We appreciate the fact that you are putting your
trust in us by purchasing a Let‘s Talk Yorkie puppy. Please understand
that we are also placing our trust in you to provide a safe, loving home
for our Yorkie puppy for the next 16 years. Here are some suggestions to
help you …
Yorkies are curious by nature and they will run around your home
(and they are FAST!) and chew on everything within their reach so it
is important that you remove the potential hazards from the areas of
your home where your puppy will spend most of his/her time in the
first few months.
• Tape loose electrical cords to baseboards
• Store household chemicals and other hazardous items out of your
• Remove plants and rugs
• Remove or repair “wobbly” furniture
• Block puppy’s access to the back of television cabinets, computer
desks, wall units and other furniture
• Install gates
• Set up the playpen
When you think you have completely puppy-proofed your home, lie on
the floor and look around once more from a puppy’s-eye-view to be
sure. You should also look for items that could fall off of a table
or countertop and injure your puppy and items they can reach if they
climb onto a sofa or chair. And don’t forget the things you have
stashed under the bed!
2. Puppy Supplies
PLEASE do not shop for your supplies at a store that sells puppies
on the same day you will visit or pick up your puppy!!!
• Food - Royal Canin Yorkshire Terrier Puppy 29
• Bowls - small / shallow - metal or ceramic only (no porous
• Toys - lots!
• Puppy Pads / Newspaper
• Small washable bed
• Play pen - I recommend the IRIS sold at walmart.com - see links
page for information
• Enzyme Cleaner - I like Nature’s Miracle
• Shampoo and Conditioner
• Nutri-Cal Puppy - this nutritional supplement will help prevent
• Clear Karo Syrup
• Lots of Love and Kisses!
DO NOT GET A COLLAR!!! Ask me why!!!
TIP - Get
a small rope toy - I wet the ends and keep them in the freezer and
give them to my pups as needed to ease teething discomfort. Do NOT
use “teethers” made for (human) babies.
Don’t give your puppy all of their toys all of the time; rotate them
instead to prevent boredom.
3. Have a Family Meeting
Teaching children how to handle your new puppy safely, reminding
them not to feed the puppy anything but the recommended food, and
explaining the “15 minute play time” rule etc. before bringing your
puppy home will ensure a smooth transition and keep your puppy safe.
4. Create a “Puppy Vocabulary”
If mom says "down" when the puppy climbs on the couch, dad says
"down" when he wants him to lie down, and the kids say "sit down"
when they want the pup to sit, the result will be one confused
puppy! Coming up with a vocabulary list will make training easier.
TIP - Get
the kids involved! Have them make the vocabulary list into a sign
and hang it up to help everyone remember the commands.
5. Friends and Family
I know you want to show off your new puppy to everyone you know (and
who wouldn’t? … a Let’s Talk Yorkie puppy is worth showing off!!!)
but it really is best if you keep the visits to a minimum during the
first few days to give your puppy a chance to bond with you and get
comfortable in their new home.
If you tell your friends and family you will be doing this before
your bundle of joy arrives you will avoid awkward situations.
Explain to them that stress is probably the number one factor
contributing to Yorkie health problems in the first few weeks at
home. Since some stress is inevitable (after all your puppy has just
left the only home he/she has ever known), it is important to keep
the stress you can control to a minimum.
TIP - I
ask my visitors if they have been to a pet store that day and if so
I don’t allow them to come in. I also ask everyone to leave their
shoes at the door and to wash their hands before handling my puppies
and for the first few weeks you should too.
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Please Note: this is NOT
a complete list
• Alcoholic beverages
• Candy and other sugary foods and drinks
• Chocolate (all forms)
• Coffee, tea and all other forms of caffeine
• Fatty foods
• Fat trimmings
• Macadamia nuts
• Milk and other dairy products
• Moldy or spoiled foods
• Onions, onion powder
• Persimmons, Peaches, and Plums
• Raisins and grapes
• Raw Eggs, Meat and Fish
• Turkey skin (choking hazard)
• Yeast dough
• Products sweetened with Xylitol
Dog Treats to Avoid
These are some the most common plants
• Autumn Crocus - - Colchicum autumnale
• Azalea / Rhododendron - Rhododenron spp.
