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The Pekingese is well-known for being incredibly stubborn, which can prove to make potty training your pup more than just challenging. If you want potty training to succeed, you must be patient, consistent in your efforts, and most of all be able to "out stubborn" your pup. It can take up to a full six months for your pup to fully master this very important skill. But, unless you want to spend your dog's life cleaning up after him, you need to keep working with him until he is properly potty trained.
The task at hand is to potty train your Pekingese pup that it is not okay for him to relieve himself wherever he feels like it in your home. You can teach him that the only place he is allowed to go is outside or, if you prefer, in a puppy litter box (yes, they do make them). Keep in mind that these little guys are not exactly very active, so they don't do well in extremes of heat or cold. If you're going to teach your pup to go outside only, try to find a spot that is well-sheltered to turn into his potty.
Because this particular breed can be harder than most to train, you will definitely need plenty of patience and to be as consistent as possible in order to succeed. Like many other things you want to teach your pup, the only way to success is repetition, positive reinforcement, and time. You will need a few supplies, including:
- A crate – For training and somewhere you can put him when you need to be out for a while
- A litter box – A puppy litter box or tray for indoor use
- A leash – For training purposes
- Treats – To use as rewards
- Puppy potty spray – For training purposes.
- Potty pads – For training purposes
No matter which of the various training methods you choose, you need to have the time to work with your pup as often as you can. This is the only way he will finally figure out where he is supposed to go potty and that it is not okay for him to go anywhere else.
The Litter Box Method
At the store
Head out to your local pet supply store and pick up a "puppy" litter box (they are designed differently than those made for cats, some treats, a bag of kitty litter, and a gallon or two of patience.
Place the litter box
Find a safe spot for the litter box in your home, preferably one where the floor isn't carpeted. Place the litter box there and add the litter to it.
Observe your pup
Keep a close eye on your pup and when he starts to exhibit the first signs he might be thinking about going potty (whining, circling a spot on the floor, becoming agitated, or sniffing around), take him straight to his litter box and place him in it.
If he won't go
If your pup doesn’t go this time, take him out of the box and wait until he starts to fuss again before you take him back to it. When he goes, be sure to praise him and give him a treat.
One last thought
Some dogs need the smell of urine in the box to help them understand that this is the spot they are allowed to use for a potty. There are readily available attractant sprays that can help with this.
The Chosen Spot Method
Go to the store
Go to your local pet supplies store and pick up a bottle of puppy potty training spray. You want the one designed for outdoor use.
Create a bathroom
Choose a spot in your yard that your pup can use as his personal bathroom. Apply the training spray liberally, let it dry, and then go inside for your pup.
Attach your pup
Attach your pup to his leash, take him outside, and straight over to the spot in the grass that you recently marked. Let him sniff around, the scent should help create the urge to pee and mark his territory. When he goes, be sure to give him a treat and praise him. This will help him to associate good things with waiting to go potty in the marked area.
If he doesn't go
Your pup may not go right away, but give him a little time and he may not be able to resist. If for any reason he simply won't go, take him back inside Wait for a few minutes and then take him back outside. When he goes, praise him and give him a treat.
Keep it up
Keep working with your pup, slowly extending the time he has to wait between outings until he can hold himself for several hours at a time. Mission accomplished.
The Timer Method
Use a timer
Start by making sure you have a timer you can use to train your pup. It can be any kind of timer, a kitchen timer, a watch, the timer on your microwave. Just as long as you can set it in 30-minute increments.
Set the schedule
Start out by setting the timer to 30 minutes and taking your pup outside to go potty. If he doesn’t go, no problem. Come back inside, start the timer and watch your pup closely. If he even looks like he might be thinking about going potty, take him straight outside, if do so not at the end of the thirty minutes.
Give your pup 15 minutes to wander around his area of the backyard to go potty. If he goes, be sure to praise him and give him a treat.
If he doesn't go
If for any reason your pup has not done his business after 15 minutes, take him back inside and try again in another 30 minutes. Of course, if he gives any sign he needs to go, take him out immediately.
Work on it
From here you need to work on extending the time between potty breaks, start at 30 minutes and increase the time by 30 minutes each time until your Pekingese can hold it for as long as needed. Keep in mind that puppies can typically only "hold it" for about one hour per month of their age.
By PB Getz
Published: 02/23/2018, edited: 01/08/2021