Getting your yorkie to stop peeing indoors is a two-part plan. The first part is getting them used to the idea of outdoor spaces for potty breaks. Let them get familiar with things like grass and soil so they are comfortable enough relieving themselves there. Also make sure to reward them promptly and generously for every successful outdoor potty break.
The second and less known part of the plan is getting them to see indoor spaces as the last place they would want to go potty. It is a well-known fact that dogs do not like to soil spaces that they particularly feel comfortable in if they have other options. You are therefore unlikely to find poop or pee on things like dog beds, lounge mats or even crates as long as they have the freedom to leave.
You can therefore take advantage of this psyche to help you with housebreaking. Just have the little one so comfortable in different spaces in the house that they don’t feel right going indoors. Here are 3 tips to help you with this.
Let them explore
If you know they will find their way there one way or another, it is best you just take control and let them explore under supervision. It could be your bedroom, the bathroom or even a home office. Let them go in, look, and sniff around and get familiar with the space.
Have designated spaces for them in each room
You can take this further by setting aside specific spots in every room for them. It could be in a crate or a dog lounge mat. However, feeling welcome makes them too comfortable to want to soil the space.
Take them out if caught mid-act
In case you catch the little one in the act, try your best to get them outside so they can finish there. This lets them know that going indoors is not allowed. However, if this is not possible, let them finish then you can clean up and try to take them out on time later.