YorkieTalk.com Forums - Yorkshire Terrier Community


Welcome to the YorkieTalk.com Forums Community - the community for Yorkshire Terriers.

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our free community you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. You will be able to chat with over 35,000 YorkieTalk members, read over 2,000,000 posted discussions, and view more than 15,000 Yorkie photos in the YorkieTalk Photo Gallery after you register. We would love to have you as a member!

Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please, join our community today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please click here to contact us.

Go Back   YorkieTalk.com Forums - Yorkshire Terrier Community > YorkieTalk > General Yorkshire Terrier Discussion
Register Blogs FAQ Calendar JavaChat Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 04-22-2006, 06:04 PM   #1
YT 500 Club Member
 
Emmsmom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Virginia
Posts: 989
Default Is your Yorkie mean?

My grandmother told me yesterday that her Yorkie took a nice plug out of her husband's finger. He was trying to get something away from him that he had no business playing with and Charlie didn't like it. Granny said that sometimes he will growl at her as well. I told her she had better put a stop to that soon. I have just never heard of a Yorkie being that way. Charlie is pampered beyond belief so I just don't understand it. I wondered if maybe it was his breeding. He is a very strange dog. He is all Yorkie no doubt but he just doesn't seem to act like most Yorkies I have seen. Anyway... Any suggestions ? I will say that classes are out of the question. My grandmother is 78 and doesn't have the energy to do it.

Michelle
Emmsmom is offline   Reply With Quote
Welcome Guest!
Not Registered?

Join today and remove this ad!

Old 04-22-2006, 06:13 PM   #2
Donating YT 12K Club Member
 
JeanieK's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Council Bluffs Iowa
Posts: 12,552
Default

It could be in the breeding. How old is he?

But it also could be because he is spoiled and he thinks he is the boss. If the human in the house does not make it clear who the pack leader is then the dog will take the roll and when that happens it is not good.

Your Grandmother needs to make it clear to the dog that she is taking over as the leader of the pack. Maybe she could watch some Dog Whisperer shows.
JeanieK is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-22-2006, 06:13 PM   #3
Donating YT 500 Club Member
 
linz06's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Saskatchewan
Posts: 3,154
Default

How old is Charlie? Layla too has bit me when I try to take away something she shouldn't have. It's not that she means to bite me, but as soon as she loses grip of whatever it is she'll try to grab onto it again, usually with my fingers in the way. The "drop it" command hasn't worked for anything but her pee pad, but I'm still working on it.
As for growling, does it happen often? And what kind of situation is it? Layla is a very quiet dog, she doesn't even bark when other dogs are barking. The only time she growls is when she wants me to play with her. Usually she'll bring me a toy and if I don't notice she'll growl. When I look at her she'll wag her tail and I know she just wants to play.
__________________
Lindsey and Layla, Lucy, and Kash
linz06 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-22-2006, 06:16 PM   #4
BANNED!
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: NYC
Posts: 36
Default

u gotta show him who is the boss!!! he is training your grandparents.
vincentnyc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-22-2006, 06:18 PM   #5
YT 2000 Club Member
 
ldenise's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Rancho Viejo, Tx
Posts: 2,698
Default

All I can tell you is ...I have been there. fortunately they snapped out of it. biting is not allowed. a firm no is needed. a couple of mine have drawn blood and meant to. with that firmness and not tolerating that kind of behavior it really didn't take long for them to catch on.
Archie, now 6 mo., I thought would be a little hellion. he was down right mean! now he is the sweetest little man.
How old is your grandmothers yorkie?
__________________
Buckeye, Ahia, Tressie, Archie & LDenise
Dogs are really people with short legs in fur coats
ldenise is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-22-2006, 06:31 PM   #6
YT 500 Club Member
 
Emmsmom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Virginia
Posts: 989
Default

