Yorkshire Terrier- Warning.. Halters are safer for your Yorkshire Terrier's Trachea. However, your Yorkie will need to know how to walk on
a lead in the Show Ring.
One of the first things that owners want to be able to do is to start taking their Yorkie out with them on walks and to new places. In order to do
so safely it is important to get the Yorkie leash or lead trained as soon as possible, although puppies will naturally stay fairly close to people
when outside of their normal environment. Remember however that puppies will chase and just act silly and should never be taken out of the safe
yard area without being on a leash or lead.
The first component of leash training is to get the Yorkie used to all the equipment. Start by finding a good, properly sized collar. If the Yorkie is
going to wear the collar all the time it is essential to get a break away collar that will easily come apart if it gets hooked on something and traps
the Yorkie Puppy. . A break away collar will snap open, preventing the Yorkie from possibly injuring itself or even being strangled. The collar
can be leather, nylon or cotton blend and should be sized to allow the owner to insert two fingers between the collar and the back of the neck.
Collars that are too tight will result in discomfort for the Yorkie and negative associations with the collar and collars that are too loose will simply
slip off the Yorkie and teach them how to get away.
Some people prefer to use harnesses rather than collars. For short nosed breeds such as Pugs, Boston Terriers and Shih Tzus as well as most of
the toy breeds harnesses are often recommended to prevent possible trachea collapse if the Yorkie Puppy or dog pulls against the collar.
Harnesses, like collars, need to be properly fitted and should be the correct size for the dog. It is important for owners to carefully check for any
signs of chaffing or rubbing when using either a harness or a collar. Some puppies seem to have an easier time with a harness whereas others
really don't seem to like them, so it is important to work with the Yorkie as well as get advice on properly fitting and measuring your Yorkie for a
Starting Leash Training
Start by allowing the Yorkie to wear the halter for short periods of time just around the house. This is the same if you are using a harness. Don't
attach anything to it at all; just allow the Yorkie to wear it. Gradually increase the length of time that the collar or harness is on. Avoid pulling or
grabbing the collar or harness in any way at this time, this is just a desensitization process and is not really part of the training. The next step is to
attach a string or piece of yarn to the collar or harness and let the Yorkie get used to it dragging on their neck. Do not use the leash at this time as
the Yorkie will bite and play with the yarn, and you do not wish to encourage them to bite to play with the leash itself. Once the Yorkie is
comfortable with the yarn or ribbon, it is time to start the actual training.
For most breeds of dogs a six to eight foot nylon or leather leash is all that is required. An easy-snap type clasp is great for simply attaching and
detaching the leash with minimum chances of the Yorkie Puppy being able to get the leash detached. Avoid using a retractable leash for training
as this can confuse the Yorkie Puppy as to how far he or she can go at any time. A retractable lead or leash is ideal after the Yorkie Puppy is
trained, but just complicates basic training.
Start by attaching the least to the collar or harness and then stepping away from the Yorkie Puppy, giving the "Come Fido" or "Walk Fido". The
Yorkie Puppy will likely get up and move with you, but if he or she doesn't stop and wait, do not use the leash to pull. When the Yorkie Puppy
gets up to move towards you repeat the command and start to move, matching your pace to the puppies.
Never, ever use the leash or collar to drag the Yorkie Puppy or allow the Yorkie Puppy to drag you. If the Yorkie starts to go in a direction the
owner doesn't want to go, simply stop until the Yorkie quits pulling and then continue, but do not go in the direction the Yorkie Puppy wanted to
go. They need to learn that you are setting the course and that they are not.
Some tips for leash training your Yorkie Puppy ( Yorkshire Terrier ) include:
Always exercise the Yorkie Puppy by playing a game off leash before setting out on a leash training exercise.
Remember that puppies have limited bursts of energy and may not be up to long walks and are definitely not up to jogging. This will come with
time but young puppies and jogging are never a good combination.
Plan to start out leash training in an area the Yorkie is already familiar with. The backyard is an ideal option as long as it is distraction free.
Walking on the sidewalk is very challenging as there are so many new sights, sounds and even people that it is often very difficult for the Yorkie
puppy to focus.
Watch for signs that the Yorkie is not attending to you. When you notice this happening simply turn and walk the opposite direction, but don't pull
or drag the Yorkie. Soon he or she will learn to keep one eye watching what you are doing.
Keep the leash loose, not tight. The only time the leash should be tight is if you are changing directions and even then only for a split second.
Don't turn leash training into a power struggle between yourself and your Yorkie. Often this is very difficult for people and puppies, so attending
an obedience training program can help both puppies and owners learn how to approach this training routine successfully.
Don't always walk in the same area and place, give your puppy a chance to explore new areas while on the leash.
DEB AND CJ SILLERS
FAIRFAX, MO. 64446