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Do Yorkies Bark A Lot?

By: Scott Allen – October 29th, 2023.

Ever wondered, “Do Yorkies bark a lot??” Trust me, you’re far from alone. As an ardent dog aficionado and dedicated Yorkie guardian myself, I’ve wrestled with this very question – sometimes even at the expense of my precious sleep! After delving deep into research about Yorkshire Terriers (a breed quite renowned for their vocal tendencies) and trying out various strategies to curtail their barking habits, I’ve accumulated some gems of wisdom that other ‘Yorkie parents’ might find helpful.

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Key Takeaways

  • Yorkies are known for their excessive barking due to their natural instincts and tendencies, sensitivity to environmental changesterritorial behavior, and communication methods.
  • Different types of barks from Yorkies indicate different meanings and emotions.
  • To reduce barking in Yorkiesestablish yourself as the alpha dog through consistent training, consider techniques like bark collars or desensitization, provide regular exercise and mental stimulation, and use positive reinforcement.

About Yorkies

Yorkies are small, energetic dogs that are known for their lively personalities and adorable appearance.

Characteristics and temperament

Yorkies are fun dogs. They are full of life and love to play. This makes them a little bit mischievous at times. You may find your Yorkie darting around the house, eager for action.

Along with being energetic, they can be a tad shy too, mostly around other dogs. So don’t forget to give your playful furry friend lots of comfort and care! Your loyal buddy always stays close by your side because they feel safe with you.

Just like us humans, each Yorkie is unique! Some boys might act different from girls in small ways or big ones too! Also important is teaching our spirited companions good manners so that they stay happy and behave well.

Common traits

Yorkies are small breed dogs full of life. They love to play and run around a lot. Often, male Yorkies have more energy than females. Yorkies also have strong assertive behavior. They can be bold and confident in what they do.

Yorkies make sounds quite often too. They bark a lot for many reasons like fear or joy. Sometimes, they bark because they feel bored or need some attention from you. These cute dogs can be feisty but also loving and faithful pals.

Keeping their minds busy is very key for them as well.

Why Yorkies Bark So Much?

Yorkies bark for various reasons, including their natural instincts and tendencies, sensitivity to environmental changes, territorial behavior, and communication methods.

Natural instincts and tendencies

Yorkies love to bark. It’s in their nature. They use barking to tell us things. Big sounds, new places, and other pets can make them bark too. Yorkies like to keep an eye on their home space.

If they see someone new, they bark to let you know. This is all part of who they are as a dog breed. Their small body and pointy ears help them pick up sounds well. They love being the center of attention and will make lots of noise if needed! Boredom or fun times also give way for more barks from these cute pups.


Yorkies are known for their sensitivity, which can contribute to their excessive barking behavior. These little dogs have a keen sense of alertness and tend to be very protective of their owners and territory.

Even the smallest environmental changes or noises can trigger their barking instincts. They may bark if they feel threatened or if they sense any potential danger, whether real or perceived.

It’s important to understand and address this sensitivity when trying to reduce your Yorkie’s barking habits.

Territorial behavior

Yorkies have a strong territorial instinct, which contributes to their tendency to bark a lot. They are protective of their space and may become alert and vigilant when they sense someone or something entering their territory.

This territorial behavior is rooted in their genetics as terrier breeds, making them naturally bold and assertive. Yorkies often see themselves as the guardians of their homes and will bark loudly to warn off any potential intruders or other animals.

It’s important to understand that this behavior is not aggression but rather an expression of their need to protect what they consider theirs. Training can help redirect this territorial behavior and teach them appropriate ways to communicate without excessive barking.

Environmental changes

One of the reasons why Yorkies bark so much is because of changes in their environment. Yorkies are sensitive dogs, and even small changes can make them anxious or stressed, leading to excessive barking.

For example, if you move to a new house or there are construction noises nearby, your Yorkie may feel unsettled and start barking more than usual. Similarly, if there are loud sounds like thunderstorms or fireworks, it can trigger their instinct to protect their territory and they will bark as a way of communicating their discomfort.

Creating a calm and comfortable home environment for your Yorkie can help minimize excessive barking caused by environmental changes.

Communication methods

Yorkies have several ways to communicate with their owners and the world around them. They use barking, body language, licking, yawning, and wagging their tails. Barking is one of the most common methods that Yorkies use to communicate.

