- The puppy or dog may appear to be in a bad mood; he may growl if approached too closely or if an owner tries to pick him up. The Yorkie may also show a low tolerance for other pets or even noises that he previously had no problem with.
Changes in sleeping patterns- This may include having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. For others, there may be excessively sleeping and more naps than normal.
- Some dogs will softly whine or whimper when feeling down, as if they are softly crying.
Reasons Why a Yorkshire Terrier may Be Moody - Both Genders
There are several common reasons for this sort of change in a dog's disposition:
1) A change in environment
- While some dogs will quickly adapt to new situations and routines, one of the most common causes for a Yorkie suddenly acting strangely quiet or acting grumpy is a change to what he is used to. This may include the loss of another pet (in most cases this is another animal that was living in the house, however in some cases this may be the disappearance of a dog that was played with on a regular basis such as a friend or neighbor's dog), or the loss of a human family member.
Moving to a new house or a big upset in a dog's routine (owner changes from day to night work shift, etc.) may also cause him to react negatively.
How to help:
In the event of the loss of another pet or a human family member, the saying 'time will heal' is often the case. Owners should expect that a Yorkshire Terrier needs to move through the grief process similar to how everyone else will need to cope as well. This is of course, a very difficult time for everyone and since there can be a general sad vibe in the house, it's not an easy hurdle to overcome.
The Yorkie's daily schedule should be followed as much as possible, since dogs do find comfort in familiarity. In addition, one of the best methods to help a sad dog is to offer a new experience. Many moody and gloomy pets will not show much enthusiasm for their normal walk, but will perk up when introduced to something novel. Bringing your Yorkie to an 'easy' walk hiking trail, taking him into the local pet store to have a look around or even exploring the shores of the ocean or a lake together can help. These are all stimulating activities that cause a dog to move his focus to something new and when done on a regular basis, can give him something to look forward to.
There are pros and cons of offering a puppy or dog a shirt or other article of clothing that holds the scent of a missing guardian (or the toys of another dog that has passed on)… in one regard this can give a dog some comfort, however on the other hand it can prolong the grieving process. Many dogs do better when reminders are slowly removed so that they can start to gradually come out of their moods.
If you are thinking about bringing a new puppy or dog into the house to offer a new friend to your Yorkie, this should only be done once the mourning process is over and the dog has proven to have a better mind set. Changes such as this, when done too early, can exasperate a dog sullen mood by causing more stress. Depending on how close the bond was and how much time when spent with the owner or other pet, the time needed to recover generally ranges from 1 to 3 months.
If your Yorkshire Terrier has been moody since moving to a new home, do keep in mind that it is normal for there to be a period of adjustment. Dogs are creatures of habit and it can be disturbing to them to have everything switched around and seemingly thrown up in the air. Maintaining some sense of fluency such as having the Yorkie's food
and water bowls in the kitchen corner near the slider and the bed in the living room near the sofa can help make the transition smoother. Take time to lead the dog through the house each day until he is comfortable and also walk the perimeter of the house so that he can start to gain a good idea of what constitutes his territory.