Dogs are the ultimate man’s best friend. They are the most loving pets you can ever have in your life that will love you and be loyal to you as their friend. They love cuddles, attention, and fabulous treats.
Being a dog parent comes with a lot of responsibilities, and one of them is to be able to train them. Depending on what kind of dog breed you have, it varies as to how they should be handled.
If you’ve just recently adopted a Yorkie, you will need to learn these important tips on how to train them properly.
Training Your Yorkie
Yorkies are cute, lovable and irresistible. They’re all the more irresistible once you have trained them properly to become a good and reliable dog.
- Check the dog’s age
Before training your little yorkie, you will need to consider the age of your pet. Just like when training a human being, there’s a different learning experience for an infant, toddler, teenager, adults, and older people. The same goes for dogs, especially Yorkies. When you’re planning to train them on house rules, special skills, commands, and other social interactions, you will need to know what to expect for their age range.
If you have a puppy, you can wait at least when he reaches 7-8 weeks old. His brain functionality and senses have already improved, and he can already pick up some simple gestures and habits. Understand that it’s crucial to wait for the puppy to develop before training him so he can absorb all the skills he needs to learn.
If it’s an older dog, it’s an advantage if he’s already house trained. You may now plan to train him with different tricks and commands. The disadvantage of an older dog that has been trained by someone else’s home is that it may be hard to undo his bad habits once he’s used to doing it.
- Set a time schedule for the training
Just like any other training, there’s always a perfect time schedule that best fits the learning curve of your sweet Yorkie. Again, the dog’s attention span while learning will also vary on how old the dog is. If he’s younger, then he will have a shorter attention span since all he thinks about is playing and being curious about what’s around him.
The older the dog gets, the more attention span it gets. A matured Yorkie can have your attention for at least 8 hours. Just remember to go easy on a young pup since they’re still adjusting and developing.
- Set a training location
Suppose you have a spare room or a spacious area with no obstructions or distractions, then it’s better. The location for training inside the house should be ample for the dog’s learning. If you pick a place outside, consider the weather and seasons you’re having in your area.
If you start training in the park or fields in the summer, it might not be comfortable for your dog to train again at the park once winter or the rainy season comes. Try picking a spot where you can train the whole year round and stimulate focus for the dog.
- Give the puppy some time.
Do not expect so much from your puppy, especially if he is still in the first phase of learning pretty much about everything. For example, when taking the puppy out to poop or pee, don’t rush him to do it immediately. Give him about 15 minutes to find his spot and do this thing.
This will help the puppy to relax and later on master this skill over time. When the puppy is rushed to poop or pee, he might accidentally do his thing at home since he was not able to do it all the way outside. Don’t force the puppy and be patient until he can adjust.
- Be attentive with your puppy’s needs
This doesn’t mean that you’ll give him whatever he wants or spoil them with everything. The puppy has needs like food, cuddles, peeing, or pooping. This should be addressed right away, especially when he starts barking like crazy.
Don’t be surprised why he can’t stop barking, that’s because the poor Yorkie was hungry or too uncomfortable to hold the pee. Listen to your puppy and learn to know his needs and provide it to him. A satisfied dog is a happy dog.
- Learn your dog’s language
I know that some of us wish if only dogs can talk, then maybe we can treat them better. No Yorkie or dog needs to talk to communicate their needs or emotions. They show signs.
Be observant whenever your dog acts in a certain way. For example, when he starts messing with his food bowl, that can mean that he’s hungry or thirsty. If he starts barking to the door, that can mean that he needs to pee outside or play maybe.
Look for these repetitive traits and develop them so the dog can communicate better. This will help you as well to train them better in the house.
- Let the dog embrace a routine
Yorkies are a type of smart breeds. They can easily pick up repetitive routines and stick to it with constant practice. As a dog parent, it’s your call on how to design an appropriate routine for your dog and your lifestyle.
For a puppy and a newly adopted dog, he will need time to adjust to the environment and the way you do things. Please give it to him until he starts sticking to your routine. Make sure that you also will be diligent in following the routine so as not to mess up the dog’s perception.
- Don’t easily give in to your dog’s woes
The worst part when you’re sleeping at night is when you woke up to your dog’s cries. It’s totally not a pleasant sound to hear when you’re deep asleep.
Baby Yorkies, especially when they’re new in the house, will tend to cry all night. This type of behavior is just attention seeking and shouldn’t be tolerated. Or else, your puppy will repeat the same behavior as a cycle.
You will need to attend to him when you forgot to feed or let them pee or poop outside. If the puppy is uncomfortable, that’s the only time that you attend to him. But if you made sure you did your routine, don’t give in.
- Treat your dog constantly
Yorkies love treats. The more treats he gets, the faster he absorbs and applies all the learnings. Make sure that after he learns a trick or two, he should be able to get his treat.
Never mistreat your dog and force him into doing something inappropriate. Remember, we ought to love our pets because they’re part of the family.
Yorkies or dogs are just like human beings. They need affection and care. Emotional skills are the first thing that they need to learn. A good emotional foundation, especially for puppies, will help them grow better and disciplined.
As soon as the dog builds a relationship with you, it will be easier for him to respect and trust you.