Most Yorkshire Terriers are rather even-tempered and adaptable, so it can really throw an owner off if their Yorkie starts acting weirdly agitated or revved up. There are a few common reasons why this may happen:
1. Actual agitation
– Easy going and friendly, this breed generally adapts to situations, however each dog does have his limits.
Assess the environment to see if there have been any changes. Perhaps it’s school vacation time and your Yorkie is spending all day surrounded by rambunctious children all day as opposed to just a few hours a day. Or maybe his area has been moved and he does not feel as if he has a quiet spot to retreat to. If changes have occurred and it is possible to resolve them, by all means do this.
In cases of a dog acting aggravated for an actual reason, most often just allowing a dog to make a choice to retreat when things get too much can fix the issue; always give a dog a choice to interact, watch from a distance or withdraw.
2. Increasing intolerance
– This is particularly relevant with older, senior dogs
that used to put with certain noises, people, tasks, events and situations but no longer does. There may be an issue such as hearing or vision loss that causes a dog to start having trouble with certain things. As with the previous bullet point, allowing a Yorkie to make choices can often resolve the issue.
3. Need to be socialized
- Though this is usually not a case of sudden, weird behavior, since a dog rarely has trouble with something that he is already socialized to, frustrated behavior can indeed occur if a dog is not familiar with a certain element.
4. Pent up energy
– If there was one element that brought about the most cases of a dog acting oddly with pacing, barking, hyperactivity, not listening, destructive chewing, and other such behavior it would be a need to release pent up energy. It rarely dissipates on its own.
Canines can quickly develop the canine equivalent of cabin fever if they are not taken out for walks and other forms of outside activity on a regular basis.
If you believe that your Yorkie’s energy is spilling over in a negative way, this is your cue to add another walk to his daily schedule or to increase his walking times by 10 minutes or so.
5. Health issue
– When a dog is ill, he will always have a change in behavior. This may be one of a wide range of odd behavior including acting clingy, scared, nervous, tired, etc. In some cases, if an illness or injury causes a dog to feel vulnerable, he may respond with agitation.
We’ll touch on this more ahead, however whenever there is a marked change in behavior, health issues
should always be ruled out.