Yorkshire Terriers are extremely playful – they love to run and chase things. They have a lot of energy that owners should learn to harness. Games, whether indoors or outdoors, are a great way to keep your pet entertained while inserting some training lessons. Remember, dogs learn basic commands best when they are trained as youngsters.
Here are 3 fun games you can play with your Yorkshire Terrier:
Hide and seek
This is an excellent game to play with your puppy that also teaches him the “Come” command. Play this game in a confined and safe space in your home or, better yet, outside of your garden. Play with your pet for a few minutes and then wait for a moment when he is distracted. Hide behind a couch (or a bush when you’re outside). Take a look and wait until he realizes you’re gone and will naturally come looking for you, as Yorkies tend to get clingy and affectionate towards their owners. When he approaches your hiding place, yell “Come!” – what will teach him to come to you wherever you are.
Find your toy
All you need for this game is your pet’s favorite toy. Begin by sitting across from him in a room, waving his favorite toy and saying “Where’s your toy?” While looking at the toy in his hand, let him take it several times and play with it for a few minutes. Then take him out of the room, partially hide the toy, and let him find it. Again, ask “Where is your toy?” Once you find it, take it out of the room again, but this time it completely hid the toy. Ask the question again and let your pet sniff the room until he finds his toy. When this game is successful, the toy can be an excellent teaching aid for training sessions.
This is a game / technical training that also teaches the “Come” command. Two people are required to sit across from each other in a room six to eight feet apart, one holding the Yorkie and the other holding a treat. The one holding the treat should yell “Come!” in a cheerful voice, giving the treat while the puppy comes running. This teaches your pet to get close to you even when he enjoys playing with other people.
Try these fun games with your Yorkshire Terrier that will be a learning process for him too!