Separation is one cause of anxiety in Yorkie dogs. Some dogs bark heavily when their masters leave the house. This behavior is called dog separation anxiety. Although not so much of a major concern, this behavior can sometimes result into problems like aggression and severe barking.
The Sources of Yorkie Separation Anxiety
Dogs are pack-oriented animals. Masters should ideally be the leaders and they should always be the followers. Dogs can feel great attachment to them; thus, when they leave, some would just grow uneasy. In some cases, absence of the master triggers agitation in dogs. This behavior should be addressed as soon as possible and may quite be easy to resolve.
Anxiety can be accounted to too much attachment of dogs to their masters. A routine greeting of your Yorkshire Terrier whenever you leave and arrive at home triggers this kind of behavior. He gets used to this and when you leave, he becomes too emotional. Always remember that when disciplining your dog, never talk to him when he is in an excited state; instead, only give attention when he is calm.
Reducing Yorkie Separation Anxiety
To help improve the condition of your Yorkie separation anxiety, you may consider doing the following basic techniques:
Alter routine – Routine activities make your dog to remember how you do every day. Instead of sticking to your daily routines before leaving for work, have them changed slightly. Most of all, leave earlier than the usual. In this way, you alter the memory of “time to leave” from your dog.
Do not reinforce – Do not give too much attention to your dog. When you leave or arrive at home, do not greet or pet him. If you do, you will only trigger your dog’s anxiety behavior later on. Make it a habit to remove this behavior association. Do this by allowing 15 minutes to pass by before you touch him. A crate will also help a dog reduce his anxiety. In which case, have him trained.
Gradual change of daily activities – Some dogs can really grow agitated when their masters are gone for a long time. To help your Yorkshire Terrier to alleviate his separation anxiety, do not let him set expectations. Usually, your dog would always think that once you leave, you’ll get back later that day. Thus, do not establish this thinking in your dog. You may do this by returning in few minutes after leaving home so that it looks unexpected to him. When he gets used to seeing you go back every time, extend another minutes before you return. Repeat this until he realizes that no matter how long you’ll be gone, you will always be coming back to him.
Right and Reasonable
Unlike most people think, solutions to addressing separation anxiety in Yorkie dogs are right and reasonable. You are just teaching the dog to trust you whatever the situation demands. You might be gone for a long time, but this doesn’t mean you’re not coming back, so there’s nothing to be feared of. That is the true essence of training your dog to be independent and self-reliant.
If your Yorkshire Terrier is diagnosed with severe separation anxiety, call for help and have him trained. You should aim to reduce the “feeling of abandonment” as well as his association of your comings and goings with pack and survival.