5 Tips For Housebreaking A Yorkshire Terrier Puppy

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Yorkshire terriers may be small in size, but they have big personalities and make wonderful and loyal pets. Few things are cuter than a tiny Yorkie puppy, but when you bring your new pet home, it will take some time and effort to train him or her. Most new owners of a Yorkie puppy focus on housebreaking first. If you're adding a Yorkie puppy to your family in the near future, use the following housebreaking tips:

Invest in a Crate

Canines are den animals, and instinct makes a dog want to keep their den clean. A crate inside your house can act as your Yorkie puppy's den and safe place, and when he or she is inside, he or she will most likely try not to urinate or have a bowel movement as to not soil the area.

Be Realistic About Crate Training

Crate training a Yorkie pup can be a valuable housebreaking tool, but you can't expect to leave your puppy in his or her crate for an extended period of time. Since Yorkie puppies are so small in size, it has to be remembered that they have tiny bladders. While crate training, they will need to be taken outside at regularly. In general, it is not recommended to use potty pads inside your Yorkie puppy's crate, as this may slow down the overall process of housebreaking.

Choose a Specific Area

Housebreaking a Yorkie puppy can be more effective when you use one designated spot in the yard as your dog's restroom area. This is the spot you should go to directly when taking your puppy outside to potty. Do not use this area for playing-- it is best if your Yorkie associates a specific area as the place to urinate or have bowel movements.

Give Your Yorkie Puppy Time

Do not expect your Yorkie puppy to immediately go to the bathroom when you bring him or her outside. It may take several minutes, so be patient and allow your puppy time to choose a preferred spot in the potty area and relax his or her bladder and bowel muscles.

Focus on Positive Reinforcements

Like most dogs, Yorkshire Terriers tend to respond better to positive reinforcement instead of reprimands. When your puppy goes to the bathroom outside, make sure to provide a lot of praise and possibly a small treat. During housebreaking training, your Yorkie puppy may have accidents inside-- avoid yelling at him or her or trying to punish your puppy. 

For more information, or if you're just in the process of looking for a puppy for sale, contact dog companies like Unique Yorkies.


25 January 2017

Loving Your Pets

After our youngest daughter was in high school, I realized that I liked having people around to take care of and that my window for doing that was closing quickly. Instead of having more children, I decided to see about adopting a pet or two. I looked everywhere for a dog and a cat that would meld well with my lifestyle, and it was incredible to find a pet that I really connected with. However, I was able to find pets that I absolutely adored, and so I made them a part of our home. This blog is here to help new pet owners to adjust to their new situation and to learn to love everything about having new pets.