Yorkie cry most often when they are left on their own or placed inside a crate when they want to run and play. This is normal and if you know that your Yorkie is healthy and doesn’t need a potty break, you’ll have to just let them cry.
Yorkies are very intelligent dogs, so when yours cries, you should check to make sure that they are okay but once you know that they are, you need to let them ‘cry it out’. Your clever dog is going to notice if you always come running when they cry, and they will take advantage of this.
It’s best to establish early on that they shouldn’t ‘cry wolf’ and this pays off later when you know for sure that if your Yorkie is crying, they need you right away!
In this article, we’ll address some of the most frequently asked questions about Yorkie crying and what it means in certain contexts. Read on for important information on understanding the many types of Yorkie cries!
Table of Contents
- What does Yorkie crying mean?
- What is the cry of a Yorkie called?
- Is a Yorkie crying normal?
- Do Yorkies cry when they are sad?
- Why does my Yorkie cry out of nowhere?
- Should you ignore a whining Yorkie?
- Why do Yorkies cry at night?
- Is it okay to let your Yorkie cry?
- How do you calm a crying Yorkie?
- Do Yorkies cry when they are happy?
What does Yorkie crying mean?
It can mean a number of things, but most often a Yorkie is crying because they are frightened, stressed, or in pain. Sometimes they will cry when they are excited, in between barks, and this is also quite normal, but in most cases if you hear them crying then they are trying to tell you that they are upset.
If your Yorkie has eaten and gone to the potty and simply crying before bed, then you should likely just let them cry. Running to them can teach them that this is okay. However, always be sure to check them before simply ignoring a cry.
Pick your Yorkie up gently to check for sensitive spots that could indicate an injury, make sure their eyes and nose are clear, and make sure that their rear end is clean. If so and the dog is new, they might just be resisting sleep – you’ll have to ignore it for now and they should calm down in time.
What is the cry of a Yorkie called?
When a dog cries, it is called a ‘whine’, and it comes up in quite a few scenarios. Some dogs will have a cute little whine after they yawn, for instance, and some may whine in their sleep and twitch their legs when they are dreaming.
Most often, however, a cry indicates that they are afraid or possibly feeling unwell, so pay close attention and check to make sure your dog is okay before you discount a cry as being for attention only.
Is a Yorkie crying normal?
When you first get your Yorkie puppy or adult home, there’s going to be a lot of crying and it’s perfectly normal. They are little dogs who are suddenly finding themselves in unfamiliar surrounding and they are scared.
Comfort your Yorkie when this happens but be careful about overdoing it. As long as they are getting regular potty breaks, food, and water and have a comfy bed then your dog is going to be okay.
So, when you hear a cry, ask yourself if they have what they need and check them for good measure to make sure they aren’t in pain. If not, let them ‘cry it out’ and go to sleep.
If they are still having problems later you can check with a vet, but a new dog is almost always going to cry a little or a LOT until they adjust.
Do Yorkies cry when they are sad?
Yes, Yorkie can whine when they are sad, though they also do it to get attention. Pay attention to your dog’s body language and pick them up to check for injuries just to be on the safe side.
If they are a new dog, they might just be frightened, and a toy to chew on can sometimes help to keep their minds occupied while they adjust to their new home.
Why does my Yorkie cry out of nowhere?
Yorkies are smart little dogs and if your little bundle of energy lets out a couple of seemingly random cries, they might simply be frustrated. Sometimes your dog is trying to communicate something to you and just as humans do, they can get a little frustrated and give you a bark that is half of a cry as well.
This can also be a sign of injury sometimes, so try to see if they are doing this when moving as they might have an injury that you cannot see. If you think that this might be the case and the whines are consistent, then it’s time for a quick checkup to rule out any issues.
Should you ignore a whining Yorkie?
No, you shouldn’t, at least not at first. While some owners will tell you to ignore crying, it’s a bad habit to get into, as sometimes your Yorkie is in pain or feeling ill. The best thing to do is to have a mental checklist ready in your mind and when your Yorkie cries, give them a quick ‘inspection’.
Holding your dog gently with their back legs supported, check around their legs and other areas of the body to make sure that they haven’t harmed themselves. If pressure in one area causes a cry, then your dog is genuinely hurting and it’s time for the vet.
If your dog has eaten and had plenty of water, take them on a potty break, and if they are crying after this then it’s best to ignore at this point – once you know they aren’t hurting and their needs are met, you don’t want to encourage them to think that crying ‘wolf’ will get them attention.
Why do Yorkies cry at night?
Most Yorkies cry at night because they are new to your home. This can go on for awhile, sometimes 2 weeks or more, so you’ll have to be patient with this. Expect your Yorkie to cry out in the middle of the night when they need to go outside – and be sure to take them.
Puppies can only wait for 1 hour for every month of age, so this is important. If your Yorkie is obviously okay and has already gone outside, they may be crying to get your attention, so give them a toy and let them cry. It’s hard, but you need to ignore this for now and your Yorkie will stop once they get used to their new home.
Is it okay to let your Yorkie cry?
If you know that your Yorkie is not ill and they’ve just gone for a potty break, then yes, it’s okay to let them cry. Yorkies are smart dogs and if they see that crying will get you to come running, it will be a hard habit to train them out of.
As hard as it is, if you know they are only crying for attention, you must simply let them cry.
How do you calm a crying Yorkie?
First off, take your Yorkie outside, especially if they are a puppy. Puppies don’t have much control over their bladders, typically needing to go outside every 2 – 3 hours. They can basically wait 1 hour for every month of age, so you want to rule this out first.
Next you can simply try taking your Yorkie on a walk to tire them out a bit or you can give them a toy to chew on to keep them occupied. This will provide a little distraction and it’s an excellent way to get your dog to stop crying when you’ve only recently brought them to their new home.
Do Yorkies cry when they are happy?
Yorkies can cry a little when they haven’t seen you in awhile or when you are holding a toy that they want. You’ll be able to tell by their body language that it’s a happy thing – they’ll be bouncy and often the cries come with excited barks. This is nothing to worry about, as your dog is simply excited.
My name is Ken and I’m one of the staff writers at Petloverguy.com. I’ve cared for pets most of my life starting with hamsters, turtles, and snakes. Then moving up to parakeets, guinea pigs, and even ducks.
I currently live with two yorkies and a chihuahua mix.