Yorkie growling may be due to lack of training and/or lack of socialization. When you bring a new dog into the family, the last thing you want is a dog who growls and/or shows other signs of aggression.
Yorkies are known for being cute, loyal, independent, and intelligent little dogs. They have great capability of being an excellent addition to your family—if you train them right.
If you are having trouble with Yorkie growling, here are a few tips to consider: First, make sure you socialize your dog as early as eight weeks of age. Yorkies should be socialized to interact and get along with other dogs, animals, and humans. -Begin training as early as eight weeks of age.
It is particularly important that your Yorkie learn simple commands, such as “stop” and “no.”If they master these commands, you can use them later to stop Yorkie growling. Some people use the clicker method to teacher basic commands, other people stick just with the positive reinforcement, which includes giving your dog something if they comply with a command, like a little treat or simple verbal praise and a pet.
One recommendation is to put the Yorkie puppy on its back if they growl while sternly saying “no.” When the dog is on its back, it is a submissive position and it is a way for you to establish yourself as the alpha pack leader of the dog.
The dog must view you as the alpha pack leader if you have any hopes of being successful in training.
A lot of times you may notice that your Yorkie only growls at your children or to somebody else, and usually when the person being growled at is trying to correct some kind of behavior.
Teach your children how to carefully place the puppy on its back and firmly say “no.” Be sure to go over how to do this with your children so the Yorkie doesn’t get hurt. Some people find the back rolling method controversial. So for those of you who aren’t interested in using it, here are some other methods: It is also a good idea to get your children involved in walking your Yorkie and other methods of caring for the dog. It will emphasize their role as alpha pack leaders too.
Have your Yorkie work for everything they get—walks, treats, food, toys, etc. Have them do something, whether it be sitting or rolling over, as a way to enforce your alpha leadership. Train your children to do this as well when interacting with the dog.