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Yorkie Central, Issue #047
October 26, 2013
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Dealing with Jealousy between Yorkies and Other DogsSome dog breeds are naturally more jealous with other dogs to include the Yorkshire terrier.
In fact, there are times when a Yorkie can become somewhat possessive of his owner. While this behavior can be cute to some degree it can also create major challenges.
The greatest concern has to do with an animal becoming aggressive because of jealously. Obviously, the last thing a pet owner wants is a dog that is mean or even bites other animals.
The good news is that with proper training, it is possible to correct bad behavior such as this.
Basic ObedienceThis is a prime example of why teaching a dog basic obedience is so critical.
An animal that knows to “sit”, “lay down” and “stay” will be much easier to deal with if there were ever an issue around another dog.
In addition, a dog that has successfully completed basic obedience training is easier to control.
Basic obedience would also be beneficial if providing a dog with extra training specific to a problem of jealousy.
Leader of the PackAlthough dogs are very social, they are also pack animals. This means in the wild, there is always a leader, the alpha dog that makes all the decisions for the pack.
For a domesticated dog, the pet owner must become the leader of the pack. This means being confident in commands given and following through on proper training techniques, even for smaller breeds such as the Yorkshire terrier.
There are many exceptional books about becoming the leader of the pack that would be worth reading.
Stand BackOne of the first training tips for dealing with jealousy between a Yorkshire terrier and other dogs is for the owner to pet another animal while someone holds the leash of the Yorkie.
Petting should not last more than a few seconds and the interaction should not be a big deal. This allows the Yorkshire terrier to see that nothing bad happens as the result of his master petting another animal but in addition the Yorkie would not feel pushed into what might feel like an uncomfortable situation.
Over time, the Yorkie would be allowed to walk toward another dog with the owner, always moving slowly on a leash.
Pay AttentionWhether a person approaches another dog as mentioned above or simply passes one while taking the Yorkie on a walk at the local park, it would be important for the Yorkshire terrier to always get the majority of attention from his.
If too much time is spent petting another animal the problem of jealously could be enhanced. This is why we mentioned above the importance of petting another dog for no more than a few seconds.
Positive ReinforcementAs with any type of training, a Yorkie will respond favorably to praise and perhaps a favorite treat. Therefore, when in a situation of being around other dogs and after the Yorkshire terrier has followed the command given or behaved properly, positive reinforcement would be imperative.
The more praise a dog gets for good behavior the more inclined the animal will be to keep making good decisions.
Last AddedDog Clicker Training - Dog clicker training is an effective and proven method for teaching and reaffirming behaviors and requested actions in dogs of all breeds and ages.
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