Yorkie Training Tips

Yorkshire terrier waiting for treatsWelcome to Yorkies Training.  I’ve set up this website to help people with training their Yorkies.

If you’re looking for some useful training tips for your Yorkie, it’s a good idea to know where to start. First you need to know what your Yorkie needs from you in a training situation and then you need to learn how to give it to them.  Although Yorkies are smart dogs, they are not actually thinking for themselves but are in reality reacting to your cues in a given situation.  Because dogs are pack animals, your Yorkie instinctively wants to be accepted as one of the pack.

So, if you want to correct any negative behaviors, the best way to handle your Yorkie is not to reprimand them or yell at them, but to concentrate on changing how they express those instincts.

Basic Dog Training Tips

There are a few fundamental things that every dog owner should consider when training their furry friend. These tasks can make training your Yorkie much easier all around.

Crate Training – Crate training provides your Yorkie with a home and sanctuary.  Never use their crate as a punishment.  Also, be sure your Yorkie spends some time in their crate while you’re at home with them so that they become used to it.  Teaching your Yorkie to be comfortable in their crate can make potty training, barking problems, and separation anxiety issues much better.

Leash Training – If you’re having problems with your Yorkie while walking them on a leash, the most important thing that you can do is to teach them control and keep them calm. When your Yorkie is under control they will be able to respond to your commands without getting too excited about the upcoming walk. Most dogs with leash issues are simply allowed to pull the person walking them around where ever they want to go. If your Yorkie pulls on their leash, make them sit and wait by your side before walking again. Soon they will associate their pulling with the stop of their walk.

The Alpha Position – One of the most important aspects of training Yorkies is to teach them that YOU are the leader of the pack.  Because your Yorkie doesn’t generally understand what you are saying or always know what you want, it is your responsibility to take control.  When they know you are top dog, they can relax, follow your commands and stop worrying about who will protect them.

Obedience Training – Some of the best training tips you can get for your Yorkie may come from an obedience class. These classes teach all dog owners how to maintain the alpha dog position in their household, retain control and gives them specific, strong commands. If you have a new Yorkie puppy or are simply having trouble controlling your older Yorkie, you may consider an obedience class to supplement your home training.

The Importance of Consistency

The most important part of training your Yorkie is consistency. Although your Yorkie is smart, much of what he learns is in response to a repeated and consistent environment. If you only make them follow your commands when you have time for it, they will get confused and excited and eventually stop listening all together. If you set a rule, be consistent with it and ensure everyone in your home does the same. Good, consistent training can actually be harder for you than your Yorkie, but it is almost always well worth it.