View Full Version : Yorkies & Toilet Training
14-05-2007, 12:58 PM
A friend of a friend rescued a Yorkie a few months ago. At first she wasn't too concerned when he used her carpet as a toilet – she thought perhaps the chance in environment had upset him and he'd soon straighten out. Apparently, despite her best efforts (I can't say exactly what she's done as I've been told this second-hand) the dog is still soiling indoors on a regular basis although not as often as it was doing at first.
This lady has now been told by the trainer at the club she's been taking the dog to for basic OB lessons that Yorkies are notoriously difficult to house train. This isn't something I've heard before but then I've no real experience with Yorkies.
Anybody know more about this? Lara?
14-05-2007, 01:25 PM
I go on a Yorkie forum and yes toilet training does seem to be a problem that often crops up. It just takes more perciverence than most breeds but its basically the same, you just take your yorkie to the designated toilet area after every play, every sleep etc etc. Accidents are inevitable but you just have to be patient. I think another thing is that yorkies don't seem to be able to hold their bladder for as long as other breeds so lots of people who have to work long hours will teach their yorkies to go on a puppy pad instead to avoid accidents in the daytime.
14-05-2007, 01:27 PM
Thanks for your response, Lara.
If it turned out that Yorkies ARE difficult to toilet train, I was going to suggest puppy pads for the times when she has to be away from home and can't let him out so it looks as if that's the answer.
I'd really never heard of this problem with Yorkies before. You certainly learn something new every day :)
14-05-2007, 01:39 PM
when logan was a little puppy we used newspaper,made a right mess on the laminate floor!! so i bought some puppy training pads from argos..£10 for a large pack....put one down and what did he do???....shred it!! so iv got a full pack bar one on the top of the cellar....i doubt a yorkie can shred one though...anyone got any usefull ideas what to do with the rest of em???!!! :o
14-05-2007, 01:41 PM
I brought lily home aged 8 weeks and used a crate from day 1,she was housetrained in just 3 weeks ,she is 11 now and this week is having to learn to ask to go out,as we have had the back door replaced and no longer hAve a cat flap,no accidents so far,but keeping fingers crossed :)
14-05-2007, 01:48 PM
Well done Tarasmum!
Yes in my experience they are a bit tricky with toilet training.
I agree with above, yes same process to train, just more perceverance required. Cages are great use with toilet training - has your friend tried one?
My puppy Connor (owned 2 weeks) is now weeing consitently on grass and pooing on the gravel when you take him to it. Though we are having the odd accident especially since the rain started, we are chuffed with progress.
14-05-2007, 02:07 PM
I have absolutey no idea, Denise. As I said, I don't actually know the dog's owner so the information I receive is all 'second hand'. I have my friend (who is her friend) on MSN now, though, so will ask if she knows or can ask.
BTW, the dog is 3 and was 2 when she got him from the rescue. I don't know whether that will make any difference.