Chorkie Potty-Training and Housebreaking
Because of their small size, Chorkies should only be raised indoors where the temperature is easily controlled and there's no threat of natural predators. As with any indoor dog, this means you'll have to spend the necessary time and energy to potty-train them; otherwise, life will be difficult for the both of you. Unfortunately, many owners take the wrong approach to potty-training their Chorkie by spanking or otherwise punishing them for their bad behavior. Not only does this training a Chorkie more difficult, but it can also lead to injury, which is something no one wants to see happen. If you're interested in the proper way to housebreak a Chorkie, keep reading and we'll reveal the exact steps for potty-training.
Before we start, it's important to note that every Chorkie can be potty-trained under the right circumstances. Of course some Chorkies will learn faster than others, but you shouldn't give up just because your's isn't catching on immediately. With dedication and persistence, any Chorkie can be trained to do their business outdoors and not inside the house. Continue working with them and spending time each day on training and they'll be well on their way to becoming housebroken.
Where Should I Start?
Ideally, it's best to start potty-training your Chorkie immediately after bringing them home and when they are still a puppy. Most owners will probably be eager to play and love on their new puppy, but you have to dedicate this critical time to housebreaking them. Instilling basic potty-training principles in your Chorkie at an early age will make the process easier for everyone involved. From the moment you bring your Chorkie home for the first time, you should begin to teach them the boundaries of what's acceptable and what's not.
While potty-training is easier when your Chorkie is still a puppy, you can still teach adult Chorkies to use the bathroom outside as well. If you adopted or otherwise inherited a fully-grown Chorkie, potty-training them will take a bit more work but can be done if you take the right approach.
Watching Over Your Chorkie
The number one rule when potty-training a Chorkie is to keep a close eye on them at all times. Don't give them the opportunity to sneak off into an unused room where they can use the bathroom without you or another member of the house seeing them. Whether it's behind the sofa, in the corner of the room or in a spare bedroom, Chorkies tend to do their business in hidden areas where their owners can't see them, so don't give them the chance. I recommend blocking off the living room or kitchen with a baby gate and keeping them confined there, as this will prevent them from sneaking off and doing their business elsewhere.
Blocking your Chorkie off to a certain room isn't going to prevent them from using the bathroom indoors altogether, but you'll be able to see and know when they do in fact have an accident. When you see them use the bathroom indoors, don't spank, rub their nose in it or physically discipline them in any way. Contrary to what some people may believe, this type of reaction will only work against your potty-training efforts. Instead, let them know what they did was unacceptable by saying "NO" or "bad girl/boy" in a clear and firm manner. Chorkies live to please their owner and just letting them know that you are unhappy with their actions is enough for them to make changes.
Walking Your Chorkie Outside
If your Chorkie is still a puppy, try to get into the habit of taking your Chorkie outside at least once every 2-3 hours. Once you get them on a leash, walk them out to a familiar area in the yard where they can do their business. It's important to always take your Chorkie outside to the same area each and every time, as it will develop a scent that they will associate with using the bathroom. Don't drag them around, but instead let them do the sniffing and walking. As they are walking around, speak a command like "go pee-pee" or "go potty." As long as you're patient and persistent, they will use the bathroom outside.
Positive reinforcement goes a long ways when potty-training a Chorkie. After you see them do their business outside, give them plenty of praise by telling them how good they are and by petting them. When you get back inside the house, say "lets get a treat," and then give them one of their favorite treats. Hard milk bones are the best all-around treats, as Chorkies love them and they naturally work to remove dental plaque when consumed. Just remember to stay consistant and always reward them with a treat when they are good and do their business outside.
General Potty-Training Tips:
- Start potty-training as soon as you bring your Chorkie home.
- Use baby gates to confine your Chorkie to a room or area of the house where you can watch them.
- Never scold, hit or physically discipline your Chorkie when they have accidents indoors.
- No matter how hard you try to prevent it, accidents will happen. Don't get discouraged when your Chorkie does their business inside.
- Dedicate an area of the yard for your Chorkie's "potty area," and always walk them here to use the bathroom.
- Reward your Chorkie anytime they use the bathroom outside with lots of praise, petting and one of their favorite treats.
- Avoid using any of the "pee pads" sold on the market that are designed to soak up pet urine. While they may deter your Chorkie from using the bathroom on the carpet, they send the wrong message that using the restroom indoors is unacceptable.
Using a Crate To Help Potty-Train
Some people are under the impression that forcing Chorkies to sleep and stay in a crate is cruel and unusual punishment. However, the truth is that crates are a helpful potty-training tool, and most Chorkies grow to love them. There's a certain sense of security and relaxation that comes with staying in a crate. This doesn't mean you should force them to stay in it at all times, but it's a good idea to lock them up when you have to leave the house and are unable to watch them.
A proper crate should be just big enough for your Chorkie to stand up and turn around in. Like most dogs, Chorkies don't want to use the bathroom where they're forced to sleep and rest. Instead, they will try to hold it until you take them outside, which generally makes potty-training easier. Just be sure to create a comfortable area with a soft bed and blankets inside the create for your Chorkie.
Other Things To Remember...
Hopefully you'll have a better understanding on how to potty-train a Chorkie after reading this. The reason why so many owners fail at housebreaking their Chorkies is because they allow them to continue doing their business indoors. Accidents are going to happen, but you have to be there to let them know that it's unacceptable behavior. Stay persistent, never let up with your training efforts, and your Chorkie will be using the bathroom outdoors before you know it.