Teaching your Yorkie Puppy to play Frisbee is fun
and rewarding. It is a great way to spend quality time with your Yorkie
Puppy and you both get plenty of fresh air and exercise. Some Yorkie
Puppys take to Frisbee instantly, and others take some coaxing and time
to get the hang of it; but almost any Yorkie Puppy can learn to love it!
First, as with any change in your Yorkie Puppy’s exercise routine, you
should take your Yorkie Puppy to the vet and make sure he’s in a healthy
enough condition for Frisbee. If you have a puppy, discuss with your vet
how old your puppy should be before he can start jumping for the
Frisbee. If puppies take part in extreme jumping before their growth
plates have closed, it can lead to lifelong problems. Generally around
14 months is a good age.
Once your vet has given you the go-ahead to start training, it is time
to find a Frisbee and introduce it to your Yorkie Puppy. Choose a
Frisbee that is soft and flexible. You don’t want a Frisbee that is too
hard because it would be more likely to hurt your Puppy when he
catches it. One way to ensure positive associations with the Frisbee is
using it as a food dish for a while. Chances are, once your Puppy
has had a few meals out of the Frisbee, he will be completely
comfortable around it.
Next, encourage your puppy to play with you with the Frisbee. Sit on the
floor by your Puppy and tease him with it (not maliciously, of
course). If your Yorkie Puppy is interested in playing with it, let him
and praise him enthusiastically. If he isn’t interested, use your super
excited voice and play around with him until you get him in a playful
mood. Once you’ve got your Yorkie Puppy interested in the Frisbee, roll
it on its side across the room. If he chases it, praise him
enthusiastically. If he brings it back to you, cook him a steak, but the
retrieve is not important at this point in training, so don’t worry if
he doesn’t. Keep rolling the Frisbee for your Yorkie Puppy as long as he
The next step is taking your Yorkie Puppy outside, tossing the Frisbee
short distances and encouraging him like crazy when he goes after it.
Never throw the Frisbee at your Puppy. In the beginning,
stick to low, flat, short trajectories.
Once your Yorkie Puppy is going after the Frisbee every time, start
encouraging him to bring it back. You can help this along with a long
(30 ft or so) training lead. As soon as he gets back to you with the
Frisbee, trade him a treat and tons of praise for the Frisbee, then
throw it again. You shouldn’t have any problem getting the Frisbee from
your Yorkie Puppy if you give him a treat, but if he’s being difficult,
take it as a sign that you need to work on his “drop it” command. Read
our Commands Every Puppy Should Know article on more information
on helpful commands to teach your Yorkie Puppy.
Your Yorkie Puppy will naturally begin to jump for the Frisbee, but it’s
a good idea to take some time to teach him how to land properly. Your Puppy should land on all fours so the force of impact is spread
across four legs. If your Yorkie Puppy is landing on just his back two
legs, you can teach him to jump through a hula hoop. This will help him
get his hind end up in the air when he jumps so he will land properly.
Don’t leave the Frisbee out when you’re not playing with your Puppy. It
will be much more enticing to him if he only sees it when you’re
playing. Also, never let your Puppy chew on the Frisbee. Nicks
and breaks will cause it to fly improperly, and could hurt your
Puppy when he catches it