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Breed Specific Training Yorkshire Terrier (Yorkie)

 

 

Though the typical mental image of a Yorkshire Terrier is of a precious, pampered, and overly babied tiny dog that rides around in a designer purse or wears its own couture clothing, or standing pristinely at a dog show, in actuality, the Yorkie is indeed a terrier and lives up to its name with a personality many times its physical size and a tough inner hunting instinct.

The Yorkshire Terrier is an attractive breed with a mixture of gold and blue coat coloring. With long, human-like hair, the Yorkshire Terrier is easy to recognize for its appearance. Due to the coat-type of the Yorkshire Terrier (in the less cottony cases), this is usually a dog of choice among people who have dog allergies. Maintaining the appearance and style of this dog requires a great deal of attention. The Yorkshire Terrier is the second smallest dog breed.

Having human like hair as opposed to fur makes this dog a wonderful pet for anyone with allergies to dog dander.The silkier the Yorkshire Terrier’s coat, the easier it is to maintain. The woollier it is, the more challenging it is to keep up. On a daily basis, the coat should be brushed to ensure that knots, mats, and snarls are not given the opportunity to build up, and that the coat and skin are kept clean. The dog will need to be bathed every few months more frequently than other breeds, but not excessively, as it will cause drying of the skin and many dermatological issues and discomforts. If you do not keep the mats out of the hair they eventually may need to see a groomer and be trimmed.

Even though these guys are tiny in size, the Yorkshire Terrier has abundant energy levels. The dog greatly enjoys the opportunity to run around in a yard or field. It is important to keep a Yorkshire Terrier leashed when not in a fenced area, since it has a strong terrier instinct and it will chase any prey it sees, from rodents to blowing leaves, or even something imaginary. They are known diggers also so you will need to monitor them when they are outside so they do not dig up your back yard.

Lots of attention and play time with a Yorkshire Terrier puppy will make a big difference in the adult dog’s eventual size and strength while helping to socialize them and help them to develop good manners around people. Due to the terrier instincts of this breed, training must be firm and consistent, using only pawsitive reinforcement techniques.They do well with reward based training also just be careful not to treat too much due to their sensitive stomachs. The main challenge for this breed is generally house training as opposed to obedience, though it is more than possible to house train any Yorkshire terrier with assertive persistence regarding the rules.

It is essential to ensure that the Yorkie is treated gently, meaning that this may not be a good choice for families with children, who can forget how strong they are and could inadvertently hurt the dog, causing bone fractures, breaks, or worse. If your Yorkie is small and hard for you to see you should think about getting a bell for the dogs collar. It makes them easier to find, especially if you get out of bed and its dark, you don't want to accidentally step on them, the bell will allow you to hear them coming.

The first thing you should take into serious consideration is if you are a new dog owner it is in your best interest to enroll your canine in puppy obedience school where you can learn from an experienced trainer. This is a fabulous learning environment for both you and your pal. The reason is you will gain hand on experience and help from a professional. Your little buddy, on the other hand, will be provided with the opportunity to socialize with other humans and dogs, as well as be taught basic obedience in a controlled setting with distractions. No matter if you take them to puppy classes or not you will still need to engage in yorkshire terrier training at home because you will need to practice. Since this is the case here’s what you should keep in mind when you home-school your four-legged friend.

Here are things to remember. Work on short training session every day. Your little Yorkie responds better if the command is fresh in their mind. You should first start in an area with no distractions. You want them totally focused on you, not the distractions.

Once they are sure about the commands you ask and they do the behavior you can slowly add some distractions. Slowly means maybe in or near a room where they can hear the television, or radio. You obviously don't want to take them to a park where kids are screaming and yelling.

Train in an area that is operational for task at hand. If you are teaching come when called you should have them in a larger area so they can return to you, you wouldn't be in a small space for this. Keeping these things in mind should make your training session a nice experience.

Since naming your Yorkie does provide you with more control when training, it is in your best interest to choose a good name for them before your bring them home, or shortly after. You will find familiarizing them with his title is one of the easiest things you can teach them. Put careful thought into what you choose to name them because it is what you will be calling them to and they will be responding to for the rest of your lives. Make sure it is something you like and isn’t silly. Here are some tips when you are contemplating your selections:

Keep It Simple don't name them something that is too long. You want to keep it short and sweet. Easily said, and remembered. Everyone will need to be able to say it.

Personality , You want a name that fits their individual personality. You don't want a name like George for a cute little female. Try and make it unique. If you call them cookie and you know three other people who have dogs with that name, it could be confusing to all the animals.

Command Sounding Don't choose anything that may be confused with a command. Like Fitz, if you ask them to sit, they may not know what you are asking. Or Brown Dog, people may shorten it up to Brown, and that sounds a lot like down.

Same Name if you are naming your Yorkie after someone in the family you will have to make sure that you have your Yorkie's attention when asking them a command, they may think you are speaking to someone else. So refrain from yelling at the person with the same name because your Yorkie may think they are in trouble and don't know why.