Preventing Yorkshire Terriers from Peeing on the Couch

September 27, 2006

Yorkshire Terrier Peeing Inside House

My yorkshire terrier is almost 2 years old and he still goes to the bathroom in the house. He was doing really well with the pee pads when I moved to a new home where his smell was gone. That lasted for about two months so I decided to remove the pad and only use outside. He did just fine with that for a little over a month. I praised him and rewarded him with a cookie whenever he would go the bathroom outside.

Now he is slipping and going inside again. I kennel him when I'm not home and still praise him when he goes outside, which is very often (almost every 2 hours when Im home). It seems when he goes outside he doesnt even fully go. He will pee only a little bit, but on everything in sight. Any suggestions?

LGDRZAZGA from Buffalo, NY


September 30, 20060 found this helpful
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I agree with the crate training. It worked really well with a rescue dog I have. I never have used paper training or pee pads with any of my puppies. I train them to go out right off the bat. They know they can only potty outside.

Always take them out after play time, after they eat or wake up, after a nap and first thing in the morning. It is a lot of work, but a good pay off in the end.


Pretty soon they should be coming to tell you when they have to go. My rescue dog came to me at age one, love and patience goes a long way.

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By Janyce Helen Van Es (Guest Post)
December 11, 20060 found this helpful
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Yorkies have a tough time tuning into where they can pee. I have two and it took me a very long time with my male and he is five and still pees on the couch legs or whereever he gets the urge.

My female is only 1 1/2 years old and hikes her leg (I thought that was strange) but pees and poops in the same places (one place in the downstairs bedroom and one place upstairs.) What I did was pick up the poop and say "Is this yours?" and stick it in front of her face and she will cower down and go hide.

They have little tiny bladders and have to be walked a lot! I have to take them outside and literally walk them until I see that they have peed and peed until there is nothing left to pee and then, take them inside.


Even when it is cold or hot outside.

My female looks like the dog in the picture and she gets leaves and twigs stuck in her furr and I don't like her to just run amock. I have to steer her away from everything that gets stuck in her fur.

Keep using those pads or use newspaper in the same spot where your dog goes and keep that area picked up, slowly moving it to the door.

They are just terrible about being trained. Most of it may be that we tend to spoil those cute little dogs and eventually let it go on too long. I did, thinking that it would eventually quit. But it hasn't.

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