Seeing your dog shaking and not knowing why can be a scary experience.
You love your Yorkshire Terrier, and you’re worried he’s scared or sick and don’t know how to fix it!
Our little Yorkie, Winston, trembles a lot. Like, a lot. It’s one of my favorite things about Yorkies because it is just so darned cute.
There are 4 main reasons that yorkies shake and tremble. For the most part, trembling is either neutral or easy to treat. So here is what you do when your yorkie is trembling, and why your yorkie is shaking:
Option 1: My Yorkie is trembling because he is cold.
Yorkies do not have the thick, cold-resistant fur that other dogs have. Since they are hypoallergenic dogs, they don’t have an undercoat that sheds. So they become colder faster than other dogs. It is important that in the winter you dress your dog in appropriate winter gear.
As well, if you bathe your dog or go for a walk in the rain, dry him off or give him a nice warm place to sleep while he dries. Yorkies are more vulnerable to the coldness from water, too.
Option 2: My Yorkie is trembling because he is anxious.
Yorkies were bred to be lap dogs. When it comes to emotional neediness, Yorkies take the cake. If your Yorkshire Terrier is shaking when you leave the house, or begins to tremble violently and can’t seem to stop when you leave him alone in a room, it may be that your Yorkie has separation anxiety. Dog training can help separation anxiety. Training can create a calmer lifestyle for your dog and increase his feeling of security.
As well as anxiety, your dog may simply be scared. The fire alarm goes off, you drop a pan on the ground and it startles him. Most dogs tremble when they are frightened, and Yorkies are no exception!
Although shaking due to anxiety or fear isn’t physiologically bad for your Yorkshire Terrier, it can reduce his self-confidence. So it’s important to take the time and attention your dog needs to train him or her to be comfortable around that stimulus, whether it’s a fear of being picked up or of other dogs. Instead of looking at this as a huge hurdle to cross, see it as a great opportunity to develop trust with your dog.
Option 3: My Yorkie is trembling because she is happy!
One of the cutest things about yorkies is that their emotions seem to overwhelm their tiny bodies. When your Yorkie gets excited about the incoming treat, or sees a doggy friend she hasn’t played with in a while, or there are some new guests and she can’t wait to get some great cuddles, she may start trembling. I often find that when my yorkie is shaking it’s because he thinks that he’s about to get something he wants (cuddles, walk, treat) and the excitement is too much to handle. It’s adorable to watch, and nothing to worry about at all.
Option 4: My Yorkie is trembling because there is a health issue present.
Yorkies are prone to health issues, as is every breed of dog. This is one of the reasons that finding a reputable yorkie breeder is so important. One of these medical conditions is called hypoglycemia. If you notice your yorkie is shaking and he is still quite young, it is important to look at environmental factors as well as common symptoms of hypoglycemia. Hypoglycemia means that their blood sugar has dropped too quickly and it can be caused by a variety of factors, including a diet that doesn’t have enough nutrients, being exposed to stress, or even just being the runt of the litter. The trembling of hypoglycemia is often found paired with vomiting, becoming drowsy, and seizures. If this happens, take your dog to the vet to get it checked out.
Although hypoglycemia is really only common among younger dogs, as your dog gets older it’s important to make sure they are eating enough and eating nutritious food because they can still experience low blood sugar and the symptoms that come with that.
When it comes to treating the cause of your yorkie’s shaking, the majority of the time it’s a simple fix. And hypoglycemia is very uncommon in dogs older than 4-5 months old. Don’t stress too much, and just enjoy your little Yorkie. As long as you are providing for your dog’s basic needs and giving him lots of cuddle time, you’ll make him a very happy Yorkshire Terrier.