Any changes in your Yorkies potty habits are a potential red flag – especially in an adult that, until now, seemed quite well potty trained. Unless you have recently introduced a stress factor or ‘territorial nudge’ such as a new animal to the house, then a vet visit is a good idea.
Urinary tract infections, bladder stones, and other health issues can cause a dog to lose control of their bladder. The good news is that if this is the case your vet can help to get control of this fairly quickly.
So, schedule a visit to rule out any health issues and clean the areas well with enzymatic cleaner to discourage repeat urination in these areas.
For the remainder of this article, we’re going to answer popular questions on the subject of potty training and unusual urination habits in your Yorkie. Let’s take a look at the questions that are trending the most this week from Yorkie owners just like you!
Table of Contents
- Why do Yorkies pee everywhere?
- How often do Yorkies need to pee?
- How do I stop my Yorkie from peeing in the house?
- Are Yorkies hard to potty train?
- How much water should a Yorkie have a day?
- Do Yorkies pee when excited?
- Why is my puppy peeing in small amounts?
- Why is my Yorkie peeing on my bed?
- Why do dogs pee in their crate?
- Do dogs pee out of spite?
Why do Yorkies pee everywhere?
Most likely your Yorkie is a pup if this is happening, so if your dog is an adult than a trip to the vet is a good idea. That said, with puppies, expect that you will need to take them out within 15 to 20 minutes after every meal and also on a regular schedule based on their age.
For every month of age, your puppy can wait for around 1 hour before they need to go potty. Thus planning scheduled outings will help you to avoid accidents and hasten their potty training mastery. These little guys and gals don’t have the bladder control yet to wait longer, so it’s up to you to help them out!
How often do Yorkies need to pee?
Once fully potty trained, an adult Yorkie can ‘hold it’ for up to 8 hours, although potty breaks every 6 hours is an ideal minimum to target.
With puppies, they can wait for 1 hour for every month of life, but more than this is not a good idea – their bladder control is pretty flimsy until they older, so frequent outings are a must.
How do I stop my Yorkie from peeing in the house?
First, you need to make sure that your Yorkie is getting enough potty breaks during the day. For pups, they can wait 1 hour for every month of age, while adults should go out 3 or 4 times a day and 15 to 30 minutes after each meal.
If they have a regular schedule, they could be trying to ‘mark’ the area if there are other animals in the house, and spaying or neutering can reduce or eliminate this behavior.
It could also be that they aren’t potty trained yet, so watch for behaviors such as circling or sniffing an area of the carpet and if you see this, take your dog outside immediately!
Are Yorkies hard to potty train?
Generally, no, but if you punish them for pottying inside then you will have a hard time training them. Yorkies are wee little dogs, but highly intelligent, and so positive reinforcement is the only way to train them.
If they potty inside, clean it up with an enzymatic cleaner so that they aren’t tempted to ‘mark’ that area again. Whenever they potty outside, reward them with a treat, praise, and maybe even a little playtime. Your smart little dog will quickly learn that they should only potty outside!
How much water should a Yorkie have a day?
On average, your Yorkie is going to need 1 to 1.5 ounces of water for each pound of their body weight.
The best thing to do to make sure that they get enough is to use a gravity water feeder so that their bowl is always full and you can put it away before bed if you want them to avoid drinking water at night (and needing to go out because of this!)
Do Yorkies pee when excited?
They can and this is called ‘submissive urination’ when your dog gets very excited and leave a small puddle of urine in response. Don’t worry, a lot of dogs grow out of this, but it’s fairly common with new dogs. Once your dog is more used to you then it should occur less frequently and eventually go away.
Why is my puppy peeing in small amounts?
When your puppy is doing this, then a vet visit is a good idea. Puppies sometimes get bacterial infections, and frequently peeing in small amounts can be a red flag that this is the case. Schedule a vet visit and bring your little one in to help rule this out.
Once identified, your vet can write a prescription to get your little one back to good health fairly quickly!
Why is my Yorkie peeing on my bed?
If your Yorkie is a pup, it’s not a good idea to have them on the bed for long period of time. At young ages, Yorkies can only control their bladders for 1 hour for every month of age. So, an 8 week old Yorkie pup can only wait for 2 hours at the most before they need to go outside.
If they are stuck in a cuddle while you are napping, then that’s a recipe for pee in the bed!
Why do dogs pee in their crate?
More often than not, it means that they need more trips outside. If your dog is a pup, make sure that they are going out every 2 to 3 hours or you can also give them a long walk before bed and they will sometimes sleep through most of the night.
With adults, bring them in to a vet – peeing in the crate is abnormal with older dogs and may be a sign of a urinary tract infection or another condition that you’ll want to quickly address with your vet’s assistance.
Do dogs pee out of spite?
No, dogs don’t pee out of spite, but if they are not spayed or neutered they will sometimes pee to ‘mark’ an area – especially if another animal such as a dog or a cat has been introduced to the house.
Clean these areas thoroughly with enzymatic cleaner so that your dog isn’t encouraged to pee there again and consider having them spayed or neutered if you haven’t already. This lowers their aggression so that they are less territorial and it also helps to lower their chances of certain types of cancer, so it’s quite good for them!