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Tips and Tricks for Yorkie Puppy Care

When you have a Yorkie puppy, showering them with love and attention is the easiest part. Now, while not quite as delicate as they seem to be, young Yorkies call for special care as they grow up and hopefully become beaming, disciplined and healthy adult dogs.

Here are key considerations for nurturing a Yorkie puppy through his growing years:

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, they should have food available at all times until their 3rd or 4th month. Of course, this should come with water as well. By their third month, puppy feedings must be scheduled regularly, with a minimum of three small meals daily.

Needless to say, food needs to be in premium quality and made for the special needs of puppies. 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.

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. This can be prevented by frequent feedings or, in an emergency, by rubbing the puppy’s gums with some sugar bar or sweet syrup.

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. Falling from couches and beds or even intentional jumps can be too much for their growing tendons and muscles. They may also choke on rawhide chews, thread on stuffed toys, small buttons and the like.

Even human food can pose diarrhea or vomiting risks. And watch out for those electrical cords, which are always a chewing temptation for young Yorkies (and all kinds of puppies actually).

Good Grooming

All that fluffy fur makes Yorkie puppies extremely cute, but it also means they need a bit more grooming than usual. Brushing regularly is necessary, and the fur surrounding the genitals must be clipped in order to keep them clean. Toenails also need regular clipping to keep them from getting tangled in the fur, and from scratching surfaces, including you.

Teaching Discipline

Finally, even though Yorkie puppies live on love and attention, you should learn to say “no” to any unwanted behaviors right when they’re young. Thesepuppies may not understand what you’re doing, but eventually, they will.