Senior Yorkie Potty Training Problems: How to Fix a Potty Training Problem

Potty training a Yorkie is one of the most difficult tasks that a dog owner can face. It seems that Yorkie owners who have not yet potty trained their dogs are more than twice as likely as those who have trained their Yorkie to go to the toilet as soon as they have finished eating. You must be wondering, What causes this problem? The problem is almost always psychological, and the solutions are always physical.

A shift in Yorkie potty behavior can have many causes.

A Yorkie that is not toilet trained can: Have a difficult time deciding whether to go to the toilet or not. Wanders around the yard looking for a suitable spot to go to the toilet. Stand by the door or sit by the couch until she hears the signal to go to the toilet. Wander around and visit other family members who are not going to the toilet to see if they will use their toilet. Choose to be excited when the signal to go to the toilet is given. Perhaps you even took your Yorkie outside when she was supposed to go to the toilet and gave her attention and affection when she did go to the toilet instead of teaching her to go to the toilet on command. All of these behavior problems can be corrected with the help of your veterinarian and training specialists.

Discussing potty behavior with your veterinarian.

Both you and your vet can work together to determine the source of your dog’s problem. In the case of a Yorkie who is too little to know that he needs to go to the toilet, it is usually a matter of physical lack of toilet training. Many small Yorkies are too distracted to remember where the toilet is located. You must make sure your Yorkie is up to date with his vaccines and has not ingested any foreign objects, such as nuts, Cheetos, or anything else that might make him stop going to the toilet. Regular walks are also necessary. If your Yorkie is missing you because he wants to follow you around, try putting his favorite toy in his crate so that he will not bother you. After several days of walking, cleaning, and training with the toy, your Yorkie should stop missing you.

Determine what triggered the potty behavior change.

Do you have an older, timid dog who tends to bark and hide when other dogs are around? The big dog in the house never wanted to take her for walks, and now she can’t stop barking, hiding or crying at every dog she sees. Is she intimidated by other dogs? Are other dogs getting in the way of her ball or game? Are she and your other dog fighting? An older, shy dog who barks and hides is just waiting to get adopted by a new family, where she will not have to be an outcast. Change the feeding schedules. A tired, cranky dog will not pee for a long time. This can be cured by feeding the dog earlier in the day. Feeding an older dog two or three hours before you want to let the dog outside might help the dog go out and pee for a longer period of time. Take the dogs on the same schedule.

Go back to potty behavior basics.

The learning of the word “potty” triggers a physical urge to relieve oneself. So, when your puppy doesn’t understand the word “potty”, she may think that she can hold it until she gets home, then rush to relieve herself. Or, she may just say the word “potty” in a very large bark (like a 3-year-old who’s scared). If your puppy has become habituated to the word, then she’s going to be peeing and pooping in your home in the middle of the night. But, if your puppy doesn’t understand the word, she’s not going to have the physical compulsion to go to the toilet. Your puppy needs to be able to hear the word, understand the word, and then know that the word is associated with a physical urge to go to the toilet.

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