My Yorkie licks his nose for about one hour every night and sometimes starts whining. Why is he doing this?
From the Editors of The Dog Daily
There are a few different reasons your Yorkie could be repeatedly licking his nose and whining at night. Your dog may be feeling anxious and alone at this time, since both nose licking and whining are two ways that dogs communicate submission and distress to others. Cats often lick themselves when they feel anxious, as a means to calm down. It's thought that nose licking in dogs also helps to ease tension.
Your dog could, of course, also be suffering from an infection or an obstruction in his nose. If you haven't done so already, be sure to discuss the matter with your veterinarian. Once possible underlying health issues are ruled out, you can better address what might be stressing out your Yorkie at night.
If stress is indeed the problem, try to spend time playing with your dog in the evening -- but not just before bedtime, because you don't want to wind him up too much then. Before the lights go out, provide reassuring attention. Make sure your pet has a comfortable, quiet, clean and safe place to sleep.