• Castor Bean - Ricinus communis
• Chrysanthemum - These popular blooms are part of the Compositae
• Cyclamen - Cylamen - the highest concentration of its toxic
component is typically located in the root portion of the plant.
• English Ivy - Also called branching ivy, glacier ivy, needlepoint
ivy, sweetheart ivy and California ivy - Hedera helix
• Lilies -Members of the Lilium spp. are considered to be highly
toxic to cats.
• Marijuana - Cannabis sativa
• Oleander - Nerium oleander
• Peace Lily (AKA Mauna Loa Peace Lily) - Spathiphyllum
• Pothos - Pothos (both Scindapsus and Epipremnum) belongs to the
• Sago Palm - All parts of Cycas Revoluta are poisonous, but the
seeds or “nuts” contain the largest amount of toxin.
• Schefflera - Schefflera and Brassaia actinophylla
• Tulip / Narcissus bulbs - The bulb portions of Tulipa/Narcissus
spp. contain toxins
• Yew - Taxus spp.
Common examples of human medications that can be potentially lethal
to pets, even in small doses, include:
• Pain killers
• Cold medicines
• Anti-cancer drugs
• Diet Pills
Cold Weather Hazards
• Liquid potpourri
• Ice melting products
• Rat and mouse bait
Common Household Hazards
• Fabric softener sheets
• Post-1982 pennies (due to high concentration of zinc)
• Christmas tree water (may contain fertilizers and bacteria, which
can upset the stomach.
• Electrical cords
• Ribbons or tinsel (can become lodged in the intestines and cause
intestinal obstruction—most often occurs with kittens!)
• Glass ornaments
Non-toxic Substances for Dogs and Cats
The following substances are considered to be non-toxic, although
they may cause mild gastrointestinal upset in some animals:
• Water-based paints
• Toilet bowl water
• Silica gel
• Cat litter
• Glue traps
• Glow jewelry
the phone numbers of your vet, the closest emergency clinic, and the
poison control center where you know you can find them in an
emergency - I have them programmed into my cell phone.
Let’s Talk Yorkie is proudly sponsored by Royal Canin, the dog food
company at the cutting edge of canine nutritional innovation, and we
recommend you feed your new puppy Royal Canin Yorkshire Terrier
PUPPY 29 dry food ONLY!
Please do NOT
change your puppy’s food - we have tried them all and
have found our puppies do best on this food. Yorkies are fussy
eaters with sensitive tummies and this food is formulated to entice
them to eat and is easily digestible. It also supports their immune
systems, promotes good dental health and beautiful coats.
Leave food out 24 hours a day when your puppy first comes home. Toy
breed puppies like Yorkies don’t eat much at one time because they
are so tiny but they do eat frequently. Please remember …it is NOT enough to just have food available, you MUST make sure
your puppy is eating to prevent Hypoglycemia!!!
If you take care of your Yorkie baby properly now you will be
rewarded with many years of unconditional love from a healthy, happy
As a new Yorkie puppy parent it is important for you to be able to
recognize the symptoms of Hypoglycemia and to know how to treat it.
Hypoglycemia is easily treatable in the early stages, but can be
fatal if allowed to progress. It is in your best interest and the
best interest of your puppy for you to read this information and
become educated about how to properly care for your new fur-baby
BEFORE you bring him/her home.
What is Hypoglycemia?
Hypoglycemia occurs when the blood sugar level drops extremely low
usually due to lack of food, or by using up all stored energy
without it being replenished. Smaller sized puppies like Yorkies are
prone to this because they have such tiny bodies and can only store
a little bit of food/energy at a time.
It is important to understand that just because a puppy has an
episode of hypoglycemia, does not mean that the puppy is truly
“hypoglycemic". True hypoglycemia is a chronic condition caused by
overproduction of insulin by the pancreas. Hypoglycemic incidents in
Yorkie puppies are always preceded by a stress of some kind, such
as: weaning, teething, vaccinations, a change in environment,
shipping, over-handling, cold temperatures, intestinal parasites,
infections, etc. Many Yorkie puppies simply play too hard and stress
their system or just forget to eat.
