  • washable and refillable
  • goes with the style of the room you put the dog bed in.