Training Yorkies With A Clicker

  • 18/06/2013

One of the more effective ways of obedience training for a Yorkie is to use a clicker. So, training a Yorkie with a clicker is especially helpful if your dog is at least 8 weeks old. Everyone has different methods of training, and some that work and other methods that don't. For many methods, routines and consistency are vital to helping your dog learn the rules of your household.

A big part of training is getting your dog to comply with commands. This is the reason that a lot of Yorkie owners love and use the training with a clicker.

If you do end up training a Yorkie with a clicker, it can be a great foundation of any solid training program. The main point here is that you get your dog to relate the clicking sounds to the commands you want your Yorkie to obey. Moreover, you want your dog to know what is expected of him/her.

From up to 20 yards away or even father, that clicker can be heard. You use the clicker in conjunction with specific commands like "sit," "down," and "stay."

The clicking sound makes the dog connect the clicking sound to the verbal command which increases compliance.

The clicker is only used with the commands so there is no confusion.

Three steps to training a Yorkie with a clicker can be broken down into three parts. To assure that the clicker training will be a success, as Yorkies can be really stubborn dogs, you will have to be firm and consistent.

At the start of your clicker training, give your dog commands. Whether it be sit/stay/down/roll over, if your dog complies, sound off the clicker and give your Yorkie a treat of some kind. This in fact teaches your dog to relate to a specific behavior to a positive reward for obeying that command.

With Yorkies, clicker training gets responses right away. It works because it is also giving your Yorkie positive reinforcement and the practice of dealing with its owner/household.

You can move on to the next point of training Yorkies with a clicker once your dog understands to associate the clicker with positive behavior.

Here's the order: command, clicker, treat.

After a while it isn't necessary to constantly reward your Yorkie with a treat. Giving verbal praise or petting your dog also are great ways to reward your dog.

You should note that this clicker training should be ongoing. Your dog should be getting simple, sharp commands that are reinforced with the sound of the clicker. Just remember to reward in the beginning your Yorkie with the commands that she or he complies to.

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