Are Yorkies Obedient? (Solved & Explained!)

Yes, yorkies are obedient! Provided that you are patient with them and keep training sessions short, but frequent, your Yorkie will learn commands and will happily obey them because they know that it makes you happy. Be patient with the training process and use only positive reinforcement and you’ll have a well-trained Yorkie in no time flat!

For the remainder of this article, we’re going to answer questions about training your Yorkie. Potty training, basic commands, and more will be covered, all based on the questions Yorkie owners are asking the most this week – read on to learn more!

Are Yorkies hard to train?

Yorkies can be easy or difficult to train for the same reason – their intelligence. These little guys and gals are very smart, which makes them capable of learning quickly, or getting bored quickly and becoming stubborn! Limit training sessions to 10 to 15 minutes at a time, at most, and your Yorkie will be much easier to train.

How do you discipline a Yorkie?

Never punish your Yorkie. These intelligent dogs will think that you are simply being cruel, as they won’t associate whatever they just did with your anger. Instead, whenever your dog does something right, give them praise and a treat. It takes time, but your dog will start to learn that doing certain things make you happy.

They will do these things more to get your praise and those treats and before you know it, those behaviors will combine in the form of a well-behaved, happy dog.

How do you stop a Yorkie from biting?

If your Yorkie bites a lot, it may be that they were weaned too early. Yorkies learn many important things from their littermates and their mother, one of which is when biting is appropriate and how hard that they should bite. You can teach this, but you will need to be patient.

When your Yorkie bites you, stop play immediately, pulling your hand back and whimpering or saying ‘ouch!’. Wait a few minutes before starting up play and repeat every time your dog nips. Once your dog learns the difference between a ‘play’ bite and a real bite, the nips should soften or even disappear altogether.

How many times do Yorkies poop a day during potty training?

While Yorkie pups pee quite frequently, they will generally only poop 1 to 5 times every day, and if their diet is consistent then their poop schedule usually is as well. Make sure that your dog goes out within 15 – 30 minutes of eating, along with their regular schedule.

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This should help you to avoid any potty incidents. Also, if your dog’s pooping schedule or the appearance of the poop makes any dramatic changes, this is a big red flag – a vet visit is a good idea, as this is the first sign for some common health issues.

How do I stop my Yorkie from peeing in the house?

The most effective way to stop your Yorkie form peeing in the house is a regular potty schedule, based on age, and watching for certain telltale signs that your Yorkie needs to go out. For puppies, each month of age is equal to one hour that they can wait, so a 4 month old Yorkie can wait 4 hours.

Schedule regular trips outside, as well as additional trips outside 15 to 30 minutes after every meal. Finally, if your Yorkie is circling or sniffing an area on the carpet, it’s time to go outside right away. Give your dog a treat each time they go outside and your dog will quickly learn not to pee in the house.

How long does it take a Yorkie to learn its name?

You’ll want to be sure to use your Yorkie’s name often, but most puppies and adults will pick up their name fairly quickly – often in as little as 3 days! That said, it can take longer sometimes, but don’t worry. If you keep using their name as often as possible, they’ll learn it, and come running when they hear it!

How do I train my Yorkie to bark less?

You need to teach your dog the ‘hush’ command. Fill a metal can up halfway with pennies or nails, put the lid on, and keep this can handy nearby. When your dog barks, shake the can to get their attention and say ‘hush’. When your dog quiets down, give them praise and a treat, and repeat this whenever they bark.

Be patient – this takes a while – but if you are consistent with this then your dog will learn the command and you’ll be able to quiet your dog as-needed.

Can Yorkies be left alone during the day?

If you have an adult Yorkie, they can stay alone in a crate for 4 to 6 hours a day. If more time is required, you should get a friend or family member to help you by visiting the dog for a walk so that they aren’t alone for too long.

Your dog should not be trusted alone outside of the crate until they are at least 2 years of age. By this time, they are matured and much less likely to get up to mischief when you are not around – any sooner is asking for trouble, even if they seem well behaved when you are there.

What is the first thing you should teach your Yorkie?

The first command that you should teach your Yorkie is ‘sit’. This gives you a way to tell your Yorkie to stop or to simply pause and it can help you to avoid a lot of trouble. It also helps to teach your Yorkie discipline, as once they learn the command you need to practice getting them to stay there for longer.

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Teach them to sit and when they do, give them a treat, and extend the sitting time until your dog will stay there for a few minutes, waiting on the treat that you are going to give them. They’ll learn this command quickly and it will help you when teaching them many other useful commands.

What are the 7 basic dog commands?

Before you start teaching your dog fancier tricks like ‘fetch’ or ‘dance’, there are 7 basic commands that they need to know. Those commands are ‘sit’, ‘stay’, ‘down’, ‘heel’, ‘come here’, ‘off’, and ‘no’. Yorkies are quite intelligent and can learn these commands fairly quickly, but training sessions need to be brief.

10 to 15 minute training sessions, followed by treats and play, are the best way to train your Yorkie and to avoid them getting bored – and subsequently stubborn – about it. Schedule 2 to 3 lessons a day and before you know it, they’ll know these 7 commands and you’ll be ready for the ‘fancy’ tricks!