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Potty training for your Yorkshire Terrier
puppy or Yorkie puppy.
How do you potty train a Yorkie puppy?
Professional trainers all agree that potty training will go best when the crate training method is
used. This means that you will use a crate (small wire crate) to confine your
yorkie puppy whenever you are not able to watch
him for short periods of time. The yorkie puppy will need to be taken out
to go potty every 45 min. to an hour. Take the yorkie puppy through the same
door to the same spot in the yard each time. If you wish to litter,
paper or potty pad train you yorkie puppy, take him to his litter, paper or potty
pad every hour. Yorkshire terrier puppies will, by instinct, wish to keep their eating
and sleeping area (their den) clean and will hold their potty as long as
they can. By using the crate, the puppy's instinct will be working
for you, and he will be pottying when and where you want him to.
you are going to be playing and interacting with your yorkie puppy, he would be
free to be out of his crate as long as you like. He will start to
circle and sniff and look for a place to potty when he has to go and when
you are watching him, you can quickly take him to his potty spot. By
watching closely, you will soon learn your yorkie puppy's individual body
language. Minimize your yorkie puppy's chances of making a mistake by
predicting when he will need to relieve himself. The critical times
to watch are: as soon as he awakens, as soon as he finishes a meal, first
thing in the morning, after a play session, and of course, as soon as you
take him out of his crate. Do NOT let your yorkie puppy run lose when your
eyes are not on him....even for a couple minutes. Each time your
puppy has an accident, he is being trained to potty in that spot.
Each time the yorkie puppy goes in the right spot, he is being trained to
relieve himself there. Consistent training will bring consistent
During the times
you will be gone longer than your yorkie puppy can hold it, I recommend placing
your yorkie puppy in an exercise pen. Put the puppy's pet taxi/crate inside
the exercise pen with the door open, or off. Cover the floor inside
the exercise pen with newspapers and leave water and food available for
your yorkie puppy. He will get accustomed to pottying on the newspaper when
you are gone (he has no other choice as the whole area will be covered),
and will become paper trained during the times you are not at home.
After a couple weeks, gradually reduce the amount of the pen that is
covered with newspaper. Your yorkie puppy will be used to pottying on the
paper, and will continue to potty on the newspaper, even when you reduce
the amount of the pen that is covered to only one or two sheets of
paper. When you are home, continue with the routine of crating your
yorkie puppy, and taking him out to potty every hour.
I have found
it very helpful to have an exercise pen for the house, and one for the
yard. The exercise pen inside the house is your yorkie puppy's safe haven when
you are not at home. Place the other exercise pen in the spot you
wish your yorkie puppy to use as a permanent potty spot, both as a puppy and
adult.. Put your yorkie puppy in the exercise pen when it is time for him
to potty, and step back a few steps (or watch him through the door or
window). This will help your yorkie puppy get down to the business of pottying more quickly than if he was on a leash, or running loose.
Andrea Arden is a
nationally-recognized Professional Dog Trainer
and Author. Her pamphlet, Step by Step Kennel
Training is one I have often recommended to my
yorkie puppies' new owners as it is a quick, easy read
that covers all the basics of potty training
using the crate training method. Best of all,
it also covers some of the common pitfalls of
potty training. Unfortunately, this pamphlet
is no longer available. I have scanned my copy
so you can read it here. If you have additional
questions about potty training, take a few
minutes to read through the PDF's of Andrea's
pamphlet shown below.