While dog training can be done at any stage of a dog's life, it is still best to teach them while they're still puppies. Using hand signals along with spoken commands prove to be more effective for most dogs.
Not sure where to start? Use these simple hand signals to train your yorkie with basic commands - just don't forget to reward them with treats!
1. One finger up for "SIT"
Holding one finger up while firmly saying "sit" is a simple way to teach your pup to stay and sit. Just remember to bring your arm to its natural position at your side then up to this hand signal.
2. Palm flat and facing the ground for "DOWN"
Use this hand signal while saying "down" to your pup to command him to lie down on the floor. If he's having difficulty following the command, move your palm lower toward the floor to let him know where you want him.
3. Curled pointer finger for "COME HERE"
While it's easy to just call your pup by name to get him/her to come to you, there are situations where just the use of hand signals may be handy. Use the usual curling of a finger as a signal for "come here", the same way you would use for inviting a person over.
4. Palm facing out for "STAY"
Like the hand signal you would use for "stop", this simple hand gesture is a great but simple way to signify "stay" for your yorkie pup. Practice this command along with the "come here" hand signal to further familiarize your pet with the commands.
5. Palm facing the dog for "BRING"
All dogs love to play fetch! But it can get pretty tiring for you if you do all the retrieving. No worries, you can train your pup to bring back the item. Similar to the hand gesture associated with asking for something from someone, use this hand signal at dog eye level to signify "bring".
Keep in mind that these commands can't be learned overnight, so just be patient. Soon enough, you won't have to speak for your yorkie pup to perform these tricks!
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