More and more dog lovers are falling in love with Yorkshire Terriers, which is why it isn’t a surprise that the breed is currently one of the most popular in the world. Caring and feeding your pet the right way while he’s still a pup will ensure that he will grow up happy, healthy and well-trained.
Even though Yorkshire Terriers are small in size, they need plenty of high-quality food and water to ensure good bone and muscle development especially now that he’s a growing pup. Food and water should be available at all times – it isn’t until they reach their fourth month that scheduled eatings should be implemented. Three small meals a day is ideal and experts recommend feeding your pet dry dog food during the first few months to lower the risk of diarrhea, but canned food can be introduced slowly later on.
When it comes to safety, Yorkie puppies should be constantly supervised like human babies as the world around them offers plenty of threats. The breed is particularly feisty and can easily be injured with intentional jumps or even falls from beds and couches. Small toys and any piece of clutter can be a choking hazard. Dropped human food can cause diarrhea and vomiting. Eventually, they will learn the dangers on their own but for now, keeping a close eye on them is important.
Yorkshire Terriers are an intelligent breed, that’s why it’s ideal to train them as early as 8 weeks old. They’re also bold and playful and should be taught to stop excessive barking, chewing, nipping and other bad behaviors while they’re still young. The breed learns best through positive approaches and rewards instead of yelling when a training goal isn’t achieved.
Yorkies are known for their long, beautiful manes which add to their charm. But this also means extra grooming care. Their fur needs to be washed and brushed regularly to keep it healthy and prevent tangles. The fur around their genitals should also be clipped regularly to keep the genitals clean. Lastly, owners should make sure that their dog’s nails are clean and short to prevent from being tangled in the fur.
Ensuring that your Yorkie is well-fed, well-disciplined, well-groomed and safe in his first year of life will ensure that he will grow up a good, independent dog and the rewards are for you to reap in the long run.
by Mary L. James