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Obedience Training Tips For Yorkies

How To Train A Yorkie

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How to Train a Yorkie

One of the most popular breeds of dogs in the United States is the cute Yorkie. However, many owners never take the time to learn how to train a Yorkie, assuming that they cannot get into much trouble as a small dog. However, a Yorkie, while small, smart and addorable, can be an aggressive dog. They also can be extremely stubborn especially when it comes to obeying. We see the aggressive behavior primarily in female Yorkies. The females that we see this behavior in are older and have had at least on litter. This behavior is only seen at our house and when she is out in public she is a perfect angel. She feels she must protect her domain. Proper training can be time intensive and should start as young as possible.

Obedience Training Tips For Yorkies

Why You Should Know How to Train a Yorkie

A Yorkie’s temperament is unique in many ways. A Yorkie wants to spend all of their time with you, were ever you go they will be along side. Yorkies, as companion dogs, are hardwired to be attached at the hip to their masters no matter where you go. It is this strong attachment that can also lead to dominant behaviors and anxiety when the owner leaves. Crate training your Yorkie can help the dog have reduce anxiety when you leave. If Yorkies are not properly socialized with other dogs, there can also be a number of other aggression issues.

Most Yorkies act larger than they look, which while very cute, can be very dangerous if your dog is not trained properly. Additionally, Yorkies without the proper training may be timid around strangers, snappy with children, be aggressive toward other dogs, and overly hyper to outside noises. All of these undesirable behaviors can be virtually eliminated with good training.

How To Train A Yorkie

The first thing you need to do when training a Yorkie is to take control of the household. The fact is, that cute little dog thinks he/she is in charge of the house and many times they are in charge. If you let them they will continue to show you they are in charge. So, you need to establish boundaries and be the leader of the pack. Following are some basic tips to maintain alpha leadership over your Yorkie.

Feeding Times

Feed your Yorkie at set intervals. Don’t let the dog determine when it wants to eat. On a new puppy we recommend leaving food and water out 24 hrs. a day. Until the new puppy is acclimated to the new environment they are susceptible to hypoglycemia. After a week or two begin feeding the puppy at set intervals, making sure they are getting plenty of food and water during the day. Once a puppy is between 6 months to a year old hypoglycemia usually isn’t an issue.


Walk your Yorkshire Terrier twice a day or more, but make sure you control the walk. Remember, you are the leader, so you control the direction of the dog. Leash control is vital in learning how to train a Yorkie. We also only recommend using a harness (not a dog collar) to walk your Yorkie. Because of the size of Yorkshire Terriers walking them in the your house or apartment would be just fine.

Jumping and Furniture

With a small dog like a Yorkie, it is easy to let the dog get up whenever it wants. Imposing boundaries by what furniture the dog is allowed on, is a good start to maintaining control of your Yorkie. And please never respond to barking or whining.

Coming and Going

Ignore your dog when you come and go from the house. I know it can be hard to do but only pay attention to the Yorkie when he/she is in a calm state. To truly learn how to train a Yorkie, you need to be the alpha leader, lest the dog feel in charge.

Optimizing Mental Stimulation

A Yorkie usually can get enough exercise by staying in their home, but if you can take them outdoors it will also aid in the mental stimulation of the dog. Train your Yorkie with basic commands like sit and stay, speak and quiet, fetch, and anything else you like.

When it comes to learning how to train a Yorkie, reducing the chances for the dog to challenge you and to be overwhelmed with energy and boredom will remove much of the bad temperament issues that most people have when it comes to their rambunctious little friends.