Your Five Rules for
Give your puppy frequent access to his toilet area
- prevent soiling in the house.
Reward the pup for peeing or pooping in the right
place - use a special treat.
Never punish the pup for housetraining "mistakes" -
scolding has dire consequences.
Put your puppy on a regular and timely feeding
schedule - in/out clockwork.
Know when your puppy last eliminated - keep a diary.
How often do puppies
have to potty?
Most puppies have to eliminate about every 30-45
minutes except, of course, when sleeping. Their
elimination schedule will depend upon when they last ate
or drank water; rambunctious physical activity; and the
big unknown - personal preference! That's right - every
pup has their own inherent elimination schedule. The
good news is, puppies sleep a lot!
If your puppy is not sleeping and is out in the house, you must follow her/him around to
know what he/she is doing: chewing a bone, running circles,
getting a drink of water, etc. In fact, don't take your
eye off of them!
It's very important to put your puppy on a regular
and timely feeding schedule; What goes in on a regular
schedule will come out on a regular schedule. Every pup
is different; some poop immediately after eating; with
others it may be 30 minutes to an hour after eating.
Always leave water out for your puppy. Check the
water bowl frequently to note how much she is drinking
and to make sure the water bowl is full.
The best way to potty
train a puppy
If you live in a high rise apartment, or a street
level apartment or home with DIFFICULT outdoor access,
use a gated bathroom/kitchen or playpen in the home for housetraining.
I use washable pee pads with a disposable pee pad in a
pee pad holder. My puppies are usually about 60%
accurate at the time they go to their new owners.
If, however, you live in a street level apartment or
home with EASY outdoor access, use a specific, very
close outdoor location and use "Housetraining Taxi
Service." You will still use an indoor playpen or
gated area for
housetraining purposes, but outdoors will be your
puppy's primary toilet area.
Puppy playpens are an excellent way to keep your
puppy safe at various times throughout the day. If you
need to take a nap and are worried that puppy might get
into something while you do, a playpen is often a better
alternative than sticking him in a crate. Personally,
I'm not fond of crate training and a well-made, safe
puppy playpen is a fantastic alternative to them in many
Even if you do want to crate train your dog, you
can still use the playpen as an alternative. There are
puppy playpens for travelling, outdoor puppy playpens
for use in the grass, and puppy playpens for use in the
home. Just be sure that they are large enough for puppy
to move around in, as they do come in various sizes --
if you're going to get one, you're best of buying a
puppy playpen that is large enough to move around whilst
still being able to fit in water, a bed, toys and a
litter box (if you're litter box training him).
DO NOT use playpens designed for children if
they are made of flimsy mesh or other materials that
your puppy can chew through or break.
My preference for "pens" are the following:
Ebay and Amazon are the best place to find 45" soft
What ? To house train my puppy I have to call a
cab? Well, not exactly, here's the scoop. Puppies will
decide to potty or poop instantly, giving you no
warning. So many times when housetraining, a puppy is
led to the door and on the way they just stop and do
their business. This usually happens because the puppy
has not developed enough bladder or bowel control yet to
"hold it" until they get to the toilet area or they
simply don't know where the toilet area is yet. Not only
has the pup made "a mistake," but you have lost a chance
to reward for going in the right place.
The key to house training is preventing
"mistakes" and rewarding the puppy for going in your
"Housetraining Taxi Service" is simply picking the
puppy up into your arms, taking them to the designated
toilet area, setting them down and praising them for
going where you want. If you are going outside, put a
collar and leash on the pup immediately after picking
them up, unless the toilet area is safely enclosed and
When should you provide "Housetraining Taxi
Immediately upon your puppy waking up (morning, noon
Immediately after they finish eating, get a big drink
of water, and after excited play
When you think they might have to go - about every 45
Better too often than too late!
When your puppy whines in the
pen in the middle of the night or whines in their pen
during the day. Take them out to potty, reward for going
and put them right back.
• When your puppy is standing at the door to the
outside. Why not just let them out, you say? Well, he
may not make it all the way to the toilet area, potty or
poop in the "wrong" place and you have missed a
For how long should you provide "Housetraining
Taxi Service" ?
