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How to Stop Biting Habit in Yorkie

    Behavior and Training    October 1, 2016

Biting Yorkie

Biting is a common problem among Yorkies as well as among other small dog breeds. This intention to bite is noticed among young Yorkies but if certain measures have not been taken, then they will preserve this habit. Biting is usually noticed when a Yorkie is adapting to a new environment and to new owners. Sometimes, Yorkies are too energetic and they may bite you without paying any attention to what they have done.

That is why your mission should be to reduce this energy in your dog and not to let your dog bite other people. You need to stop this intention at the very beginning.

You need to reduce activities that influence the energetic mood of your dog for a while to let the pet forget how to bite and learn how to control the emotions. You also need to set certain limitations in behavior of your dog and not to let the pet do whatever he or she wants. You must let your dog know the boundaries with the help of forbidding the dog enter certain areas of the house accompanying it with your dominant body posture.Biting Yorkie

Another way to make your dog stop biting others is to make the pet licking instead of biting. It works perfectly with Yorkies as they all tend to lick the hands but at the same time, you will need to reward it with gentle praising. You will need to find ways to reinforce this behavior.

Another effective way to calm your dog down is to speak to your Yorkie in an authoritative way when the dog starts biting your fingers or arms. You need to use a method of direct eye contact and keep it for several minutes. After that, you may return to your normal behavior as if nothing has happened.

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2 Responses to “How to Stop Biting Habit in Yorkie”

  1. I rescued an 11 year old beautiful Yorkie named Leo. He was with the same woman all his life until 6 months ago and went through 5 fosters. I love him and need him as much as he needs me but he bites. Not just a little bite either. He is the sweetest thing 99.9% of the time and the other he is Cujo. I need help. The vet has me putting a muzzle on him when it happens but it’s not really working. He only bites me or my husband, the rest of the time with everybody else he just wants everyone to pet him and love him. Any suggestions?

    • Hi Ashley!
      Happy to hear you rescue an older Yorkie, that is great! Unfortunately that isn’t very common. Usually people buy them (which I think should be the last option) because the want a puppy.
      Being on 5 foster homes must have been hard for Leo. Maybe he is afraid that you guys will abandon him a like previous owners did 5 times. He must be living with that fear constantly. Maybe in his mind the owner (you) are the bad guy that sooner or later will abandong him.
      Just demostrate him that you will be for him for the long haul and love him a lot!
      I bet that behaviour will change soonet than later.

      If you would like to share photos and/or an article about your experiences with him we would be happy to post them on our site.
      Sharing your own experiences can help other Yorkie owners.

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