Back to Back Issues Page
Yorkie Central, Issue #031
November 14, 2008

Welcome to Yorkie Central!

Issue: 31

November 2008

This month marks 34th month online.

Here at Yorkie Central we hope to give you the latest in Yorkshire Terrier and dog news in general.

If you like this e-zine, please do a friend and me a big favour and pay it forward.

If a friend did forward this to you and you like what you read, please subscribe by visiting the Newsletter page at our site,

In this issue you will find:

  • 3 Basic Tips For Better Handling Of Your Dog
  • A Bit about Christmas

Ok, before I include this months article I would like to say sorry for sending this months newsletter a little late. My new course has kicked off and its soooo much work, it's unbelievable! However it is the most interesting thing I have ever studied :)

Anyway, thank you all for your patience with me!

3 Basic Tips For Better Handling Of Your Dog

Dog Training has been taught by many different schools of thought. Teaching your dog new tricks and handling obedience training takes both dedication and patience. It also takes a sense of skill and personal awareness of not only your dog's actions, but your own body language and training practices as well. Below are two tips that any dog trainer can utilize when handling their pets:

1. Signals should be given to your dogs with one hand and arm only. In the earliest stages you may exaggerate the signals to gain the dog's attention, but in the final analysis all signals must be given smoothly and swiftly without any excess body motion. The size of your dog is not a factor here, for you can train any dog to pay attention, and if he is paying attention to you he will see your signals.

The people who would disagree with this theory are those who have yet to learn how to make their dogs pay attention to them. You will have to watch yourself very carefully to avoid giving unintentional body signals to your dog. It is natural for a beginner to nod his head, lean forward, or move his hands when he calls his dog. He is so intent in watching his dog that he is unaware of his own actions. Have someone watch you so he can tell you when he notices you doing this.

2. Be consistent - never scold a dog for a misdemeanor one day and praise him the next for the same act. You cannot expect your dog to understand an exercise if you keep changing your training methods each time you try it. Dogs learn the basic work by repetition, and the entire training program should proceed smoothly and consistently. For instance, the techniques that you will use in puppy training will be repeated in advanced exercises when your dog gets older, and your handling will be just the same.

3. You should study your dog so you can foresee his reaction to any situation. You should become attuned to your dog's sensitivities. If you have a gentle, quiet dog, do not antagonize him by rough treatment. He will become very alert and responsive if you train him in a calm and gentle manner with consideration for his feelings. Aggressive or overly playful dogs need a more forceful approach.

A Bit about Christmas

So yesterday I travelled to Kingston (UK), so that I could watch as they turned on the Christmas lights.

It was all so festive and fun. It's now made me get in the christmas spirit and I have began thinking about what I will buy everyone :)

Are any of you planning to buy your doggies something special? If you are anything like me you probably will. So to help this process I have decided to include a link to one of the sites which I use most of the time:

Find the Paw-fect Gift Using Our Gift Selector for Dogs at!

I hope you find something you like for your special friend. I will keep searching the web and if I find any other sites which might have good christmas stuff I will send out a short email with the links for you.

Comments? Ideas? Feedback? I'd love to hear from you. Just reply to this e-zine and tell me what you think!

From all of us here at Yorkie Central have a great month! We look forward to hearing your comments and getting the next edition of Yorkie Central ready for you and your friends!


Back to Back Issues Page