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I got Sam at 10 weeks and he was already housetrained, but he is a standard. I litter trained a yorkie once by putting him in a large wire dog crate on one side I put the litter box and on the other I put his bed, so he had nowhere to go but the litter box to potty. I never let him out of the crate unless one of us was completely engaged with him or he was outside. After I was certain he knew what he was suppose to do then I took the crate away but left the litter box in the same spot. I still either put him in his little crate or leashed him to me when one of us wasn't playing with him. He was completely trained to use either the litter box or outside in about 3 weeks, I think the biggest trick to housebreaking quickly is to never allow an accident in the first place, it takes alot of time and commitment, but it pays off in the end. If they only ever potty in one spot, it doesn't cross their mind to potty anyplace else unless they have no choice. Our biggest problem with the litter box was after the litter box was out of the crate he tended to play in it, I don't know why since he never played in it when he was crated with it. We eventually phased it out kinda like you would train off of paper by moving it closer and closer to the door and eventually outside before taking it away altogether. I would assume a poodle could do all this alot quicker, nothing against yorkies altogether but as sweet and loving as ours was he was not the sharpest knife in the drawer. LOL!