Yorkie Litter Box Training
Yorkie Litter Box Training
Sugar-Rush Yorkies™ go home with outdoor, piddle pad *and litter box training.
Continue the training at home
Yes, Yorkie litter box training really is a thing. With patience and consistency it worked for our yorkies, it can work for your yorkie too!
When first beginning yorkie litter-box training you need to leave a small amount of waste in the tray to help your puppy understand that this is his or her toilet area. Your puppy should immediately be taken to the designated area upon waking in the morning. Take your puppy to your chosen spot frequently, at least every two hours for the first week, and immediately after he wakes up from a nap, after playing and after eating. We use the command words, “GO POTTY.”
Praise is key!
We praise and reward with a bit of Handlers Training Treats when he uses the area to pass wastes. Rewarding and praising your dog for eliminating in your chosen spot is the only way he’ll know that’s what you want him to do. I suggest that you do not reward your puppy with a lot of treats unless you want to take him back to the litter box 10-15 minutes later. It really is much better to give a small food reward with lots of affection and praise. Also, as your dog eliminates, pleasantly say the command words “go potty” and give a lot of praise. This will teach your pup to void on command. Play with your puppy for a while. Then put him back in his kennel until his next scheduled elimination time. Use a command like, “kennel-up!”
Clean up the pee and poop asap
Immediately clean up accidents and use an odor remover. This is very important because puppies are highly motivated to continue soiling in areas that smell like urine or feces. If you catch your puppy having an accident, make a startling noise (careful not to scare him) and take him or her immediately to the designated soil/paper/litter area. NEVER push the dog’s nose in its stool, hit, slap, spank or jerk on a choke chain to punish a housebreaking accident. These methods are not only ineffective but will encourage aggression and other behavioral problems in the dog.
Crate = comfort and security
Always remove your puppy or dog’s collar before confining in the kennel. Even flat buckle collars can occasionally get struck on the bars or wire mesh of a kennel. Inside the kennel should be a a safe chewing bone, (a soft blanket or soft pillow bed, only after your dog is completely house trained). The crate is your pups house. He should be made to feel secure and comfortable in his house. It only looks like a cage to us! Crating or kenneling your dog keeps the puppy safe and your belongings in-tact. When you return home after a few hours, your dog will not have destroyed the house and it will be a happy reunion. No chewed computer cords, shoes, floor boards, etc.
The crate is also a very important tool in potty training as it is VERY important to limit the dogs area until it is fully trained. Give your dog food at certain times. Have certain times when you
put your dog out, litter box or on paper (example, after their supper, AFTER THEY GET UP FROM SLEEPING). After they get up from sleeping is the most important time to put them outside, on paper or in their litter box. The important thing is being consistent and patient.
Second Nature praises
Currently we are using the Purina SecondNature brand Dog Litter House Training System as a great alternative to traditional methods. We have used it for over five years now and have had terrific results. You really can teach an old dog new tricks! We begin this system of box training the puppies at about 5 to 6 weeks of age. We have heard wonderful success stories from families who have continued the training once they get their new puppy home.
Again, gentle patience and consistency is key to yorkie litter box training – Yes, you can do this! 😀