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|07-16-2010, 03:51 PM||#1|
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: North Hollywood
My 4 year old pure male Yorkie
My 4 year old pure male Yorkie does not bark or play. Yes, he has barked but late at night when he hears strangers. We throw a ball and he does not retrieve it. Please advise on general training.
Last edited by anthony lewis; 07-16-2010 at 03:52 PM.
|07-16-2010, 04:58 PM||#2|
YT 1000 Club Member
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Ball Ground, GA
You didn't say whether you had gotten him as an adult or a puppy. I am going to guess it was as an adult because it sounds like he wasn't taught how to play with a ball, or possibly a toy of any kind. You might try to get him to chase a stuffed toy that you trail along the ground.
Also, there are toys out there that velcro in the belly that you can put treats in, you could try to get him interested in a toy like that if he is food motivated. Then progress to other toys. I've had a lot of rescues that came from kennels and most never really got the hang of playing with toys.
|07-16-2010, 06:59 PM||#3|
Donating YT 2000 Club Member
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
As far as a general training rule, there is consistency, positive reinforcement, and patience. You'd be surprised how far those three will take you. As far as toys go, they all have a preference. Kaji's friends go bonkers for these balloon animal type rubber toys that squeak and Kaji could care less. If it isn't a ball or a squeaky fuzzy something, Kaji won't play with it. It did take me months (like 6 or so) to get him to open up and play with toys. Kaji is a super shy dog and I've seen more success through persistence and going really slowly with him.
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Last edited by DvlshAngel985; 07-16-2010 at 07:01 PM.