Is Your Yorkshire Terrier Obsessed?

Yorkshire Terriers are cute little terriers that can be just a little “quirky”. Trying to determine if the Yorkie is just “being a Yorkie” or is obsessed can be relatively simple, and well… fun! That crazy, quirky behavior could also be due to serious medical problems. Here are some tips to help you understand Yorkie behavior.

Known Yorkie behaviors include digging or scratching at the ground or floor. This is a common Yorkie behavior. Although if may look obsessive, a Yorkie is a member of the terrier family and was bred to hunt rats. When a Yorkie is digging at the floor, he is simply following his instincts and looking for a rat… or whatever else he thinks is down there.

Licking everything in sight, from his own paws to the furniture to you is enough to drive a sane Yorkie dog owner crazy. This Yorkie behavior can stem from something as simple as dry itchy skin or bad teeth. Yorkies are known to have dental problems, even when they are young. Good dental care is very important for Yorkies.

Becoming overly excited to the point of hyperventilating, even shaking is a common Yorkie behavior. The Yorkie is known to be the most people oriented breed and doesn’t like being alone. This behavior could be just from being over excited or from a serious condition called “collapsing trachea”. Collapsing trachea happens if the airway (trachea) flattens out; this can block the airway and cause hyperventilation. The lack of oxygen from collapsing trachea can cause shaking and hyperventilation. Your Yorkie should be checked by a vet if these symptoms continue or last longer than a few minutes. Calm the dog before the muscle spasms of the airway become worse.

Barking and yapping constantly is attributed to Yorkies, but this is only bad behavior and not specific to the Yorkie. Some Yorkie owners reward this bad behavior unknowingly by picking up the dog when it barks. The dog thinks being picked up is a reward, much like a dog treat. Simply train your Yorkie with one word, either “No!’ or “Quiet!” and the yapping stops.

Obsessive Yorkie behaviors are based in fear. Attacking the vacuum cleaner or broom is a common obsession. Since a Yorkie is usually seven pounds or less, the Yorkie is keenly aware of large objects in his territory. We humans don’t help this behavior- because chances are we will chase the Yorkie with the broom or vacuum, because it really is funny. Unfortunately, we are just reinforcing bad behavior.

Circling the area where food is served to him is an obsessive behavior. This is especially true if your Yorkie was the runt of the litter, as he’s probably had to fight for his fair share of food. You can help your Yorkie get over this fear by giving him his dog treats at his food bowl. He will soon learn to associate the food bowl with a reward instead of a fight.

Doing anything repeatedly for unknown reasons can be common in the Yorkie. For example, a Yorkie may refuse to walk in a certain area suddenly, after walking there for months. The Yorkie may suddenly start hiding when its time for food. Try to figure out what could be bothering him so you can remove the object of his obsession. If you cannot figure it out, try to ignore the obsessive behavior and it will probably change to a new obsession in a short time.

Summary:

* Carry dog treats in your pocket to reward good behavior

* Remember a Yorkie is high spirited and quirky – expect and enjoy his quirkiness

* If your Yorkie has trouble breathing or swallowing, take him to a vet immediately; it could be life threatening for him

* If your Yorkie appears confused or weak, take him to a vet immediately; these are signs of lack of oxygen to the brain

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[H/T TheYorkieTimes]

What Is the Difference Between the Hair of a Silky Terrier & Yorkshire Terrier?

Although silky terriers and Yorkshire terriers, more commonly called Yorkies, are closely related, several differences separate them, especially relating to their hair type. As you may have guessed, the silky hair is the softer of the two. But Yorkies are significantly more popular than silky terriers, according to the American Kennel Club, they are one of the most common dog breeds. Have a question? Get an answer from a Vet now!

Hair Texture

Perhaps the most obvious difference between the two terriers’ hair type is its texture. As suggested by the name, silky terriers have very fine, soft hair. Yorkie hair is a bit more rough in texture, though still glossy and smooth when the animals are regularly groomed and well cared for. Neither silkies nor Yorkies shed, instead growing hair that they lose a little at a time, usually during grooming. Yorkie coats are a bit heavier than silky coats.

Hair Color

Yorkshire terrier coats exhibit a very distinct blue and tan or golden-brown coloration. Feet, heads and chests exhibit the golden-brown color, while the hair along their backs and tails is slate blue. Silky terriers also have the tan faces and feet, but their coats range in color from light blue through pigeon blue and slate blue, and as well as a variety of other blue hues. Silkies do sometimes turn brown as they get older, though there is no way to tell whether this might happen when the dog is young.

Hair Length

Both silkies and Yorkies have hair capable of growing down to the ground. However, if owners are following show standards, they will cut a silky’s hair significantly shorter than a Yorkie’s. While a Yorkie’s coat should be allowed to grow to the ground for best effect, silky terrier show standards dictate that the coat be trimmed so that the feet are exposed and the coat never quite touches the ground. When allowed to grow, silky hair tends to be a bit longer than Yorkie hair simply because Yorkies are smaller.

