Training With Your Yorkshire Terrier Puppies
An overview of Obedience, Agility and other Performance Events
When most people think of Yorkies they think of happy little house puppies lounging on the furniture and barking at dangerous things outside, like leaves and squirrels or they think of the beautiful full-coated show dogs, immaculately groomed, gliding around the show ring. There is a third picture to add to the above and that is the working Yorkshire Terrier or the Yorkie that is participating in a variety of performance events and/or working situations. This includes obedience, agility, tracking, earthdog, and pet therapy as well as a host of other things that Yorkshire Terriers can excel in like flyball, Frisbee competitions, backpacking, musical freestyle and even just teaching a Yorkie to do tricks to perform for friends and relatives.
Because of their puppy size and attitudes the Yorkshire Terrier will generally draw a crowd around the obedience or agility ring they are working in. There is nothing more adorable than a Yorkie looking up at it’s owner at heel position or flying through the tunnels and leaping over the jumps in obedience and agility, even if, on occasion, it’s the wrong one!!!! Sometimes even trained Yorkies have minds of their own. Performance events can be a wonderful way to work with your Yorkshire Terrier, form a bond like you’ve never known before and maybe earn a ribbon and title or two along the way.
Here are some things that you might want to do with your Yorkshire Terrier(even as a puppy) and the titles you can earn from the American Kennel Club:
The novice obedience training class includes exercises that show that the handler and dog or puppy are working together. The dog will heel by its handlers side and sit when they stop as well as come when called and stay when and where they are told on a stand for examination, sit stay and down stay!!! This last can be hard for the average Yorkshire Terrier to do with their endless supply of energy but can save its life some day. The more advanced obedience training classes include jumping, scent exercises, bringing its handler back a dumbbell or glove, etc. Obedience training is the basis for most of the other performance events and is a great way to start working with your Yorkie.
Here is a list of AKC obedience titles that a Yorkshire Terrier can earn:
Companion Dog (CD)
Companion Dog Excellent (CDX)
Utility Dog (UD)
Utility Dog Excellent (UDX)
Obedience Trial Champion (OTCH)
Besides the formal obedience training classes, the AKC obedience department also offers a CANINE GOOD CITIZEN Test. The CGC is not an official AKC Title but the dog or puppy earns a certificate and is an accomplishment any owner can be proud of. This is a great way to get started and the ten exercises needed to pass the CGC test include everyday things like having your dog under control for a brushing or vet exam and being able to walk up to a person with another dog and have your Yorkie be under control. Basic exercises that makes living with any Yorkshire Terrier easier.
RALLY became an AKC titling event as of January 1st, 2005. Where the Agility concept was taken from Grand Prix jumping, Rally takes after road rallies where check points tell you your next move. Instead of having the judge call out the commands the Yorkshire Terrier and owner moves from one sign to another which tells them what exercise to perform. This is a fast paced fun packed kind of obedience training that’s catching on like wild fire and is absolutely perfect for the way a Yorkshire Terrier likes to work. The course changes with each trial as it does in agility and you can talk to your dog throughout the exercises and encourage them on.
Here are the AKC RALLY Titles that can be earned:
Rally Novice (RN)
Rally Advanced (RA)
Rally Excellent (RE)
Rally Advanced Excellent (RAE)
The fast paced, fun atmosphere of the agility ring was almost custom made for most Yorkies personalities. They love to run through a course and really enjoy going through tunnels, over dog walks and flying over the jumps. There is no dog with more determination and heart than an agility trained
Yorkshire Terrier when it struggles its way up and over the A-frame. You can see spectators holding their breaths until the Yorkie makes it to the top and starts down the other side!! Yorkies are show stoppers in the agility ring and draw a crowd whenever they run a course.
Here is a list of the AKC Agility titles:
Novice Agility (NA)
Open Agility (OA)
Agility Excellent (AX)
Master Agility Excellent (MX)
Novice Jumpers with Weaves (NAJ)
Open Jumpers with Weaves (OAJ)
Agility Excellent Jumper with Weaves (AXJ)
Master Excellent Jumper with Weaves (MXJ)
Master Agility Champion (MACH)
Although you won’t normally see a lot of Yorkshire Terriers entered in tracking events, they can do very well and have the fire and determination to excel in a sport that is mainly thought of for big dogs. In tracking a dog or pup learns to do “what comes naturally” and that is to use their nose to follow a scent.
Tracking is usually run in fields and a tracklayer will walk on a pre-determined track making both left and right turns (at a test this track is laid out by the judges and marked so the tracklayer knows where to walk) and at the end of the track is an article (usually a glove or a wallet). The dog needs to follow where the tracklayer walked and find the article at the end or along the way, in the more advanced classes. VST or Variable Surface Tracking is the newest type of tracking and the dog tracks in urban areas near buildings, over mowed grass, concrete, asphalt, mulch, gravel, etc.
The AKC Tracking Titles that can be earned are:
Tracking Dog (TD)
Tracking Dog Excellent (TDX)
Variable Surface Tracker (VST)
Champion Tracker (CT)
VERSATILE COMPANION DOG TITLES: AKA The Yorkie Terrier Queen
As of January 1st, 2001 the AKC has given performance exhibitors a whole new batch of titles to earn. The VERSATILE COMPANION DOG (VCD) Titles are not a new event but are earned by achieving titles in Obedience, Agility (both Standard and Jumpers) and Tracking. The number behind the VCD title depends on level of the four titles the dog has earned. These new titles provide performance Yorkies with a new challenge and encouragement to compete in all three events.
