Thinking of adopting a Yorkie or do you already have one? Training a Yorkie will be challenging, but it doesn’t have to be. Yorkshire Terriers are an incredible breed of dog that possess fantastic personalities and adorable looks.
While owning a Yorkie is easy, the most challenging part is training it efficiently. Training a Yorkie is going to be as difficult as training a child. This is because Yorkies are incredibly smart and, at the same time, frustratingly stubborn.
You won’t be able to rush and you certainly can’t lose your patience because if you do it will take a lot longer to train your Yorkie. That being said, they are also very eager to learn and can be really good students if treated properly.
Training a Yorkie
Training a Yorkie will vary from user to user mainly because all Yorkies are different. They have their own characteristics and you, as a coach, need to understand their specific personality traits and characteristics in order to better train them.
First be the alpha
A good place to start training a Yorkie is to show him that you are the authority. Some Yorkies have a dominant personality, so it is essential that you convey the fact that you are the one in control to your dog. Displaying your dominance is useful when you are in the process of training the Yorkie.
You must set strict and clear limits on what the dog can do and what it cannot do under any circumstances. Be consistent with your limits, otherwise your dog will get confused. Also, always keep training sessions short as they have short attention spans.
Make your Yorkie respect you. When a dog respects you, he listens to you regardless of the situation.
Make sure to reward good behavior
Yorkies respond best to training when they are showered with positivity and rewards. So don’t hesitate to reward them every time they do something nice. You can give him a treat or even positive words and gestures that will make him happy.
For example, you can ask your puppy to sit in one place and then order him to “stay.” If you walk away and the puppy is still sitting there, give him a reward for obeying your orders.
Socializing a Yorkie is a must
While some Yorkies are very friendly and outgoing, others may be a bit more suspicious of their masters and everything in general. Therefore, if you do not want your dog to become excessively suspicious and aggressive towards strangers, you should take him out more often. Let him socialize and familiarize himself with strange sights and sounds.
Teach them not to bark
Some Yorkies will bark excessively at the slightest noise. To train them not to bark, you must stop them every time they bark for no valid reason. This will teach the dog when it is okay to bark and when it is not appropriate.
Training at home should be a priority
As a dog owner, the last thing you want to come home to is puddles and stacks of steam. There are many ways to potty train Yorkie. If your puppy is the outgoing type, you can take him out for potty training. However, keep in mind that you need to take him to the exact same spot every time until you realize that this is the place to defecate. You can also place a special dog litter box inside your home and train it to use when nature calls.
Be patient and consistent
The most important thing about training a Yorkie is to be positive, patient, and consistent. They can be stubborn and it can be quite difficult to teach them to go to the bathroom and stop them from barking. But sticking to a strict home workout schedule and sticking to it can work wonders. Follow the steps I just mentioned and you will have a well mannered Yorkie in no time.