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    Over-protective Yorkie?

    My Yorkie, Spanky, is a complete lap dog. He's always either on my lap or my mom's. However, if my boyfriend leans down to kiss me or come near my face while Spanky is in my lap, Spanky will jump up and snap at him. The past few nights when my mom tries to pick Spanky up off my lap and take him to bed, he barks and tries to bite her. He will do the same thing to me when I lean towards my mom and he's on her lap.

    How do I correct this? Is he doing this in defense of who's lap he's sitting on?

    Also, Spanky barks non stop at new people coming in to our house. Can I correct this habit somehow? I'm not sure why he does this, as my other dogs are fine with new people.

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    Re: Over-protective Yorkie?

    It's not protection, it's resource guarding. The laps are his and he's telling everyone to back off...stay away from his prized possesions. That's also why the biting when your mom tries to move him. Here comes the hard part.....no more laps. He can sit/lay quietly by your feet or next to you on the couch but, no laps until he's learned the OFF command and the command that you will use for inviting him up.
    Anytime the biting or barking starts he loses the resource....you have to leave the room. If he can't behave nicely you leave and he gets zero attention...no talking or even looking at him. You teach him to be calm and quiet and then he earns a lap.

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    Re: Over-protective Yorkie?

    Put Sparky on a strict nilif program along with daily obedience training to teach him that you are the one to say who does and does not come near you. Just make sure everyone's on the same page when it comes to Sparky's new regime or you'll make things worse.

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