Yorkshire Terriers are cute little terriers that can be just a little “quirky”. Trying to determine if the Yorkie is just “a Yorkie” or obsessed can be relatively easy, and well… fun! That crazy, quirky behavior could also be due to serious medical issues. Here are some tips to help you understand Yorkie behavior.
Known Yorkie behavior includes digging or scratching on the ground or floor. This is a common Yorkie behavior. Although it may look obsessive, a Yorkie is a member of the terrier family and was bred to hunt rats. When a Yorkie digs on the ground, he’s just following his instincts and looking for a rat…or whatever he thinks is down there.
Licking everything in sight, from his own paws to the furniture to you, is enough to drive a sane Yorkie dog owner crazy. This Yorkie behavior can stem from something as simple as dry, itchy skin or bad teeth. Yorkies are known to have dental problems even when young. Good dental care is very important for Yorkies.
Getting overexcited to the point of hyperventilating, even trembling is a common Yorkie behavior. The Yorkie is known to be the most people-oriented breed and does not like to be alone. This behavior may be due to over-excitement or a serious condition called “collapsing trachea.” Collapsing trachea happens as the airway (trachea) flattens; this can block the airway and cause hyperventilation. The lack of oxygen from collapsing trachea can cause trembling and hyperventilation. Your Yorkie should be checked by a vet if these symptoms persist or persist for more than a few minutes. Calm the dog before the airway muscle spasms get worse.
Constant barking and yapping is attributed to Yorkies, but this is only bad behavior and not specific to the Yorkie. Some Yorkie owners subconsciously reward this bad behavior by picking up the dog when it barks. The dog thinks that being picked up is a reward, just like a dog treat. Just train your Yorkie with one word: “No!” or “Shut up!” and the yapping stops.
Obsessive Yorkie behavior is based on fear. Attacking the vacuum cleaner or broom is a common obsession. Since a Yorkie usually weighs seven pounds or less, the Yorkie is well aware of large objects in his territory. We humans don’t help this behavior – because there’s a good chance we’ll chase the Yorkie with the broom or vacuum cleaner, because it’s really funny. Unfortunately, we only reinforce bad behavior.
Circling the area where food is served to him is an obsessive behavior. This is especially true if your Yorkie was the smallest of the litter, as he probably had to fight for his share of the food. You can help your Yorkie overcome this fear by feeding him his dog treats in his food bowl. He will soon learn to associate the food bowl with a reward rather than a fight.
Doing something repeatedly for unknown reasons can be common with the Yorkie. For example, a Yorkie may suddenly refuse to walk in a certain area after walking there for months. The Yorkie may suddenly start hiding when it comes time to eat. Try to figure out what might be bothering him so you can remove the object of his obsession. If you can’t work it out, try to ignore the obsessive behavior and it will probably turn into a new obsession in a short time.
* Carry dog treats in your pocket to reward good behavior
*Remember that a Yorkie is cheerful and willful – expect and enjoy its willfulness
* If your Yorkie has trouble breathing or swallowing, take him to a vet immediately; it could be life-threatening for him
* If your Yorkie seems confused or weak, take him to a vet immediately; these are signs of a lack of oxygen in the brain