Without proper training and socialization, you may find that your new pet is an aggressive Yorkie. Dogs who are aggressive are very dangerous for a pet owner. Not only do they pose a threat to the safety and well being of the occupants in your own home, but you will also have to always constantly be worried about whether or not they are going to bite other animals or strangers whenever you are out and about outside of the home.
An aggressive Yorkie usually hasn’t been trained to respond to commands. It usually was never socialized at a young age, and as such also never trained. You may find your aggressive Yorkie lunging at you or other people. It may exhibit very dominant tendencies. The Yorkie may bark non-stop, attack other animals, and bite your house guests.
Here is what you will need to do to curb aggressive Yorkie behavior:
Give your dog positive reinforcement. If they do something “good,” reward your Yorkie with pets, verbal praise, and/or treats.
If they do something “bad,” there needs to be consequences. One of the problems owners of small dogs have is that they don’t discipline the dog because it is so small and cute. This is damaging and must be curbed. So, if your Yorkie ignores a command, for example, you must follow through. However, you shouldn’t yell or hit the dog. Rather, don’t give the dog any positive attention (like petting) if they disobey a command.
For a Yorkie who is also barking and acting high strung, crate training can be a good possibility. You also may want to work on their separation anxiety, which occurs when you come and go from the home.
For dogs who are no longer puppies and exhibiting aggression, it is a wise investment to find a trainer. Your veterinarian should have recommendations of somebody who is good. This will ensure that your Yorkie is getting the right training, and will get it in a quicker amount of time. Of course, trainers cost money, so you may have to end up doing the training yourself.
Your dog will need to get socialization, but you’ll want to be careful how you do this. Certain positions are considered more threatening in the dog world. For example, don’t have your dog meet a new dog face on. This will make your Yorkie uncomfortable and defensive, and maybe lead to aggression. Instead, have your Yorkie meet new dogs side by side, which is how they would walk in a pack.