Teaching your Yorkie Puppy to sit, lie
down, and stay is vital to the training of your pet. As you
train your Yorkie Puppy to perform different behaviors, you will
find that a thorough understanding of, and reaction without
hesitation to sit, down, and stay commands are absolutely
prerequisite. Also, enforcing basic commands like sit, down, and
stay helps you establish your role as pack leader. Enforcing a
sit stay before feeding or walking your Yorkie Puppy exerts your
dominance, and goes a long way towards curbing behavior issues.
Sit, down, and stay are also great alternate activities to
enforce when your Yorkie Puppy is displaying undesirable
Sit is the first thing you should teach your Puppy.
Before you move on to any other obedience activities, your pooch
should consistently sit without hesitation when you issue the
command. Make sure you are as consistent as possible while
teaching sit. Also, be sure to keep sessions short and don’t let
your Yorkie Puppy get frustrated. This will be your first shared
training encounter with your Yorkie Puppy so you’ll want to make
sure it is as positive an experience as possible.
To teach your Yorkie Puppy to sit, equip yourself with all the
patience you can muster, and a treat pouch full of small, easy
to eat treats. Soft treats are preferable over crunchy treats
because your Yorkie Puppy can eat them faster. Big or crunchy
snacks take a long time to eat, so he will often forget what you
were working on by the time he finishes the treat. Cut up pieces
of hot Puppy, or liver treats are perfect.
Start with your Yorkie Puppy on a leash (so you can easily keep
him from losing interest and wandering off). Sit on the floor
with him in a room with no other distractions. It is best to
conduct your training sessions with the TV off, with no other
pets or people around to draw your Puppy’s attention from
the task at hand.
Hold a treat just above your Yorkie Puppy’s nose and say “sit.”
Then move the treat over his head in the direction of his tail.
Your Yorkie Puppy will try to keep his eyes on the treat,
forcing him to sit down. If he puts his paws up in the air
instead, you are holding the treat too high. The instant your
Puppy sits, say “good sit,” give him the treat, and plenty of
praise. Just do this over and over in five to ten minute
sessions two or three times a day.
Once your Yorkie Puppy sits every single time you say “sit,”
whether you have a treat or not, you can move on to teaching
down. Start by telling your Puppy to sit, and giving him
a treat. While he’s sitting, hold another treat between his
front paws and say “down.” If he stands up, tell him to sit, and
try again. When he looks down at the treat between his paws
(which he inevitably will if there are no distractions in the
room) move it along the ground towards you, this should lure him
into a down position. As soon as he is down, give him the treat.
If you can’t lure him down in this way, don’t try to physically
force him to lie down. Sit on the floor with your legs out in
front of you with your knees bent just enough to make a space
under which your Yorkie Puppy can crawl. Have him sit facing
your bent knees, directly next to you. Hold the treat between
his front paws again and say “down” as you move the treat under
your knees and to your other side. Your Yorkie Puppy will crawl
under your legs after the treat, and will find himself in the
down position. The instant he is lying down, say “good down,”
and give him the treat and praise. Again, do this over and over
in five to ten minute sessions two to three times a day. Don’t
forget to continue working on sit as well to keep it fresh in
your Puppy’s mind.
Once he gets the concept of lying down when you say “down,”
start asking for a down from the standing position too. You
don’t want to condition your Yorkie Puppy to only lie down when
you have asked him to sit first.
Stay is a hugely beneficial behavior for your Yorkie to
learn. Once your Puppy understands how to stay, you can
teach him the place command, which is a target exercise that
cues your Puppy to go to a specific location and hold a
down stay. You can use it to keep him from pestering guests,
begging at the dinner table, and being underfoot while you
perform tasks like feeding or changing a baby. A place command
is also a perfect alternate action to encourage when your Yorkie
Puppy is performing undesirable behavior like excessive barking.
Once your Puppy has stay down, read about Teaching the
To teach your Puppy to stay, give him the down command.
After he lies down, say “stay.” Wait one second, then say “good
stay,” and give him a treat and plenty of praise. Make sure that
you only give your Yorkie Puppy the treat when he is still lying
down. If you are not quick enough, and you treat the Yorkie
Puppy as he’s getting up, you end up rewarding getting up from
the stay, rather than the stay itself.
Do this several times, and then wait two seconds before giving
him the treat. After he will consistently stay for two seconds,
wait three. If he gets up before you make it to three, start
back at one. Once he stays for three seconds, take one step back
as you count to three. Once he has this down, take two steps
back. Continue gradually increasing both the distance you stand
from the Puppy and the amount of time you require him to stay
down before you give him a treat. This should take place over
several five to ten minute sessions two to three times a day.
Don’t try to move too fast or it will only take longer.
Eventually, tell your Yorkie Puppy to stay and leave the room
all together. When he is willing to stay even when you’ve walked
out of the room, provide a jackpot reward. A jackpot reward is a
larger quantity prize that has exceptionally high value to the
Puppy, used to mark particularly good behavior or the completion
of an especially difficult task. Continue working on sit and
down as well so all three behaviors are fresh in your Yorkie