Yorkshire Terriers are little dogs with huge personalities. With those huge personalities come a fierce territorial bark. Any time your phone rings, someone speaks or knocks on your door, or your doorbell chimes, your Yorkshire Terrier will likely bark. Outside noises aren’t even required for barking for some Yorkies.
When your Yorkie barks at you he is trying to communicate something. Many times dogs vocalize a potential danger or their fears. When your little guy barks, it might simply be because compared to the world and the wealth of noises around him, he is tiny. But he also wants to make sure you are safe as well. Training him not to bark will start by making him feel safe when he hears common noises and other times he typically barks.
Helping your Yorkshire Terrier feel secure is key in training him to stop barking. When he feels secure and understands common noises he may hear, such as the phone or the doorbell ringing, don't always require incessant barking, he won't bark as much as he does now. At first, you will need to pay attention to when your Yorkshire Terrier barks, and then teach him a command so he understands when it’s time to stop barking. Repetition and rewards will be key as you teach him to stop barking or to not bark during certain occasions. Give this lots of time as your dog mixes his safety and security with natural instincts to bark and the redirection you are training him. This is a training opportunity that will work really well for a puppy but will be more difficult for an adult Yorkshire terrier who has spent much of his life barking whenever he wishes.
Plan on replicating events when your Yorkie barks most often such as a knock at the door. If you have clicker trained your Terrier in the past, have your clicker and treats handy for opportunities when he barks and needs redirection. Even without clicker training, be sure always to have lots of tasty treats to reward as he learns new behaviors. Training your Yorkshire Terrier not to bark will become more about catching him in the act and redirecting his behavior, so you don’t necessarily need scheduled training times.
Mojo has terrible issues with calming down especially when there are visitors or any type of noise. In addition, I cannot stop him from urinating everywhere at any time. I am working with the redirection and calming methods and it is making some impact. I fear however, with his age and the length of time he has been exhibiting this behavior, it is too late to perfect the training with the barking.
Hello Janice, I suggest teaching a "Quiet" command by follow the "Quiet" method from the article that I have linked below. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bark Once Mojo understands what "Quiet" means, work on his general self-control and ability to calm himself by adding a lot more structure to his life, including teaching him the "Place" command and teaching him manners in the crate. Dogs with anxiety tend to benefit from a lot of structure and boundaries. In his case, I suggest not comforting him when he is barking. Instead, tell him "Quiet" and redirect him or correct him for the barking. Since he will know the "Quiet" command, the correction is for disobedience and is clear. Next, give him something else to do like go to "Place" and stay there with a chew toy. He needs opportunities to learn how to handle his own emotions and calm down. He needs firmness, calmness, and guidance from you. He should not be too old to learn but it will take work. Check out the video below for general guidelines for calmness How to teach Place: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omg5DVPWIWo How to teach Crate: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mn5HTiryZN8 If there is something specific that he is barking at, you can also spend time desensitizing him to that specific thing. If the barking is general and everything, teach him "Quiet", correct disobedience when he keeps barking after being told quiet, and give him another job to do like stay on Place or stay in the crate with the door open. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpzvqN9JNUA Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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My husband doesn’t like it when I leave my dog inside because he isn’t potty trained and sometimes he has accidents. The problem is that whenever we put him outside he won’t stop barking to come inside and it drives us nuts and we always think about giving him away but he’s our kids dog and we don’t want to crush their hearts. We are very stuck and we tried potty training him but we also think he is allergic to fleas because he bites at his skin all the time and he smells so bad everytime we bring him inside. Please help us, we would appreciate it so much!
Hello Grace, You have a couple of options here. The first is to potty training him using the "Crate Training" method from the article that I have linked below. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside The second option - and the one that sounds most realistic in your situation, is to set up an exercise pen, place a disposable grass pad on one end and a Primopad on the opposite end. Also, give your dog something to do, like a couple of favorite chew toys - such as a food-stuffed Kong, or a treat dispensing device - such as an AutoTrainer, Pet Tutor, Kong wobble, or puzzle toy. I suggest a Primopad from Primopads.com because they are not absorbent so shouldn't encourage him to pee on it like a soft bed or towel would but will still give him a place to rest with a little cushioning. They are also easy to clean so you can keep odors down. I suggest a disposable grass pad because that will encourage peeing on grass and not encourage peeing on carpets like a pee pad could. You could also train him to use a litter box but the grass pad will likely be easiest. To teach Rocky to use the grass pad, check out the article that I have linked below and follow the "Exercise Pen" method. The article talks about litter box training but you can use the same steps with the grass pad. Simply substitute a grass pad for the litter box. https://wagwalking.com/training/litter-box-train-a-chihuahua-puppy Disposable grass pad option: https://www.amazon.com/Fresh-Patch-Disposable-Potty-Grass/dp/B005G7S6UI/ref=asc_df_B005G7S6UI/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=309763115430&hvpos=1o1&hvnetw=g&hvrand=16186452506555784925&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=m&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=1015431&hvtargid=pla-568582223506&psc=1 More expensive, nicer option: http://www.porchpotty.com/Default.asp?gclid=Cj0KCQiAr93gBRDSARIsADvHiOqp-lRKnIf0HKsZlJIXmTtvDGiGRQ0O6FTABU7K1cL7tDWLNA5ph9AaAsEsEALw_wcB For the barking I suggest using a high-quality bark collar or Pet Convincer - which is a small canister of pressurized air. Only pick the Pet Convincer if you will use it consistently though and the barking is primarily happening when you are home - otherwise a bark collar is in order. A bark collar may sound harsh, but if you teach him the "Quiet" command before you start using one and reward him with treats when he does not bark for attention (teaching him that being quiet is the way to get your attention), then it is a much better alternative than getting rid of him. Check out the article I have linked below and follow the "Quiet" method. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bark Once he understands what "Quiet means, then when you put him outside or into the exercise pen, tell him "Quiet". If he stays quiet for a couple of minutes, return to him and sprinkle a couple of treats by his feet, then leave again. If he barks, tell him "Ah Ah" - the collar will correct him at the same time, but that way you are also teaching him to respond to your voice. The key is to tell him what he should do first (ie. Be quiet), to reward him when he does it, and for him to be consistently corrected for the barking. If you use a pet Convincer, you will have to go to him when he barks, tell him "Ah Ah" and spray a small puff of air at his side (NOT his face). Do NOT use a citronella collar. They seem gentler but they can actually be very harmful because the smell lingers with a dog for a long time - continuing to correct them for an hour or more sometimes, and dog's noses are VERY sensitive. An unscented air collar is fine but they tend to be less effective than bark collars. Look at the weigh ratings and reviews on bark collars. You will want one that says it can be used for dogs that weigh as little as your dog. https://www.petsmart.com/dog/training-and-behavior/bark-control/petsafe-elite-little-dog-bark-control-5163049.html I suggest asking your vet about the biting and licking. It might be a flea allergy since that is common - in which case I recommend using an exercise pen indoors even more so. You might want to ask your vet about a flea prevention that also repels fleas to decrease bites. If the issue continues after moving him inside, food allergies or a allergy to something else in his environment should be investigated. Food allergies are less common than flea allergies but still common in pets. Also, since there is a smell, he should probably be checked for sores and skin infections - that can cause strong odors in addition to the saliva. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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