Tips For Training Your Yorkie
Yorkies are easier to train when you know what to expect.
It’s important to remember that they can be stubborn and are known to have an independent streak. However, if you know what you’re doing, it will be easier to get the desired results.
Focus on One Issue at a Time
While you may have all sorts of grandiose ideas when it comes to training your dog, you want to focus on one issue at a time. For example, if you are working on housebreaking, you don’t want to choose this time to also teach the various commands. Otherwise, you are going to end up with a confused dog that doesn’t know what you want.
Remember the Age of the Dog
Most puppies can start to receive training at eight weeks old when it comes to housebreaking. However, it might take 12 or 16 weeks to start seeing results because their muscles are still developing. This goes with all of the other training that you are trying to give your Yorkie. Remember how old they are so that you don’t try to teach them something they are physically incapable of doing because of their age.
Provide a Reward, Not a Reprimand
Your dog inherently wants to make you happy. It will be easier to get training results when you provide rewards instead of reprimands. A reward can come in the form of praise as well as treats. Simply avoid providing too many treats or your dog will expect one each time they follow a command for the rest of their life.
In the end, remember that it’s all about baby steps. You can’t expect your dog to learn everything in a single afternoon. You may also want to attend a few training workshops at a local pet store so that you can get some additional pointers.
Find out more about training your Yorkshire Terrier at The Yorkie Times.