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Basics of Caring for Your Yorkie Puppy

Offering love and attention is the simplest part of taking care of your Yorkie puppy. Now, although they’re not quite as sensitive as they look , young Yorkies require tender loving care so they grow up into lighthearted, healthy and disciplined dogs.

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 they reach 3 or 4 months old, they need to have have food available round the clock. Of course, this has to come with water too. By their third month, puppy feedings must be scheduled regularly, with a minimum of three small meals daily.

That goes without saying that food has to be superior quality and prepared specifically for young dogs. Although your puppy is small, he is growing rapidly and therefore needs proper nutrition to allow his muscles and bones to grow properly as well. Dry food is best for making his teeth stronger and for avoiding diarrhea, though a bit of canned food given with dry food should be okay.

Optimal 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 puppies illness-free. They also have to be immunized against rabies as soon as they reach 16 weeks.

Safety

They may like acting tough, but Yorkie puppies can actually get hurt very easily if left on their own. When they falls from couches or beds, or even when they intentionally jump, their growing muscles and tendons can be traumatized. 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).

Grooming the Yorkie

That soft, fluffy pile of fur makes any Yorkie puppy adorable, but it also means you have to give the pup some extra grooming care. Regular brushing is important, while the fur around the pup’s genitals needs to be clipped to keep it clean. Toenails must also be clipped ever so often so they don’t get tangled in the fur and you don’t get scratched.

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. They may not understand thiswhile they’re puppies, but they will catch on in time.


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