Below is a list of the VCD Titles followed by the Obedience, Agility and
Tracking titles that must be earned to achieve that level:
VCD1 - CD, NA, NAJ, TD
VCD2 - CDX, OA, OAJ, TD
VCD3 - UD, AX, AXJ, TDX
VCD4 - UDX, MX, MXJ, VST
VCDCH (Versatile Companion Dog Champion) - OTCH, MACH, CT
A Yorkshire Terrier doing pet therapy visits to nursing homes, rehabilitation facilities, schools, etc. may not earn trophies, ribbons and titles but there is not a more important, worthwhile job that this breed can participate in. Most institutions require a dog or puppy to be tested and registered by a Therapy Dog organization which provides the owner with insurance, training and assistance. A small dog, like a Yorkshire Terrier, sometimes will have an advantage over the larger dogs which can be intimidating for some people. Yorkies can go where no larger dog can as they can easily fit on a lap or on a bed.
Nothing can be more rewarding than sharing your beloved Yorkie with someone in need of being
There are so many things that an owner can do with their Yorkshire Terrier puppies that the possibilities are endless.
You can easily train your puppy to do tricks to dazzle your friends and relatives and it can soon expand into performing at schools and organizations. The Yorkshire Terrier is a highly intelligent little dog with a personality that never quits. A Yorkie can be a wonderful performance dog and truly is a dog for all seasons and events.
As with all purebred dogs recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC), there is an approved Breed Standard for Yorkshire Terriers. This standard of perfection is a written description of how the ideal Yorkshire terrier should look. All responsible breeders strive to produce dogs and puppies that conform to this
Breed Standard. Yorkshire Terriers with major deviations from that Standard in appearance should not be bred.
Yorkshire Terrier Pups
Yorkshire Terrier Breed Standard: AKC Toy Group
That of a long-haired toy terrier whose blue and tan coat is parted on the face and from the base of the skull to the end of the tail and hangs evenly and quit straight down each side of body. The body is neat, compact and well proportioned. The dog's high head carriage and confident manner should give the appearance of vigor and self importance.
Small and rather flat on top, the Yorkshire Terrier skull not too prominent or round, the muzzle not too long, with the bite neither undershot nor overshot and teeth sound. Either scissors bite or level bite is acceptable. The nose is black. Eyes are medium in size and not too prominent; dark in color and sparkling with a sharp, intelligent expression. Eye rims are dark. Ears are small, V-shaped, carried erect and set not too far apart.
Well proportioned and very compact. The back is rather short, the back line level, with height at shoulder the same as at the rump.
Legs and Feet
Forelegs should be straight, elbows neither in nor out. Hind legs straight when viewed from behind, but stifles are moderately bent when viewed from the sides. Feet are round with black toenails. Dew claws, if any, are generally removed from the hind legs. Dew claws on the forelegs may be removed.
Docked to a medium length and carried slightly higher than the level of the back.
Quality, texture and quantity of coat are of prime importance. Yorkshire Terrier hair is glossy, fine and silky in texture. Coat on the body is moderately long and perfectly straight (not wavy). It may be trimmed to floor length to give ease of movement and a neater appearance, if desired. The fall on the head is long, tied with one bow in center of head or parted in the middle and tied with two bows. Hair on muzzle is very long. Hair should be trimmed short on tips of ears and may be trimmed on feet to give them a neat appearance.
Puppies are born black and tan and are normally darker in body color, showing an intermingling of black hair in the tan until they are matured. Color of hair on body and richness of tan on head and legs are of prime importance in adult dogs, to which the following color requirements apply: BLUE: Is a dark steel blue, not a silver blue and not mingled with fawn, bronzy or black hairs. TAN: All tan hair is darker at the roots than in the middle, shading to still lighter tan at the tips. There should be no sooty or black hair intermingled with any of the tan.
Color on Body
The blue extends over the body from back of neck to root of tail. Hair on tail is a darker blue, especially at end of tail.
A rich golden tan, deeper in color at sides of head, at ear roots and on the muzzle, with ears a deep rich tan. Tan color should not extend down on back of neck.
Chest and Legs
A bright, rich tan, not extending above the elbow on the forelegs nor above the stifle on the hind legs.
Must not exceed seven pounds.
GENERAL GROOMING INSTRUCTIONS
Grooming Your Yorkshire Terriers by ZZ Top
1. Grooming clean Yorkshire Terriers without mats or tangles will make the grooming job a lot easier and your finished look a lot prettier.
2. Trim nails after a bath. The nails are softer when wet, and will cut easier and cleaner.
3. Have a grooming plan for your Yorkshire Terrier. You will use two to three blade sizes in each of the Yorkie clips. Start with the #40 blade for the ears. Change the blade to#10 to do your anal area, genitalia, and pads of feet, arm pits and between the back legs. For the schnauzer clip, change to a #7F blade to finish the clipping on the body.
4. Work from the back to the front, top to bottom of the dog. Clip against the growth of the hair to give a smooth finished look and avoid "tracking" marks.
5. Groom in the order of body, legs, feet and finally the head.
Top of Page / Yorkshire Terrier
Yorkshire Terrier / To Home Page (Best Dog Photos)