Signs / Symptoms
Drowsiness or Collapse
If your Yorkie is seems to pass out or stumble around as if it's
drunk, the problem may be drowsiness from hypoglycemia.
When a small dog's blood sugar wavers, its body has trouble
maintaining a constant temperature. A hypoglycemic Yorkie may
shiver, which can be a warning sign that something is awry. Provide
a protein-rich food and make sure the dog has a warm bed to snuggle
after eating. It may take a little while for the nutrients to hit
its bloodstream, but the dog should stop shivering within 30 minutes
Listlessness or Depression
A Yorkie that isn't interested in its favorite toys, isn’t eating,
stares off into space, avoids eye contact or generally seems "down
in the dumps" may be suffering from hypoglycemia. Bring food to the
dog and offer small bites until it has the energy to feed itself.
Usually, after a few bites, the dog will perk up and finish the
A Yorkie with weak muscles will sit or lie down more often and will
not jump around or climb stairs. For Yorkie owners who are used to
seeing their little dogs fly around the house, muscle weakness can
be perceived as a personality change. If you suspect that your
Yorkie is suffering from weak muscles, offer high protein foods more
often and speak with your veterinarian.
Seizures or Tremors
With careful monitoring of a Yorkie's blood sugar seizures and
tremors are unlikely. However, tremors or even full blown seizures
can happen if other symptoms are overlooked. If this happens get
your dog to a veterinarian immediately!
What to do?
It is always easier to PREVENT hypoglycemia than treat it. You can
reduce the risk of having an incident by:
1. Keep food and water available at ALL times and make sure your Yorkie is eating every 3-4 hours, even if only a small amount, and
even if you have to hand feed him/her. Just having food available is
not enough! 2. I recommend putting clear Karo-Syrup in your puppy’s water until
the Yorkie puppy is 16 weeks old. After 16 weeks start to reduce the
amount of Karo-Syrup you are using SLOWLY over a period of time - do
not stop all at once! 3. Feed 1 - 3 pea size drops of Nutri-Cal (a high-calorie palatable
dietary supplement) first thing in the morning, last thing before
bedtime, when your Yorkie is handled a lot, has experienced “stress”
or has played hard. Very small Yorkie pups and those prone to
incidents can be given Nutri-Cal up to 5 times a day. 4. Give your puppy a small play area. Do not allow him or her to run
freely in the house or yard. Too much physical activity can cause
your puppy to tire which could cause his or her blood sugar levels
to drop. Your puppy may also find him/her self too far away from the
food dish and not have the energy to get to it. 5. Allow only fifteen (15) minutes of play at a time, followed by
food AND rest. Do not allow the Yorkie puppy to get overtired and do
not wake a sleeping puppy. Supervise children closely to make sure
the puppy is not playing too hard and is getting the rest he/she
needs. 6. Keep the puppy warm, don't let it become chilled. 7. Be sure to keep Nutri-Cal with you at all times. Take it with you
every time you take your puppy out of the house even if it’s just a
trip to the vet.
If hypoglycemia is caught in the early stages, rub Nutri-Cal on the
puppy's gums, under the tongue, and on the roof of the mouth. Use a
heating pad to slowly warm the puppy to proper body temperature.
When the puppy starts to respond feed canned food or baby food and
watch your puppy closely to be sure that the incident is truly over.
Be sure to eliminate the stress that caused the episode so that it
doesn‘t happen again.
If hypoglycemia is caught in the more advanced stages, rub Karo-Syrup
as stated above, slowly warm the puppy to normal body temperature
and keep him warm. Call your veterinarian immediately and inform him
that you have a hypoglycemic Yorkshire Terrier puppy and/or take
your puppy to the nearest Animal Hospital.
Hypoglycemia Can Be Caused by Xylitol
Puppies and dogs can develop severe hypoglycemia after consuming
sugar-free food sweetened with Xylitol. In humans, Xylitol has
little to no effect on glucose levels, but in dogs Xylitol is a
strong promoter of insulin release and can cause severe hypoglycemia
with collapse and seizures. With the increased appearance of Xylitol-sweetened
products in the US, Xylitol toxicosis (systemic poisoning) in dogs
is becoming more common.
