How to potty train your yorkie

*****SINCE WE DONT DO CRATE TRAINING IN SOUTH AFRICA, USE THE SAME METHOD, BUT USE A PLAYPEN INSTEAD OF A CRATE*****

If you find your Yorkie is strong willed or has a mind of its own, then the following tips can help ease the potty training process:

1.  Limit your pet’s indoor access

When you do this, your Yorkshire terrier won’t have too many indoor potty areas. Use toddler gates to restrict its access to bedrooms and kitchen. Close doors wherever possible.

Place your small dog in its crate and place the crate in an area without a carpet –it should have hard flooring as that will ease cleanups.

2.  Start crate training your pet

An important part of Yorkie potty training is crate training.

Make sure you invest in a crate that is comfortable for your Yorkie to sit and stand but not large enough for it to use one end as its potty area.

If you use a larger crate, section it off with old boxes or add in a makeshift partition inside.

 Crate training takes time, so be patient.

Most importantly, start slow.

Crate your Yorkie for a few minutes each day and slowly increase the duration. You can add your pet’s favorite toys and blanket inside the crate to make it cozy.

The key is to make the crate comfortablesecure, and homely – it must not feel like punishment to your Yorkie.

Crate your pet until it learns to go potty in the designated area only.

Many people believe that crating is inhumane. However, when used correctly, crate training is the easiest and best way to potty train a dog.

3.  Use potty training pads

Potty training pads are a life-saver in cold climates and especially for folks living in high-rise apartments or not having easy access to dog parks/yards/terraces.

The potty pad is also treated with ‘dog pheromones’ which tells your Yorkie it is okay to ‘go’ on them. And when your pet does ‘go’ on the training pad, enthusiastically praise it and reward it.

With consistency, your Yorkie will learn to pee and poop on the potty pads.

4. Follow a strict potty and feeding schedules

When you follow a strict potty and feeding schedule, you will know exactly when to take your Yorkie outside (or to the potty training pads) for its potty break.

Here is a sample schedule for your Yorkie puppy’s meal and potty timings:

o    7 am – first potty of the day.

o    8 am – feeding

o    9 am – third potty break, play, crate

o    10 am –potty

o    11 am – play, crate

o    12 noon – feeding, potty

o    1 pm – nap and crate time

o    2 pm – potty

o    3 pm – play and crate

o    4 pm – feeding

o    5 pm – potty break

o    6 pm – play time, crate

o    8 pm – feed

o    9 pm – last water before bedtime

o    10 pm – one last potty break before you crate your puppy for the night.

Remember: small Yorkies aged up to 6 months need to ‘go potty’ in the middle of the night too. So you could set an alarm and wake your pet up around 2 am for potty.

Make sure your Yorkie goes potty (use the indoor potty area or potty training pad) and immediately crate it. Your puppy should not ‘get in a mood to play’.

Change the above schedule to suit your work times but make sure you spend time with your pet in the evening and not crate it for prolonged periods.

In case you work all day, have a pet-minder or family member take your Yorkie outside (or on the potty training pads).

5.  Make sure there are potty breaks immediately after naps and meals

For successful Yorkie potty training, you must immediately take it for potty break after it wakes up and right after each meal.

Young Yorkies need to eat 3-4 small meals, so you can plan the schedule accordingly.

 Take your Yorkie to the potty spot in the yard or on the pee pad and say ‘Go Potty’. Let your pet sniff around. You can even walk it a bit (in the yard/outside).

The moment it does, reward and praise it copiously.

Also Read: Best Dog Food for Yorkie Puppy

6.  Know the importance of positive reinforcements and rewards

Use healthy treats like No products found. to help train your Yorkie.

Positive reinforcements and rewards will help your Yorkie understand the two main rules of potty training:

o    I get rewards when I potty outdoors/on training pads

o    I do not get rewards when I potty indoors/elsewhere other than training pads.

Also use enthusiastic words and voice tone modulations to show your Yorkie that you are very pleased with it.

7.  Cleanup accidents right away

You must follow this strictly. Cleanup the potty mess (no matter how small it may be!) right away.

This will prevent the urine odor from clinging to that spot. As stated earlier, use strong enzymatic cleaners (or a mixture of vinegar and baking soda) to break down urine molecules.

You can also place the pee pad in that area.

That way, your Yorkie will learn to use the potty pad and not your carpet as the toilet.

8.  Be patient, be positive, be kind!

Finally, the most important way to potty train a Yorkie is through positive encouragement only.

Never hit or punish your pet. Do not lock it up in the bathroom if it has an accident. Never shout or yell at it.

This will negate all of your training efforts. Be consistent, stick to the schedule, and within weeks, your Yorkie will be trained.

9. Rule out medical issues

If a trained Yorkie suddenly starts having accidents indoors, see your vet to rule out health issues like UTIs, anxiety, kidney trouble, etc.

Also Read: Do Yorkies Like to Cuddle

How to Potty Train an Older Yorkie – 4 Easy Steps

The steps to potty train an older dog are more or less the same as the ones to train a puppy:

1. Establish a routine

Take your Yorkie out on walks where it will get opportunity to empty its bladder.

Alternatively, decide if your pet can go indoors in designated potty spot/ pee pads/litter box.

Take your pet to the same spot several times. Give it the command ‘Go potty!’ and when it does, reward, praise, and appreciate it!

2. Supervise and supervise

Make sure your pet does not get a chance to ‘go’ indoors. Supervise it or limit its access to rooms where it could ‘go’ behind furniture or other hidden areas.

If it does, clean up the mess, and place the potty training pad in that area.

3.  If you are not able to supervise, confine it

Use a crate or secure your Yorkie in a safe room. The area should be small enough so it won’t use it as a toilet.

Make sure you give your Yorkie a chance to go potty before confining it.

4.  Be consistent and patient

You cannot teach an old dog new tricks. This is especially true regarding potty training an adult Yorkie.

However, with consistency, patience, love, and plenty of healthy treats, you can achieve this feat within a few weeks!ly something going on.

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