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Potty Training Yorkshire Terriers Made Easy

Mar 11, 2008
Potty training Yorkshire Terriers is easy if you use the schedule-based method! Just be careful to manage your expectations since Yorkie housetraining will take from several weeks to a few months of consistent effort on your part until the training has "sunk in."

A schedule-based system, where you take your Yorkie out at the same time every day, will really work. And it helps to realize that your Yorkie is like most people in that when they awake, they normally go to the bathroom right away.

So, the first thing on your schedule should be to take your Yorkshire Terrier out as soon as you're up in the morning, without any delay. Your dog has been holding it all night so give him a potty trip outside right away!

Keep the first potty break short, and then bring him inside for breakfast. Let your Yorkshire Terrier eat breakfast while you're getting dressed and ready for the day. By the time you finish your coffee and breakfast, you can take the Yorkie out for a potty break.

If he's had some time to eat and let the food settle, he'll be ready for elimination before going into the crate or the room where he spends the day. With a puppy, you need to come back for a mid-day potty break and a mid-afternoon break if possible.

For those who work or are out of the house most of the day, find a family member or friend or dog-walker to take care of the mid-morning and mid-afternoon breaks for you. Just be sure that whoever does this follows the housetraining schedule you have created down to the letter. These potty breaks should be short, under fifteen minutes for sure, and should not be confused with play time.

Try to maintain the same housetraining schedule for dinner. So, take your Yorkshire Terrier out the minute you get back. Establish a schedule to feed the Yorkshire Terrier at the same time each day, and try to not go more than thirty minutes off your schedule.

Your goal is to feed your Yorkie early enough in the evening such that he has time for the food to digest and be ready for a potty break before going down for sleep. And you'll want to follow the same pattern and schedule for housetraining the next day, and the following day, and so on.

Keep notes on the times and schedule for housetraining your Yorkshire Terrier. You can even create a simple checklist of the Yorkie's schedule and post it on the refrigerator. This will keep your whole family on track and will also help you figure out your Yorkie's potty pattern.

Be sure to give your Yorkie lots of positive praise and affection when he goes potty. Verbal praise and a small food treat work great. In the old days, dog trainers advised punishment when a dog went in the house...but this has been shown to be less effective than the positive reinforcement housetraining.

Since your Yorkshire Terrier wants you to love him, he will be willing to try his best to please you. Just don't make it difficult. If you're running late and miss his potty break, clean it up and get back on track without scolding him. Your Yorkie depends on you for many things, including staying on target for housetraining. He doesn't want to mess in his space - or in yours - so help him do the right thing by sticking to a schedule.
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