I am not a Veterinarian and the information here is not intended to
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Housetraining a puppy requires time, vigilance, patience and
commitment. The more consistent you are the faster your puppy will
learn. A puppy is considered housetrained when it has not had an
accident for two to three months.
A puppy under 6 months of age cannot be expected to control his
bladder for long periods of time. When your puppy must be left alone
for any amount of time and when you can not pay 100% attention to
him, put him in his play pen which is set up with a sleeping space,
a playing space, water and a potty area. If you clean up an accident
in the house, take the dirty paper towels and put them in the potty
area to help your puppy recognize the area as the place where he is
supposed to potty.
Establish a Routine
Your puppy will do best if you remember he will probably need to
eliminate after waking up from a nap, after playing and after
eating. Putting your puppy on a regular feeding schedule will make
it more likely that he’ll eliminate at regular times as well. This
makes housetraining easier for both of you.
Don’t give your puppy an opportunity to soil in the house. Your
Yorkie puppy can’t tell he has to go potty until he has to go “right
now“. If the paper is too far away he won’t be able to hold it long
enough to get there so he should be watched closely for signs that
he needs to eliminate like sniffing around or circling. When you see
these signs, immediately take him to his bathroom spot. If he
eliminates, praise him lavishly and reward him with a treat.
Expect your puppy to have accidents in the house – it’s a normal
part of housetraining. When you catch him in the act do something to
interrupt him like make a noise or just pick him up. Immediately
take him to his bathroom spot, praise him and give him a treat if he
Never punish your puppy for eliminating in the house. If you don‘t
see it happening do nothing but clean it up. Rubbing your puppy's
nose in it and taking him to the spot and yelling will only make him
afraid of you and afraid to go to the potty in front of you. And of
course you should NEVER hit your puppy! Your hands are instruments -
use them to show love not to punish. Raising your voice slightly is
usually enough to let the puppy know it did something that
displeased you. Yorkies live to please their owners and it shouldn’t
take long for your puppy to figure out that using the potty makes
you VERY HAPPY!!!
The most important thing is to properly clean up the mistake because
puppies will continue soiling areas that smell like urine or feces.
It’s also extremely important that you use supervision and
confinement to minimize the number of accidents. If you allow your
puppy to eliminate frequently in the house, he’ll get confused about
where he’s supposed to go which will prolong the housetraining
Proper Cleaning Of Accidents
Carpeting and Upholstery:
Using paper towels blot up as much of the liquid as possible - the
more urine you can remove the easier it will be to neutralize the
odor. Re-wet the area with cold water and blot again removing as
much moisture as possible. The last step is to use a pet odor
neutralizer following the instructions on the label.
Blot up the liquid with paper towels. Wipe the area with cold water
then dry it. Use a pet odor neutralizer following the instructions
on the label.
Bedding and other machine washable items:
Add a box of baking soda or pet odor neutralizer (read the label for
instructions) to your regular detergent to neutralize odors. Hang
items to dry.
TIP: Heat will lock in stains and
odor so do not use hot water to clean mistakes or the put washable
items in the dryer.
Teach Your Yorkie Puppy To Walk On A Leash
There are many things to teach a new puppy but one of the first
should be walking with a leash. Walking on a leash not only teaches
a dog proper manners when out in public, but also helps establish
your role as the leader which is essential when teaching a puppy the
rules of the house. The added benefit of the walk is socialization;
this is how your puppy will become familiar with the world beyond
your home, other dogs and people so get your puppy used to wearing
their harness and walking on a leash even before they are ready to
Puppy Walking Supplies
• Harness - light weight - keep the size of your puppy in mind when
• A non-retractable leash (no longer than 6').
• Your puppy’s favorite treats to use as rewards.
At first you will just want to get your puppy used to putting the
harness on and taking it off remembering to give your dog lots of
praise and treats. Gradually keep the harness on for longer periods
of time allowing the puppy to just walk around the house wearing it.
Once he/she is comfortable with the harness (some pups take only a
day or two others take longer), add the leash and do the same thing
- let them walk around with it attached to the harness while
indoors. The next step is for you to hold the end of the leash and
“go for a walk” around the house.
YOUR PUPPY SHOULD NOT BE WALKED OUTSIDE UNTIL ONE WEEK AFTER ITS HAD
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