He is almost 2. Well I know that a lot of people on here don't agree with this... I told her to flip his but over and hold him down and tell him NO in a very stern voice and then just hold him there for a min. I don't see her doing it tho. He tried to bit her husband's daughter when she leaned over to give them hugs goodbye. He will also growl everytime they try to take something away from him. He gets into EVERYTHING!! He just had stomach surgery because he had eaten so much crap that he couldn't pass! My grandmother's husband( my papa died 15 years ago and she remarried someone YOUNG) is nuts. He thinks it is funny that he marks his territory IN THE HOUSE. Anyway... I think a lot is his fault from the beginning. He acts like he knows it all and won't seem to take any advice. I have to catch my grandmother when she is alone and try to give her some help.
Emmsmom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-22-2006, 06:48 PM   #7
YT 2000 Club Member
 
ldenise's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Rancho Viejo, Tx
Posts: 2,698
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Emmsmom
He is almost 2. Well I know that a lot of people on here don't agree with this... I told her to flip his but over and hold him down and tell him NO in a very stern voice and then just hold him there for a min. I don't see her doing it tho. He tried to bit her husband's daughter when she leaned over to give them hugs goodbye. He will also growl everytime they try to take something away from him. He gets into EVERYTHING!! He just had stomach surgery because he had eaten so much crap that he couldn't pass! My grandmother's husband( my papa died 15 years ago and she remarried someone YOUNG) is nuts. He thinks it is funny that he marks his territory IN THE HOUSE. Anyway... I think a lot is his fault from the beginning. He acts like he knows it all and won't seem to take any advice. I have to catch my grandmother when she is alone and try to give her some help.
I have heard of some people holding them down to show them they are the boss. seems to work for them. the ones i am refering to are not yorkies tho. I also see cesar do that. I have never tried the technique.
__________________
Buckeye, Ahia, Tressie, Archie & LDenise
Dogs are really people with short legs in fur coats
ldenise is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-22-2006, 07:07 PM   #8
Mom to 6 Beautiful Furkids
 
MyTrixie143's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Ohio
Posts: 5,409
Default

Breeding rarely has anything to do with a dog's temperment. His problem is that he was not trained properly when he was a pup not to do this. Teaching a puppy to have a soft mouth when he is young is one of the most important things you can teach him. Question: is he neutered? Dogs that are not neutered tend to have more behavioral problems then neutered dogs, this is not always the case though. He needs to be taught that biting or snapping even if if not intentional will not be tolerated. Flipping them on their back might work for a bigger dog, but not a small dog and I would not do any way. All of my dogs have been taught biting control. This way if he happens to bite you, it will not hurt because he will know how hard his bite is. So if he bites you, you can either yelp like a puppy, or say no in a firm but not raised voice. Then immediately after you do one of these two things, move away from him, and ignore him for a minute. The point to get across to the dog is that if he bites or snaps, no one is going to want to play with him or be around him. He will then quickly learn that if he wants anyone to play with him or be with him, he has to behave and not bite or even snap.
__________________
A dog is a furry person! http://www.dogster.com/?300866 Tracey and the gang
DestinyHarmonyScamperGracieLillieKiwi Hershey Peppi
MyTrixie143 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-22-2006, 07:18 PM   #9
Senior Yorkie Talker
 
Parker's Mum's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Smiths Falls, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 86
Default

I'm glad someone asked this, because Parker can be very mean. He growls so horrible, he sounds like a gremlin, and bites me. Usually when I try to brush him, dry him after a bath, or touch his paws, but also when I try and give him trouble. I've tried telling him a firm no, yelping, ignoring him, a water bottle, but nothing has seemed to work. He definately thinks that HE is the boss, I just don't know what to do about it.
Parker's Mum is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-22-2006, 07:21 PM   #10
YT Addict
 
jkat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: California
Posts: 459
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Emmsmom
I told her to flip his but over and hold him down and tell him NO in a very stern voice and then just hold him there for a min.
My family and I do this to Aggie when we need her attention and for her to calm down. As a daily routine, we also give her belly rubs.

The thing is, when they're on their backs, they know YOU're the boss, You're the Alpha Dog. Sad thing is, your "grandfather" (I know you don't consider him to be, so I put him in quotation) doesn't listen to any suggestions. If your grandmother is willing to work at it, the dog will take HER seriously, and not her husband.

Dogs are very perceptive of who their "owners" are.
jkat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-22-2006, 07:24 PM   #11
Donating YT 14K Club Member
 
txshopper73's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Texas
Posts: 14,226
Blog Entries: 1
Default

hmmmm...all of my dogs are very friendly towards other people. When I had Chester, he bit the cable guy once (only person he ever bit) but that's because the cable guy walked in and immediately tried to pet Chester.

