Yorkshire Terriers are extremely playful – they love to run around and chase things. They have a lot of energy which owners should learn how to put to good use. Games, whether indoor or outdoor, are an excellent way to keep your pet entertained at the same time insert some training lessons. Remember, dogs learn basic commands best when they’re trained young!
Here are 3 fun games you could play with your Yorkshire Terrier:
Hide and Seek
This is an excellent game to play with your pup that also teaches him the “Come” command. Play this game in a confined, safe space in your home or better yet, outside in your yard. Play with your pet for a few minutes then wait for a moment when he becomes distracted. Hide behind a sofa (or a bush when outside). Peek and wait until he realizes that you’re gone and naturally he will come looking for you as Yorkies tend to become clingy and affectionate of their owners. When he gets close to your hiding spot, shout “Come!” – which will teach him to go to you wherever you are.
Find Your Toy
All you need for this game is your pet’s favorite toy. Start by sitting in front of him in a room, waving his favorite toy saying “Where’s your toy?”. As he looks at the toy in your hand, let him take it several times and play with it for a few minutes. Then take him out of the room, hide the toy partially and let him find it. Again, ask “Where’s your toy?”. Once he finds it, take him out of the room again but this time hid the toy fully. 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/training technique that also teaches the “Come” command. It requires two people sitting across each other in a room about six to eight feet apart, with one holding the Yorkie and the other one holding a treat. The one holding the treat should shout “Come!” in a happy voice, giving the treat as the pup comes running. This teaches your pet to come to you even when he’s enjoying playing with other people.
Try these fun games with your Yorkshire Terrier which will also be a learning process for him!