Yorkie Dog Training
Yorkies are the kind of dog you need to invest in right away in terms of proper training. Training takes time, energy, and sometimes boatloads of patience, but the pay-off is priceless when you have a dog that is a happy, well-adjusted, loyal member of the family.
Yorkie dog training includes a few tried and true methods that will help you work with your Yorkie to encourage positive behaviors and discourage the negative ones.
First, it is imperative that you establish yourself as the alpha pack leader. If you do not, your Yorkie will take command and think it is their duty to protect the home and manage the household. This often leads to incessant barking, sometimes aggression, and destructive behaviors that the Yorkie may mistakenly think they can get away with.
To establish yourself as the pack leader, you want to start working on commands as soon as your Yorkie is of age (usually around eight weeks old). Commands include “sit,” “stay,” “no,” and things of this nature. You must practice using these commands, using positive reinforcement when your Yorkie complies with a command.
Positive reinforcement could include a little treat, or something as simple as an enthusiastic “good dog!” with a good petting of their fur. Do not scream or use physical force with your Yorkie. This will not help make the dog more compliant, but rather will do the opposite.
Another excellent Yorkie dog training technique is crate training. This is especially good for Yorkies since they are so small. Purchase a crate that is just big enough for your dog to sleep in (full grown) and move around a bit. This will help not only with housebreaking, but also with separation anxiety and other issues your Yorkie may be prone to.
The key of crate training is consistency. You must designate it as the place for your dog to sleep without deviating. This means no matter how cute your Yorkie is, they do not sleep in your bed, or the couch, or anywhere else. The crate becomes home. Your Yorkie will spend time in the crate whenever you are not around to supervise them, and during the night to sleep.
Obviously you will want to make sure that your Yorkie has the chance to go to the bathroom outside before and after being in the crate. The crate will prove to be an excellent retreat that makes the dog feel safe and secure, therefore reducing any separation anxiety they may have when you leave.
The key to Yorkie dog training is to be consistent, firm, and patient with your new dog as they learn the rules and your leadership in the home.