Behavior Issues Common To Yorkshire Terriers
Before learning about the secrets to training Yorkshire Terriers, here is a list of the behavior issues common to this dog breed that you might encounter while training them:
- Chasing things
- Barking too much
- Housebreaking accidents
- Digging holes
- Fearful of other dogs and strangers
- Marking or excessive urination
- Frequently demanding or seeking attention
- Separation anxiety
Learning about these things will allow you to become effective in training Yorkies. Being informed allows a person to anticipate the worst situations that they may further encounter, allowing them to avoid it.
Housebreaking And Command Training Secrets For Yorkie Puppies
Set Training Goals Appropriate For Their Age
It is best for owners to include Yorkie training for housebreaking on their plan, before or after having their new Yorkshire Terrier. Training for socialization and commands are also important, and setting the right training goals according to the age of the puppy is the first secret to the training’s success.
As early as 8-weeks, Yorkshire Terriers can begin their training. When it comes to housebreaking, knowing the importance of developing and strengthening their bowel muscles and bladder is critical. A Yorkie puppy will eventually learn all the commands and habits that you will teach him. It is a result of continuously doing the same training for weeks to months.
Your tiny, furry friend will slowly develop its muscles during the training. As a result, your Yorkie will turn into a well-trained dog at the age of three to four months.
Remember: Age In Months = Training Duration
The best indicator of how long will you be able to hold your Yorkie during training is with this simple formula: the age of a Yorkshire Terrier in months = the best training duration it can handle. As mentioned earlier, it is best to set training goals that are appropriate for your dog.
Choose A Specific Spot
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If you want your Yorkie to remember the right place to pee or defecate, choosing “outdoor” is not just enough. It is best to select a specific spot, which your puppy can easily access as its bathroom. Also, take note that the spot you choose in Spring may not be applicable during the Winter. For this reason, choose the best area that can work regardless of the season.
Follow The 15 Minute Rule
Let your Yorkie rest for about 15 minutes after eating before taking it to its spot. Allow your dog to do its thing for at least 15 minutes before training it again.
The most common mistake of owners is they expect their Yorkie to go to their designated spot just within a few minutes after bringing outside. This expectation will only happen if the puppy has an urgent need.
It is more realistic to let your dog select which spot works best for them within the designated area you chose. Of course, choosing takes time, as well as their bladder and bowel muscles to relax.
Let Him Take A Break If Necessary
Another secret to training a Yorkie puppy is to allow it to take a break when necessary. For example, if it has an urgent need to urinate or defecate, let it go to its designated area. At a young age, dogs need to have a bowel movement or pee at least once per night. Allow it to use the bathroom or take it to its designated spot when nature calls.
Observe Their Signs
So here is the question, when will you know if your Yorkie needs to pee or defecate? The short answer is, observe the signs. In general, a dog that has immediate needs are particularly restless, whining, and pacing around. But also take note that each dog has a unique way to tell its needs so observe your dog for cues.
Schedule Their Breaks
Another secret to training Yorkies is to set a schedule for their breaks. The most common schedules are early in the morning, after having meals, before bedtime, and at the very moment your puppy shows the signs
Ignore Their Cries At Night
There are nights when puppies cry and whine. If your dog is done with all its schedule for the day and you are sure that it is safe and comfortable in its place, just ignore it. As mentioned earlier, Yorkshire Terriers are known for having separation anxiety when left alone. Crying at night is their way to seek attention so it is best to ignore them when they do.
As a conclusion, training your Yorkie puppy is a part of responsible pet parenting. If your pup does well during its training, don’t forget to give it a reward to boost its confidence.
On the other hand, avoid punishing your dog for making mistakes. At a young age, teach it what to do and it will never depart from what it has learned.