How To Train A Yorkie

 How to train a Yorkie can be challenging because these little dogs have short attention spans and are known for being rather willful.  Their most notorious training difficulties involve Yorkie housebreaking.  For this reason it is VERY important to get it right the first time. If you don’t, it is even more difficult to have to start over from scratch.

Some owners report having their Yorkies for well over a year and still having problems with them going to the bathroom in the house. Here are some tips on how to train a Yorkie right the first time. 

Crate Training

When trying to housebreak your Yorkie, you are going to have to monitor him constantly while he has the run of the house. For that reason, it is important to first crate train him so that he can be in the crate when you are away from the house or unable to watch his every move.

Make sure the crate is just large enough for the dog to stand up and turn around in. If it is any larger, he may take to using the bathroom at one end and then sleeping at the other.

Frequent Breaks

When trying to housebreak a Yorkie, you will need to let him outside quite frequently. These dogs have to urinate often, so you’ll l need to let them outside every few hours. (A quick side note here, house training small dogs in general can be pretty tough because of the size of the bladder)

Monitor Closely

When the dog is in the house, you will need to watch them very closely. As soon as you see the dog about to have an “accident” make a loud noise to distract the dog and then immediately pick him up and place him outside.

When the dog goes to the bathroom outside, offer lavish praise and a treat.

One of the most important times to keep a close eye on the Yorkie is when he first comes in from the outdoors. Often, Yorkies will not eliminate completely when they urinate. You may see the dog use the bathroom outside and then when you let him in he will make a beeline for his favorite spot on the carpet.


Because Yorkies are so hard to train, it’s a good idea to limit their run of the house until you are sure they will not destroy carpet and bedding. Use gates to confine them to a room where cleanup will be simple, such as a bathroom or kitchen.

Ask for Help

There are plenty of books with advice about how to train a Yorkie, but if your best efforts are not producing the desired results, you may have to ask for help.

Find a dog trainer that has a lot of experience with this breed. Because Yorkshire Terriers are stubborn, you will need a dog trainer that has some tried and true methods for breaking through their willfulness.

The breeder from whom you got your pet is another place to get good advice about how to train a Yorkie.  It’s true these dogs are stubborn, but with consistency and proper training techniques, your dog will be as well-behaved as he is charming.

One more thing, you are going to have to learn how to keep your Yorkie cleaned up. Grooming Yorkies is not that difficult and can be quite fun so there is no need to feel intimidated. Just find yourself a good book or DVD.

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