When your Yorkshire terrier begins to exhibit neurotic behavior, it is time to take a closer look at what is going on. Small dog breeds tend to have these types of problems more often than large breeds, but it isn’t known why. The important thing is to make your Yorkie feel safe and secure at all times.
If your dog has begun to do anything out of the ordinary, such as spinning in circles uncontrollably or biting on themselves in a self-mutilating manner, it is definitely time to examine the situation more closely and in depth. It is possible for you to help your dog at home without having to seek outside help.
First of all, think about when this particular behavior occurred. Perhaps you can identify a period of time where things changed in your home and your Yorkshire terrier began to behave differently. This did not happen overnight, so discuss this with your family members and anyone else who spends a significant amount of time with your dog.
I once was able to determine that a dog groomer must have hit or scared my dog while he was getting a haircut. Within a few days his behavior changed dramatically. Unlike children, who can usually tell us when someone has been unkind, our dogs are unable to tell us in a way we will recognize. This leads to neurotic behaviors that must be dealt with eventually.
Once you can figure out how and when the behavior may have begun, you will have a much better idea of how to help your Yorkie get past the incident and return to their old self. If someone did something to your dog, such as hitting them or screaming at them, you can show them some additional love throughout each day as a way to help them to recover. You may also want to limit the number of people who are around your dog for awhile.
If this came about due to a situation with another pet in your home, keep them separated now. Dogs are extremely territorial, so they can become quite upset when another animal threatens that position in their home. A visiting animal can cause all kinds of bad behavior because of the threat that your dog is being replaced by someone else.
Keeping your Yorkshire terrier with you as many hours a day as possible will help to get your situation back to normal in no time at all.