Stop Yorkie Biting

Yorkies may be small dogs but their bite can still be dangerous.  If you think your Yorkie has a biting problem then you really need to get the situation under control as soon as possible.  We are here to help – learn how to stop your Yorkie biting below.

Stop Yorkie BitingStop Yorkie Biting – The Puppy Stage

Not only are Yorkie puppies adorable, they are also fun to play with!  When playing with your Yorkie puppy you may notice that they playfully bite.  This playful biting may seem harmless as they’re just a tiny puppy but it still shouldn’t be tolerated.  Playful biting at the Yorkie puppy stage can lead to more aggressive biting as they get older.  So it’s important to stop your Yorkie biting as soon as it begins.  The following tips will help you stop your Yorkie biting at the puppy stage.

  • Consistency is the key to stop your Yorkie from biting!  Do not let your Yorkie puppy playfully bite you one day and then let them get away with it the next.  This inconsistency will just confuse your Yorkie and they won’t know right from wrong.  So begin as you means to go on with a ‘no biting’ policy.
  • A great way to stop your Yorkie from biting is to react like your Yorkies mother, brother or sisters would if they got bitten.  They way they would react is by letting out a loud yelp.  So the next time your Yorkie puppy bites you, let out a similar yelp.  Repeat this every time your Yorkie bites you and teach the other people in your household to do the same.  Your Yorkie puppy should soon establish that biting is not an okay behavior.
  • A good way to stop your Yorkie biting is by distraction.  If your Yorkie puppy has lots of fun toys to chew on then they will be less likely to bite on your hands and feet.  Every time your Yorkie puppy does try to bite you then simply replace your hands or feet with one of their toys.
  • It’s important to never punish your Yorkie puppy by hitting them if they do bite.  This will just confuse your Yorkie and they may not stop their bad biting behavior.
  • A great way to stop your Yorkie puppy biting is by showing them that you are the boss of the household (leader of the pack in dog terms).  If you don’t show your leadership position then your Yorkie may try to become the leader themselves.  Biting is one of the ways your Yorkie might try to prove themselves as this leader.  So, to stop any biting from occurring, it’s vital you establish your leadership position as soon as you bring your new Yorkie puppy into your home.  There are a number of ways you can become the leader including always eating your meals before your Yorkie and always entering the house before your Yorkie.

Stop Yorkie Biting – The Adult Stage

Although an adult Yorkie is small, their bite can still be dangerous.  If your Yorkie is still biting at the adult stage then you need to get it under control as soon as possible.  It will be harder to stop this behavior at the adult stage, but it can still be done.  The following tips will help you stop your Yorkie biting at the adult stage:

  • One of the reasons an adult Yorkie may bite is because they are unwell.  If you think this is the case then book an appointment with your vet to get your Yorkie checked out.
  • An anxious and unsettled Yorkie may also bite.  If this seems to be the problem then you need to find out the reasons behind your Yorkies anxiousness so you can then find the means to help them.
  • If you are having trouble stopping your Yorkie biting then you may need to look at getting a professional dog trainer to help.  They can help you re-establish your leadership position, which in turn should help you stop your Yorkie from biting.

As previously mentioned, Yorkies are small dogs but their bite can still hurt.  Therefore if your Yorkie has a biting problem then you need to get it under control as soon as possible.  So take the steps and stop your Yorkie from biting today!