Before bringing your puppy home, there are some Yorkie Puppy Essentials that you should get in advance. If you are like me, you’ll end buying much more stuff for your adorable puppy later. These puppy essentials will make your life much easier.
1. Healthy Puppy Food – Moving to a new home is a very stressful event for your dog. So, in the first few days, while your puppy is adjusting to the new place, just continue with the same food he has been eating.
You can get it from the breeder or at the pet store at the same time you are buying your puppy. When switching to the new food, keep in mind it needs to be specially designed for puppies. Since puppies don’t have all of their teeth, you can add a little bit of water into the dry food to make it softer and easier to eat.
Whatever food you pick, make sure it is free from by-products, corn, wheat, or soy. Remember, your dog’s health depends a lot on the quality of food you give it. For snacks, get healthy and soft treats without any artificial colors or preservatives.
2. Food and Water Bowls – I got two stainless still bowls, to match everything else in my kitchen with rubber bottom to prevent them from sliding all over the floor. They are very easy to clean and do not rust. Puppies that are teething will chew up anything. Stainless still is much more durable and sanitary than plastic.
3. Pet Carrier – You will need a bag to take your puppy home and to the veterinarian office. It makes it really easy to transport your dog, especially in the car. Think of it as a car seat for a child.
4. Puppy Pads – A lot of them. I know they are not cheap, but they work so much better than newspapers. These pads turn liquid to gel immediately upon contact preventing messes during potty training and making it very easy to clean.
5. Dog Bed – It is a good idea to get your puppy to sleep in its own bed starting the very first night. Once you take him into your bed, forget it. Your dog will always want to sleep with you. When choosing a bed, give your puppy a little room to grow into.
6. Grooming Supplies – This includes brush, nail clippers, shampoo and conditioner for puppies. When it comes to shampoo and conditioner, I prefer tearless products just in case it gets into the puppy's eyes. Because Yorkie puppies have very fine short hair, small pin brush works very well. For nails, I use regular small nail clippers that you can buy at any grocery store.
7. Leash, Harness and Tag – Weather you are using a harness or a collar, make sure it is soft and gentle. Metal collars are too harsh. I personally use soft step-in harnesses with adjustable and quick-release buckles. Because Yorkies are so tiny, collar might slip over the puppy’s head. For walking, I like to use flexi retractable leash. For training, I would recommend getting a regular nylon leash which will give you more control.
8. Play Pen – It is important to provide your little puppy with a safe play area. I used a play pen. There are a lot of play pens on the market. I personally like a metal one because it is adjustable to any size, can be used indoors and outdoors, easy to put together and doesn’t take much storage room. I put a pink baby blanket a the bottom and filed it with a lot of toys. Play pens at the pet store are very expensive, but I found my on Amazon.com for 50% less.
9. Dog Crate – If you do plan on using a crate for housebreaking your puppy, make sure it’s not too big. It should have enough room for the puppy to stand up and turn around. Crates are also great for night time.
10. Chew Toys – Rubber toys are preferred since puppies are teething. They are almost indestructible and will last for years. Get toys that are appropriate for the Yorkie size. Keep in mind, toys should be big enough so that they cannot be swallowed. My puppy likes only plush toys and totally ignores all the rubber and plastic toys. The only rubber toy she likes is Kong which can be stuffed with different foods.
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