Instructions on how to care for your Yorkshire puppy and what to expect as a new owner.
Behavior of Yorkshire Terriers
Now that you have brought home your new addition to your family, it is time to become acquainted with your new Yorkshire terrier puppy. From here on in, your new puppy will show signs of mischievous behavior just like any puppy, whether welcomed or not. This is a puppy and should be treated like a young child and will explore and be curious.
Due to their small size and never ending energy, they have a tendency to get underfoot and can easily be stepped on, so be cautious. Due to their constant energy, Yorkie puppies can get hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). This can be a serious problem. Buy vitamin gel that comes in a tube at your pet store or ask your Veterinarian This is a great palatable treat for your Yorkie and will help give them extra minerals and vitamins. Or mix a teaspoon of honey with water in a small container and if you feel like your puppy is getting exhausted from too much play, feed him some with an eyedropper. Yorkshire Terriers are a breed full of stamina and will behave just as well if not better than a large breed, keeping you as their master and protecting you along the way, thus making them one of the most popular breeds for people wanting small dogs. Their personality shows much devotion but at the same time they stand tall and very proud. They love attention and love giving it in return.
Another reason why the Yorkshire terrier is so popular is its coat. It doesn’t shed and is easy to care for but it takes time to achieve a beautiful lustrous long coat, especially from the puppy growth into the adult coat. This is the time when their coat can become very matted and will need to be brushed daily. Use a good stiff bristle brush, do not use one with those silver pins inserted. This kind of brush could possibly scratch or cut their soft delicate skin. Some Yorkie puppies do not like to be brushed and will act defiant. I then recommend you have their coat trimmed by a professional every 3 months. In cooler weather, get your puppy a sweater to be worn afterwards or if you live in tropical climates where the air conditioner is always on in the house. When shampooing, use a tear free pet shampoo for their delicate eyes and skin. Never use human shampoo since it is too drying for their delicate skin. Bathing should take place every 2 weeks in the warmer weather and their coat should be blown dry with a hair dryer afterwards to prevent chills and a possible cold. If you need to bathe them in the winter, make sure you turn up the heat a bit and blow dry your pup and don’t forget the sweater! If you start this regimen early while they are 10 weeks or so, they will become accustomed to it and except the bath more readily each time.
Yorkshire Terriers can be finicky eaters. For this reason, never give your new puppy table scraps. Not only is it unhealthy for them, they will always look for it and won’t eat their puppy food. Avoid giving many treats. Use them for training your dog as a reward for good behavior. Carry them in your pocket and when your puppy does something worthy of reward, give him one or two. Your puppy will associate treats with good behavior before long.
Yorkshire Terriers only weigh a few pounds which mean their stomachs are small. Start them off with a few tablespoons of dry food that is recommended by your Pet Store or Veterinarian. If your puppy is very young, put the food in a blender with water until it becomes a mush and feed it that way with plenty of water on the side in another small dish. If they won’t eat the dry, you can add a tablespoon of puppy canned food and mix it thoroughly. If this causes diarrhea, stop the canned and just continue with the dry food.
Never change dry food brands suddenly. To do so can also cause diarrhea also. If you need to change their diet, do so gradually by adding a little more of the new food to the old food each day until eventually the new food is all that is in the bowl. Always feed your new puppy in his own private place away from human traffic. He will feel more secure knowing this is his place for dining.