Taxi your pup for about one month (until the pup is
about 3 months old as this should give the pup enough
time to develop some bladder and bowel control). By
doing so, you will prevent many mistakes. At the same
time you will train a strong preference in your pup to
eliminate in your chosen spot. The pup will also learn
that being picked up gets them kisses !
Passive House Training
When you are NOT Home:
Confine your puppy to his, 'puppy-proofed'
bathroom/kitchen or playpen and paper (or wee-wee pad)
the entire floor. Put his bed, toys and food/water bowls
there. At first there will be no rhyme or reason to
where your pup eliminates. He will go every where and
any where. He will also probably play with the papers,
chew on them, and drag them around his little den. Most
puppies do this and you just have to live with it. Don't
get upset; just accept it as life with a young puppy.
The important thing is that when you get home, clean up
the mess and lay down fresh papers.
While your puppy is confined to the bathroom or
his playpen, he is developing a habit of eliminating on
paper because no matter where he goes, it will be on
paper. As time goes on, he will start to show a
preferred place to do his business. When this place is
well established and the rest of the papers remain clean
all day, then gradually reduce the area that is papered.
Start removing the paper that is furthest away from his
chosen location. Eventually you will only need to leave
a few sheets down in that place only. If he ever misses
the paper, then you've reduced the area too soon. Go
back to papering a larger area.
Once your puppy is reliably going only on the
papers you've left, then you can slowly and gradually
move his papers to a location of your choice. Move the
papers a little bit each day. If puppy misses the paper,
then you're moving too fast. Go back a few steps and
start over. Don't be discouraged if your puppy seems to
be making remarkable progress and then suddenly you have
to return to papering the entire area. This is normal.
There will always be minor set-backs. If you stick with
this procedure, your puppy will be paper trained.
House Training When
You ARE Home:
When you are home but can't attend to your puppy,
follow the same procedures described above. However, the
more time you spend with your puppy, the quicker he will
be house trained. Your objective is to take your puppy
to his toilet area every time he needs to eliminate.
This should be about once every 30-45 minutes; just upon
waking; just after eating or drinking; and just after a
play session. Provide house training taxi service to
avoid unnecessary "mistakes".
When your pup does eliminate in his toilet area,
praise and reward him profusely and enthusiastically!
Don't use any type of reprimand or punishment for
mistakes or accidents. Your puppy is too young to
understand and it can set the house training process
As your puppy becomes more reliable about using
his toilet area and his bowel and bladder control
develops, he can begin to spend more time outside his
room or pen with you in the rest of your home. Begin by
giving him access to one room at a time. Let him eat,
sleep and play in this room but only when he can be
supervised. When you cannot supervise him, put him back
in his room or pen.
Active House Training:
The most important thing you can do to make house
training happen as quickly as possible is to reward and
praise your puppy every time he goes in the right place.
The more times he is rewarded, the quicker he will
learn. Therefore it's important that you spend as much
time as possible with your puppy and give him regular
and frequent access to his toilet area.
The Key To Successful
Consistency and Patience. Never scold or punish your
puppy for mistakes and accidents. The older your pup
gets, the more he will be able to control his bladder
and bowels. Eventually your pup will have enough control
that he will be able to "hold it" for longer and longer
periods of time. Let your puppy do this on his own time.
When training is rushed, problems usually develop. Don't
forget, most puppies are not completely house trained
until they are 6 months old.
increases the chances that your puppy will eliminate in the
right place in your presence, so that she can be praised and
rewarded; and decreases the chances that your puppy will
eliminate in the wrong place so that she will not develop
Yorkshire Terriers are very intelligent, but they can also be a
little stubborn. Keeping the training happy and fun it a great way
to get through to the Yorkies. They may tend to get bored and it is
important to make it a fun, positive experience for them. One way to
teaching your Yorkie new tricks is by holding a small treat in your
hand. Treats and lots of praise tend to work well with Yorkies. It
also helps to have a good sense of humor because they will try to
Housebreaking may take several months sometimes longer, so don’t give up.
Remember that your puppy wants to please you, he just
needs to learn how. Be clear with him when you praise or
correct his actions. Eventually, you will see results.
Striking and/or slapping a Yorkie puppy can actually cause permanent
physical damage. Their bones and internal organs are just small and
hitting and or screaming at your puppy is your "way" of training, this is
NOT the breed for you and certainly our puppies are not the puppy for you.
