This should be short and a bit more intense. This should be provided at least 1 time per week, 2 times is optimal. You can choose from a variety of different ways to achieve this. Throwing a ball to your dog and having them run after it is always fun for a dog. This type of play is also an excellent opportunity to teach your Yorkie some command words, such as "Get" and "Return".
Yorkies love to simply run around. If taken to a park or open field, this breed will enjoy running free. Do, however, always keep your dog supervised and be sure that if you ever take your Yorkie off of their leash or harness that it is very safe to do so.
Some Ways to Provide Fun Exercise
Not only is exercise very important for your dog's health, but this is a great way to bond with your Yorkie.
Do keep in mind that the Yorkie, as with all small toy breed dogs, can be injured if jumping from too high of a height; especially when a puppy. This dog breed can develop a luxating patella, which is a dislocation of the hip socket and joint, so do limit their jumping from heights.
There are some games to play with your Yorkie that will offer exercise at the same time.
You do not need to enter your Yorkie into a dog show event to enjoy the benefits of teaching your dog some agility moves. Do be wary of heights when your pup is young; however you and your dog can have great fun with a home made obstacle course.
You can teach your dog to jump through a hoop ( just hold up a hula-hoop at an appropriate height) or guide your Yorkie to maneuver around obstacles or weave back and forth between them.
Praise and a treat waiting at the end, along with your enthusiasm is often all that's needed for a dog to want to exercise in this way.
Most of us have seen professional dog disc events; those events when usually large breed dogs leap high into the air, catching a Frisbee with ease. Your Yorkie wants to join into the fun too! You may wish to purchase a "baby" Frisbee.
Teaching your Yorkie to run after it, time it just right and then catch it mid-air can be a lot of fun for both of you and certainly a way to get their exercise! * Note Do be sure to never "rip" the Frisbee out of your dog's mouth.
You can train your Yorkie to drop it on command. When first training for this, hold a small treat and offer a trade. Use the command word of "Drop" or "Give" and once your Yorkie offers it to you, reward him with the small treat and lots of praise.
Hide & Seek With Treats.
Command your dog to sit and have your dog watch you "hide" treats all over the home. The treats should be very small and tucked into many different areas...under a cushion, behind a shoe, on the first landing of the stairs, etc. Once you give the command word of "Go!' or "Find", your Yorkie can then run around the home, gathering up the treats.
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