Housebreaking A Yorkie

Question: We have a new Maltipoo puppy. What are your potty training tips? – Greg

One of the main components to successful house training is management. By this I mean that it is incumbent upon you, the owner, to arrange your puppy’s living space and organize your and her time in such a way as to minimize her opportunities to make a mistake and go to the bathroom in the house. Additionally, of course, you need to teach her where she is allowed to go to the bathroom.

First off, when, and how often, should you be taking your puppy out? The general rule of thumb is that your puppy should be able to “hold it” for the number of hours equal to her age in months, plus one. So a two and a half month (or ten week) old puppy should, theoretically, be able to “hold it” for three and a half hours. This is, of course, a loose guideline. And for you, Greg, it’s important to bear in mind that smaller breed puppies have smaller bladders. In addition to this overarching rule, puppies generally need to go to the bathroom:

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