Training Your Yorkie Puppy

If you want your Yorkie to be an affectionate well-behaved companion then training your pup is key.  These are really smart dogs so training your Yorkie puppy isn’t hard but it does require consistency.  If you got your pup from a reputable breeder then the chances are they have started some basic training and if your dog is older than 8 weeks it may already be housebroken, but don’t count on it.  You will still have to train your puppy to socialize with other dogs and to behave well the rest of the time.  Small dogs are harder to train and owner’s tend to let them get away with bad behavior more often than they should, because they are cute and harmless, but that should never be encouraged.  Let’s look at easy ways to train your pup.

Positive Reinforcement

You want to build a special bond with your dog based on love, trust and obedience, hurting or hitting your dog won’t allow this bond to form and just damages your puppy.  You can’t train any puppy that is terrified of you.  Instead you want to use positive reinforcement for good behavior and just a sharp “NO” for bad behavior.  This encourages your dog to earn your praise and attention.  As was said your breeder may have already introduced some basic commands so you want to ask what type of training they have done if any.

Consistency is Key

Consistency and routine will help your puppy embrace the training and become a more affectionate obedient dog.  You need to start with just short sessions that are free from distractions.  Pups have a short attention span so take them away from other activities so they can focus on you.  Start with basic commands like sit, and stay.  Once they grasp these commands in a quiet area then start teaching them the same commands when others are around.  Give plenty of praise and treats for good behavior.

Crate Training

Crate training is actually very good for your dog, it gives them a safe place to go when they are scared or nervous.  The crate gives your dog a place to call their own and makes them less yappy as they get older.  The crate should be big enough for the dog to move around and be prepared for accidents to happen, especially in the beginning. Put in a blanket or dog bed that is easily washed and you should be fine.

Training your puppy is good for both you and your dog.  Yorkies have tons of energy and that energy can turn destructive if they aren’t properly trained.  It will require consistency and discipline from you but that is part of being a pet owner.

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