Grooming Requirements

Both dogs require regular grooming, especially if you allow their coats to grow long. When coats are shorter, dogs require less brushing, but still benefit from regular maintenance to prevent tangles and mats. Silky hair tends to mat a little less readily than Yorkie hair, which, when long, needs brushing daily to avoid unsightly tangles. However, silkies also require more bathing than Yorkies.

[H/T TheDailyPuppy]

How to Handle a Shy Puppy

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If Bingo hides, barks, bites or looks scared when a stranger or another dog approaches him, you might think he’s rude, but he might just be shy. Bringing your new puppy home is like entering a foreign country. You must gradually socialize him so he feels comfortable in all situations.

Shyness in Puppies

Bingo’s shyness can stem from multiple factors. It might be an inherited trait, or maybe he’s from a kennel or pet shop where he was never socialized. Past emotional, physical and verbal abuse might also result in a timid, shy puppy. Avoid separating your puppy from his litter before he’s 8 weeks old, because during this time he learns canine etiquette from his mother and littermates. Removing him too early robs him from this learning period and he might not know how to handle future dog-on-dog confrontations.

Handling Your Pup

Whether Bingo is shy in certain environments or toward certain people or animals, have patience and handle him in a gentle and kind manner. When he gets shy, avoid being overly firm when correcting him and don’t punish him, because this is ineffective and might stress him even more. Instead, focus on encouraging and reinforcing desired behavior by praising him lavishly when he steps out of his comfort zone. This boosts his confidence and slowly eliminates his insecurities.

Socializing with People

Rather than having a big party to introduce Bingo to your friends, take baby steps. Invite a friend over and explain that you’re trying to gradually socialize your shy puppy. Have your friend gently talk to your puppy and pet him and feed him treats. Once Bingo seems comfortable, have your friend hold him. Over time, have several friends over and let Bingo explore in his own time. When he approaches them, have them feed him treats and pet and hold your puppy so he starts associating people with pleasant consequences.

Socializing with Dogs

To get Bingo comfortable around other dogs, set up a play date at your home with an understanding friend and her gentle puppy or non-aggressive adult dog. Leash both dogs and have them explore each other, and separate them briefly if undesired behavior occurs. Once they seem comfortable around each other, remove both leashes and supervise closely, always rewarding good behavior. Over time, gradually have Bingo meet other dogs while you walk him outside. Meeting different dogs in different situations can help him overcome his shyness.

Socializing Opportunities

To help Bingo overcome his shyness, take advantage of every socializing opportunity that comes your way. Aside from setting up regular meetings with people and other dogs, take him along with you when you run errands or take him on walks so he can familiarize himself with different environments and sounds. Also, enroll him in obedience training so he’s around other people and dogs while he learns new skills and increases his confidence level.

[H/T TheNest]

How to Clean Pet Urine From a Carpet Naturally

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Our pets are steered by odor. If traces of urine odor remain on your carpet from an unfortunate accident, that odor may signal to your pet that “This is where you go”. Since many pet urine stains are invisible to the naked eye, you can use a handheld blacklight to spot them. Just turn the lights out and move the blacklight around the room, a few inches above the carpet, until you spot the conspicuous glow of a urine stain. Then tackle the stain immediately. The fresher it is, the easier it will be to remove. Have a question? Get an answer from a Vet now!

  1. Blot fresh stains thoroughly with a soft, dry cloth. Don’t wipe or rub as this may force the urine deeper into the carpet. Keep blotting, using fresh areas of the same cloth, or other cloths if need be, until you’ve removed as much of the liquid as possible.
  2. Spray a natural, enzyme-based pet odor remover, such as Nature’s Miracle, on the urine-affected area. Wait for the area to dry, then vacuum thoroughly.
  3. Mix one part white vinegar with one part lukewarm water in a small bowl. Blot this on a hidden area of the carpet with a soft cloth to make sure it won’t discolor the carpet. Once you’re satisfied that there will be no discoloration, saturate the urine-stained area with the vinegar mixture. You can do this in addition to Step 2 or instead of Step 2.
  4. Blot the urine- and vinegar-soaked portion of the carpet. Repeat Steps 3 and 4 again, if necessary, to reduce the smell.
  5. Sprinkle baking soda liberally over the affected area.
  6. Mix one cup of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide with about a tsp. of non-petroleum-based liquid dish soap in the same small bowl from Step 3. As with the vinegar, test this in an inconspicuous area to be sure it will not discolor your carpet. If there is no discoloration, saturate the baking-soda-covered area liberally with this mixture, then work it into the carpet fibers using your fingers or a carpet brush.
  7. Let the peroxide-dish soap-baking soda mixture dry thoroughly, then vacuum up. The urine odor should be gone.

Items You Will Need

  •  Soft, dry cloths
  •  Enzyme-based pet odor remover
  •  White vinegar
  •  Small bowl
  •  3 percent hydrogen peroxide
  •  Non-petroleum based liquid dish soap
  •  Carpet brush

Tip

  • You can also sprinkle baking soda over the stain to help absorb wetness, then vacuum it up with a wet-dry vacuum.

[H/T TheDailyPuppy]

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