Yorkshire Terriers or “Yorkies” require a lot of love, attention, care, and playtime. They are known for being small, loveable companions with big personalities. They enjoy spending time with their owners and have a low tolerance for being alone which may come off as clingy to some people. It is not uncommon for them to follow you from room to room where they take preference to sitting on your lap rather than their dog bed, no matter how comfortable it is.
The rest of the article will go on to further describe aspects of Yorkshire Terrier behaviours and needs.
Table of Contents
- Do Yorkies get anxiety?
- Is dog anxiety normal?
- How can I tell if my dog is anxious or just clingy?
- Why do dogs get anxious?
- How do you treat an anxious Yorkie?
- How do you treat a clingy Yorkie?
- Why does my Yorkie always want to lick me?
- How do Yorkie’s react to strangers?
- Will my Yorkie get along with other pets?
- Will my Yorkie get along with children?
- Is my Yorkie yappy because it’s clingy?
- Do Yorkies easily adapt to apartment living?
- Do Yorkshire Terriers have any other sensitivities?
Do Yorkies get anxiety?
Yorkies are a highly sensitive dog breed and experience anxiety just like humans. However, if their anxiety isn’t managed or controlled, it can lead to more severe disorders and unwanted behaviours. High levels of anxiety can lead to unpleasant behaviour issues. This could include excessive barking, restlessness, elimination accidents, and general destructive or bad behaviour while their owner is away.
Is dog anxiety normal?
Dog anxiety is fairly normal and likely occurs from time to time. Kerri Caughill, from The Dog Tale, notes that approximately 20% of all dogs experience separation anxiety when left alone for long or even short periods of time. However, if your dog is experiencing chronic anxiety there may be underlying issues that should be addressed with your vet.
How can I tell if my dog is anxious or just clingy?
While both behaviours are similar, it is possible to note some key differences between an anxious dog and a clingy dog. Usually, the highest degree of anxiety will occur shortly after the owner is away rather than throughout the separation, as occurs with boredom. Therefore, it is important to pay attention to how your Yorkie reacts to being away from you. If they don’t panic without you, you may just have a clingy companion.
Why do dogs get anxious?
There are many reasons why Yorkies might be prone to anxiety. Kerri Caughill points to research that suggests dogs are more likely to develop these negative behaviours if they:
- are male
- live in small spaces such as apartments
- experienced a trauma
- came from a shelter
- were separated from their litter within 60 days
- were rehomed
- had limited experience around humans, children, or other animals
How do you treat an anxious Yorkie?
The best thing to do if you have an anxious Yorkie is to discuss it with your veterinarian or a professional dog trainer to develop a treatment plan for your dog. They may suggest treatments such as setting routines, limiting alone time, and providing mentally stimulating toys or calming aids such as clothes carrying your scent.
How do you treat a clingy Yorkie?
If you have a clingy Yorkie, it is important to teach it independence. PetMD suggests several strategies to cope with clinginess. For instance, increasing physical exercise may reduce your dog’s interest in following you around while stimulating toys can fight off boredom and encourage independent play. Creating a special place for them and rewarding them with treats may encourage them to go to, and remain, in their own space.
Why does my Yorkie always want to lick me?
Your Yorkie may be licking you excessively for a few reasons. First, it’s how your companion shows you its affection. You are it’s Alpha after all. It may also be seeking your attention, tasting its environment (you) to understand its surroundings, or simply licking you because it makes it happy.
How do Yorkie’s react to strangers?
Although Yorkies are extremely affectionate to their owners, they can often be suspicious of strangers. Their territorial nature can lead to excessive barking and aggressive mannerisms.
As opposed to with larger dogs, people sometimes simply ignore or inappropriately punish these behaviours, reinforcing them unintentionally. Instead, people should opt for socialization and obedience training to manage these negative behaviours.
Will my Yorkie get along with other pets?
Yorkies are great companions to other pets as long as they were raised with them. Due to their “terrier” instincts, they may consider a new addition to the family as an intruder rather than a new friend.
It is important to remember the Yorkie’s possessive behaviours and introduce new pets slowly. Socializing your Yorkie early on with other pets or animals they encounter can also minimize these behaviours.
Will my Yorkie get along with children?
Yorkies are great with older children and often benefit from the extra attention and time a larger family provides. Due to their small size, they may avoid or snap at younger children who haven’t learned not to startle or tease them. It may be important to create boundaries between your Yorkie and your toddler to ensure that both are happy and comfortable at home.
Is my Yorkie yappy because it’s clingy?
Yorkshire Terriers have a moderate tendency for barking or “yapping.” Their natural suspicion of strangers and odd noises lead them to sound the alarm in case of danger.
Clinginess or anxiety may also exacerbate their yappy tendencies. With consistent training early on or consultation with a professional trainer, it is possible to prevent or minimize these behaviours.
Do Yorkies easily adapt to apartment living?
Unlike some larger dog breeds that may become restless in small spaces, Yorkie’s are very well adapted to apartment living. However, it is important to provide them with plenty of walks or playtime to ensure that they are meeting their exercise needs. Neighbours living nearby will also probably appreciate it if you have trained them not to bark excessively.
Do Yorkshire Terriers have any other sensitivities?
With the Yorkie’s small frame and minimal bodyweight, they are very sensitive to cold and hot temperatures. They will probably prefer to stay indoors which is why many owners paper train their Yorkshire Terriers to avoid taking them outside in certain weather.
With delicate digestive systems, teeth, and gums, they are also prone to being picky eaters. It is important to watch for signs of discomfort during and after eating.