3 Lessons Learned: Dogs

Tips and Tricks for Yorkie Puppy Care

Offering love and attention is the simplest part of taking care of your Yorkie puppy. Now, though hardly as frail as they usually seem, young Yorkies need all the special care in the world in order to become cheerful, well-behaved and healthy adult canines.

Here are important considerations to make as you nurture your Yorkie pup:

Good Nutrition and Hydration

First off, growing Yorkie pups need lots of food!First and foremost, growing Yorkies need quite an amount of food!First of all, growing Yorkie puppies should get lots of food! In fact, until their first 3 to 4 months of life, they should have a constant supply of food available. Of course, this should come with water as well. As the puppy enters their third month, feedings should be done on a regular schedule, with no less than three small meals everyday.

Needless to say, food needs to be in premium quality and made for the special needs of puppies. Your puppy may be tiny, but he is growing at a quick pace and will thus need good nutrition to support bone and muscle development. Dry food works best to make his teeth stronger and keep diarrhea at bay, although a little canned food with dry food should be fine.

Best of Health

Their small size and rapid growth rate together make Yorkie puppies vulnerable to hypoglycemia, or low blood-sugar, which is actually one of the biggest health threats to this puppy breed. Regular feedings will help prevent this scenario, along with some type of sugar bar or sweet syrup that can be rubbed onto the pup’s gums when an emergency strikes.

Vaccinations will also help keep most other common puppy illnesses at bay. They also have to be immunized against rabies as soon as they reach 16 weeks.

Safety

They may act tough, but Yorkie puppies are highly vulnerable to injuries when left unsupervised. Falls from beds or couches or even jumps, can be traumatic to their developing muscles and tendons. Small kids’ toys, loose buttons, and the like can also pose a choking hazard.

Even bits of human food on the kitchen floor can be a cause of diarrhea or vomiting. And keep an eye on those electrical cords, which will always be tempting for Yorkie pups (and basically all kinds of pups).

Good Grooming

All that fluffy fur makes Yorkie puppies extremely cute, but it also means they need a bit more grooming than usual. Regular brushing is important, while the fur around the pup’s genitals needs to be clipped to keep it clean. Toenails should also be clipped so they don’t get tangled in the fur or scratch you.

Instilling Discipline

Finally, while Yorkie puppies need all the love and attention they can get, you have to learn to say “no” to unwelcome behaviors right from the beginning. Thesepuppies may not understand what you’re doing, but eventually, they will.