Part of each of your day should consist of grooming and general daily health care needs. This will include bath time (which can begin at the age of 8 weeks) , brushing, combing (to keep the coat tangle free) ear care, nail care, trimmings and more. It is also suggested to use grooming time to check for any early signs of health issues with your puppy. You may wish to read more….
When a Yorkie is 2 and 3 months old, this is a very impressionable time. Your pup will look to you to show them the way around the world, how to react to things and what behavior is expected.
A pup should be exposed to normal household noises; however a very noisy home is not best for the Yorkshire Terrier until they are accustomed to all that is going on. Do not blast a stereo or have lots of foot traffic coming in and out of your home. Allow your pup to slowly become used to other people, best done one at a time.
Until all puppy shots are given, do not bring your Yorkie out to public places where there are any dogs or even where any dogs may have been. There are windows of vulnerability in which the antibodies passed down from the dam are weak but the full protection from the inoculations are not at full strength.
Time spent touching the puppy is very important. While many puppies will want to romp around and it may be difficult to get him or her to stay still, you can try to do so right after a good spell of exercise when pent up energy has been released and he or she is more calm.
Touch the entire body to help a pup become accustomed to what will soon be full grooming and brushing and touch the mouth and milk teeth to prepare him for what will soon be at-home dental cleanings with a canine toothbrush sized for toy breeds and a quality toothpaste.
Yorkie puppies require a well balanced diet, as balance diet is the foundation for good health. Though should be put into exactly which type of food you will feed your pup. While you choice will most likely differ from that which the puppy has been eating since transitioning to solid food, you will want to have both the ‘old’ food and the ‘new’ food on hand. This is because a fast changeover can cause upset stomach problems and other issues.
It is recommended to mix the two foods and over the course of 3 to 4 weeks, make a gradual change to the one of your choosing.
Yorkie puppies up until the age of 3 months old should be free-fed. This is the method of leaving out fresh food at all times. This helps to prevent the puppy from going too long without sustenance which can cause a dangerous drop in blood sugar levels (hypoglycemia).
You may need to remind a young puppy where his food and water dishes are for the first few weeks.
Once a Yorkie reaches the 12 week mark, you will want to start giving him scheduled meals 3 times per day. A Yorkie puppy will not eat very much and it really is best to spread the food out from morning til evening. You can also give some small snacks, but it is recommended to reserve these as rewards for housebreaking since they will mean more if the puppy is hungry for it. You may wish to read more in the feeding section.
Yorkie puppy care includes being sensitive to a pup’s teething and providing all you can to help them through this time.
This will include giving the puppy ice cubes and special teething toys which can be put in the freezer to make cold; a nice relief on the pup’s gums. To keep a puppy happy and entertained, rotating dog toys can be very helpful. It is suggested to have at least 3 sets of toys and allow your pup to have 1 set every week or so.
Small puppies like sleeping a lot. Normally, a puppy will sleep 13 to 14 hours a day. Thou some will sleep for 17 hours which is not abnormal. To make your puppy feel more comfortabl, its advisable to get him/her a top quality doggie bed. We also recommend you to place down a pee pad on the bed so that if your dog has an accident, the mattress is protected.