Anyway, Gracie is NOT friendly towards dogs that she doesn't know. She doesn't go after them, by any means, but she lets them know right away to stay away from her.

I don't know what to say about your little one. Anxiety, maybe?
__________________
As always...JMO (Just My Opinion)
Kimberley
txshopper73 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-22-2006, 07:29 PM   #12
YT 3000 Club Member
 
romeos mommy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Pennsauken , NJ
Posts: 4,068
Default

my mom has a 4lb yorkie who is mean. she bites and growls at other dogs and some people. my friend's 140lb german sheppard is afraid of her. she is 100% pure yorkie & spoiled. my vet said to hold her on her side without hurting her just to let her know she's not in charge. it does work. my vet showed me with my dog when he was acting up one day. it's a power struggle.
romeos mommy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-22-2006, 09:13 PM   #13
YT 500 Club Member
 
Sidney's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Northern California
Posts: 514
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by JeanieK
It could be in the breeding. How old is he?

But it also could be because he is spoiled and he thinks he is the boss. If the human in the house does not make it clear who the pack leader is then the dog will take the roll and when that happens it is not good.

Your Grandmother needs to make it clear to the dog that she is taking over as the leader of the pack. Maybe she could watch some Dog Whisperer shows.
I agree with you're comment about it possibly being in the breeding. I know that it can be inherited. We've got one... We've done everything to be in control of this dog. After 15 years she is finally mellowing out. We've got 5 other yorkies with great temperments.
Sidney is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-22-2006, 09:30 PM   #14
Biewer Passionate
Donating Member
 
Snow Yorkies's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Southern AL
Posts: 1,684
Default

I haven't had this problem with any of mine and I have 10. I could take their favorite treat, toy whatever from them and it wouldn't matter..

I think I would try a different method of training, but unless "ALL" household members are willing to be included in the training method to me only confuse the dog...JMO
__________________
Dare to Dream Biewers
Charter Member of BAPPC
Snow Yorkies is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-22-2006, 09:51 PM   #15
YT 2000 Club Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: USA
Posts: 2,992
Default

"Pampered beyond belief" is probably part of the problem. A little more discipline is probably in order.

For sure - I don't want to come across mean -- but their little Yorkie may be just spoiled rotten and has total control of the entire household. I agree that at their ages, it is hard to start over training a little dog - but for their own good (and the dog's), some changes need to be made.

You can't have a little dog that bites and is aggressive and still enjoy it's company - and vice versa....the dog is as happy as it should be either.

Good luck!

Carol Jean
__________________
http://tinypic.com/ipxhmb.jpg
A Yorkie is worth a thousand words.
SnowWa is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks



Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off




Google
 

SHOP NOW: Amazon :: eBay :: Buy.com :: Newegg :: PetStore :: Petco :: PetSmart


All times are GMT -8. The time now is 08:50 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.9
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright ©2003 - 2018 YorkieTalk.com
Privacy Policy - Terms of Use

