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8 Cute Ways Yorkies Show Affection

#5 Sniffing Your Behind

A dog’s sense of smell is 10,000 to 100,000 times better than that of an average human. All canines do this as a way to meet other dogs and get to know a new stranger by smell.

Their sense of smell is a major part of communication for this species, and they can detect more than you would believe with their snouts!

Their noses carry a special group of sensory cells known as the Jacobson’s organ or vomeronasal organ.

These sensory cells specifically detect pheromones. This allows dogs to tell how healthy an animal is, the gender of the animal, their age, and even the way that animal feels (happy, sad, playful).

Can you imagine being able to tell all of this solely through your nose?

Therefore – you should not take this as a sign that your Yorkie is trying to be gross or invasive. They just love you and are trying to learn more about you.

If your nose was 100,000 times better, who knows what you would be smelling! (Probably not butts, gross!) but just let them do their thing and know that it is normal.

It’s not a harmful habit, just a rude one by human-standards. After all, Yorkies don’t have language at their disposal so you’ll just have to give them a little leeway.

#6 Snuggling While You Sleep

This really goes for all animals. If they feel close enough to sleep next to you, in their most vulnerable state – they trust you with their whole heart.

In the wild, wolves and other wild dogs choose to sleep in small, confined spaces with their fellow pack members. So, it’s easy to see why your Yorkie may choose to sleep curled up next to you on your bed at night.

Since dogs are pack animals, they have evolved to be socially dependant, rather than cats for example, who can be quite the opposite.

Dogs need to bond with others and receive plenty of affection to feel secure.

Some of the signs your Yorkie isn’t getting enough affection from you is if they:

  • Seem withdrawn or less engaged
  • Are lethargic and lazier than usual
  • Stop eating or aren’t eating as much
  • Aren’t playing with their toys

If you notice these behaviors you can see if committing some bonding time will help them feel better again. Some extra cuddles and playtime can go a long way.

If your pup is acting this way for a prolonged period however, you should get them to your local veterinary clinic for a checkup as they may have a serious health issue.

#7 Barking at Strangers

While this may seem like an odd way to show affection, when your Yorkie is getting mouthy with strangers, they may have your best interests at heart.

This is a very common behavior for little dogs. Yorkies are particularly territorial as well, so they tend to be extra protective of you, your home, or anything else that might belong to you.

While they are not ever going to grow large or strong enough to protect you physically, what they can do (and often do) is protect you by alerting you of any potential threats.

If you have a Yorkie or another small dog, you may notice they:

  • Bark at anything that passes outside your home
  • Bark at other dogs when you’re out for a walk
  • Bark at other humans when you’re out for a walk
  • Seemingly bark at nothing at all

If you want to change this instinctive behavior, it can be done, although it can be a bit tricky. Nevertheless, a little training never hurts, check out this resource from the humane society for how to get your dog to stop barking.

If they only bark a little, this is obviously harmless. Just know that it’s one way of them saying that they love you and they don’t want anything bad to happen to you!

#8 Following You Around

Lastly, your Yorkie may trail you like you’re a yummy snack. You may think, ‘did I leave a burger in my pocket? Why are they on me like white on rice?’ but in truth they’re just following you because they love you.

Of course, there’s every chance that you may smell like meat, but it’s more likely that they just feel safe by your side and want to be with you always. There’s a reason dogs are referred to as ‘man’s best friend’ after all!

Yorkies may not be the best at reading body cues or knowing if you need some alone time. They can get separation anxiety if left alone too often, so try to make them your focus during bonding times like walks and play time.

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