Shaping The Yorkie's Personality
The first 3 months of a Yorkie's life greatly influences the dog's personality, temperament and behavior. It is the breeder of the dog who takes a great role in shaping the dog's behavior and if in their new home before 3 months old, their owner will continue the great influence during these first 3 months.
Many Yorkie behavioral problems are due to a failure to receive proper care when very young.
What element is the most important in helping to create a happy, friendly, outgoing dog?
Socialization. This is the key to shaping personality and teaching a dog what the world is all about. A Yorkie will be well adjusted when growing up with regular household noises. This will include all that a dog will encounter with their new family, from the TV to the washing machine to the doorbell ringing.
Part of caring for a Yorkie involves gradually allowing the pup to become accustomed to human voices and touch is vital. The difference between a dog raised in a wire cage with rarely a human touch to a dog raised in the living room with cuddles, kisses and play time is enormous.
When a dog is held, bathed, groomed, cuddled and played with during the first 3 months, this creates a puppy that is comfortable with people and the world around him or her.
If after receiving all puppy shots, that pup is introduced to new people, brought to new places and put in various safe situations in a gradual way, he is on his way to being a self-confident dog.
While the personality is most influenced during this very young puppy stage, a dog of just about any age can be shaped by the environment that he is in.
What type of Home Encourages a Well Behaved Yorkie?
At any age, there are elements in the home that will help a Yorkshire Terrier be well behaved and happy. The key is to provide an environment which makes the dog feel safe and allows the dog to know where they fall in the "pack".
Let's first discuss the environment. What will encourage a dog to be well balanced?
Having a daily schedule. Dogs are most happy when they know what to expect and when. This offers them security and the feeling of knowing that they are loved. A Yorkie should have each day consist of:
A Waking time (A day runs smoother when your dog wakes at the same time as you do)
Feeding times (Following proper feeding schedules keeps a dog happy and establishes you as the leader)
Grooming times (for brushing, baths, dental care and nail care)
Exercise times (for robust bursts of exercise)
Walking times (for lighter exercise and to have the opportunity to explore the neighborhood with you)
Play times (both independent with their dog toys and interaction play time with you and other family members)
Quiet time (for naps and to relax after exercising, etc)
Bed time (knowing what time they are expected to relax and retreat to their bed helps to keep everyone happy)
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