And what, you may ask, is “Small Dog Syndrome”? Well, we’ve all seen those annoying little dogs that yap non-stop, show aggressive behavior, jump up on people, snap at kids, and the list goes on and on.
In fact, most people really don’t care for small dogs because they have a reputation for just being unpleasant to be around.
Why is this? Are small dogs like yorkies really that bad?
It all comes back to the owners. People will accept behavior from a small dog that they would never tolerate from a big one. Why? Because they think it’s “cute.”
What Are The Symptoms Of Small Dog Syndome?
- Jumping up on people
- Growling, both at people and at other dogs
- Yapping non-stop
- Jumping up on your lap uninvited
- Jealousy if someone else gets too close to the owner
- Pulling on the leash during walks
- Nervousness and jumpyness
- Persistently getting up on the couch when told not too
- Becoming aggressive when you try to get him off the furniture
- Always running to go out the door ahead of you
These, and many other behaviors, are symptoms of a dominant dog who believes he’s the pack leader. If your dog weighed 80 pounds, you certainly wouldn’t be putting up with this kind of behavior.
But people think it’s “adorable” when their little five-pound yorkie does it. Before you know it, your sweet little pet has transformed into a yappy, nervous demanding little monster who snaps at people for no reason. This is why small dogs have such a poor reputation.
How To Prevent Behavior Problems In Yorkshire Terriers
Resist the urge to let them get away with bad behavior just because they’re cute. What’s cute when your Yorkie is an adorable ball of fluff won’t be so cute later on, when he’s aggressively charging that rottweiler or snapping at the neighbor’s child.
Start obedience training right away. With any of the terrier breeds, it’s important to set boundaries right at the start and stick to them. Terriers were originally bred as hunting dogs who would dig into burrows and drag out animals like rats and foxes. They are very strong, intelligent, and determined animals who can very easily take over the house before you know it.
Don’t let your yorkie become a victim of “Small Dog Syndrome.” Start training him today, and he’ll become a well-behaved, much-loved member of your family.