Are Yorkshire Terriers easy to potty train?

Answered by Robert Flynn

Yorkshire Terriers, or Yorkies, are generally considered to be fairly easy to potty train. However, like any breed, success in house training will depend on several factors such as consistency, patience, and the individual dog’s personality and learning ability.

To begin with, it’s important to establish a consistent routine for your Yorkie. Taking them outside to the designated potty area at regular intervals throughout the day will help them understand where they should go to relieve themselves. This routine should include taking them out first thing in the morning, after meals, after naps, and before bedtime. By sticking to a schedule, you’ll help your Yorkie develop good habits and reduce the likelihood of accidents.

Another key aspect of potty training is positive reinforcement. When your Yorkie successfully goes potty outside, be sure to praise and reward them with treats or verbal praise. This positive reinforcement will help them associate going potty in the designated area with good things, making them more inclined to repeat the behavior.

Consistency is crucial during the potty training process. If you catch your Yorkie having an accident indoors, it’s important not to scold or punish them. Instead, calmly interrupt the behavior and immediately take them outside to finish their business. This will help them understand that going potty is meant to be done outside. Accidents may happen, especially in the early stages of training, so it’s important to be patient and not get discouraged.

In addition to a consistent routine and positive reinforcement, crate training can also be beneficial for potty training Yorkies. Dogs naturally avoid soiling their sleeping area, so using a crate can help teach your Yorkie to hold their bladder and bowels until they are taken outside. However, it’s important to ensure that the crate is not used as a form of punishment. The crate should be a comfortable and safe space for your Yorkie, and they should never be left in it for extended periods of time.

It’s worth noting that some individuals may find it more challenging to house train their Yorkie due to factors such as their age or previous potty training experiences. Older Yorkies or those who have been previously trained in a different environment may require additional patience and consistency in order to adapt to their new surroundings.

Personal experience: When I was potty training my Yorkie, I found that establishing a consistent routine was key. I made sure to take her outside first thing in the morning, after meals, and before bed. I also used positive reinforcement by praising and rewarding her when she went potty outside. It took some time and patience, but she eventually learned to associate going potty with going outside. Crate training also played a role in her potty training success, as it helped her develop bladder and bowel control. I found that with consistency, positive reinforcement, and patience, Yorkies can be successfully potty trained.