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120 121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132 133 134 135 136 137 138 139 140 141 142 143 144 145 146 147 148 149 150 151 152 153 154 155 156 157 158 159 160 161 162 163 164 165 166 167 168 169 170 171 172 173 174 175 176 177 178 179 180 181 182 183 184 185 186 187 188 189 190 191 192 193 194 195 196 197 198 199 200 201 202 203 204 205 206 207 208 209 210 211 212 213 214 215 216 217 218 219 220 221 222 223 224 225 226 227 228 229 230 231 232 233 234 235 236 237 238 239 240 241 242 243 244 245 246 247 248 249 250 251 252 253 254 255 256 257 258 259 260 261 262 263 264 265 266 267 268 269 270 271 272 273 274 275 276 277 278 279 280 281 282 283 284 285 286 287 288 289 290 291 292 293 294 295 296 297 298 299 300 301 302 303 304 305 306 307 308 309 310 311 312 313 314 315 316 317 318 319 320 321 322 323 324 325 326 327 328 329 330 331 332 333 334 335 336 337 338 339 340 341 342 343 344 345 346 347 348 349 350 351 352 353 354 355 356 357 358 359 360 361 362 363 364 365 366 367 368 369 370 371 372 373 374 375 376 377 378 379 380 381 382 383 384 385 386 387 388 389 390 391 392 393 394 395 396 397 398 399 400 401 402 403 404 405 406 407 408 409 410 411 412 413 414 415 416 417 418 419 420 421 422 423 424 425 426 427 428 429 430 431 432 433 434 435 436 437 438 439 440 441 442 443 444 445 446 447 448 449 450 451 452 453 454 455 456 457 458 459 460 461 462 463 464 465 466 467 468 469 470 471 472 473 474 475 476 477 478 479 480 481 482 483 484 485 486 487 488 489 490 491 492 493 494 495 496 497 498 499 500 501 502 503 504 505 506 507 508 509 510 511 512 513 514 515 516 517 518 519 520 521 522 523 524 525 526 527 528 529 530 531 532 533 534 535 536 537 538 539 540 541 542 543 544 545 546 547 548 549 550 551 552 553 554 555 556 557 558 559 560 561 562 563 564 565 566 567 568 569 570 571 572 573 574 575 576 577 578 579 580 581 582 583 584 585 586 587 588 589 590 591 592 593 594 595 596 597 598 599 600 601 602 603 604 605 606 607 608 609 610 611 612 613 614 615 616 617 618 619 620 621 622 623 624 625 626 627 628 629 630 631 632 633 634 635 636 637 638 639 640 641 642 643 644 645 646 647 648 649 650 651 652 653 654 655 656 657 658 659 660 661 662 663 664 665 666 667 668 669 670 671 672 673 674 675 676 677 678 679 680 681 682 683 684 685 686 687 688 689 690 691 692 693 694 695 696 697 698 699 700 701 702 703 704 705 706 707 708 709 710 711 712 713 714 715 716 717 718 719 720 721 722 723 724 725 726 727 728 729 730 731 732 733 734 735 736 737 738 739 740 741 742 743 744 745 746 747 748 749 750 751 752 753 754 755 756 757 758 759 760 761 762 763 764 765 766 767 768 769 770 771 772 773 774 775 776 777 778 779 780 781 782 783 784 785 786 787 788 789 790 791 792 793 794 795 796 797 798 799 800 801 802 803 804 805 806 807 808 809 810 811 812 813 814 815 816 817 818 819 820 821 822 823 824 825 826 827 828 829 830 831 832 833 834 835 836 837 838 839 840 841 842 843 844 845 846 847 848 849 850 851 852 853 854 855 856 857 858 859 860 861 862 863 864 865 866 867 868 869 870 871 872 873 874 875 876 877 878 879 880 881 882 883 884 885 886 887 888 889 890 891 892 893 894 895 896 897 898 899 900 901 902 903 904 905 906 907 908 909 910 911 912 913 914 915 916 917 918 919 920 921 922 923 924 925 926 927 928 929 930 931 932 933 934 935 936 937 938 939 940 941 942 943 944 945 946 947 948 949 950 951 952 953 954 955 956 957 958 959 960 961 962 963 964 965 966 967 968 969 970 971 972 973 974 975 976 977 978 979 980 981 982 983 984 985 986 987 988 989 990 991 992 993 994 995 996 997 998 999 1000 1001 1002 1003 1004 1005 1006 1007 1008 1009 1010 1011 1012 1013 1014 1015 1016 1017 1018 1019 1020 1021 1022 1023 1024 1025 1026 1027 1028 1029 1030 1031 1032 1033 1034 1035 1036 1037 1038 1039 1040 1041 1042 1043 1044 1045 1046 1047 1048 1049 1050 1051 1052 1053 1054 1055 1056 1057 1058 1059 1060 1061 1062 1063 1064 1065 1066 1067 1068 1069 1070 1071 1072 1073 1074 1075 1076 1077 1078 1079 1080 1081 1082 1083 1084 1085 1086 1087 1088 1089 1090 1091 1092 1093 1094 1095 1096 1097 1098 1099 1100 1101 1102 1103 1104 1105 1106 1107 1108 1109 1110 1111 1112 1113 1114 1115 1116 1117 1118 1119 1120 1121 1122 1123 1124 1125 1126 1127 1128 1129 1130 1131 1132 1133 1134 1135 1136 1137 1138 1139 1140 1141 1142 1143 1144 1145 1146 1147 1148 1149 1150 1151 1152 1153 1154 1155 1156 1157 1158 1159 1160 1161 1162 1163 1164 1165 1166