Before purchasing a Yorkie puppy from an online Yorkie breeder, it is pertinent to find out how to train your Yorkie puppy. Yorkies, short for Yorkshire Terriers, are a very intelligent breed of dog; however, they require firm training as they are known for being very independent and sometimes stubborn. For example, Yorkies do not respond to scolding or physical pain, they respond to firm voices and understand them. Always use positive reinforcements with Yorkies, including treats and affection French bulldogs for sale; they will learn tricks at a much faster pace. Because Yorkies are easily distracted, it is important, when training them, to remove distractions, including other pets or individuals. Also, you want to stay on one task for a long period of time and not switch between multiple commands, as it will confused the Yorkie.
Crating is one of the most popular methods utilized when it comes to training a Yorkie puppy. Make sure to select a crate or kennel that is big enough for the Yorkie to move around in and grow bigger in. Always furnish the crate with comfortable bedding that is easy to take out and clean, and a few toys. Keep in mind that for the first few weeks or so, accidents will occur in the crate. It is important that you do not scold the Yorkie but rather clean it up with a non-toxic sanitizing cleaner to get rid of the scent and the stains. Crating should begin after nine weeks. Do not force Yorkies into the crate, rather entice them with treats. Eventually, you can get rid of the treats once the Yorkie understand the command to go into the crate. When first beginning to crate, only shut the door of the crate for a small amount of time. Eventually you can start increasing the amount of time the door is closed. Take your Yorkie puppy outside for “potty times” at the times in which you have set up for a regular schedule, like after eating a meal. After awhile, not wanting to go to the bathroom in the place where they lie AND after understanding when walking times are, the Yorkie will become vocal of when it needs to go out, rather than doing it in the house or in the crate.
If you do not want to use a crate, Yorkie breeders suggest training your Yorkie using newspapers or specially designed “puppy pads. ” The pads or paper need to be placed in a location of your home where it will not cause harm to the Yorkie puppy or any important items you own. As the Yorkie puppy continues to use the paper or pad, move it closer to the door leading out of your home. Eventually, you can place the paper outside and the Yorkie puppy will then get used to going to the bathroom outside of the home. You’re at the park with your French Bulldog “Simon” one day and see someone pointing what looks like a small garage door opener at their golden retriever. Wondering if you stepped onto a movie set, you watch for a minute to see what’s going on. The golden retriever sits, a loud click is heard and a treat is given. And you are left wondering what just happened.
The principles behind clicker training were first introduced to the world in 1910 by Col. Konrad Most in his book Training Dogs – A Manual. Originally published in German, it wasn’t until 1954 that it was translated into English. The first dog trainer to use a clicker was Keller Breland, who introduced the concept to the marine animal world in the 1950s. Moving through history, in 1984 Karen Pryor wrote Don’t Shoot the dog, which attracted the attention of Gary Wilkes, who was the first trainer since Breland to use clicker training extensively. With thanks to the internet, clicker training has spread rapidly through the dog-training world and become increasingly popular.
The concept behind clicker training is to associate the ‘click’ noise with the behavior you want your dog to have. Summary: One, puppy does something that you want him to, two, ‘click’ the clicker, and three, give a treat. The goal is to push the clicker at the exact moment Simon is doing the desired behavior. Your puppy then associates the click with what he has done something correctly and he will get a treat. There is a differing of opinion on how to get Simon to, for example, sit in the first place. One view is to attach a verbal command; the other is to either lure Simon into sitting, or wait until Simon sits on his own and then mark it with a click and treat.
Advocates of clicker training claim that it significantly cuts down in training time and that the clicking noise is pleasant to dogs. It takes less time to ‘click’ then it does to say ‘good dog’ and the click gives the dog the instantaneous feedback so there is no question which behavior you are praising him for. Once Simon has made the association in his mind that the ‘click’ means he has done something right, you can mark nearly any behavior. In this method your only tools are the clicker and treats; it is entirely positive reinforcement.