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Yorkie Central, Issue #008
September 01, 2006

Welcome to Yorkie Central!

Issue: 8

September 2006

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In this issue you will find:

  • Yorkie Puppy Care
  • Establishing a healthy relationship with your new puppy
  • What Can I Do Daily To Keep My Dog Happy?
  • In the News - Dogs, Smog and Asthmatic Kids
  • Dog Food Recipe
  • Canine Good Citizen Test


I have been asked to write more articles on raising yorkies and to include some do’s and don’ts, so I will start with these articles:

My first suggestion is never buy a yorkie puppy before three months of age.

Yorkshire Terriers are Intelligent, confident, affectionate, lively, brave and spirited. Read about a Yorkshire Terriers Temperament

Yorkie Puppy Care

When a yorkie is cared for properly they will give you years of enjoyment .

The first important thing to learn are some good basic grooming tips . Grooming is definitely part of responsible ownership and general care. Yorkies do need to be groomed on a regular schedule.

The diet of a young puppy is a very important area not the "cut corners" because it will reflect on the Puppy's overall health right into adulthood. You don't want your new pup to have deficiencies from the start, this could cause weak muscle tone and the Skeletal System might not develop properly.

Keep treats to a minimal, a bite or two will keep them happy. Too many treats will also throw off the balanced diet they need and should be getting from their regular diet.

Stress, improper diet or a missed meal, being chilled, or too much energy being used during the day can cause hypoglycemia or Low Blood Sugar. Puppies that usually are affected are the toy breeds at six weeks to 12 weeks old. The liver stores energy, but in a small puppy it cannot store enough for long periods. Signs of this can be as slight as a depressed attitude or as serious to finding your puppy in a coma. If you suspect this condition, consult your Veterinarian for even a mild case. Repeated episodes can lead to further more severe complications.

Naps: Young Yorkies can not play all day long without a break, or shouldn't. Yorkies do have a mind of their own and may cry, whimper, and/or bark at first. But there will be times when you'll have to confine them for various reasons, so this is the best time to "train" them to be confined. You can either purchase a cage, or just use a Kennel.

Teething: Yorkies and toy dogs in general have a tendency to retain their puppy teeth, especially the canines. At around 5 months of age you should start to watch the teeth closely, a perfect bite may go off in a matter of days. You may feel it's not important for a correct scissors bite, but this is the first step of the digestion process, proper chewing is important. The other importance is that the proper bite stays cleaner, over lapping misaligned teeth are a good source for bacteria and tartar to build rapidly. House Training: : Yorkies can be very difficult to potty train to say the least. The kidneys are not fully developed in a young dog, so don't get too upset about accidents. It's going to depend largely on the time of year and the age of the puppy as to how serious your going to be about training. I usually say not to expect to much from them until they are around 5-6 months of age. They can be trained prior, but it will take constant supervision.

Yorkies can just have an off day, not much energy and out of sorts. But you should watch a puppy extremely close at the first sign that they are just not themselves. It could be something as simple as teething, or as serious as Parvo or worse. Toy dogs and especially puppies can go down really fast, a sick pup isn't something to take lightly. However, do remember to carry out yearly check-ups with your vet.




Establishing A Healthy Relationship With Your New Puppy

When you bring your new puppy home, you'll want to make him feel good while he's lying down or on his back. Give him a little stroke or an encouraging word. But don't overdo it.

Start out with a companion-animal relationship where there's mutual respect for each other's roles (yours is to communicate direction, his' is to respond appropriately). Your dog will try to please you and be compliant, and you will praise him for doing so.

This is the kind of relationship you want to start as soon as you bring the puppy home. Don't physically force your new pet to do things that he's not ready to do. Let him get used to one room at a time. Make sure that you keep track of when he is getting overly excited. This is your cue to say to him, "Settle!" or "Outside!" The word or phrase you use is up to you.

Try to go out the same door each time for the same activity. You will need to take him outside and stand there while he sniffs around and pees or poops, and you say, "Good Boy" then go indoors and play with him in a different location, so that he gets the idea that when we go to this one spot it's time to pee or poop, and when we go out a different door to another spot, that's where we play.

