Before you bring your new family addition home here are some things you might want to take care of before hand. You will have to puppy proof your home for the new puppy, just as you would have to baby proof for a new baby. They both start experimenting with everything in their surroundings as soon as they can. It is YOUR responsibility to make sure they are kept out of harms way. Your new best friend will depend on you to keep him/her safe and to grow up into a family member that that everyone will enjoy.
Yorkies are high maintenance dogs, if you want a yorkie make sure that you will have the time to do the daily grooming. You say your going to take your dog in and have him groomed. That is fine, but what about the time between groomings. With long hair, yorkies have to be brushed every day, just as you have to brush your hair daily. If you don't do this your dog will get matted and the groomer will have to shave him down. For information on grooming your yorkie just click here. Grooming Tips This page will give you information on brushing and removing mats from your pets hair.
Before you bring your new yorkie home there are some things that you should have. Below is a list of the basic's, but if your anything like me it won't take long before they seem to have more than you.
Collar/Harness -- I would suggest using a harness on a toy dog to avoid causing problems to the throat of the dog
Food & Water dishes
Chewing items -- Booda bones, Nylabones, or any other safe hard chewing treat for teething. You should avoid Pig Ears and Rawhide chews, these can cause severe stomach problems for tiny toy dogs.
Grooming tools -- brush, comb, nail clippers, toothbrush.
Doorway Gates -- To keep pup out of room's you don't want him in when running loose.
Crate -- this will keep him safe and protect your heirlooms. If you start using a crate as soon as you bring your pet home, it will be easier to house break him, and he will learn that it is a place he can go when he feels threatened. His crate should always be used as a place of living and safety, never as a source of punishment.
Dog Food -- Ask your breeder or your vet what is a good food.
Treats -- Your baby will learn real fast if he knows he will get a treat for something.
Nutri-Cal -- As a puppy this is used as a vitamin source, but it is a good idea to keep it on hand for emergencies. It can keep your yorkie from going into shock if he has an accident or gets hurt.
Electric cords -- Make sure that all electric cords are out of reach in the rooms that the pup will be allowed in. If they are where he can reach them I suggest coating them with something so that puppy does not chew them . They will try to chew them if they can.
Small figurines/toys -- They seem to love to take these and chew on them, and often end up choking.
Cleaning products -- Make sure they are in closed areas.
Medicines and Vitamins -- Keep in closed areas
Cords from blinds/curtains -- They will try to play with these and can get caught in them and break a bone, or worse choke to death.
House Plants -- Make sure they are up out of their reach, several plants are poisonous to dogs.
TV & Electronic controllers -- They think these are toys to chew on.
Birds of prey can pick up a yorkie quite easily, and carry them away, never leave your puppy, or yorkie outdoors unattended unless they are in an enclosed pen, one with a top of some sort. Just because you don't live in the country does not mean it won't happen to you, birds fly into cities too.
Wolves, Coyote's and other carnivorous animals also will grab a yorkie for their dinner, it has happened before.
Make sure all medicines are kept out of their reach, what might not bother a large dog can certainly be the demise of a toy dog, this I know for a fact as I almost lost my Misty due to her getting a large dose of aspirin that was meant for my Lab. Aspirin can be used for yorkies, but the amount would be no more than one half of a baby aspirin.
Greasy table foods can cause attacks of pancreatitis, and cause the little one to be hospitalized.
If the puppy you have selected is not breeding quality but for a family pet only, please have him/her neutered as soon as possible. It will prevent medical problems that can occur later and be quite costly compared to the cost of neutering your baby. It also prevents unwanted litters and situations that could be dangerous to your furbaby.
Look for a vet that you are comfortable with and that is familiar with the problems of toy dogs. Check to see if the vet uses Isofluorene, or Sevoflurane, these are the anesthetic's that are the safest for toy dogs.
Ask your vet to recommend a good dog food or contact other yorkie owners and ask what they use.
Never hesitate if your baby seems ill, get them to the vet. It doesn't take very long for toy dogs to dehydrate, better to play safe than sorry.
Remember with toy dogs they MUST be fed more than once a day to prevent hypoglycemia. The very tiny ones need to be fed several times a day, or if possible let dry food down at all times for them to nibble.
If you are interested in learning about yorkies through reading, below are the books that I have read and found to be quite helpful in raising and learning about my four yorkies. I still refer back to them when I want to know something.
|Yorkshire Terriers A complete pet owners manual||
|The Essential Yorkshire Terrier||
|A Dog owner's guide to Yorkshire Terriers||
|The Irrepressible Toy Dog||
|Yorkies Head to Tail||
|The New Complete Yorkshire Terrier||
Joan B Gordon
|Most of these books can be purchased at Amazon.com.|