How to Potty Train a Pekingese

How to Potty Train a Pekingese

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The Pekingese can be a stubborn and difficult breed to potty train, whether it's indoors or outdoors. Patience is key, as are these tips.

The independent, somewhat stubborn Pekingese has a royal lineage that goes back 1,200 years to China's Tang Dynasty. This toy breed's size makes Pekingese seemingly excellent candidates for either indoor or outdoor potty training. Unfortunately, the stubborn nature of this regal breed makes housebreaking these dogs unusually difficult. Patience, consistency and effort are required to properly train your Pekingese. Individuals vary, but it can take up to six months before a dog of this breed will consistently go to a designated litter box or outdoor area.

Step 1

Decide where you want your dog to potty. Pekingese are not highly active dogs, and are at risk of heatstroke in warmer climates; all dogs are reluctant to venture out into a storm to potty. It is best to select an outdoor area that is nearby and that is sheltered, since you and your little Pekingese will be making this trip frequently in all kinds of weather.

Small Pekingese can be trained to eliminate indoors using puppy pads or a canine litter box. Canine litter boxes are covered with artificial grass and require regular washing.

If you live in a high-rise apartment building, it may be best to train your Pekingese to potty indoors, because the dog may not always make it to the outdoor area in time to avoid accidents.

Step 2

Crate train your Pekingese by placing your dog in a comfortable crate that's not too large for the dog's size. The crate should provide plenty of room for your Pekingese to sit, stand and turn around, but not so much space that the dog is willing to soil the crate. Dogs will try to avoid soiling their living space, making a crate a useful housebreaking aid, but the usefulness of the crate in potty training is defeated if the dog is willing to soil it.

Step 3

Take your adult Pekingese to the designated potty spot approximately every two hours. For Pekingese puppies, the interval is every hour, because puppies have smaller bladders. Key times to take your dog to the designated potty area are first thing in the morning, after meals, after waking from a nap, and after a play session. Wait 10 to 15 minutes after a meal before taking your dog to the potty area. Either carry the dog in your arms to the potty area, or walk the dog on a harness and leash.

Step 4

Tell your Pekingese to potty, using a command word you have selected that the dog will learn to associate with the act of pottying. This word may be "Potty" or "Get Busy," or some other command of your choice, but be consistent about it. Wait for your Pekingese to complete the act, then give the dog a treat and praise. If you are training your dog to potty outdoors, do not allow your pet to leave the potty area until the purpose for being there is completed. If you are training your dog indoors, crate a dog that doesn't potty within a few minutes, then return the dog to the potty area after 15 to 20 minutes and try again.

Step 5

Feed your Pekingese at the same times every day, and keep timing of potty breaks consistent as well. Pekingese have small bladders. Adult dogs may need as many as four to five potty breaks daily, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Crate your dog when you aren't there to monitor activities. This will reduce the chance of accidents, which can slow down training.

Tips & Warnings

  • Some Pekingese need a few minutes of play or light exercise before a potty break. If this is the case, engage your dog in play before taking the dog to the designated potty area.

  • If you must be away during the day, have a dog walker visit at designated intervals to give your Pekingese a break from the crate and to take the dog to the potty area. Once potty trained, a Pekingese who uses an indoor litter box can be confined to an area of the home that includes the litter box, instead of having to stay in a crate.

  • Walk your Pekingese to the potty area using a harness rather than a collar. The breed suffers from brachycephalic airway syndrome and a collar can put a strain on the dog's trachea or larynx while walking the dog.

  • Never yell at your Pekingese in an accident. This does nothing to help train your dog and can lead to aggressive tendencies and illness.

  • Confine a Pekingese that has been rescued from a puppy mill or purchased at a pet store to a small area and supervise the dog between potty breaks. Crate training won't work with these dogs to deter inappropriate elimination. Special attention is required for all pet store and puppy mill dogs because of their extreme confinement and lack of socialization.

Things Needed

  • Puppy pads or canine litter box
  • Crate
  • Dog harness
  • Dog treats
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