Activities For Yorkshire Terriers

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Introduction

We’re perhaps tempted to think of Yorkshire Terriers as high-maintenance, prissy snobs that only want to be lapdogs and live the life of luxury. It’s simply not true. While Yorkies enjoy a good spa day with the rest of us, they also adore playtime and adventure. They’re eager to participate, guard their owners, and exercise their petite bodies and brilliant little minds. We hope you’ll draw some activity inspiration below. Your Yorkie deserves the best, and we know you want to give them that!

At-Home Spa Day

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Any Day
Free
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1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Doggie shampoo/conditioner
Warm towels
Brush
Dryer
Doggie treats
Blankets
Activity description
We should say that this is free if you already have all of your supplies purchased. But your little poochie-pie deserves a relaxing spa day from time to time, and you can do this right in your own home. Instead of racing to get to the finish line with bathtime and brushing, try slowing things down and really showering your Yorkshire Terrier with some attention. They love the sweet flattery, eye contact, and your tender touch. So, turn your tub or sink into an oasis of their canine dreams. If you can grab another person in your family to help you, that’ll be awesome. This will make transitions from bath to a towel, from towel to dryer, from a dryer to brushing and so on, fairly seamless.
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Bathtime
Yorkies do require regular maintenance. That hair can get pretty long rather quickly, depending on the way you keep it styled. Although you may not groom your pup at home, you may certainly give them a warm bath. As you lather them up, consider massaging them to help them relax. Talk sweetly to them to make them calmer.
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That pawfect coat
After bathtime, wrap them up in a warm towel. Simply toss the towel in the dryer a few minutes before the bath is complete. This is where the extra set of hands is nice to have. Brush your Yorkie, use a doggie dryer for that desired silky hair, and reward your baby with treats for behaving throughout the process.
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Warm and cozy relaxation
More than likely, they’ll be pretty relaxed after the warm bath and drying. And extra brushing calms them down even more. Snuggle up with your Yorkie and listen to some soft, soothing music. Yorkies are our little watchdogs, and they jump at nearly everything, so music will help muffle outside sounds.
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Afternoon Drive

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Sunny Day
Free
Normal
1 - 3 hrs
Items needed
Safe-for-doggie transportation
Water
Harness and leash
Activity description
There’s nothing like the classic wind in your hair and the feeling of freedom as you cruise down the road. Your Yorkshire Terrier feels it, too! And they love it. If your Yorkie’s hair happens to be long, you might avoid riding with the windows down. This leads to many tangles that you’ll later have to brush out. But if they have their summer cut or maintain a short hair-do, then you’re set. Yorkies love to get out and about and observe the world around them. They are curious and excited about exploring from the comforts of your car or bike.
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Happy trails and tails
Choose a new road to travel down. Yorkies are very smart, so they’ll remember certain places on the road. While this is fun, it can also be great to give them something new to explore. You may choose to safely secure them on your bike with a sidecar. But you can also allow them to ride in the car. Having someone else ride with you is great. They can either drive for you or help manage your fur baby.
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Make some pit stops
Don’t forget to make a few stops if your afternoon drive gets long. Your pup may need to potty or even drink some water. You may also need this, depending on how long the drive lasts. The author and her Yorkie ride their golf cart around their neighborhood. They stop to visit neighbors nearly every day.
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Invite friends to join
If your pooch has a doggie friend, you might invite this pooch and their owner along for the afternoon getaway. It can be fun for your fur child to have a buddy, and it can be great for you to have another buddy by your side as well. Who knows? This may become a regular outing.
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Main Squeeze

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Any Day
Free
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1 hr
Items needed
Pillows
Blankets and sleeping bags
Doggie treats
Dog toys
Activity description
They're your main squeeze, aren't they? And Yorkshire Terriers were actually bred to capture rodents in textile mills as well as coal mines. Though some people often consider them as simply the lazy, serious, and snobbish lapdogs of Victorian England’s finest ladies, they’re actually pretty spunky and enjoy going back to those roots of theirs that involved chasing small, fast objects through nooks and crannies. Main Squeeze is a game that can involve the entire family or just you and your pooch. It requires some setup, but the rewards for your little guy or gal are just what they desire. It’s time to have some Yorkie fun! Yipee!
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Gather the supplies
You’ll need a good bit of supplies for this activity. The more pillows and blankets you can gather, the better. And if you can find a wide open space to play in, your Yorkie will thank you in plenty of puppy kisses and excited, adorable yelps. You might also use sleeping bags, bean chairs, or sofa cushions.
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Set up the game
You are essentially building a sort of course for your dog. The author usually sets up three “avenues” down which her Yorkie’s toys may roll. Create your avenues using pillows and blankets. There’s a main central aisle, which is the longest (for optimal running) and then right, center, and left break-off aisles for the toy and your pup to travel. You need to aim the ball or rolling toy at different avenues, of course.
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It's not simply fancy fetch...
Sure, your Yorkster is retrieving their toy, but they’re also calculating which avenue to run down. They’re maybe leaping over pillows, going under them, or tunneling through a sleeping bag. They’re loving all the tight-knit spaces, curves, and little nooks you’ve created for them. Their brilliant minds are activated, and they’re also spending some of that notorious Yorkshire energy.
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More Fun Ideas...

Morning Stroll

If you’re looking for an A.M. walking buddy, then your Yorkshire Terrier is the pawfect candidate. They’re always joyful to rise, and they love taking in the world around them via their eyes and nose. They trot along at a steady pace, and they like being exercised in this manner. You might even pop in to visit an elderly neighbor. Yorkies can be terrific at sensing illness and feebleness, so they’re tender and affectionate with the weak.

Shopping

If your Yorkie has been properly socialized, then consider taking them shopping. You might go to the farmers’ market, craft store, antique shop, or hardware departments. They can ride in your cart or even your bag. They’re observant and enjoy taking in new sights!

Conclusion

Few dogs are as darling as the Yorkshire Terrier. People love Yorkies, and they’re so popular, you’ll be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t recognize the breed instantly. We hope some of these activities speak to you and your sweet fur baby. Your Yorkie deserves to live a fun-filled life. After all, they bring so many smiles to your face, so much love and light into any place they go.