Their bark is often high-pitched and attention-grabbing. They may bark to alert their owners of strangers or when they are excited about something. Paying attention to your Yorkie’s body language, such as tail wagging or licking, can also give you clues about what they are trying to communicate.

Understanding the Meaning of Yorkie Barks

Different types of barks, such as low tone growling or high pitched whining, can indicate various meanings and emotions in Yorkies.

Different types of barks (low tone, growling, high pitched, whining, etc.)

What each type of bark may indicate

Each type of bark from a Yorkie can indicate something different. For example, if your Yorkie barks in a low tone, it could be a warning sign that they perceive danger or feel threatened.

A high-pitched bark may show excitement or happiness. Whining or whimpering could mean your Yorkie is feeling anxious or lonely. It’s important to pay attention to the context and body language accompanying the barking to understand what your furry friend is trying to communicate.

How to Stop Your Yorkie from Barking

To stop your Yorkie from barking, establish yourself as the alpha dog and use techniques such as bark collars, coffee cans, spray bottles, and desensitization.

Becoming the alpha dog

As the owner of a Yorkie, it’s important to establish yourself as the alpha or leader in your dog’s eyes. This means showing them that you are in charge and earning their respect and obedience.

Consistent training is key to achieve this. By setting boundariesreinforcing commands, and providing consistent discipline, you can show your Yorkie that you are the one making the decisions.

It’s also important to use positive reinforcement techniques when training your Yorkie not to bark. By rewarding them for good behavior and teaching appropriate behavior, they will learn when it’s appropriate to be quiet.

Techniques such as bark collars, coffee cans, spray bottles, and desensitization

When it comes to stopping a Yorkie from barking too much, there are different techniques you can try. Here are some options for you:

  1. Bark collars: These collars use negative reinforcement to discourage barking. Some collars vibrate instead of delivering shocks to train Yorkies not to bark.
  2. Coffee cans: Shake a coffee can when your Yorkie barks and say “Quiet.” This can help them learn that barking is not desired behavior.
  3. Spray bottles: Using a spray bottle to squirt water at the dog when it barks is considered potentially harmful and is not recommended by experts.
  4. Desensitization techniques: By exposing your Yorkie to the things that trigger their barking in a controlled environment, you can help them become less sensitive over time.

Other tips for reducing barking behavior

To help reduce barking behavior in Yorkies, there are a few other tips you can follow. Firstly, make sure your Yorkie gets plenty of exercise and attention. Regular physical activity and mental stimulation can tire them out and make them less prone to excessive barking.

Additionally, obedience training is important for teaching your Yorkie basic commands and manners. Using positive reinforcement, such as giving treats or praise for good behavior, can be very effective in reducing barking habits.

Finally, noise aversion training can help desensitize your Yorkie to loud sounds that may trigger excessive barking. By implementing these tips, you can create a calm and peaceful environment for both you and your beloved pet.

Training Your Yorkie Not to Bark

To train your Yorkie not to bark, start by defining specific tasks and getting started with consistent training techniques. Establish yourself as the alpha dog in the pack and use methods like the security method, the “quiet” command method, and the redirect time out method to address barking behavior effectively.

Defining tasks and getting started

To start training your Yorkie not to bark, it’s important to define the tasks and get started. Begin by setting clear boundaries and rules for your dog. Use positive reinforcement techniques such as rewards, treats, and praise when they exhibit good behavior.

Consistency is key in training, so make sure everyone in the household follows the same rules. Stick to a routine and provide regular exercise and mental stimulation for your Yorkie to keep them occupied and reduce their tendency to bark excessively.

Remember that training takes time, patience, and repetition, so be persistent in teaching your Yorkie that barking is not acceptable behavior.

The security method

When it comes to training your Yorkie not to bark excessively, the security method can be quite helpful. This method involves using certain security measures to discourage barking behavior.

One technique that falls under this method is the use of a bark collar. The bark collar emits a mild static correction when your Yorkie barks, teaching them that barking leads to an uncomfortable sensation.

Over time, they associate barking with this unpleasant feeling and learn to reduce their excessive barking. It’s important to note that while the security method can be effective, it should always be used in conjunction with positive reinforcement training and other techniques mentioned in the article for a well-rounded approach.

