Why Do Yorkies Bark So Much?
Yorkies are awesome companions with a very huge personality. This breed of dog is quite colorful and loving to their owners. That is why Yorkies can be found in most dog homes around the world. But their huge personality also comes with a fierce territorial bark. On top of that, Yorkie is a highly intelligent dog that will not forget to announce any visitor or strange noise.
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If you bought your first Yorkie because of the cuteness and companionship, then probably you and your neighbors are in for a bumpy ride. It doesn’t take a lot for your Yorkie to start barking at everything they meet. As much as they might be cuddly and all cute, you’d be surprised as to how fierce they get. Most importantly, Yorkies will never back down in a stand-off which is quite impressive.
Unfortunately, this fierce barking habit will quickly turn into an uncontrolled young lad with the aggressiveness of a large police dog. But don’t be scared. This article will help you understand your Yorkie and possibly control the outrageous outbursts.
When Yorkies bark, they are not doing it for the fun of it. In most cases, she might be trying to communicate something to their owner. Like I said earlier, Yorkies are fairly intelligent dogs and are always trying to please their owners. So instead of scolding her for the bad behavior, you just need to understand them. But one thing is certain, don’t ever encourage your Yorkie to continue barking.
Why do Yorkies Bark?
All dogs bark. From the tiniest Yorkie to a fully-grown Alsatian. You’ve probably heard your Yorkie bark in different variations depending on the situation. All in all, some of the major causes that might trigger this behavior in your dog include:
- Genetics: Yorkies come from a long line of fierce dog breeds. And that’s why they have an aggressive bark no matter their body size. However, with the right training, you will be able to put this habit in check.
- Emotional Needs: Most Yorkies will easily get bored or anxious. Majorly because they like seeking for attention. Or in other cases, she might be frustrated. Therefore, you need to read the signs to determine what is really going on. Additionally, in an apartment, your dog might bark because she is lonely. Leaving your dog at home alone is not always a good idea. That’s because it affects their emotional state.
- Physical Needs: when a Yorkie is hungry, thirsty or hot, she might decide to bark asking for help. This means you need to accommodate one of their needs. She might also become a problem barker if you don’t take your Yorkie out for exercises.
- Environment: Improper confinement will definitely result in your dog barking excessively. If you lock your dog in a pen for a long time or put your Yorkie in a restrictive tethering, then she is bound to bark a lot. Barking in dogs may also be triggered by other environmental factors such as sirens, other dogs barking, storms, loud noise, storms among others.
Different Types Of Barks In Yorkies And What They Mean
Most dog owners tend to forget that dogs don’t just have one type of sound. On the contrary, dogs usually produce different sounds that are not identical to barking. You should learn to understand every bark and what they mean. Fortunately, I was able to sample some of the meanings of each and every sound in Yorkies.
Have you ever noticed that when your Yorkie produces a high pitched bark, it’s because you are busy doing something else? Well, this bark is an attention-seeking behavior. Generally, a Yorkie will produce a high pitched barking to call for your attention. She is trying to communicate a certain need such as its playtime or let’s go outside.
Your Yorkie will produce this sound when there’s an impending threat in your vicinity. They can also produce this sound when there’s a sudden change in the environment. Some Yorkies are very sensitive and will bark at low tones when they hear a flock of birds, wind or even a loud car on the street.
Growling is typically a warning behavior that dogs start with to alert their owners. After the growling, your dog is likely to produce a low tone bark. Yorkies are very territorial and will always try to protect their environment. So if you try and invade their space when the dog doesn’t know when she is likely to growl at first. But if you continue she will switch up and start a low-tone bark.
Whenever you hear your dog has started growling, then it’s best to stay as far away as possible. Think of it like the warning sign that’s produced by rattlesnakes before they can actually bite. I don’t mean that your dog will bite you but if you continue with the same process, then you’ll probably not like the results.
If you combine their growling with any other body sign, then you will have a clear picture of your dog’s intention. Let’s say your dog starts to growl but at the same time, she is producing a tooth snapping sound. This means that your Yorkie is trying to tell you that she has teeth and she is not afraid to use them.
This will show that your dog is probably in distress and you need to help. Yorkshires will obviously whine when they are feeling lonely or because you left them home alone. This means that she misses her master.
In other cases, whining can also mean that your dog is hurt or in pain probably from an injury. She will typically lie down and don’t want to be touched. If the main is intense, then your dog will start to feel like every single this is a treat. Some Yorkies might actually become aggressive. Therefore, in case your dog has an injury, you need to approach her with caution.
