If you own a yorkshire terrier, you probably know they’re not the easiest dogs to house train. How to stop yorkies peeing in the house is probably the most common problem yorkie owners face.
If you are working on housebreaking a yorkshire terrier, let’s start here… As much as you don’t want to hear this, I’ve seen people do everything right to house train a yorkie, but the yorkie never fully catches on. However, that is not the norm. I would guess that one out of a thousand yorkies will always have accidents inside. Just about every yorkie can be taught to not pee or poop in your house. You just need to use the right techniques.
One other thing to remember… your yorkie will never pee or poop in your house just to aggravate you. As much as you might think they’re trying to annoy you, and as much as you get to know their personality, they really don’t purposely pee or poop inside for some sort of practical joke.
How do you housebreak a yorkie?
First, you need to be consistent with outside potty times. Don’t expect your your yorkie to not pee or poop inside if you only take your yorkie outside 2 or 3 times each day. Set a schedule and stick to it.
Obviously, your yorkie will need to go outside as soon as she wakes up. Obviously, you should take your dog out before bedtime. Between waking up and bedtime, take your yorkshire terrier out at least every 2 hours. As your yorkie begins to catch on, the time may be increased a bit, but use your own judgement.
When you are outside with your your yorkie, praise him when he pees or poops. Give him some type of treat as a reward. Let him know that outside is the place to go. When you are inside and you catch your yorkie in the act of relieving himself, say a firm “No!” and immediately take him outside.
Another very effective housebreaking method for yorkies (and all types of dogs) is crate training. Read our article about crate training. We have an excellent crate training eBook for immediate download (only $7.00). The Crate Training Made Easy eBook will teach you everything you need to know in about 30 minutes of reading.
Here’s a big mistake people make when trying to house break your yorkie… rubbing the dog’s nose in his mess. That does absolutely no good. Abusing your dog like that will never bring about anything positive. As angry as you might get, you should never take out your anger on your tiny yorkshire terrier.
If your yorkie is only peeing or pooping in one area in your home, it’s possible that the odor of previous urine or poop spots are still attracting your dog. Make sure the area is cleaned thoroughly to remove all traces of odor. Read our article about stopping a cat urinating or pooping on furniture or carpet. These techniques work on yorkies also.
One final note… if your yorkie seems to have a lack of control over his bowels, it may be some type of medical condition which your veterinarian needs to diagnose. If your training techniques don’t work, consider visiting a vet.
Above all, be patient and be consistent when housebreaking your yorshire terrier. They are intelligent animals and can be trained. You can do it, and so can your yorkie.