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Tips and Tricks for Yorkie Puppy Care

Providing love and attention is the convenient part of having for a Yorkie puppy. 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 the main considerations you need to make as you help your Yorkie pup through his growth:

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 their first 3 to 4 months of life, they should have a constant supply of food available. 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.

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.

Good Health

Due to their rapid growth and miniature size, Yorkie puppies can easily develop hypoglycemia, or low blood-sugar, which is actually one of the biggest health dangers these puppies face. 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 may also help prevent other ailments that usually affect puppies. They must also be immunized against rabies the moment they reach the age of 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. They also face the risk of choking when playing with small buttons, rawhide chews and the like.

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).

Good Grooming

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

Lastly, though Yorkie puppies thrive on a human’s love and attention, you need to learn to say “no” to negative behaviors while they’re young. Thesepuppies may not understand what you’re doing, but eventually, they will.