Yorkie potty training can be easy and simple if the owner is prepared, consistent, patient and educated about the new addition to their home. Yorkies are very intelligent but you must remember if your Yorkie is still a puppy, it is like having a child in the house. Accidents will happen and the more prepared you are to deal with the accidents and mitigate the number of them, the easier the training will be.
While there are several different methods you can use to potty train your Yorkie, the two most popular are paper training and crating.
How to Potty Train a Yorkie: Paper Training
Paper training involves the use of newspaper or puppy pads placed on the floor in an area of the home where the owner would like the puppy to learn to relieve itself. This area should be free of items that may harm your dog, and most preferably on a hard surface that is not carpeted.
Guide your dog to this area of the house at times in which the dog is most likely going to need to eliminate. Praise the dog when it uses the paper or pads and remember not to scold the dog when there are accidents.
Gradually you may want to move the papers ever closer to the door, which will be used to take the dog into the yard. Eventually the papers will move out the door and disappear. Prior to this however, start taking your terrier out into the yard at times when it appears they need to eliminate. Put some soiled pads or paper in the yard for scent. Before you know it, your Yorkie potty training is complete and they are vocalizing their need to go outside to go potty.
Crating involved the use of a crate, kennel or carrier to potty train your Yorkie. When purchasing the crate, ensure that it is large enough for your dog to stand up and turn around while inside. Use a comfortable and easy to clean bedding for the interior. You start crate training your dog when it has reached 9 weeks old.
Start crate training by introducing the crate to your terrier with treats.
Rather than forcing the dog into the crate, use treats and games of hide and seek to entice the dog to enter the crate. Initially, do not close the door to the crate but eventually after the dog has learned to enter and exit on it’s own, close the door for short periods of time.
Create a schedule revolving around your terrier’s potty schedule to take the dog out to eliminate. Since terriers are naturally inclined to avoid soiling their own bedding, your terrier will soon learn to vocalize their desire to be let out of the crate to eliminate.
Whether you decide to use the newspaper or crate method, remember to be patient, firm, consistent and full of praise when your terrier accomplishes a task successfully. Use treats at first to encourage your dog, which then can be replaced by loving praises from their owner or trainer.
With these simple guidelines, Yorkie potty training can be easy and even fun.
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