# 3 - Choose One Area
Simply just choosing "outside" as the bathroom area is not going to teach solid lessons. Owners should choose one specific location that will only be used for housebreaking
. Please keep in mind that an area chosen in the spring may not work well in the winter. Think about how things will work when it is raining, snowing and/or the weather turns cold.
No other activity should take place in that spot...It should not be an area that your dog plays near and it should not be near a BBQ, patio deck, etc.
#4 The 15 Minute Rule
Just about 15 minutes after eating a meal, a Yorkie puppy
should be taken to the designated area, and owners should allow the puppy to have at least 15 minutes to pee or poo.
One of the most common mistakes that owners can make is to expect their puppy to go to the bathroom within just minutes of being brought outside. Certainly, if the puppy has an immediate need, this may happen.
However, it is more realistic to allow time for the pup to choose the perfect spot within the chosen area...and for bladder and bowel muscles to relax enough to release urine and/or bowel movements.
While standing outside, time can seem to creep by very slowly. So, a good tip is to keep yourself occupied while your Yorkie sniffs around. Read a book, messages on your phone, sit on an outdoor bench if you must, but remain in the area for at least those 15 minutes.
One of the biggest frustrations of owners trying to train their puppy is that the pup goes to the bathroom as soon as he is brought back into the house...And this is often the result of not allowing for enough time.