Training Yorkie Puppies
So you’ve recently become the proud new owner of an adorable Yorkie pup. Congratulations! You are in for a lot of happy moments with this intelligent, loyal dog. However, you should know up front that to get this dog to its full potential, you must give it the proper training and socialization.
Yorkies are a very active breed of dogs and are especially energetic as puppies. Training yorkie puppies includes giving them lots of opportunities to get that energy out. Take them on regular walks. Give your Yorkie pup the opportunity to play outside and run around. Provide lots of toys for your pup to play with. Additionally, training your pup with commands is an effective way of mentally stimulating the dog, which will also help it get energy out.
To start training Yorkie puppies, you need to teach your pup commands, both positive and negative ones. For example, “good boy/girl” is positive. “Down!” is a negative command. Your puppy needs to start associating good and bad behavior with these commands. When you give a negative command, do not yell or beat your dog, simply use a firm, loud tone to convey your disapproval of bad behavior.
Another key component to training Yorkie puppies is to start when they are young. Ideally you should start soon after they turn 8 weeks old. If you wait too long, the puppies will establish bad habits that will be difficult to break. Your goal is to set the frame with them of you having control of the dynamics of your house.
Speaking of which, you will need to establish right away that you are the alpha pack leader of your house. If you don’t, your puppy will steal this title and it will undermine all training efforts.
It’s a good idea to introduce crate training when the puppy is small. Training Yorkie puppies to use crates. Crate training requires the puppy to sleep in it whenever you are not around to supervise, and when they go to sleep at night. It is tempting to have your cute little puppy to sleep in your bed, but this is actually bad on many levels. The crate should become the puppy’s safe haven, and they have to learn to love the comfort and security it affords them. Crate training can help eliminate separation anxiety, barking problems, assist in housebreaking, and other beneficial training techniques.