Hi, Everyone. Teaching your Yorkie to play fetch could be as easy as locating a toy she really desires or as difficult as training the full sequence of chasing, recovering and returning.
“Maybe this is kind of cliche, but animals, well, dogs, are what I do for a living. One reason I like spending time with them so much is they seem to think people are really good. They live with us and obey our rules, most of which make no sense to them. And the main reason they do it is that they like us. When I watch them, sometimes I'm so blown away by how enthusiastic they are about everything we do that I have to go out and buy them something squeaky or chewy.
Beagles quite often play fetch with ease, but you could have a few difficulties.You toss the dog ball, your Yorkie chases it down and grabs it, and then refuses to bring it back so you can throw it again. She dances about for a couple of seconds and then drops the ball runs away, just hangs on to it. So much for your dream of a nice enjoyable game of fetch.
What seems to be an effortless naturally occurring game between dog at the dog park and its owner can often be the result of a lot of training.
It's possible to coach most dogs to fetch correctly.
Here are 5 steps to get you started teaching your Yorkie to play fetch.
An easy and simple method to teach fetch is to start right at the end. It’s something called “back chaining.
Back chaining is trainer-speak for taking all the steps in a training series and teaching the last one first, followed by the next-to-last one, and so on until you reach the first step in the “chain.” We will use this back chaining method when we are teaching your Yorkie to play fetch.
6.0 . Drop The Ball In My Hand (or on the ground right in front of me).
5.0 Bring It Back To Me.
4.0 Pick Up The Ball.
3.0 Chase The Ball.
2.0 Chase The Ball.
1.0 Wait For Me To Throw The Ball.
You’ll teach #5 first, then #4, and so on.
Success in each stage in the series is rewarded by the chance to take part in the next stage.
These sessions should be 5 to 15 minutes in length, at least twice a day. As soon as you get 2 or 3 really good responses one after the other, quit the session with plenty of praise and a “Jackpot!” – a full handful of your dogs favorite treats.
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It’s definitely preferable to quit when you and your Yorkie are having a lot of fun and succeeding, and not just when one or the pair of you are feeling bored or irritated.
Puppies often hold onto the ball. That's the reason Step 5 is often the one you’ll practice most patiently.
Stand on your Yorkies leash making sure she has room to go a few steps.
Now give her the ball. Don’t ask her to do anything and don’t attempt to get the ball away from her. You may have to wait a while for that first drop of the ball. Just wait her out. Dropping at your feet is much easier. Just allow it to fall while you offer him a treat. If you think he'll try to get hold of it when you reach for it, keep him engaged nibbling the treat in your hand whilst you and pick it up. Now you can let him have the treat.
If you want your little friend to place the ball in your palm, slip your hand under the object so it falls into your hand when she drops it. The moment she drops the ball (even when she doesn’t drop it into your hand), give it back to her. Better still, throw it straight into her mouth and let her catch it.
You can trade a dog cookie for the ball during the first few repeats, but be sure to phase the treat out as soon as possible. Your Yorkies reward for giving you the ball is a chance to get hold of it once more – and that's what she wants the most.
You’re ready for Step 4 once your dog is spitting the ball out the moment your hand is there to catch it.
You now know that when you toss the ball any distance, your Yorkshire Terrier will pick it up and keep it. Now she knows to drop it when she’s directly in front of you, but she still doesn’t know bring it to you first. She will need to learn that step by step, as well.
Stand on her leash and drop the ball onto to the ground about a pace in front of her. The minute she picks it up, hold out your hand and urge her to bring you the ball. The gap between you should be only whatever she can cover in a stride or two.
It should take about 12 sessions or more to teach your little girl to bring you the ball from progressively longer distances.
A natural retriever will do the pick-up in his sleep. In fact, most puppies naturally pick things up.
Yorkies love chasing balls so this step should be a snap. Throw the ball and tell your dog “fetch” and say the name "Ball."
If you have one of those fetch psychos who bark and leap ask the dog to sit and hold the ball up to throw. If he tries to jump and grab the ball, whisk it behind your back and tell her "sit " Wait for her to sit again. Every time she sits, the ball appears. Each and every time he leaps at you, the ball vanishes. The first time he remains sitting when you bring out the ball, say “Yes!” and quickly throw it.
From this time on, your little friend never gets to chase the ball if she jumps up; only if she sits. Once she figures this out, she’ll sit her little heart out to get you to toss the ball.
Now that your Yorkie knows all the pieces, we're able to put them in sync. She sits and waits politely until you toss her ball. She chases it when you throw, picks it up, holds it, brings it back to you and drops it at your feet. Her tail is wagging, her eyes are bright, and she's looking forward to another throw.
Are you teaching your Yorkie to play fetch?
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