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Can old dogs learn new tricks?

Well, yesterday we had no accidents with Sophie at all! I have been doing a lot of reading and I believe the biggest mistake we made with house training is that we gave her too much freedom too soon. Since I hate to put her in a crate all day, now I am tethering her to me with her leash. That means that she doesn’t have the opportunity to sneak off and make a puddle. Her leash is very short, like maybe 6 feet. I keep her on her leash at all times unless I take her out and she potties, then when we come in she is unleashed and we play with her. She is also unleashed when she is with someone like Greg playing or what ever. It seems to have worked.

I am also searching for a bell to put at the door. Eventually, I am wanting her to learn to ring the bell when we go out to potty. I can’t find a bell though. I need one like to sit on the floor that you would press on, like what would be on a counter in a store. I will keep searching!
Right now, I only take her out when she gives us a sign like pawing at our legs or something noticeable.
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First Day of the Week

Well, today is Sunday. I am determined to start back blogging. I don’t know if it is really a lack of things to say or just whether anyone would be interested in what I said. So, as of today I am going to blog.

I am currently very diligently trying to train my dog, Sophie. She will be 1 on Jan. 5th and we are still having some accidents in the house. All my reading up on yorkies say they are a hard breed to train, but I am confident that we will have no accidents by the time she is a year old.
Also, I am working with her on manners. Although I love everything about her and don’t mind at all when she jumps on me to give kisses; not everyone is as eager as me to have her lick them.
So manners and house training. These are my new goals with Sophie. There are many techniques and I will post what I try and how it is working.