Teddy The Tiny Terrier interview

Kieran Beckles
By Kieran Beckles
Updated on 4 October 2019

Yorkshire Terriers remain one of the most popular dogs in the United States.

It’s no surprise that these little dogs can quickly amass quite a substantial following on Instagram thanks to their charming appearance.

Teddy The Tiny Terrier has amassed an impressive following that is closing in on 80,000 on Instagram.

This five-year old Yorkshire Terrier has been melting hearts on the social media app for quite some time.

We spoke to Teddy about Yorkshire Terriers, their pros and cons, as well as his success on social media.

So without further ado, here’s out interview with Teddy The Tiny Terrier (teddy_the_tiny_terrier).

1) Why did you decide to create your Instagram account for your Yorkie?

Teddy The Tiny Terrier (Photo: Teddy The Tiny Terrier / Instagram)

Teddy The Tiny Terrier (Photo: Teddy The Tiny Terrier / Instagram)

For fun! Teddy is so cute and I wanted to share his cuteness with my friends.

2) How much time do you dedicate to building your Instagram page?

I definitely spent more time in the beginning. It was fun getting to know other Instagrammers and familiarizing myself with the platform. Since then, it’s been a lot less time due to work and family obligations.

3) What attracted you to the Yorkie breed?

Personality! They are so much fun and are energetic and so loving.

4) What is your favourite thing about owning a Yorkie?

Receiving Yorkie kisses!

5) Do Yorkies shed a lot?

Nope hardly.

6) Are Yorkies loyal to their owners?

Yes indeed! They’re definitely a one person kind of dog.

7) Are Yorkies hyper?

It really depends on the Yorkie. Teddy is very energetic. He needs daily walks or will wake me up to play in the middle of the night.

8) How do you potty train a Yorkie puppy?

Teddy The Tiny Terrier (Photo: Teddy The Tiny Terrier / Instagram)

Teddy The Tiny Terrier (Photo: Teddy The Tiny Terrier / Instagram)

First, you need lots of patience and time and positive reinforcement! Teddy can go on a pee pad or outdoors. He can potty on command believe it or not. When I first got Teddy, I took a week off of work to get to know him and potty train him. I used the crate training method as part of his potty training. I think it was the Human Society’s potty training in a weekend guide.

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The main things are you have to watch them like hawks and limit their space. Also, when you ask them to go potty, make sure you have a high value treat and a trigger word like “yes” when they do go. The second they’re going, say “yes”, get very excited, and treat like crazy. They will catch on pretty quickly. I think Teddy had a couple accidents in the house as a puppy, but hasn’t had any potty incidents since then. Never scold the Yorkie for the accident. In most cases, you won’t catch them in time and they won’t understand. Plus, they don’t learn with scolding.

Make sure you have a really great odor remover. And, if you have a Yorkie that goes indoors, make sure you have a good pee pad that attracts the dog to the pad.

9) Are Yorkies good with kids?

Depends on the Yorkie. Teddy shies away from kids because they run up to him and want to pet him and pick him up. For small dogs that’s a bit overwhelming.

10) What advice would you have for people considering a Yorkie as a pet?

Teddy The Tiny Terrier (Photo: Teddy The Tiny Terrier / Instagram)

Teddy The Tiny Terrier (Photo: Teddy The Tiny Terrier / Instagram)

They are such wonderful dogs and very loyal and loving. They’re great for people who spend part of the day with the dog whether it’s at home or outside the house. So if you’re retired or work from home that’s a great environment for a Yorkie. They don’t do so well left home alone all day. They can get into trouble and can be very naughty! Generally, they’re also not the best pet to have for the individuals with mobility issues or people with small kids mainly because Yorkies are small and can easily get dropped or stepped on or cause someone to fall. Yorkies also typically require a lot of healthcare due to congenital issues and food sensitivities and they are known for bad teeth so it can be quite expensive owning one.

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When looking for a Yorkie, first check your local shelter or a Yorkie rescue! If you decide to go with one from a breeder, make sure you do your research. A good breeder will show you around the kennels and ask you questions about your home environment. They also generally won’t let the Yorkie puppy go to a new home if less than 12 weeks. Make sure you get a health guarantee and ask whether either of the parents have any health issues and get references.

11) What advice would you give to pet owners who want to make their dogs Instagram stars?

Build relationships with other dog accounts by following other accounts and commenting. Keep your content real and true to your personality and the dog. And most importantly, just enjoy having the dog!

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