The “quiet” command method

Using the “quiet” command method can help train your Yorkie not to bark excessively. It involves firmly telling your dog “quiet” while maintaining eye contact, which establishes dominance and discourages barking.

With practice, your Yorkie will recognize the command as a signal to stop barking. You can reinforce this behavior by giving them a small treat when they stop barking after the “quiet” command.

Consistent training using this method may even lead to your Yorkie stopping barking altogether.

The redirect time out method

When training Yorkshire Terriers not to bark, one effective method is the redirect time out. This involves redirecting the dog’s attention to a more desirable behavior when they start barking.

By using commands like “quiet” or “enough,” we can teach them alternative behaviors instead of excessive barking. Consistency and patience are key when using this method, as it requires repetition and positive reinforcement.

With the redirect time out method, we can discourage unwanted barking habits and promote a quieter environment for both our Yorkies and ourselves.

Common training questions and answers

Training a Yorkie not to bark can be a challenge, but with consistency and patience, it is possible to reduce excessive barking. Here are some common training questions and answers that may help:

How do I teach my Yorkie the “quiet” command?

  • Start by using a treat or toy as a reward. When your Yorkie starts barking, say “quiet” in a firm tone and wait for them to stop barking.
  • As soon as they become quiet, praise and reward them immediately.
  • Repeat this training regularly until your Yorkie understands the command.

What should I do if my Yorkie barks at every little noise?

  • First, try to understand the reason behind their excessive barking. It could be due to fear or anxiety.
  • Provide mental stimulation and engaging activities to keep them occupied.
  • Gradually expose your Yorkie to different sounds in a controlled environment so they become desensitized.

Is it effective to use bark collars or other aversive methods?

  • Bark collars may temporarily stop the barking, but they are not recommended as a long – term solution.
  • These devices can cause stress and discomfort for your Yorkie and may have negative side effects.
  • Instead of punishing your dog, focus on positive reinforcement techniques like rewards for good behavior.

How do I address separation anxiety – related barking?

  • Separation anxiety is a common issue among Yorkies that can contribute to excessive barking when left alone.
  • Create a safe space for your Yorkie with their favorite toys or blankets when you leave.
  • Gradually increase the time you spend away from your dog, starting with short intervals and gradually longer periods.

Understanding Your Yorkie’s Barking Habits

Yorkies may bark at night due to a variety of reasons such as feeling anxious or scared, wanting attention or company, or even just boredom.

Reasons for barking at night

At night, us Yorkies sometimes bark for a few different reasons. One reason is because we hear noises outside that make us feel uneasy or threatened. We want to let our owners know about it! Another reason is that we might be feeling lonely or anxious when everyone else is asleep.

Sometimes, older Yorkies may start barking at night due to health issues or trouble remembering things. It can be frustrating for our owners, but they should try to understand why we’re doing it and find ways to help us feel more secure and calm at bedtime.

Barking at nothing

Sometimes, you might notice your Yorkie barking at seemingly nothing. But there’s usually a reason behind it! Yorkies have sharp senses and are naturally vigilant. So when they bark at nothing, it could be because they heard or smelled something that we can’t perceive.

It’s their way of protecting their territory and alerting us to potential threats. They may also bark out of fear or excitementTraining can help reduce excessive barking, but sometimes it’s just part of their nature to be watchful and vocal.

Separation anxiety

Separation anxiety in Yorkies is when they feel really sad and scared when their owners are not around. It can make them bark a lot because they’re trying to tell you that they miss you and don’t like being alone.

When a Yorkie has separation anxiety, they may also do other things like pee or poop in the housechew on things they shouldn’t, or try to escape. So if your Yorkie barks a lot when you’re not there, it could be a sign of separation anxiety.

How to Interpret Your Yorkie’s Barks

Understanding your Yorkie’s barks is crucial in communicating with them effectively – learn how to interpret their different tones and pitches for a deeper connection with your furry friend.

Paying attention to body language

Understanding your Yorkie’s body language is crucial in interpreting their barks and responding to their needs. Dogs communicate through various physical cues, such as tail wagging, posture, woofs, and ear language.

By observing these signals, you can gain insights into your Yorkie’s behavior and emotions. For example, a wagging tail often indicates happiness or excitement while a lowered tail could signal fear or anxiety.

