There are many things that you can do to help a Yorkie that suffers from separation anxiety. This includes the treat-dispensing and 'stay busy' toys that we already discussed.
In addition, you can experience with a window vs non-window view, play music especially designed to keep dogs calm, do not display typical signals that you are readying to leave, do not head straight over for hugs and kisses when you get home, and keep your Yorkie in a nice playpen which helps foster feelings of safety and security via a 'den'.
Additionally, there are two other elements that can help a great deal:
Companion toys that mimic living creatures.
2- Interactive webcams that allow you to see, hear, and play with your dog from far away. Granted, this is not a dog toy, but rather a toy for you!
- For this, there is no competition. The line of Smart Pets are simply the best (see images below).
These are good sized, quality stuffed animals (pink, blue, and a variety of realistic dog colors) that emit a rhythmic heartbeat. This alone is very comforting to a dog that feels isolated. In addition, there is an option for the toy to send out a comforting warmth. These two factors make this as close as you can get to offering your Yorkie a live companion without actually bringing another dog home.
Both the hearts and warming elements can be bought as replacement parts separately, so this toy can last essentially forever.
Interactive pet webcams
- Please note that these are pricey, and therefore should not be considered a 'must' for those on a budget. And after all, aren't most of us watching our wallets? This said, these are quite amazing.
The one that we recommend by Furbo (below), is as close as you can get to being right there in the room with your dog. It allows you to see your Yorkie, and there is 2-way audio. You hear him, and he hears you.
This syncs to your phone, and with just a tap on your screen, it shoots out a treat!
Below are these recommended Smart Pet toys and the fantastic pet cam that sends out treats. If you do not see the images, try a refresh. And on mobile, you may need to turn your screen horizontal to see all 4.