As you start to teach your dog good house-training techniques, you will also want to put him on a regular pattern of eating, usually three times a day at first. Occasionally, a pup will not seem too interested in eating. Besides finding out what he was eating when you acquired him, and offering him tidbits of chicken and beef from your fingers to whet his appetite, puppies like some company when they go to the food bowl. So if there is a litter-mate or a neighborhood puppy about the same age as yours who would like a dinner date, let them eat side by side a few times in the location you've chosen for daily feeding.

The idea is to make him comfortable and get him into a routine of regular eating, sleeping, elimination, and walking . Make sure that you don't do unpleasant things with your hands. Don't let your puppy start to chew or nibble on your fingers or hands. Even if the nibbling doesn't hurt now, it will hurt when he gets older and can lead to a bad habit that's difficult to break. Very soon, you'll be getting to know your new pet very well.




What Can I Do Daily To Keep My Dog Happy?

Some new dog owners may think that this is a silly question, but it is in fact a great one to ask! Why? Because the answer boils down to only three basic needs that – if kept up properly - is all you need to keep your dog strong, healthy, and happy.

1. Food: Give excellent food in two measured feedings each day. Pick up the food bowl when he or she walks away from it. If you have more than one pet, feed them at the same time but in separate places, so they can't see each other. This prevents competitive eating, which leads to obesity.

2. Water: Clean the bowl and refill with fresh water at least twice daily. Pets drink more when the water is fresh. This reduces wear on the kidneys and promotes strong immunity and long life. Rest room activities: Make it possible for your dog to get outside at least every few hours. If he or she can't urinate often, the risk of bladder and kidney disease will escalate.

3. Walks: Add a good brisk walk or other regular exercise and life will be near perfect for your dog as well as give you fresh air too.

Please contact me if there are any other aspects of puppy care you might want information on. I will include anything further in the next newsletter.




Dog Food Recipe

Every month we are going to try and prepare a fun recipe for you to try out at home. If anyone has a recipe to share with us feel free to send it in.

Doggie Doughnuts

Ingredients

  • 2 cups wheat flour
  • 3 tablespoons Oatmeal
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2/3 cup beef broth

Directions

Place flour in a bowl, add egg and broth, mix well. Blend in oatmeal and garlic powder. Roll dough into a ball, roll out on a lightly floured surface to 1/2" thick. Cut with small doughnut cutters. Re-roll scraps and repeat. Arrange on a shallow baking dish or on a sheet or parchment paper in a single layer. Cook on HIGH 10 minutes or until firm. Let cool until hardened. Store in covered container in refrigerator. Give this recipe a try and let us know how it went. Did your Yorkie want more?




In The News

Dogs, Smog and Asthmatic Kids

Research shows that dogs in the home can worsen lung response to air pollution for children with asthma. However, this is not the case with cats.

The study was carried out on 475 children with asthma and it found that those with dogs had significantly increased cough, phlegm production, and bronchitis responses when they were exposed to air pollutants such as nitrogen dioxide, ozone, particulate matter and acid vapour.

There was no increase in symptoms with those children who had no pets or only cats.

Research is now being carried out to find out what it is about dogs that causes this increase in a child’s response to air pollution.

Turns out that fido is not a child’s best friend in some cases!




Canine Good Citizen

We have recently added information on the Canine Good Citizen Test.

One of the main goals of the Canine Good Citizen test is to demonstrate that the handler is in control of the dog under conditions likely to be encountered on an almost daily basis, such as people and dogs engaged in a variety of activities.

You will have to demonstrate that your pet responds to the basic commands of Sit and Heel in real-life settings.

These conditions are distractions, and five of the ten tests for the Canine Good Citizen involve the dog's reaction to a distraction. Read more...




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From all of us here at Yorkie Central have a great month! We look forward to hearing your comments and getting the next edition of Yorkie Central ready for you and your friends!

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