5 Tips for Training Your Yorkie, Responsibly

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Did you know that February is Responsible Pet Owners Month? Today we’d like to share some tips about training your dog in a reasonable and responsible way.

It has been our pleasure to meet the wonderful folks over at Bil-Jac dog foods. They have sent us treats to review and actually just sent us some more to try out. It was the great folks at Bil-Jac who informed us that February is Responsible Pet Owners Month. We sure know a lot of responsible pet owners here at YSS, because our customers want only the best for their Yorkies. We have the best customers in the world! But, we all know that you can never know enough when it comes to your furry family members. The great people at Bil-Jac were kind enough to send us some great tips for training your dog and we’d like to share them with you:

Joel Silverman, infamous dog trainer and a Bil-Jac dog food advocate, believes in an open-minded approach to dog training. Bond to the dog with your heart, but train with your brain. In other words, don’t get emotional about your training efforts. Make it fun for the dog. Sometimes the dog will need correction. He views the correction as merely an “interruption” of the undesired behavior.

According to Silverman, it is most crucial to build a relationship with your dog first. Find out what he likes and dislikes. You are uncovering your dog’s personality in this phase, which important in order to begin the training process. Below are five dog training tips that will make training for successful and enjoyable for you and your best friend …

5 actionable steps can you share to help owners with training their dog?

First, get to know your dog and build a relationship with him. Find out what he likes and dislikes. Even notice where in the house he prefers to build the bond.

Second, set a goal of what you want to accomplish. If you display any doubt, your dog will pick up on that doubt and be less responsive. Have a game plan.

Third, understand that you will train only part of the behavior in each session. Keep the training sessions short, about two to three minutes. Repeat the session several times a day.

Fourth, keep it as positive as possible when working with your dog, but understand there is a right way and wrong way for a physical correction. Corrections are merely “interruptions.” Be open-minded.

Fifth, always end on a positive note. You want your dog to look forward to the next training session. When it ends, go play with him, take him out for walk and just have a good time with him… maybe give him a treat.

About Bil-Jac

Bil-Jac is based in Medina, OH and is a family-owned business that stands for more than 60 years of uncompromising dedication to the highest quality and freshest ingredients available. Dog food is not only Bil-Jac’s business; it’s their passion.

Bil-Jac is dedicated to providing pets with the highest quality dog food and treats.

Bil-Jac prides itself on being the best dog food and catering to the nutritional needs of your pet first and foremost. From using the freshest chicken available, and much more of it, to protecting essential amino acids, 
Bil-Jac delivers what your dog needs and wants.

About Joel Silverman

For over 30 years Joel has worked behind the scenes training animals for movies, TV shows, and commercials. As a host of the popular television series Good Dog U on Animal Planet, from 1999-2009, Joel had the opportunity to showcase his unique ability to relate to and problem-solve behavior issues with a wide variety of dog breeds and owners. Joel’s ability to communicate pet owners in a friendly and gentle manner is what has propelled him to hosting GOOD DOG U, and his current syndicated TV series Dog & Cat Training With Joel Silverman.

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