HOUSETRAINING YOUR YORKIE
Tips for Housetraining Puppies and Dogs
As with most things in life, there are hard ways and there are easy ways to get things done. Rubbing a puppy's nose in a mess is an inappropriate way to housetrain. Using ample amounts of supervision and positive reinforcement is the easy way.
STARTING OFF ON THE RIGHT TRACK
The first course of action in housetraining is to promote the desired behavior. You need to:
TIMING IS IMPORTANT!
Puppies should be encouraged to use the potty pad
To avoid spending a lot of time waiting for your puppy to get the job done, you may want to teach it to eliminate on command. Each time the puppy is in the act of eliminating, simply repeat a unique command, such as "hurry up" or "potty",” be a big yorkie”, in an upbeat tone of voice. After a few weeks of training, you will notice that when you say the command your puppy will begin pre-elimination sniffing, circling, and then eliminate shortly after you give the command. Be sure to praise the puppy for accomplishments.
Most puppies will eliminate within an hour after eating. Once you take control of your puppy's feeding schedule, you will have some control over when it needs to eliminate.
Training a puppy to be comfortable in a crate is a popular way to provide safe confinement during housetraining. The majority of puppies will rapidly accept crate confinement when you make the introduction fun. Since it is important to associate favorable things with the area where your puppy is confined, it is a good idea to play with it there, or simply spend some time reading or watching television nearby as the puppy relaxes with a favorite chew toy. If the puppy is only in the area when you leave, it becomes a social isolation area that it eventually may resist entering.
A good time to start crate training is at dinnertime. Feed your puppy its dinner in the crate. My yorkies love their crates I leave them with the door open it is a favorite place to take a nap or cuddle with a toy.
You should not use the crate for periods that exceed the length of time the puppy can actually control the urge to urinate or defecate. If you are gone for long periods each day, you will need to provide a larger confinement area. You may want to consider using an exercise pen or small room. Baby gates are wonderful to keep a puppy in a room that has a hard surface floor no carpet if the puppy makes a mistake you want the floor easy to clean up.
EXPECT SOME MISTAKES
Left on its own, the untrained puppy is very likely to make a mistake. Never give the puppy full run of your home until you are sure it is housetrained. Close supervision is a very important part of training. Do not consider your puppy housetrained until it has gone at least four consecutive weeks without eliminating in the wrong place. For older dogs, this period should be even longer. Until then:
Urine and fecal odor should be thoroughly removed to keep your dog from returning to areas of the home where it made a mess.
It is a rare dog or puppy that can be housetrained without making an occasional mess, so you need to be ready to handle the inevitable problems.
The basic principles of housetraining are pretty simple, but a fair amount of patience is required. The most challenging part is always keeping an eye on your active dog or puppy. If you maintain control, take your dog to the potty pad frequently, and consistently praise the desirable behavior, soon you should have a house trained canine companion.