Oh, Poop! It's spoiled Rotten!
One mistake many new owners make is to not start early
enough handling their yorkie. Make no mistake, a spoiled
dog is not a happy dog. Nor is it likely to be a healthy dog.
Uncooperative behavior inevitably leads to less interaction
with family members, which in turn leads to boredom and
anxiety. On the physical side, finicky eating and lack of
exercise are precursors to a variety of ailments- just as they
are in humans. Yorkies, who dispite their size are not
inherently delicate, can become fragile when lack of exercise
leads to poor muscle tone, weak ligaments and diminished
bone mass. Just as important, the owner of the coddled
yorkie cheats himself out of much that makes these intelligent
toy terriers so delightful to live with.
Make believe: Pretend that your yorkie is going to grow up
and weigh 20 pounds. Handle, train, and exercise it like it
was a Beagleâ€™s size.
Bigger is Better: Yorkies that are intended for show and
breeding should not exceed 7 pounds. For all other
purposes, bigger is better. The larger yorkie is more
versatile and easier to work with. It is surely easier to brush
a 10 pound dogâ€™s teeth than a 2 pound dogâ€™s teeth.
Also a larger dog is less likely to be injured in a misstep.
The teenies are also more sensitive to the cold and wet
weather which limits year round activities and exercise.
Even before you bring your yorkie home, purchase a leash,
collar/harness, crate, sweater, toys, and grooming supplies.
Consider a good puppy training class. Put all these items to
use starting the second day in your home.
No free lunch: This should be your mantra for the first six
months, reserve cooing, kissing as well as tidbits and treats,
as rewards for good, cooperative behavior. No unearned
cuddling at this stage. Treat the little darling like a dog and
you will be rewarded greatly with an adorable first rate