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Consider a sit to be your dog's way of saying "please." This can be especially helpful when you need her to wait quietly while you juggle your belongings. Before you give her a tasty treat, cross an intersection or open the door -- before virtually any activity she considers wonderful -- wait until she's sitting pretty!

Dogs find the act of pulling against their leashes rewarding. It's just their natural instinct. If your dog is a fantastic puller, there are a couple of products on the market that can help reduce this behavior: the Gentle Leader and the SENSE-ation Harness. WoofGang can help you decide which might be best for your dog.

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by Michael Santoro

Since theyre often seen today riding stylishly in the expensive designer bags of the rich and famous, it may surprise you to learn that the Yorkshire Terrier was originally a working mans dog. A product of the English industrial revolution, the Yorkie was used to control rats and mice in the factories and coal mines of northern England.

Early examples of the breed were much larger than they are today. Before the 1930s, Yorkies weighed about 30 pounds. Over time, they were bred smaller and smaller, now averaging between three and seven pounds and standing eight to nine inches tall. Their coats are usually a grayish-blue and tan color and can be left long and silky (a show coat), or they can be groomed to a much shorter length, which is more common with pet owners. While their eyes are coal-black, they are nonetheless expressive, alert and intelligent, often endearing them to devoted fans of larger breeds.

Yorkies are quick learners and many are able to learn new words and commands after only a few repetitions. They can learn to fetch toys by name and youll see many of these spunky workers carrying out complex commands in obedience trials and on agility courses.

Since many of these dogs are coddled and pampered by doting owners, they can become needy and clingy, but a true Yorkie is self-confident and will prefer to go off and rest alone without attention from its human. Indeed, the independent streak that runs within the breed may hamper ones best training efforts in some cases.

Dont let their tiny stature mislead you into thinking that these are nervous, timid creatures. Yorkies were bred to be bold and fearless. In fact, its quite common to see a tiny Yorkie confidently asserting itself as top dog with a dog several times its size.

Yorkies are consistently among the top three most popular breeds in the U.S. Their small size makes them attractive to apartment dwellers and those who dont want to or cant take on the physical demands of larger breeds. If youre looking for a big personality in a tiny package, the Yorkshire Terrier may just be the breed for you.