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How to Potty Train a Yorkie ~ It’s a sentence that most new dog owners fear. Especially those who have inside dogs like Yorkshire Terriers. The good news is that house training a Yorkshire Terrier puppy doesn’t have to be difficult. Though it will require some patience, you’ll be able to pull through by following a set of simple steps. 

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That’s right—housetraining is so easy that almost anyone can do it. You’re just going to have to make sure that you stay consistent in your technique. 

And let’s be real—there’s nothing worse than waking up in the morning to find that your dog has done its business throughout the house. 

Except, of course, finding out by stepping in it on your way to go eat breakfast. 

Don’t let this nightmare happen to you. We know how much you love your little bundle of joy, so it’s important to make sure that you get the relationship off on the right foot—and the best way to do this is to start housetraining it. 

But we can hear you now—I don’t know how to housetrain a puppy. Or maybe even—It’s simply impossible. Nothing I’ve tried has ever worked. 

If you’ve found yourself in this boat, don’t despair. We’ve got you covered. Below, we’ll go over everything that you need to know about housetraining your Yorkshire Terrier puppy. By following this guide, you can turn this nightmare of a process into a fun project with great results. 

Ready to find out what you need to know to get your Yorkie housetrained in no time? Let’s dive in! 

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How to Train Your Yorkshire Terrier Puppy

Housetraining dogs largely relies on the same basic technique. That being said, however, different dog breeds have their own personalities, making some more difficult to train than others. 

Fortunately, Yorkshire Terriers are some of the friendliest dogs around. These family-loving dogs typically tend to listen well. One of the most common challenges that owners face, however, is that they can get excited rather eagerly—and this can make them hard to control. 

For this reason, it’s important to get started housetraining early. You want to teach your Yorkshire Terrier from an early age what is and what isn’t acceptable. 

Especially when it comes to housetraining. You may have heard that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. And while this isn’t exactly true, we do have to agree that it’s much easier to teach a puppy how to use the bathroom outside than it is to do so for an adult. 

That’s why you mustn’t wait to start housetraining your Yorkie puppy. By starting early, you can ensure that you get the best results possible. It can also help strengthen your relationship with your dog. Because let’s face it—no matter how much you love your pup, you’re going to start being irritated if you step in its droppings every morning. 

You’ve got to draw the line somewhere, right? 

Let us help you draw it by showing you what you need to know about housetraining your Yorkshire Terrier Puppy. The following considerations and techniques are ones that you should keep in mind if you want your housetraining endeavors to be a success. By keeping the following points in mind, you’ll be able to make sure that your dog is following directions and is using the bathroom in the appropriate spot every time. 

You know how it is—we’ve all got that one friend whose dog seems to behave perfectly. You may have even heard tales of those dogs who wake their owners up in the middle of the night instead of going on the hardwood floor. 

And though those goals have always seemed out of reach, we’re here to tell you that the following guide can help you have a similarly well-behaved dog! 

With this in mind, let’s dive into what you need to be doing in order to housetrain your Yorkshire Terrier as quickly and as painlessly as possible. 

Be Patient

First and foremost, you’re going to be patient. That’s why we’ve put this first. It can be easy to get too discouraged while housetraining your dog. You may find, for instance, that after a week of everything going well that your dog has suddenly had an accident on the floor. 

These can feel like major setbacks but trust us: it’s normal. By responding to them in stride, you’ll be able to keep your cool—and make sure that your dog has continued progress. 

In other words, make sure that you’re not expecting this to work overnight. Housetraining works by reinforcing positive behavior in your dog. And there’s simply no shortcut to this. 

You may have heard tales from some who claim to have housetrained their dogs in just one night—but even if these are true, you shouldn’t expect the same results. Instead, realize that you’re going to have to take an active part in teaching your dog where it can use the bathroom. It’s up to you to establish the positive feedback loop needed to keep your dog going outdoors instead of in. 

Once you realize your role in the process, make sure that you’re giving yourself enough time to do it. After all, you can’t expect your dog to learn how to use the bathroom outdoors in the span of a few days. Instead, give them enough time to learn the routine before you start doubting if your methods are working. If you’ve been working at housetraining your dog for two weeks or more without any progress, you may just be doing it wrong. At this point, you’ll want to take a look at your methods to ensure that you’re not doing something that’s ultimately proving counterproductive. 

Only once you’ve got the proper mindset can you expect to housetrain your dog. Remember that you’re going to need to be in it for the long haul if you plan to housetrain your Yorkie, so make sure that you’ve got what it takes before giving it a try. 

