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    Question Love my yorkie...but....

    He is certainly a handful. Joey, who we should have called "Clepto" is almost 2 yrs old and very defiant. He will steal & destroy absolutely anything and everything. He will climb to get what he wants even! If the kids are playing with something and drop it, he will fly in and scoop it in a flash!!!! Very bad and dangerous habit that we still have not broken him from.
    He has also recently decided that marking everything in the house is really cool!!!!!
    We can no longer use our front door, as Joey can sense if you are going to open it & poof, he is gone!!! Out the door and down the street. We can chase him for an hour before finally getting him back home to safety!!! It is so scarey as he just runs and runs and runs.
    Lastly, in our large fenced in yard he barks constantly, never ending. Sometimes I wonder how he doesn't loose his voice. When he is like this, there is no way he will listen or come - until he is darn good and ready to.
    We try very hard to be consistent with him telling him NO in a firm voice when he has done something wrong, giving him lots of chew toys which he will destroy in a flash, and lots of praise when he has done good. He is very smart and knows many tricks but his behavior problems are really bad.
    I know I have voiced alot of concerns here and your advise would be so greatly appreciated. I keep hoping as he gets older he will settle down, keeping my fingers crossed!






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    I may be wrong but I think Yorkies just need lots and lots of attention. Our kids are grown and our little 8 month old female yorkie is an angel. We work from home so she gets undivided attention. She whimpers and we jump trying to figure out what she wants. Years ago we had a male and female yorkie and we worked outside out home so they fended for themselves and weren't nearly as well behaved as this one. But she rules this house and we love it!





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    I had three Yorkies until about 6 months ago when my transplant drs insisted that I find homes for two of them for health reasons. That said, my male who is the oldest, would charge the door and take off as well. I got him microchipped for that reason. I was never able to break him of that habit either. Also he stayed very aggitated it seemed like about activity going on outside and would bark a lot. Now that he is living out in the country with my parents, he is much calmer and no longer marks inside the house either! I never got him housebroken in the 5 yrs he was with me! But at their house, he does great! I kept a child proof gate up all of the time because of his running for the door. I'm sorry not to have a solution but wanted you to know you are not alone. Hope someone will have a solution for you. I would definitely look into the microchipping though.





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    That's very true Judyrae! Scarlett is the baby I kept and she will turn two this week. Because she is home with me all of the time and goes with me when I take the kids to school she gets a lot of attention and is very well behaved. Although I do think their parent dogs DNA has something to do with it as well. The Dam of the puppies I bred is wonderful and I've stayed in close contact with a lot of the people who bought puppies---they are very sweet pups. I think it's definitely a good idea to meet both Dam and Sire before buying a puppy.





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    Thank you for your replies. Its good to know we are not alone in this. I've done so much reading and never really have come up with anything. Joey is microchipped also. I am a stay at home mom, so he is with me all the time and try to give him lots of attention; but he is not a lapdog...wants to be close but at his discretion only. Silly little man.





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    I just got my Yorkie handed to me. I thought that he was cute and very small compared to my other dog. But my Boyfriends sister has one too and he always goes in the house. never wants to go potty outside, I think that it is a little dog thing. It is lots of patience and time in trying to get the puppy to do what you want him to do. My little Toby is a lap dog. he wants to be in your lap every waking minute,, I have things to do during the day and I make him try to be on his one for a little while then I hold him for 30mins and then put him down for an hr or so. He is just fine with it, I think that they know more then what we really give them credit for.. LOL





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    Maybe he needs a job. Have you thought about doing something like agility with him or flyball. He sounds like a high drive dog. They are smart but need a job to direct their actions or they will think up their own games lol. My girlfriend has a yorkie and we call him a Jack Russel disguised as a yorkie! If you can get him out for a long walk everyday or maybe 2 times a day that will really help. I have a poodle meet up group I go to at the local dog park, There are lots of different meet up some for little dogs, some for breed specific dogs... they are a lot of fun and you meet people with simular interests, problems, stories etc.... You can find them on line in your area





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    I agree with Gingerbread, and I will add 'obedience training' wouldn't hurt either.





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    This is what I think. Your dog has too much pent-up energy inside him. Take him for long walks around your neighbourhood or even jog around the neighbourhood with him until he is tired out for a few times everyday for a week. If his behavior improves during the week, it means that all these behavior problems arise because of having not enough exercise. As for the door-dashing problem, I can recommend a youtube video which I think will be quite useful for you. Here's the link to it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQLEdnztAFw[/URL]. Whenever your dog does something good or behaves well, give him a high-value treat (a treat which your dog loves very much, like treats made of real meat) in addition to your praise. Here's a tip for you: When you praise your dog, praise him in a high-pitch tone as most dogs love sounds that are high-pitched. Buy chew toys which are more resistant or buy some boredom toys for him (like kong or activity treat ball) when you put him in the yard to keep his mind occupied. In this way, he will not bark non-stop when you put him in the yard. Hope my suggestion could help you and your dog.





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    I agree with newbear, I suggest that you expose joey into some outdoor activity like playing fetch, walking or Frisbee catching to help.

    Great advice newbear.




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