Yorkie Training Tips
Yorkies are great little dogs. They are smart, spunky, and loyal to the family. However, a great dog usually gets to that point for a reason—it has been properly socialized and trained by a responsible owner. Training is important not only for the owner and members of the household in which the Yorkie will reside, but also for the well-being and safety of the Yorkie.
Here are a few Yorkie training tips to get you started with your new Yorkie pup:
•Start young. The younger the better (after 8 weeks of age). 8-10 weeks is the ideal time to start training your Yorkie pup. The first month that you have your Yorkie will be critical in terms of training and establishing ground rules with your new dog.
•Crate training is an excellent way of not only housebreaking the Yorkie, but also ensuring that your young Yorkie learns how to behave. Use the crate whenever you are not with your dog for long periods of time, or whenever you are unable to give your full supervision.
•Provide plenty of opportunities for your Yorkie to play and exercise. This includes walks, play sessions outside, and having a variety of dog toys available for them to use.
•Positive reinforcement is important. Do not fall into the trap of yelling or physically disciplining your dog. If they do something appropriate, like relieve themselves outside, you give them positive praise by petting them, using a nice voice, and/or giving them a little treat. Make sure you give them this positive praise immediately after they do something you like, otherwise they will not be able to make the connection.
•Another Yorkie training tip is to begin with simple commands as soon as your Yorkie is old enough (around 8 week s of age). This includes: sit, stay, down, etc. Give your Yorkie positive praise when they comply.
•Prevent separation anxiety by not giving your dog attention when you leave the home or when you come home. A common mistake owners make is to make a big deal about leaving, including petting the dog, telling the dog you will miss them, and other such moves. This actually creates anxiety for the dog, and that anxiety can lead to destructive behaviors around the house, like chewing, peeing, destroying items, and other such things. Crate training will help here. If you have a crate, you would put your Yorkie inside whenever you are gone, which will help with the separation anxiety. Your Yorkie will feel safe and comfortable inside of the crate.
Yorkie training tips are important in getting the right start with your new Yorkie pup. Consistency and patience will help you train your Yorkie to be a fantastic member of the family.