Why Is My Yorkie So Afraid All the Time?

My Yorkie is afraid of EVERYTHING. Me, my family members, certain objects, ever loud farts! It annoys everyone because he runs everytime someone comes within 5 feet of him. Everyone thinks that he might have been abused but he wasn't, at all. The lady said he's just always been timid but why? Are all yorkies like this? How can I help him NOT be so afraid. He's 3 yrs old.


Yorkies, like most toy dogs can be very nervous creatures. My experience with my mother's dog somewhat resembles yours. My mother's dog is a 3 pound Yorkie and he is 2 years old. He is constantly alert and fiercely protective. If another person attempts to get near him to pick him up he always runs away… he does not like to be a lap dog unless it is his choice. At times this may come across as being afraid, however I have also seen in this dog confront and nip at much larger dogs (my 65 pound boxer) without hesitation. Is your dog like this? Or does he/she always hide in all circumstances? I have come to the conclusion that my mother's dog has a "Napoleon" complex and his erratic barking and skiddish actions are really a way of "protecting" my mother. Yorkies are of course terriers and these dogs were bred originally to hunt rats and small rodents. They are hard-wired to be little hunters and killers… I don't know if this will help your situation at all… but at least it will give you a picture of how other toy yorkies can behave.

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9 Responses to “Why Is My Yorkie So Afraid All the Time?”

  1. Chad Micheal M says:

    idk jus keep luvin
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  2. Bozema says:

    Some dogs are naturally timid and shy, just as some dogs are dominant. Yours is one of the shy ones. The best thing you can do is to gradually expose her more experiences and praise her when she does not act afraid and generally ignore the shy behavior and go on as normal – as nothing unusual has happened – don't reinforce it. Go slow, this will take time if she is very shy.

    Obedience class might help her if it is not too overwhelming. It will expose her to other people and dogs in a controlled setting.
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  3. miraflores says:

    Not normal. You need to let the dog know you disapprove of this behavior. I know that sounds mean but if you try to soothe it in the doggie mind that means you are reinforcing that behavior. You're telling him "It's ok. Good boy for acting scared."
    Check out the Dog Whisperer for ideas on how to deal with that.
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  4. Gail H says:

    Praise, praise, praise and treats when you have noticed that he is no longer afraid. A gradual introduction with items in question will help him get over his fear.
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  5. ErinLindsay says:

    Yorkies, like most toy dogs can be very nervous creatures. My experience with my mother's dog somewhat resembles yours. My mother's dog is a 3 pound Yorkie and he is 2 years old. He is constantly alert and fiercely protective. If another person attempts to get near him to pick him up he always runs away… he does not like to be a lap dog unless it is his choice. At times this may come across as being afraid, however I have also seen in this dog confront and nip at much larger dogs (my 65 pound boxer) without hesitation. Is your dog like this? Or does he/she always hide in all circumstances? I have come to the conclusion that my mother's dog has a "Napoleon" complex and his erratic barking and skiddish actions are really a way of "protecting" my mother. Yorkies are of course terriers and these dogs were bred originally to hunt rats and small rodents. They are hard-wired to be little hunters and killers… I don't know if this will help your situation at all… but at least it will give you a picture of how other toy yorkies can behave.
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  6. BrokeRich says:

    Yorkies are notorious for being either shy or very confident. In this case, I think you got the 'sensitive' pup from the litter. Although I will say he does sound abused and he feels like he can't trust anyone. This mixed in with his shyness and you have a combo for a very scared little dog.
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  7. Fantasy_Gal90 says:

    Maybe someone is physicaly abusing him or physicaly abused him before… u should not threaten him just sit infront of him and show him u love him … if he freaks out dont follow him around just let him know that he can come to u wenever he wants and when he does just dont do anything just so he knows u r harmless… then u can be the only one he trusts … then day by day get him use to other people one by one …
    Dont scare him or dont get too excited when he's around u … cuz he obviously doesnt trust anyone
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  8. He's my world says:

    My little yorkie is scared of a lot of things to. He has never been abused and the tiniest noise scares him…but he is getting better.
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  9. pebblesqt says:

    socialization will help this maybe taking him to obiance train will help.
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