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Yorkie Biting


When this sort of behavior is not control, it can soon spiral out of control. While a pup or older dog will chew and nibble, an owner must teach them what is acceptable and what is not.

There is a huge difference between biting out of aggression or defense and biting because of teething.

This section address the issue of a Yorkie with biting problems. Teething issues are discussed in our informative teething section

A dog generally will bite if:

The dog is afraid
The dog is in pain
The dog feels a need to protect himself or what he considers to be his territory
Out of habit

With proper training, you can stop your Yorkie from biting.  
Yorkshire Terrier small mouth
While a Yorkshire Terrier may have a small mouth, his teeth are sharp. Biting issues must be addressed.

Ruling Out Health Issues

A dog that normally does not bite and suddenly begins to snip or bite may be doing so because of a medical issue. While some health issues may be very apparent, there are many more that are not noticeable. 

So when an owner begins to question whether it is normal behavior and if Yorkies bite as part of their core must look to reasons that causing this abnormal behavior in an otherwise non-aggressive dog.

When a normally well behaved dog begins to bite, it may be because he or she s in pain. This is a defense mechanism. When a dog is not at 100% health, they feel vulnerable. This in turn, can cause him or her to lash out and try to bite anyone who comes near them. 

Even the most loving owner can be seen as a threat, if the dog is in a lot of pain. For this reason, if biting happens out of the blue, a dog should be taken for a full and complete medical checkup with an experienced veterinarian.

Habitual Biting

Puppies bite beginning at a very young age.They learn this behavior while still with their littermates, long before you bring your Yorkie puppy into your home. If the biting can be corrected while a Yorkie is still a puppy, training works best. If not corrected, a biting puppy will usually turn into a biting adult dog.
innocent looking Yorkie
Begin training early, as soon as you bring your Yorkie into your home you should be implementing training if your puppy bites.

Your actions and tone of voice will show your dog that biting is not acceptable. 

Any time that your Yorkie puppy bites you, pull back your hand/arm/leg and say a loud “Ouch” or “No”. 

Say this in a tone that implies that you are in a lot of pain. This will be very similar to when a puppy yelps in pain. A puppy’s yelping is a rapid method to let another dog or a person know that something they did hurts and to stop immediately. 

When puppies are together with their littermates and rough playing, it is the yelps of the other puppies that tell another puppy that he or she has bitten too hard. 

Therefore, your actions of pulling away and letting out a high pitch “Ouch” will do the trick in conveying that the action was not acceptable.

For puppies that are teething, you should offer your Yorkie a teething chew toy to concentrate on.
For older dogs that are not teething, you should completely and fully ignore your dog for 5 minutes. Leave the room, if you can and go about your business as if he or she is invisible. 
This is often difficult to do, as many owners feel badly that their dog is asking for attention; however remember that in the long run a brief few minutes of not giving attention will pave the way for a lifetime of a dog that does not bite you…this is a great trade off.

Do not look at your dog, do not speak, do not touch your dog. Your Yorkie has already been given the 1st message of your “Ouch!” that his actions caused you pain. Now, you must train your dog that biting = being ignored, having zero fun and life is boring and that not biting = fun, attention, play time, treats and praise.

It is best if you can accomplish this without placing your Yorkie in his gated area/playpen.  Because you'll want him to realize that it is his behavior that is causing him to be ignored, not his positioning in a confined area.  However, if he is literally nipping at your heels and making it difficult to socially isolate him by ignoring him, you will then want to opt to place him in his area for a 'time out'. 
After 5 minutes, you can continue to play with your Yorkie. Any time that he or she bites you, repeat the above 2 steps.

Any time that 5 or 10 minutes pass without a bite, give your dogs lots of praise, pats and cuddles. Offer a small, yummy dog treat.
If you want to train your Yorkie to not bite, you must remain consistent in this training. A dog will become very confused if you follow this training some of the time and act differently at other times. Repeating the same training techniques over and over is what will teach your Yorkie how to behave appropriately.

Teach your puppy the “Off” command. This will be your command word that tells your Yorkie to not touch. Once your dog learns this command, this will work for not just biting, but for any time your dog is about to touch something that he or she should not.

You can train your dog this word by holding some a dog treat in your closed hand. Give the command word. If your Yorkie does not touch your hand for 5 seconds, give your dog the treat and give great praise.
male Yorkshire Terrier
Every time your Yorkie does touch your hand, continue commanding “Off” and do not open your hand to expose the dog treat.

In time, your dog will know that “Off” means “do not touch”. 

You can use this to stop biting also…any time that you see your Yorkie coming in to bite, command them with the word “Off”. Remember to give lots of praise when your dog listens to this command. 
Even More Biting Help

Biting can be caused by physical issues or behavioral issues. Biting can be divided into different classifications: nipping, chewing, biting & aggressive biting. 

To learn all that is needed about biting issues, see what is offered in the YorkieInfoCenter Book.Now in Print.
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