Here's what House training is
2. Hitting or Kicking your puppy
3. Punishing your puppy in any way
Here's what it IS about:
1. Playing with your puppy and having fun!
2. Making your puppy actually WANT to obey you!
3. Using the natural instincts ALL Yorkshire Terriers
have, to quickly and easily get trained and act like
I am a
I am your
Puppy, and I will love you until the end of the Earth, but
please know a few things about me.
I am a Puppy; this means that my intelligence and capacity
for learning are the same as an 8-month-old child.
I am a Puppy; I will chew EVERYTHING I can get my teeth on.
This is how I explore and learn about the world. Even HUMAN
children put things in their mouths. It's up to you to guide
me to what is mine to chew and what is not.
I am a Puppy; I cannot hold my bladder for longer than 1 - 2
hours. I cannot "feel" that I need to poop until it is
actually beginning to come out. I cannot vocalize nor tell
you that I need to go, and I cannot have “bladder and bowel
control" until 6 - 9 months. Do not punish me if you have
not let me out for 3 hours and I tinkle. It is your fault.
As a Puppy, it is wise to remember that I NEED to go potty
after: Eating, Sleeping, playing, Drinking and around every
2 - 3 hours in addition. If you want me to sleep through the
night, then do not give me water after 7 or 8 p.m. A crate
will help me learn to housebreak easier, and will avoid you
being mad at me.
I am a Puppy, accidents WILL happen, please be patient with
me! In time I will learn.
I am a Puppy; I like to play. I will run around, and chase
imaginary monsters, and chase your feet and your toes and
'attack' you, and chase fuzz balls, other pets, and small
kids. It is play; it's what I do. Do not be mad at me or
expect me to be sedate, mellow and sleep all day. If my high
energy level is too much for you, maybe you could consider
an older rescue from a shelter or Rescue group. My play is
beneficial, use your wisdom to guide me in my play with
appropriate toys, and activities like chasing a rolling
ball, or gentle tug games, or plenty of chew toys for me. If
I nip you too hard, talk to me in "dog talk", by giving a
loud YELP, I will usually get the message, as this is how
dogs communicate with one another. If I get too rough,
simply ignore me for a few moments, or put me in my crate
with an appropriate chew toy.
I am a Puppy; hopefully you would not yell, hit, strike,
kick or beat a 6-month-old human infant, so please do not do
the same to me. I am delicate, and also very impressionable.
If you treat me harshly now, I will grow up learning to fear
being hit, spanked, kicked or beat. Instead, please guide me
with encouragement and wisdom. For instance, if I am chewing
something wrong, say, "No chew!" and hand me a toy I CAN
chew. Better yet, pick up ANYTHING that you do not want me
to get into. I can't tell the difference between your old
sock and your new sock, or an old sneaker and your $200
I am a Puppy, and I am a creature with feelings and drives
much like your own, but yet also very different. Although I
am NOT a human in a dog suit, neither am I an unfeeling
robot who can instantly obey your every whim. I truly DO
want to please you, and be a part of your family, and your
life. You got me (I hope) because you want a loving partner
and companion, so do not relegate me to the backyard when I
get bigger, do not judge me harshly but instead mold me with
gentleness and guidelines and training into the kind of
family member you want me to be.
I am a Puppy and I am not perfect, and I know you are not
perfect either. I love you anyway. So please, learn all you
can about training, and puppy behaviors and caring for me
from your Veterinarian, books on dog care and even
researching on the computer! Learn about my particular breed
and it's "characteristics", it will give you understanding
and insight into WHY I do all the things I do. Please teach
me with love, patience, the right way to behave and
socialize me with training in a puppy class or obedience
class, we will BOTH have a lot of fun together.
I am a Puppy and I want more than anything to love you, to
be with you, and to please you. Won't you please take time
to understand how I work? We are the same you and I, in that
we both feel hunger, pain, thirst, discomfort, fear, but yet
we are also very different and must work to understand one
another's language, body signals, wants and needs. Some day
I will be a handsome dog, hopefully one you can be proud of
and one that you will love as much as I love you.
Love, Your Puppy
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