Yorkie Poos do bark a lot, though less aggressively than either purebred Yorkshire Terriers or Poodles. The mix of these breeds produces a much more laid-back dog, who will bark at unfamiliar sounds but won’t go overboard with it. You can even train them not to bark if you’re willing to take the time!
In this article we’re going to answer questions regarding Yorkipoo training and personality traits that you need to factor in while teaching them. Read on to find out what Yorkipoo owners, just like you, are asking the most this week about training Yorkipoos!
Table of Contents
- How do I get my Yorkie Poo to stop barking?
- Can Yorkie Poos be left alone?
- How long can a Yorkie Poo be left alone?
- Are Yorkie Poos easy to train?
- Are Yorkie Poos hyper?
- How do you discipline a Yorkie Poo?
- Are Yorkie Poos stubborn?
- Are Yorkie Poos easy to potty train?
- Are Yorkipoos smart?
- Are Yorkie Poo good for first time owners?
How do I get my Yorkie Poo to stop barking?
Fill a coffee can halfway full of pennies or nails, pop a lid on it, and keep this can handy. When your Yorkipoo gets yappy, shake this can and say ‘quiet!’ when you’ve got your dog’s attention. Hold up a treat and repeat this again if your dog is still barking.
Once they quiet down, give a little praise and that treat, and over time your dog will learn the ‘quiet’ command!
Can Yorkie Poos be left alone?
Yorkie Poos are very social dogs, requiring a lot of attention on the part of their owners. As such, you will need to socialize them early on and get them used to the times when you need to go away very slowly. It’s best to start when they are puppies. Put your dog in the crate and sit next to it quietly.
Get up and leave the room for 5 minutes and then come back. Do this again for 10 minutes, then 20, and so on. Make sure that your puppy has toys in the crate and this can help to teach them to entertain themselves while you are away – because they’ll know that you are always coming back!
How long can a Yorkie Poo be left alone?
Yorkie Poos can deal with alone time, but only in small batches. If you have an adult Yorkipoo, then 4 to 6 hours is the most that you should leave them alone. If you need to be gone longer, enlist the help of a friend or a family member to help and if you can’t, check local dog walking and pet sitting services.
A walk during the day from the pet sitter or even just a visit from you while you are on lunchbreak can make all of the difference, so strategize a way to ensure that 4 – 6 hours is the most your dog is ever alone.
Are Yorkie Poos easy to train?
Yorkipoos are extremely intelligent, as both Yorkshire Terriers and Poodles have this trait. This can make training either very easy or an exercise in patience, depending on how you approach it. For best results, keep training sessions to 10 to 15 minutes at a time.
This will keep your dog from getting bored and they’ll learn faster. Also, never punish your Yorkie Poo – they’ll think you are being mean and make your training sessions more difficult. Reinforce only good behavior with treats and their desire to please you and get those rewards will motivate them to eagerly learn what you teach.
Are Yorkie Poos hyper?
One hurdle with training Yorkie Poos is their seemingly endless energy and desire to play. You can approach these traits in one of two ways during training. Either give your dog extra exercise in the form of long walks to calm that energy or take advantage of it, by teaching tricks such as ‘fetch’ or ‘find it!’.
That way, when your dog is calmer you can train them in the more ‘boring’ commands and when they are hyper, you can teach them the ‘fun’ ones.
How do you discipline a Yorkie Poo?
Punishment will get you nowhere with a Yorkipoo. They’re smart dogs, but you’ve got to remember that they aren’t human — they don’t associate you getting mad with something that they just did.
They do notice, however, when they just got a treat for some reason and their desire for your praise and another treat will make them investigate what exactly they did to earn it. So, just keep rewarding them when they do something right – with a little time and consistency, your dog will learn the ‘rules’ in record time!
Are Yorkie Poos stubborn?
One big training problem can be your Yorkie Poos stubborn streak, but it’s not insurmountable. When your Yorkie Poo starts acting stubborn and resisting commands, most often it means that the training session has gone on for too long.
Switch to a little playtime together and try again later, limiting training sessions to 10 to 15 minutes at a time and always following up with praise, treats, and play together. This will teach your Yorkie Poo to look forward to these sessions and they’ll be much less stubborn about it.
Are Yorkie Poos easy to potty train?
While they can be a little stubborn, Yorkie Poos actually aren’t any harder to potty train than other smart breeds. Most important is to learn their schedule to avoid accidents. As pups, they can wait 1 hour for every month of age before they must go outside.
A potty break also needs to happen 15 to 30 minutes from every meal, as these dogs have fast digestive systems. Take your dog out regularly, like clockwork, and watch for ‘potty’ behaviors such as circling or sniffing the carpet. Also, give them a treat EVERY time they potty outside and you’ll quickly see progress.
Are Yorkipoos smart?
Yorkipoos are super-smart, thanks to being a mix of two breeds that are quite intelligent as well. Provided that you use positive reinforcement and limit training sessions to 10 and 15 minute chunjs of time, there’s almost no limit to what you can teach them if you’re willing to put in the time (and treat) required.
Are Yorkie Poo good for first time owners?
Yorkipoos are great for first time dog owners. Their intelligence makes them easy to train if you’re willing to take the time, they sleep a lot, don’t require much food, and they are highly affectionate and loyal to their owners.
Finally, they’re hypoallergenic because they have hair instead of fur, so they won’t shed much on the furniture and they’re less likely to trigger allergies in their owner. They’re great dogs for any owner, but especially a first-time one.