Similarly, erect ears might show alertness or curiosity while flattened ears may suggest submission or unease. Being attentive to these visual cues alongside your Yorkie’s vocalizations can help you better understand what they’re trying to communicate and cultivate a stronger bond with them.

Understanding different tones and pitches

When it comes to understanding your Yorkie’s barks, paying attention to their vocal tone and pitch is important. Different types of barks can convey different meanings. A higher pitch bark from a Yorkie may indicate happiness or playfulness, while a lower pitch bark may suggest anger or fear towards something or someone.

If your Yorkie is barking in a high-pitched tone, they could be seeking attention and affection from you. Whining can also be a way for them to express their desire for love and attention.

So, by tuning into the tones and pitches of your Yorkie’s barks, you can better understand what they are trying to communicate with you.

Other Tips for Living with a Barking Yorkie

Regular exercise and attention are essential for managing a barking Yorkie. Alleviating separation anxiety through gradual desensitization can also help reduce excessive barking. Positive rewards for good behavior will encourage your Yorkie to bark less.

Discover more tips to create a peaceful environment with your furry friend!

Regular exercise and attention

Regular exercise and attention are crucial for managing a Yorkie’s barking behavior. By providing daily physical activity, you can help your furry friend release excess energyreduce stress and anxiety, and relieve frustration.

Engaging in regular physical exertion with your Yorkie not only keeps them physically fit but also mentally stimulated. This prevents them from becoming bored or restless, which can contribute to excessive barking.

Remember that lack of exercise can be a factor in their barking issues. So make sure to incorporate regular workout sessions into your Yorkie’s routine to keep their energy outlets open and prevent those unnecessary barks!

Alleviating separation anxiety

Dealing with separation anxiety in Yorkies can be challenging. When I leave, my Yorkie used to bark and become destructive, which made me worried. However, there are a few things that can help alleviate this anxiety.

Regular exercise before leaving can tire your dog out and make them less anxious while you’re away. Leaving interactive toys or puzzles for your Yorkie to play with can provide mental stimulation and distract them from their anxiety.

Another helpful tip is to create a safe space for your dog where they feel secure when you’re not around. This could be a crate or a specific room in the house with their favorite toys and bedding.

Positive rewards for good behavior

I have found that positive rewards can be really effective when it comes to promoting good behavior in Yorkies and reducing excessive barking. Instead of focusing on the negative behaviors we want to stop, I like to use positive reinforcement techniques that reward my Yorkie for good behavior.

For example, when my Yorkie stays quiet instead of barking at a passerby, I give him a treat or praise him with lots of attention and affection. This helps to reinforce the behavior I want to see more of and encourages my Yorkie to bark less.

It’s important to remember not to reward bad behavior, as this can inadvertently reinforce the barking rather than reduce it. So, by using positive rewards for good behavior, you can effectively train your Yorkie not only to bark less but also overall exhibit better manners and obedience.


In conclusion, Yorkies are known for their excessive barking behavior. It is a natural instinct for them to communicate and protect their territory. Understanding the different types of barks and training techniques can help reduce their barking habits.

With patience and consistency, you can manage your Yorkshire Terrier’s barking and have a peaceful home environment.


1. Do Yorkies bark a lot?

Yes, Yorkies are known for their tendency to bark frequently. They have a strong instinct to alert their owners of any potential danger or unfamiliar sounds.

2. Are there ways to reduce excessive barking in Yorkies?

Yes, you can help minimize excessive barking in Yorkies by providing proper training and socialization at an early age, keeping them mentally stimulated, and addressing any underlying anxiety or fear issues.

3. Can I train my Yorkie to bark less?

Yes, with consistent training and positive reinforcement techniques, you can teach your Yorkie commands like “quiet” or “enough” to control their barking behavior.

4. Is excessive barking a common characteristic of the Yorkshire Terrier breed?

Yes, excessive barking is a common characteristic of the Yorkshire Terrier breed due to their protective nature and high energy levels.

5. Should I be concerned if my Yorkie consistently barks excessively?

If your Yorkie consistently barks excessively without any apparent reason or cannot be calmed down easily, it may be worth consulting with a veterinarian or professional dog trainer to rule out any underlying health issues or behavioral problems.