- The reasons why a dog does not listen (and may even downright ignore you)
- Exact training steps to turn things around
- Age exceptions
Reasons Why a Yorkie Won’t Listen
How to Teach a Yorkie to Start Listening
Establish Yourself as the Leader
How to fix this: It is best if these elements are incorporated from Day One of having a puppy, however if done consistently even an older dog that believes that he is the one in charge can learn a new hierarchy in a household.
2) Gatekeeper rules – As we touched on earlier, a dog sees all humans and pets as his/her ‘pack’. Added to this, the house itself is seen as the ‘den’ where the pack resides. No matter where a dog sits in the hierarchy of the family, this is his territory… he will typically bark at those that trespass into it and it provides a feeling of safety and security. But, who is the gatekeeper of such an important place?
From a Yorkie’s perspective, the person or animal that takes on that role (and would therefore be important enough to be listened to) is the one that has the rank to enter and exit first.
3) Teach commands – As we touched on above, a dog can’t listen if he doesn’t understand what he is expected to do. You may have said ‘Sit’ or ‘Come’ hundreds of times, however if a Yorkshire Terrier is not 100% clear about what that even means, surely he will not be able to follow your orders.
Extra Tips for Stubborn Yorkies
- Never sit on the floor with your Yorkie. If you are brushing the coat, cleaning the teeth or doing some sort of grooming task, you can kneel or place him on a table while you stand.
- If you are sitting on a sofa or chair, your puppy or dog must remain on the floor and not be allowed onto the furniture with you.
- The puppy or dog is not allowed on anyone’s bed; he must rest and sleep in his own bed. Do be sure that your Yorkie has a proper canine bed that is located in a safe and comfortable spot.