Anna Olson

Anna has a passion for keeping pets healthy and happy. She grew up with a Great Pyrenees as a family dog. Currently and currently has an orange tabby. She worked at a dog grooming and bathing salon where she learnt more about canine behavior and bathing. She lives in Wisconsin, in the United States. When she is not writing, she helps her partner run their small business, knitting, and enjoying local parks.

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Yorkshire Terrier Training Tips: 5 Simple Ways To Train Your Dog

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Anna Olson
Apr 14 ·

Yorkshire terriers have a reputation for stubbornness when it comes to training. This is a sign of their feisty, independent spirits and intelligence. When training a Yorkie goes right, you will have a loyal and loving pet for life. We’ve made a list of five Yorkshire terrier training tips to help you get started on the right paw.

How To Train Your Yorkshire Terrier

Remain consistent with all of your dog’s commands and praises. If you have other members in your family, make sure they are on board with all of your Yorkshire terrier’s commands. Ignore or distract from bad behavior instead of punishing it. Below are five more Yorkshire terrier training tips to help make training easier.

1. Get On Your Dog’s Level

Since your Yorkshire terrier is such a small dog, you will want to either bring them up to your level or get down to theirs. While you shouldn’t sit on the ground, a squat should suffice. Your dog will be less intimidated during training sessions if you meet them where they are.

Yorkshire Terrier Training Tips

2. Work In Different Environments

Moving your Yorkshire terrier from indoor environments to outdoor environments during training will provide a new challenge. You want your Yorkie to listen to and obey your commands in spite of the distractions of the park or street. It’s best to get them acclimated to all kinds of environments.

Yorkshire Terrier Training Tips

3. Develop Mutual Respect

Training a dog is as much about your behavior as it is your pet’s. Your Yorkshire terrier will follow and obey your commands if they respect you. Always use patience. Never yell at or physically punish your dog. Teach any children who may interact with your dog to be gentle. Negative experiences may sour your relationship with your pet for good.

4. Use Distraction

It may be difficult to break a Yorkshire terrier away from doing something they enjoy. This especially applies to destructive behavior like chewing on personal items. Drop a chew toy next to them without looking at them, then walk away. Once they’ve gone to check out the new item, take them out of the situation.

5. Ignore Biting

All puppies nip and bite to some degree. However, you should discourage biting behavior so it does not become worse as your Yorkie grows up. If your Yorkshire terrier bites you, walk away and ignore them for a period of 5-10 minutes. If your Yorkie is teething, provide them with some comforting chew toys or frozen treats.

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Anna Olson

Anna has a passion for keeping pets healthy and happy. She grew up with a Great Pyrenees as a family dog. Currently and currently has an orange tabby. She worked at a dog grooming and bathing salon where she learnt more about canine behavior and bathing. She lives in Wisconsin, in the United States. When she is not writing, she helps her partner run their small business, knitting, and enjoying local parks.

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