This in common in little puppies. Adults will whine while the little puppy will whimper. However, both cry actually means the same thing. It means your puppy is distress, hurt, sad or lonely.
This is normally a sound that your dog will produce when injured. It’s easily distinguished from the normal barking through its high and fast nature. Your dog will instantly yelp when in pain or hurt. For instance, when your Yorkie steps on a thorn or any other sharp object, she will instantly yelp.
As a good owner, you should run to the rescue of your dog. That’s because dogs will yelp and then stop when the intense pain is gone. But that doesn’t mean that the entire pain is over. Meaning, she is likely to walk around with an injured paw without even producing a sound. This will affect the health of your dog in the long term.
Your dog might also cover up an infection that’s growing without knowing. Always be cautious with every little sound produced by your dog.
Moaning in people and dogs is quite different. Most people will moan when they are injured but when it comes to dogs it’s a whole different thing. Dogs will only moan when they are happy.
One of the things that will make your Yorkie to moan is when you rub their tummy. Or you simply show any sign of affection. This will typically put your Yorkie in a good mood and hence starts to produce a moaning sound.
Well, now that you’ve learned about the different sounds produced by a Yorkshire, it’s high time we find a way of dealing with excessive barking. Continue reading to learn more.
How To Stop Your Yorkie From Barking Excessively?
Make Your Yorkie Feel At Home
Create a warm and cozy home environment for your Yorkie. They always bark as a sign of frustration or anxiety. This happens mostly when you leave your dog home alone for long periods.
Establish a routine so your dog will know when to expect you at home. But in case you have night shifts and an unpredictable schedule, then you should consider hiring a pet sitter. This will help to keep your Yorkie busy all day hence she will not even realize you are not around. You can also consider doggie daycare or dog walking services.
Also, you can provide your dog with a range of entertainment toys for indoor activities. But don’t give all the toys to your dog at once. Refreshing the toys every day will give her an opportunity to experience something new every day.
Regular exercise will help keep the anxiety levels of your pup in check. You will also manage to reduce the stress levels and she will enjoy the walk. The frustration that builds up during the day due to staying indoors will also reduce. You will have given your furry friend an adventure of the outside world.
If you are in luck, she will instantly fall asleep after the long walk. Keep in mind that Yorkies have short legs so don’t walk too fast or you will end up over exhausting the young lad. More importantly, Yorkies shouldn’t burn too much energy at a go since they risk having health complications.
Dissuade Her From Barking
We all have different ways of stopping bad habits in our dogs. The most common way of stopping the excessive barking is by squirting water all over your Yorkies’ face. Dogs don’t like it when you splash water on their faces. You can instantly follow up this action with a strong command such as ‘Quiet’ or ‘No’.
Also, you can also try making louder noise to disrupt your Yorkie’s concentration. For instance, shaking a bottle of soda filled with pennies rapidly. Others opt to use a no-bark collar that produces citronella whenever your dog starts to bark.
Dogs don’t like the smell of citronella so this will help keep barks in check. However, be careful when using a no-bark collar since it might mess up with the emotional state of your pup. Most importantly, the collar seems to have a drastic effect, especially in small dogs. Therefore, you should only consider this option when all the other alternatives have failed.
Use Treats and Rewards
Take time and try stopping your dog from barking. Once she starts to listen to your commands, reward her for her efforts. As soon as your Yorkie goes quiet, then you should give her verbal praises or any other way you can show affection. This way, your dog will know that every time she stops barking, she is likely to get a treat or positive action.
Training your Yorkie to Stop Barking
When training your Yorkie, treat her like you would treat any other dog. Start with simple commands like ‘sit’ or simply ‘shake hands’. During this entire session, ensure that your dog maintains focus on you. That means you should ensure that she is not distracted by any surrounding noises.
It doesn’t make any sense to actually start shouting stop barking yet your dog doesn’t understand what you mean. Instead, you should start by approaching your Yorkie, get their attention and do it face to face with easier steps. You should always maintain a strong emotional bond with your dog at all times.
That way, she will be able to express how she feels in other ways rather than barking. The benefit of this is that both you and your neighbors will be at peace. What’s more, your Yorkie will have a more stable emotional connection with you.
All dogs will always bark. However, when the barking becomes excess, then there’s a reason to be concerned. Additionally, training your dog is a vital necessity. Make sure you take her through the right training while she is still a young one. That way, she will be able to retain all the training information.