It can seem like a daunting task to properly train a dog but with a bit of patience, some hard work and a few great Yorkie training methods you can quickly have a loving and obedient Yorkshire terrier. A fantastic technique that helps deal with many issues including housebreaking, barking, household destruction as well as separation anxiety is to learn how to crate train a Yorkie.
The Benefits of Yorkie Crate Training
Naturally, in the wild, a dog will try to find a small, sheltered and safe place to bed down into and call its home. This behavior keeps the whole pack warm and hidden away from other predators. In your house it can be difficult for a dog to find this sort of place, if presented with a large house and garden it’s possible that your dog will try to call everything it’s “home” and end up very stressed trying to protect it all. Setting up a crate in part of the house will provide this instinctive den for your dog and it can cut down on many behavioral problems.
Crate Training a Yorkie in 5 Simple Steps
It’s always best to start a Yorkies create training while they are a young pup, an older dog can be trained this way but they may have some trouble adjusting to the new environment. Training your puppy to stay out of your bed or couch at an early age also helps ensure you’re regarded as the dominant alpha dog in the pack.
- Step 1 – Begin by finding a nice place to set up your puppies crate. It should be placed into an area of the house that is frequently active but not overly noisy or uncomfortable. A corner spot in your living room is usually good, since Yorkshire terriers are a small breed you can easily hide the crate under a table. Younger dogs will like to have their crate moved into the bedroom at nights, place it down near your bed so they can be reassured of a protective pack leader nearby. As they get older the crate can be left in the same place but as a puppy it’s best to keep them close.
- Step 2 – Just like our own bedrooms the puppies crate needs to be beautifully comfy, safe and relaxing. The crate should be large enough for them to comfortably sleep and turn around in but not large enough for them to walk around or run in, too large and they will not think of it as their den. Place any favorite blankets, cushions or toys into the crate and make sure to provide a clean bowl of water inside it. A good crate should be snug, warm, safe and fun.
- Step 3 – When crate training a Yorkie, it’s important you only reinforce the good things about the crate. Occasionally leave small treats inside for them to find or perhaps when you buy a new toy, do not give it directly but hide it in the crate for them to discover. It’s also important that if your puppy whines or cries when it is in the crate you do not give to too much attention as this will make them repeated that bad behavior. However if your Yorkie puppy has been happily quiet in the crate for about 5 minutes or more then feel free to pet, fuss, tickle or play to your heart’s content!
- Step 4 – To start with only leave your dog in the crate for short periods, as a puppy only around 1 hour at the most. Make sure they are placed in the crate even when people are around in the house and the room, not just when you go out as that could reinforce bad feelings about the crate. Your puppy should now be regarding its crate as its home and will not make any messes in it, when it comes to toilet time make sure to take it far away from the crate.
- Step 5 – Now your Yorkshire Terrier crate training is almost complete. It should regard the crate as a safe place that it can go to as well as it’s den so it will never make any messes nearby. You can start leaving your dog in the crate for longer periods of time, slowly building up to a full night’s sleep or a whole work day. Eventually you can simply take the door off the crate and let it use it whenever it wishes.
Successful Yorkie Crate Training
Now you’ve read through the steps I urge you to try to put them in action. Combined with good discipline and regular exercise crate training a Yorkie will help reduce separation anxiety which can show symptoms such as barking, destructive behavior and stress. Other benefits include helping housebreaking training and reinforce your status as the Alpha Dog of the pack.