Yorkie Separation Anxiety
To prevent Yorkie separation anxiety, proper training is necessary. A lot of Yorkie owners will think they don’t need to do it and will wait until a problem arises like separation anxiety to do anything about it. This is a really bad approach, and will only lead to frustration for both you and your dog.
If you have a young pup, the best way to start curbing Yorkie separation anxiety before it begins is to do crate training. Anytime you are not around to supervise your dog, the Yorkie goes in the crate. The Yorkie sleeps in the crate—always. Consistency is the key here. Literally every single time the dog goes to sleep at night, or if you are not going to be around to supervise, the Yorkie goes in the crate.
Do not deviate. Over time your Yorkie will grow to associate the crate with comfort and security and will actually prefer it.
Another technique is to teach your Yorkie not to associate nervous feelings with you coming and going from the home. For example, when you are leaving for work in the morning, do not say anything to your Yorkie. Do not pet them or give them any other sign that you are leaving. When pet owners do this, they train their dog to associate their departure and arrival with feelings of despair as you leave them alone.
This can lead to destructive behavior, like chewing a hole in your carpet, thrashing your couches, and other unsavory behaviors that should not be encouraged. Being proactive about preventing separation anxiety, which can occur frequently in a small dog like a Yorkie, is the best approach in terms of training.
Let’s say you didn’t do the above and now your Yorkie isn’t a small 8 week old puppy anymore. How would you curb Yorkie separation anxiety at 6 months or older?
First off, know ahead of time that it will be more of a challenge. A lot of people say their Yorkie won’t go into the crate, and that the dog simply barks when put in there. This is because the Yorkie hasn’t been trained to associate the crate with comfort and security. So, the first step is to little by little introduce your Yorkie to the crate.
ut comfortable blankets in there. Some people put a Kong with peanut butter inside to let their dog chew and lick it in the crate. Taking baby steps, once you get your dog used to the crate and start leaving them in it for periods of time which you are not home, you will be able to start curbing Yorkie separation anxiety.