Do Yorkie Dogs Bark A Lot?

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Do Yorkie Dogs Bark A Lot?

Many people wonder whether to buy Yorkshire or to go for any other breed. Yorkshire Terriers are a small creature in stature but easily noticed because of their loud personality.

They are adorable, intelligent, and fragile. This is one reason why dog lovers often decide to have a Yorkie in their home. Generally, small and fragile dogs are lovable and cute. They carry the image of wanting so much love and attention.


Do Yorkies Bark A Lot?

 Barking is a way dogs express themselves. However, Yorkies bark a lot. They feel the need to guard themselves and their home against intruders by barking. Sometimes they bark all day while staring at nothing. This can be very frustrating to their owners.

One of the questions many people wonder about is why they bark a lot. Because Yorkie's hearing is sensitive, their ears' positioning allows them to notice even the slightest disturbance in their environment. These disturbances, either big or small, alert them and makes them bark nonstop.

Like any other dog that needs some training to behave according toits environment, Yorkie can undergo some training to bark less. The earlier you introduce them to the training, the better control they will have.

Understanding The Noise Your Yorkie Makes

To get the best result from training your Yorkie, you need to understand that not all sound you hear from them is actual barking. Understanding what your Yorkie wants and the information it's trying to pass across is the first step to take when learning how to train them to stop barking.

  • Barking in a low tone

Yorkies bark in a low tone to warn you about perceived danger or a disturbance they find threatening to the environment. Like a little change in the environment, like a car honk or passing bird, it makes them bark in a low tone.


  • Growling

Growling is a distinct sound Yorkies make following a bark. This is to warn you that there may be a danger that requires your attention. You will notice this if any strange person, animal, or object comes too close to their territory.


  • Moaning

Yorkie will make low tone moan when it is feeling unhappy. You will often hear this whenever you are rubbing some ticklish spots in its body.


  • Whining/whimpering

Yorkie whining indicates emotional distress. Your Yorkie might whine after being separated for a while; this is their way of showing they miss you. They do this when they are in seclusion, signaling they want to be free to play around. Although, whining can also mean your Yorkie is in pain. This will be followed by being aggressive, wanting to lay alone, and not wanting to be touched.


  • Howling

This is kind of like a way a dog communicates with another dog. Yorkie howl whenever there is another dog around.


  • High pitched noises

When your Yorkie makes this kind of noise, it is seeking some attention. It might be it wants you to go out for a walk, play around, or needs you to attend to something urgently

  • Yelping

When you hear a high pitched yelp from your Yorkie, it means it might have injured itself.  It barks in a way that is loud and alarming. Yelping helps in detecting when you Yorkie is in pain.

How To Train Your Yorkie To Bark Less

The reason for training your Yorkie is to teach it to bark only when necessary. How consistent you are and how stubborn your Yorkie is will determine the overall result of the training.Following are ways to train your Yorkie;

  • Become the alpha dog

This means that you have to establish your position as the leader, the one who gives a command for the dog to follow strictly. It would be best if you did this early else, your Yorkie will assume the role, making it difficult to control it.

     When your Yorkie barks, pick it up and maintain eye contact with it. Do not look away from its eyes and      firmly tell it "keep quiet." Be sure not to break the eye contact first, as this will send a wrong message to   the dog. Once the Yorkie breaks the contact and finally looks away, you can place it back on the floor.

For example, while playing at the park, if you want to go one way, but your Yorkie wants to go another direction, the dog needs to comply with you by looking into its eyes and commanding it to follow you.

Once you establish your authority, your Yorkie will obey simple instructions like "sit,""lie down," or "stop."

  • The desensitization technique

This is a way of exposing your Yorkie to some triggers and repeatedly sounds until it gets familiar with it. The trigger might be a doorbell, vacuum, or other dogs. The more you introduce your dogs to different things, the more they relax and realize they are not a threat.

 You can do this by asking for the help of someone to ring the bell repeatedly. Once your Yorkie starts freaking out and barking, command it to sit. After repeating this a few times, it will tell the dog that everything is okay and stay put. Each time your Yorkie stops barking after hearing the bell, reward it and praise it.

  • The bark collar technique

The bark collar method is used with caution. This is because it can create negative consequences if not used appropriately. This method involves sound, vibration, spray, or static shock to create stimulation on the dog when it barks.

It is important to note that this method may make some dogs more aggressive because of its pain.  If  you use the shock method after the dog barks, it may continue to bark out in pain and develop a new habit that may be destructive.

This is why it is best to choose a no-shock bark collar that uses sound and vibration and not painful shocks.


After exposing Yorkie dogs to some training, it becomes an obedient pet to have around at home. It barks less and obeys instructions from its owners.



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