Welcoming a new member to your family is an overwhelming process that needs to be carefully thought out and backed up with numerous trips to the pet shop. But where to start? Well, it’s important to know that even though all dogs crave the same level of care and love, not all of them have the same needs.
So, if you’re bringing a Yorkshire terrier into your home, you need to pay attention to multiple things, including its petite posture, silky fur, and energetic and lovable personality. With that in mind, take a look at the five must-have accessories for Yorkies before your new best friend arrives.
Collar, Harness, and Leash
First of all, you’ll need to purchase a collar, harness, and a leash as your dog’s safety should be your priority. A collar is a necessary accessory for any dog, including a Yorkie, as it holds a nameplate with your information in case they get lost. Get one made out of softer and lighter materials to avoid putting any strain on your Yorkie’s neck. Check out our walking essentials here.
When it comes to leashes, I recommend retractable ones that you can lock at any length. That way, your Yorkie can roam free while still learning about distance.
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Bear in mind that young Yorkies don’t understand that there’s an end to a leash and that they can’t run at full speed. That’s why it’s better to walk a baby Yorkie with a harness on as you’ll have more control as they explore the world around them.
Grooming is not only about the looks but, more importantly, about your dog’s health. It doesn’t take a lot to keep them healthy as all you’ll need is a brush and a nail clipper. Because Yorkies have long hair, you need to brush them regularly so as not to let their coat become a mess. Also, teach them from a young age that nail clipping is a necessary part of the grooming process.
Don’t forget to purchase dog shampoo as they’re specially created for their skin, and comb made for Yorkshire Terriers.
Comfort Items and Dog Beds
Comfort items are essential for young Yorkies. Things like blankets keep them warm and give them a sense of security, so put them in their crate or playpen. This is one of the most useful accessories for Yorkies that you should purchase as it will offer them safety when you’re not home.
The same goes for dog beds as they represent dedicated sleeping areas for Yorkies. Comfy dog beds will keep them sleeping through the night, and you’ll be able to train them not to sleep in your bed if you don’t want them to. Check out our various comfy beds here.
All new puppy owners enjoy shopping for toys as the options are endless and the toys are as cute as they get. Nonetheless, you need to think about purchasing toys that will help your Yorkie in its development process. Stimulating toys that will get their mind working are great for all ages, as well as exercise toys.
Bear in mind that dogs chew through toys quickly, so don’t rush to buy the most expensive ones. The low- to medium-priced toy accessories for Yorkies will do just as fine, and they’ll be happy to have something to keep them occupied.
Small Yorkies are used to their mother and littermates to keep them entertained and occupied. When bringing them home, you will need to stimulate them to keep their development up. So, whether you work from home or the office, you will need to keep them safe when you’re not looking.
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Puppy playpens are the best choice as you will be able to make their safe space bigger as they grow. Remember to make it large enough for your Yorkie, their toys, blanket, and food and water bowls. I recommend a playpen with removable sections so you can build any shapes that suit your space or combine them with the doors or walls in your house.