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    yorkie aggression

    I have a 3 yr old male yorkie that is very lovable to adults but he will attack small children, any advice






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    Have you taken him to any Obedience classes with a Certified Dog Trainer?





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    Is he in his "territory" (home or yard) when he is being aggressive? My 4 year old yorkie (FeBee) becomes very aggressive toward anyone or anything coming into "her" territory...she once chased off a bullmastik (not sure of the spelling) but the huge dog that looks like a bear, from "her" yard! She will bark her head off if anyone comes into the house and if the screen door is open and she sees a dog walking by with their owner on "her" road she barks and barks. She was very skittish around kids because they move so fast but was not aggressive. I try to calm her down by soothingly telling her that everything is fine or okay, sometimes this works and sometimes it doesn't. Make sure he is on a short lead when you know there will be children around and make him sit, if he doesn't put your hand on his head with just your fingers put a small amount of pressure with just your fingers...this simulates the mama dog putting her mouth over the pups heads when disciplining them and make him sit. If he does sit make sure to tell him "good boy" since yorkies love praise. If he still will not sit you may need to hold him or put him in another room or place away from the children until he can sit. I held FeBee so her face was away from the children and let them pet her on the back...with no way of her escaping my grasp...hence the short lead and she now tolerates children much better and is much less skittish when they are around. I had no fear that she would bite or in anyway hurt the children. She still barks her head off when anyone comes into "her" territory...which is good in a way because no one will get by without me knowing.





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    Hi Brian,
    How is your Yorkie doing now? Attacking small children is a big concern and hopefully you have been able tp spend some time slowly socializing him so that he will accept children and not feel the need to be aggressive! He may have had a bad experience with a child hurting him at some point ? Or it may just that he is fearful of their sudden moves and unpredictability? Whatever it is you need to train him to become less afraid by taking the time to let him experience children in a positive way. Maybe invite a child to visit and have them throw his favorite ball or toss him a treat ? Make sure you stay very close to the child at all times and protect them of course, also make sure your Yorkie understands that YOU are the alpha male, not HIM!





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