Yorkie being picked up by scruff in trying in discipline. Wrong?

Son inlaw picks up his yorkie out of frustration after he poops/pees in house.Dog tries to bite entire time.
Because it is hurting him,right?
Has not been neutered. So, he will be protective of my daughter. So, can't seem to house break him...
HELP with both. PLEASE.

Asked by Member 1129031 on Sep 3rd 2012 Tagged rightwrongwaytopickupanddisciplinedog in House Soiling
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Kali earned her wings 10/21/14

How many times a day does he go out to the bathroom? I would crate train him. That will help with the potty control. Put him in the crate. Take him out. If he doesn't go, put him back in the crate. Repeat this every half hour until he goes. If he goes, he just earned 1 hour of freedom. Also, restrict his access to the whole house. Repeat until he starts asking to go out. The cue for him to go out my be very subtle, like siting in front of you staring, whining, going to the door, etc. Good Luck!

Kali earned her wings 10/21/14 answered on 9/3/12. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Do NOT pick him up by the scruff, unless he has his hand underneath the dog to support him. Of course the dog will try to bite, he MAY be hurting, but he is also scared.
Neutering has NOTHING to do with him being protective of your daughter..or housebreaking.
If the dog has an accident in the house, it is the fault of the person, not the dog. There should be no scruffing, yelling, swatting. Simply take the dog outside to his spot & clean the mess with an enzyme cleaner to totally remove any scent. Learn the dog's signs, tehther or crate him. Take him out more often.
Small dogs can be tougher to housetrain (i have heard) but consistency is key.

Member 904338 answered on 9/4/12. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Poor dog. Not only has being picked up by the scruff gotta hurt, but it's got to be terrifying too. No wonder the dog is trying to bite.

Sounds like he wasn't properly housetrained which is NO fault of the dog. Your SIL needs to go back to the basics and start housetraining all over again. If he's not patient enough or continues to punish the dog then it would be better for your daughter to take over the training.

A good housetraining guide here - Do pass that link on to your SIL!

As has already been mentioned, being intact is not why you can't housetrain him and is not linked to why he is protective over your daughter. Two separate issues altogether.

Missy answered on 9/7/12. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer