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Yorkshire Terrier Training

A puppy will want to relieve himself about half dozen times a day and it is up to you to specify where and when he should do that. Housebreaking should begin the moment you bring your Yorkie puppy home. When you first bring your Yorkie puppy to your home, it is recommended to limit the puppy to one room. In this way you will be able to prevent him from leaving his "signature" on the furniture. Ideally, puppies should be taken outdoors after meals. The period after the meal is the most natural and appropriate time. When he eliminates, he should be praised and this will increase the likelyhood of the same thing happening after every meal. Use the same area each time you take your Yorkie outdoors.

Indoors, sheets of paper or potty pads should be used to cover the specific area where your Yorkie should relieve himself. These should be placed some distance away from his sleeping and feeding area, as a puppy will not relieve himself where he eats.

You must be patient and understanding while training your puppy. Never rub his nose in his excreta, never punish him with a rolled-up newspaper. Never hit a puppy with your hand. He will become "hand-shy" and learn to fear you. Most puppies are eager to please. Praise and reward will produce better results than any scolding or physical punishments. Remember that the reason a dog has housebreaking or behavioral problems is because his owner has allowed them to develop. It is very important that you be consistent in your demands. You cannot feed your Yorkshire Terrier puppy from the dining table one day and then punish him when he begs food from you.

Like housebreaking training, training should begin as soon as the puppy enters the house. The formal training sessions should be short but frequent, for example, 10-15 minutes three times a day. It's a good idea to have these sessions before the puppy's meal. Your puppy should become used to a collar and leash as soon as possible. If he is very young, a thin, choke-chain collar could be used, but you will need a larger and heavier one when he is a little older. Let the puppy wear his collar until he is used to how it feels. He might resist your attempts to lead him or simply sit down and refuse to move. Fight him for a few moments, tugging on the leash, if necessary, then let him relax for the day. Learning to obey might take a few sessions.

Barking Problem

One of the most frequent complaints about canine behavior is barking. Aside from a biting dog, the barking dog is probably the biggest nuisance for pet owners. Barking is a natural response to many dogs. They have an inherited predisposition to bark as an alarm when other dogs or people approach their territory. Alarm barking makes many dogs valuable as household watchdogs and is not necessarily undesireable behavior. With a different vocal tone and pattern dogs bark when they play with each other. On occasion dogs bark back at other dogs or join in with other barking dogs.

In addition to inherited tendencies, dogs can also learn to bark if the barking is followed by reward. For example, the dog that barks upon hearing the word "speak" and is periodically rewarded with food and praise. If a dog is never, ever given food or praise again, when it barks after being told "speak", it will eventually stop this type of barking.

Another example is dealing with a dog that apparently barks because, at least occasionally, it is allowed in the house after barking becomes very loud and frequent. If the dog is never allowed in the house when barking, the barking should stop. Sometimes, this doesn't work and it brings up the necessity of punishment. Shouting at the dog or throwing something at it is ineffective. Sometimes, you can eliminate barking by changing the circumstances which lead to barking. For example, if a dog barks continuously in the backyard when the owners are away, it may not bark while in the house. More on digging, barking, chewing and other undesireable dog behavior.

Aggressive Behavior

Aggressiveness can have many causes. One of the most frequent cause of aggression is dominance. Dogs, which are social animals, have a hierarchical system of dominance within their pack. This predisposition to take a dominant or submissive position towards a fellow canine also occurs in relationship to people. The dominant dog frequently threatens submissive individuals to maintain its position and when the object of threats backs off, the dog's position is reassured. An attempt to physically take control of the dog in such situation will likely result to biting.

First, you should try and avoid all situations which might evoke any aggressive signs from your dog. All other family members should totally ignore the dog during the treatment interim. The person most dominated by the dog should take take over complete care of the dog in addition to spending 5-10 minutes a day teaching the dog tricks or simple obedience commands (sit-stay is a useful one to gain control of the dog). These should be fun-and-games situations. Food rewards are highly recommended in addition to simple praise. The person submissive to the dog should take the opportunity to give the dog a command, which must be obeyed, before doing anything pleasant for the dog.


By kenobi_wan   Wednesday, April 10, 2013 5:37:26 PM

Their ferocity with regard to rats is an awesome sight to behold. Here is a dog, who weighs, in some cases, less than a rat, such as the large Florida palmetto rat. There is nothing faster, in my opinion, than the quickness of a Yorkie going after a rat, except the little throw of the head that breaks the rat's neck. You'd have to see it to believe it.

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