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Bringing and raising a healthy Yorkie is every Yorkie owner’s dream. This is why before taking a Yorkie puppy home, we are supposed to take them for a quick checkup at the veterinarian’s office. This is the first step on how to look after a Yorkshire Terrier Puppy.
How to Look After a Yorkshire Terrier Puppy
Puppies are like babies hence need all the care. However, the whole struggle is worth it since the puppy will grow to be a well-behaved dog. This is if we do not give up our efforts in puppyhood.
Once we have ensured that our puppy’s health has been dealt with, the next step is to settle them at home. After taking your puppy home, we should always make sure our homes are puppy-proof. You can take care of a yorkie in the following ways.
Buying the Necessary Gear
Several gears make our homes puppy-proof. These include:
- Dog crate: This is where our puppy can rest or sleep. Yorkies are an intelligent breed that can easily learn basic training steps. To start training the puppy right away, we should not allow them to sleep on our beds, no matter how tempting it might be. A crate is also helpful during training and keeping the puppy away from other pets and small children. It should accommodate the puppy even after it is fully grown.
- Dog bed: A mere crate will not be comfortable for our puppy. For this reason, a dog’s bed should be inside the dog crate. When buying a dog bed, we should buy a foam-based or stuffed one to provide a comfy area for the puppy to sleep or nap. The dog bed should accommodate both the puppy after it’s fully grown and the cereal bowl.
These are the following additional gears that you can use for your puppy:
- Playpen: A playpen comes along with the crate. The playpen provides more space for moving around and playing while keeping the puppy safe. They offer a solution when we work nearby but cannot keep a close eye on the puppy.
- Dog gate: The dog gate helps us keep the puppy from specific areas. They also prevent the puppy from being stepped on when we have guests around.
- Bitter chew sprays and chews toys: As we progress, our puppies might start roaming around the house and come across toxic substances they may want to chew. Providing an alternative chewing outlet is one of the ways to prevent that from happening. A collection of chew toys consisting of different textures, sizes and shapes is a great way to keep our puppies from chewing unwanted stuff. At times our puppies might prefer certain things to the chew toys. In case of such an occurrence, we use the bitter chew spray. It is sprayed on objects the Yorkie puppy prefers to toys.
- Dog bell: Dog bells help prevent injuries through stepping on and other accidents due to noticeability. The bell tinkles gently, making the dog’s presence known.
- Dog dishes: Our puppies need dishes that will hold food and water. It is best if we use a ceramic dish that is heavy and dishwasher safe. Plastics should be avoided when feeding the puppy since they may harbor infections to the dog.
Feeding the Puppy
- Proteins and fats for rapid growth
- An appropriate amount of minerals
- Amino acids
- Certain fatty acids
These foods are necessary for the building and maintenance of body tissues. However, there are foods that should not be given to puppies as they have negative effects.
Bathing the Yorkie
It will only take a short period before the puppy needs a bath. The following are things we should take into consideration to provide comfort during bath time.
- They should bathe no more than every few weeks.
- Do not over bathe the puppy to avoid drying out their skin which irritates.
- Use only lukewarm or slightly warm water. This is because a dog’s skin is temperature-sensitive.
- We should constantly test the temperature of the water on a sensitive part of our skin before placing the puppy in the water.
- The water should only reach the belly button. This will prevent the puppies from feeling as if they have been dropped in the deep end. It will also prevent getting water in the ears, which can cause infections.
- Always the puppy before and after bath to make the bath session a positive experience. This will prevent our Yorkie from being nervous from the bath.
- Do not use baby shampoo while bathing the puppy. Use puppy-specific shampoos.
Exercising a Yorkshire Terrier Puppy
Exercising provides the best mental and physical stimulation. However, Yorkie puppies do not have high exercise demands. One or two walks daily in the fresh air are enough exercise for the puppy.
The walks help the puppy live to its maximum life expectancy. The appropriate length of the walks is thirty minutes.
How to Take Care of the Puppy’s Hair
Yorkshire hair requires special grooming to keep it knot-free and healthy. The following tips will help us maintain our Yorkies’ hair.
- Brush it several times a week or, even better, daily.
- Starting the brushing routine as early as is advisable.
- When the puppy gets used to the hair brushing routine, they will start showing patience and sitting still until the process is over.
- Buy specific brushes. These brushes include; detangling comb, a bristle brush and a double sided-pin, and a detangling spray.
Yorkie Puppy Vaccination Timetable
The vaccines are administered starting from 6 weeks and may continue up to 12-16 months. They help prevent dangerous diseases. Below is a vaccination timetable.
- 6-8 weeks: this is a vaccine against distemper, parvovirus, adenovirus, parainfluenza, and leptospirosis. It is also known as DHLPP.
- 9-11 weeks: DHLPP
- 12-14 weeks: Bordetella, Lyme, Giardia, DHLPP
- 16-17 months: Rabies, Lyme, DHPP, Giardia
Taking care of a Yorkie puppy is a lot of work and a big commitment. As we have seen, it involves training sessions, chewed stuff, and a lot of potty breaks. All this can make us question our sanity more than once a day.