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.
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.
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.
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.
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.