How To Make Yorkshire Terrier Training Enjoyable

The process of Yorkshire Terrier training does not have to be difficult at all, but there are a few things that you are going to want to be aware of. For one, you always need to make sure that you have the patience that is going to be required here. Remember that you are dealing with a puppy, and so just like a child, they are most likely going to find it hard to concentrate and act as though they are not interested.

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If you make the training enjoyable for the dog, then they are going to be much more likely to stay focused and care about what you are trying to teach them. Make sure that you reward them when they do listen and when they are making progress, so that they understand when they are doing well and will strive to continue to do so. Rather than just verbalizing your praise to the dog you want to make sure that you show it physically as well. Dogs respond particularly well to physical attention, so be sure to pat them on the head or the back when they are doing well.

Important Tips

When it comes to Yorkshire Terrier training, one of the most important things to remember is that you need to be consistent. Yorkies more than any other dogs have bad memories, so even if you skip just a day of their training they are liable to forget everything they have been taught. It is essential that you continue using repetitiveness until you are sure that they understand and can then progress from there.

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The reward style of training is much easier and more positive, and when the dog listens to you and makes progress you show him that he is doing well by giving him a reward. This is usually a dog treat, but you have other options as well. Even if you just pat him on the head this is a sign of affection and considered as a reward to the dog.

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Training Is The Key

Training is the cornerstone to fending off problem behaviors before they arise. No matter what you are trying to teach your dog, it is important that you show them affection and let them know that you love and care for them.

There are a few things in particular that you want to remember when it comes to Yorkshire Terrier training. For one, before you ever give a word command to your dog you should call them by their name in order to get their attention.

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Just as with a child, they are like a sponge and will soak up everything they learn while they are young and this will affect their behavior as an adult. Training can be done alone or you can hire a professional to do the work for you.

Yorkshire Terriers can really make wonderful pets, but you need to make sure that you are fully prepared for the dog before you get them home. This means having a knowledgeable and experienced veterinarian ready, and the proper dog supplies and products on hand and ready to go. You also want to have your dog training process laid out in your mind so that you know how to get started and will have the most success with it.

Susan Bailey
Susan Bailey

Susan Bailey is a passionate lover of the Yorkshire Terrier and has a popular website that can teach you how to have a happy, healthy, and well behaved Yorkshire Terrier.