Be Consistent 

But being patient won’t be enough. If you’re not being consistent, you’re not going to get the results that you’re hoping for. 

And yes, it’s true that this is going to take a bit of time and dedication. You’re going to have to be careful to look for signs that your dog might have to go out. 

You’re always going to want to choose set times throughout the day to take your dog out. This will help get your dog used to a set schedule—and help keep you on track. 

You’ll want to make sure that if you do this, however, that you’re not leaving before your dog uses the bathroom. This can help ensure that you’re getting the most out of your training. 

Use Positive Feedback 

Next, you’re going to want to make sure that you’re rewarding your dog every time that it does something right. This will help encourage it to act better in the future. 

Contrary to popular belief, positive feedback works better than negative feedback—punishment. Though punishment may prove effective for some, you may risk isolating your dog. And because Yorkies are especially sensitive, you’re not going to want to risk doing that. 

Instead, make sure that you’ve got a treat ready every time that your dog uses the bathroom outside. Here’s the thing—you’ll want to do this every time, as this is the only way that your dog will be able to learn. 

If you sometimes miss a treat, you’ll be sending mixed signals to your dog. This can be difficult to overcome. Remember, it’s up to you to set the example here, so make sure that you come prepared. 

By rewarding your dog every time that it has to go out, you can have it associate using the bathroom outside with treats. Naturally, your dog will start to want to go outside to use the restroom, as it will see it as a way to get its treats. 

Use Language

But you’re not going to want to stop there. You’ll want to make sure that you teach your dog words—such as “potty”—to really make the training effective. 

For instance, if you do decide to set some times to go out, make a habit of asking your dog if it wants to go “potty” first. In this way, you can teach your dog valuable commands that will make it easier to communicate later. 

Once your dog is housetrained, for example, you’ll be able to ask it if it has to go potty. If it does, it will go outside, helping you keep the inside of your house clean. 

Other Tips and Tricks

So now you know everything about house training your Yorkie! Well … Not quite. 

There are some other considerations that you should keep in mind. Below, we’ll take a look at some of these issues—many of which are often misunderstood by new Yorkie owners. 

Give Your Dog Enough Time

First, make sure that you’re giving your dog enough time to use the bathroom. Don’t just assume that they’ll walk outside and do their business immediately. Instead, give them a 15-minute grace period in which they have time to walk around and find a good spot. 

By going in too early, you could be undermining your housetraining efforts. Likewise, if you stay too long, you could be doing the same. Typically speaking, if a Yorkie has to go to the bathroom, they will do so within the first fifteen minutes. 

Just be sure to reward them when they do. 

Try to Go Out Fifteen Minutes After Eating

Next, you want to make sure that you’re taking your dog out around fifteen minutes after eating. This will give them time to digest the food, making it more likely that they’ll go when you’re outside. 

Again, however, just because they have to go doesn’t mean they’ll do it immediately. By using your fifteen-minute timer, you can help keep your housetraining on schedule. 

In this way, you can expect to use the first thirty minutes or so after each meal as a housetraining exercise. Don’t worry—it won’t be like this forever. Once your dog is housetrained, you should be able to have it tell you when it’s ready to go out—but having a consistent schedule could still help, too. 

Go at Night

Make sure that you’re taking your dog out at night. Here, you’ll want to make sure that you don’t go in until they’ve used the bathroom. If you do, you’re more than likely going to find a mess in your room or hallway when you wake up in the morning. 

By making sure that your dog gets their system cleaned before sleeping, you can help minimize nighttime accidents during the housetraining phase. 

If your dog does have to go at night, it may start calling out to you. Though you may be asleep, if you do manage to wake up and hear your dog, don’t ignore it. Though it might be easier to roll over and go back to sleep, you don’t want to disrupt your housetraining schedule. 

If you don’t like getting up, consider having a puppy pad placed somewhere that your dog can get to. If you go this route, you’ll also have to teach your dog how to use its puppy pad. 

The Bottom Line

Housetraining a Yorkshire Terrier doesn’t have to be difficult. By following this guide, you can learn the highly-valued skills needed to get your dog to use the bathroom outdoors. 

Make sure that you keep this guide in mind during the housetraining process. It’s important that you don’t make mistakes during the process so that you can achieve the best results. By using this as a guide, you can minimize mistakes and streamline the housetraining process.

Finally, just remember to have patience throughout. With a bit of love, care, and patience, your dog will be housetrained in no time! 

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