You will encounter problems with Yorkie chewing for 1 of 3 main reasons:
Your response and behavioral modification training will differ, depending on why your Yorkie is chewing enough for it to be an issue.
Let's First Look at Teething
A Yorkshire Terrier will begin to lose teeth at the age of 4 months and this phase is usually complete by the age of 8 months.
During this time, your Yorkie may chew on anything that he or she can get their mouth on. They will be experiencing extreme itching and discomfort...without other options, they will stop at nothing to chew on something...anything... that offers relief.
However, it is important to remember that your dog can:
- Only chew items that you allow into reach
- Will chew on appropriate items if you offer them
Those who say, "My dog just tore apart my shoes!" would not need to say this if the shoes were put out of reach during the ages of 4 months to 8 months.
Every single object that can be moved out of place should be. Find new homes for shoes, pocket books, clothes, magazine racks, keys, briefcases, gym bags, and anything else that you may have on the floor or placed where a puppy can reach the object.
Also, tuck away all cords and wires. This includes all extension cords and phone chargers.
By simply doing this, you have eliminated 80% of what a puppy may chew that he should not be mouthing.
For any objects that cannot be moved (tables, chairs, sofas, etc.) if the puppy tends to want to chew on the bottom of these, you can spritz some apple-bitter spray onto these. These are products that will put a temporary bitter taste in the puppy's mouth that will discourage him from chewing on that item again.
You can also help your Yorkie with teething by supplying a wonderful assortment of toys specially designed to help puppy teething woes. These should have various textures of varying sizes, so that a puppy with an urge to chew can experiment to find out which part of which toy feels best in his mouth.
Some canine teething toys will be created to be put into your freezer. A cold toy will do wonders.
Many owners find that offering an ice cube is a great way for a puppy to have the cool feeling that soothes their gums and offers lots of entertainment, as they chase the cube all over the floor.
To summarize chewing due to teething, it is important to: