Potty Training: Trinkle Turf
Yorkies are known to be one of the hardest breeds to potty train. If you do an online search, you will unveil hundreds of websites and methods to help you “train your Yorkie in record time.” Truth be known, some yorkies understand the potty concept quicker than others. Males tend to take a little longer to “get it” than females. But females will “stealth poop/ pee” in a heartbeat. Typically, the smaller the yorkie-the harder it is for them to hold it. They just do not have the muscle control over their bladder. For someone considering a yorkie puppy, this facet can be a HUGE deterrent when purchasing a puppy, but I have found an easier way. I have had yorkies in my home for over 20 years; I have seen what works and what does not. I have tried just about everything out there, but NOTHING WORKED…
Litter Training: This is where you have a litter box like a cat and have the small dog use the box, instead of going outside. So, I bought the plastic pan and the dog litter. My dogs and puppies thought this was AWESOME!! They played, rolled, dug, and kicked up the litter, but they did not “Go Potty” in the litter. PLAYTIME POTTY FAIL.
Disposable Piddle Pads: These can be found just about anywhere. Some have urine attractant for the puppies and lavender scent for the human. I DO use these and love them, but puppies will urinate on the pad-then shred it or move it from its original location. Let me tell you how much fun it is to clean up a shredded, urine saturated pad. (Not to mention, the whole point of the pad is to protect the floor; it does minimal protecting in 50 pieces all over the floor.) SHREDDED PIDDLE PAD FAIL.
Washable Piddle Pads: I LOVE these. You can buy them in a variety of sizes and then once they become too soiled, just throw them in the washing machine, but the larger sizes can be a bit pricey and must be replaced annually. COSTLY WASHABLE PAD FAIL.
After trying everything out there and seeing what works and what does not, I decided to create my OWN Potty Training Method. I would include my own experience and frustrations to create something that actually works and is not a complete eye sore in the house…
The Trinkle Turf: Potty Training is Born
The Trinkle Turf is 16″ by 20″ and each is HANDMADE. The wood is water, mold, and mildew resistant. The green mat is also mold and mildew resistant. To clean the unit, simply rinse with a water hose and/or spray enzyme cleaner on it. The wood is stained a golden wheat color sure to blend well with any decor.
The Trinkle Turf eliminates the issue of the puppies shredding the piddle pad or moving it from its original place, because its design does not allow them to access it. The puppy “Goes Potty” on the top green mat and then the urine trinkles down to the mat. The puppy’s paws can not track the urine all over the house. (A washable or disposable pad can be used.) When the puppy goes “Number 2” on the top mat, simply bag and discard the feces in the trash or flush it.
I invented this little contraption when hurricane Matthew hit. (I had a lot of time on my hands, with minimal internet and sketchy power.) After the hurricane, I had EXTREME flooding and the dogs could not go outside to potty for 2 weeks, unless I took them via kayak and that was NOT happening. So, I built a LARGE Trinkle Turf for all of my dogs to use. To my surprise, it totally worked. The dogs would go to the Turf, Sniff, then “Go Potty.” PAW SOME!! I occurred to me that others might be struggling with potty training, so I set out to make a smaller version of it and then “quasi” mass produce them. Currently. all of my adults are trained to “Go Potty” on the Trinkle Turf and I begin training puppies with this method as well.
Starting Spring, 2017, when you purchase a puppy from Southern Yorkies a Trinkle Turf is included in the price of the puppy. So, In addition to getting a beautiful, healthy puppy, you will also get a Puppy Pack AND a 16″ X 20″ Trinkle Turf to help you potty train your new fur baby. If you have NOT purchased a puppy from me, but still want a Trinkle Turf, then the price is $105.00, plus shipping. Please shoot me an E-mail and/or give me a call to place an order. Check out the video: Trinkle Turf (Pieenie not included.)