The best way of housetraining Yorkshire Terriers is to set up a schedule for potty breaks. But be patient in your expectations, as Yorkie housetraining will take time and effort, usually from several weeks to a few months, until your Yorkie will learn their routine. 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. It's no secret that your Yorkie will need the same thing! So do your dog a favor and don't dilly-dally.take your Yorkshire Terrier out as soon as you're up and moving.
Just think that she has been holding it all night, and how you might feel if that were you! This potty break should be short, say 5 to 10 minutes or so. Your Yorkie can come inside and have breakfast while you get ready for your day. Before you leave the house, take your Yorkie out for a potty break, so they've got the best chance for success. Ideally, your Yorkie has had enough time since their breakfast for the food settle, and if so he will be ready for potty before you leave for the day. If you have a Yorkie puppy, you're going to need to plan a mid-morning and mid-afternoon break.
If you're at work all day, you need to arrange for a family member or friend to handle those breaks for you. Ensure that whoever does this follows the routine you have created precisely. Ideally, the potty breaks should be short, about 5 to 10 minutes, and should not be confused with play time. You want the Yorkshire Terrier to understand and know the difference between potty and play. Keep the same routine for dinnertime. Let your Yorkshire Terrier out for a potty break as soon as you return home from work or school.
Set a time to feed the Yorkshire Terrier and don't get more than thirty minutes off schedule. The best practice is to feed your Yorkie early in the night so that your dog has time for the food to digest and get ready for a potty break before sleep. Be sure to follow the same schedule the next day! You can make notes on the times and potty breaks for your Yorkshire Terrier. We've even seen people make a simple checklist of the Yorkie's schedule and post it on the refrigerator for the whole family.
This involves the whole family in housetraining your Yorkie as well as giving you a more accurate view of your dog's potty needs. 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. Keep in mind that Yorkies love to please their master! If they make a mistake in the house, try not to be too upset with them. And if it's your fault and you miss the schedule, just clean it up and get your dog back on track without scolding him. If you stick to this schedule-based method and combine it with positive reinforcement and praise, you'll find that housetraining Yorkshire Terriers is a snap!.
Download step-by-step videos on housetraining Yorkshire Terriers from Yorkshire Terrier training staff at Ultimate-Yorkie.com.