While a human may moan if they have an injury, a dog will usually have a low tone moan when they are feeling happy. A Yorkie will most often moan if they are having their tummy rubbed, having their ears touched or another spot on their body that is ticklish.
This is quick, high pitched noise that is a clear fast indication that the Yorkie has been injured. A yelp will be much faster and higher than the high pitched, attention getting bark. A yelp from a dog is let out the instant that dog feels pain. If your Yorkie jumps and hurts their leg or steps on a thorn, you will hear a yelp.
Many will yelp and then in just a few seconds, the most intense pain will be gone and the yelping stops. Therefore, yelps are usually loud and short. For example, dogs with luxating patellas often yelp when the leg moves the socket out of place and then do not yelp even as they walk around with a leg not properly in its socket. Owners should investigate the reason for any yelp.
Training for Yorkie Barking Issues
Do problems arise when sirens are heard? Does your puppy
bark when the doorbell rings? These are common, as well as other "triggers" such as someone walking by the home...whatever your dog senses as a disturbance that is important enough to warrant verbal action from them.
The dog will use either the low toned bark of a warning or the high toned bark of getting your attention. This is called Disturbance barking. If you think that their barking disturbs you, please remember that in this case your Yorkie is barking because they are being highly disturbed!
Most dogs will respond well to desensitization training for this issue.
The method behind this type of dog training is to slowly ease your dog into becoming used to the element which is causing the barking.
To discuss how this training works, we will use "Barking at the doorbell" as an example.
The goal of this training is to train your Yorkie to understand that barking = zero fun & no attention and that not barking = praise, attention, fun and treats. A dog will quickly catch on.
1. Begin by asking a friend or family member to help out.
2. At a random time, have your helper ring the doorbell, ask them to ring it 1 time, every 10 seconds until you open the door.
3. When your Yorkie barks, command your Yorkie to sit.
4. Talk in a quiet, calm tone, telling your Yorkie, "It is okay", or words to let your dog know that you are relaxed and there is no immediate danger. Only say this 1 time.
5. Whenever your Yorkie stops barking for at least 5 seconds, immediately: give great praise, pat them and offer a small yummy treat.
6. Whenever your Yorkie begins to bark, stand still beside your dog and completely ignore him. Do not pat your dog to calm them down and do not speak. Your goal is to show your Yorkie that barking behavior = zero attention, no treats, no praise and that life is just not as fun when they are barking!
7. As the doorbell is ringing every 10 seconds, as soon as your Yorkie does not bark and calmly sits (and your dog eventually will, as he or she realizes that sitting nicely = praise and a yummy treat), then you should open the door. Greet your helper in a happy, calm tone and have your helper then pat your Yorkie and offer a small treat.