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Ways To Prevent, Treat Separation Anxiety in Yorkies
Did you know dogs suffer from anxiety too? Anxiety affects many dog breeds and can cause serious behavioral problems in Yorkshire Terriers.

Just like in humans, dogs have to cope with nerve-wracking circumstances. The exhibition of fear in dogs is reflected in their unruly behavior.

Unfortunately, your four-legged buddy can’t verbally express fear or anxiety.

When a Yorkshire Terriers is feeling anxious, he may start withdrawing from routine activities.

One of the prime causes of anxiety in dogs is fear. Luckily, there are a few steps to treat anxiety in Yorkies.

What Causes Anxiety in Yorkies

There are several causes of dog anxiety, including:
  • separation
  • fear
  • aging

  • Separation Anxiety in Yorkies

    Separation anxiety is one of the most common forms of anxiety in Yorkshire Terriers. It affects about 14 percent of all dogs. Yorkies feel a sense of extreme discomfort when left alone or separated from their loved humans. As a result, they might start to show such destructive anxiety symptoms as defecating or urinating in non-permitted places in the house, excessive barking, destructive chewing, dilated pupils, panic attacks, and pacing for hours.

    There may also be attempts to escape from home, or whining in a high-pitched voice, destroying furniture.

    How To Treat Separation Anxiety in Yorkies

    Treatment for separation anxiety holds the key to keeping your pet healthy, calm, and happy and making your dog’s life better. Some Yorkies may show these signs even before the owner leaves the house; anticipation of being left alone can cause the dog to become upset.

    Causes of separation anxiety in Yorkshire Terriers include a change in surroundings, lack of training, changes in pet parents, neglect, hereditary behavior, new socialization patterns, the death of a pet friend, or simply boredom. Separation anxiety treatment focuses on behavioral changes to help your Yorkie learn that being alone is not at all scary. The idea is to break your pet’s association of these signals with separation. Try to distract your pooch’s attention by offering him a toy or treat when you leave. Also, teach your pooch not to associate separation with nervous feelings. Avoid petting him as soon as you are back.

    Here are some additional tips on establishing an environment to help your Yorkie cope with you being gone for long periods of time.
  • Create a special space or den. It can be a small room, with space to freely move about. Some owners opt for a doggie playpen.
  • Make sure the area is warm and comfortable, away from air conditioning blowing cold air on the dog.
  • Keep the light on when you leave. That way, your dog will not have to be alone in a dark room, when you return late in the day or the sky gets darker outside.
  • Leave a television or radio on with some calming music. Programs on TV with animals or dogs are shown to interest dogs; some are avid TV watchers.
  • Some studies have shown that programs with animals are more interesting to the dog than programs of just people. Also, choose not to bid him good-bye when you leave. This will help create positive associations with separation from you.