How to Take Care of a Yorkie: Puppy Care from 8 Weeks to Adulthood

Today’s the big day! You’ve been searching and waiting for that new puppy for months, and the little furball is finally in your arms. Now what?

There are a lot of things to think about when bringing home a brand new, 8-week-old Yorkie puppy, but don’t panic. We’ve outlined the essentials of Yorkie puppy care in this guide, so read on to learn how to take care of your new friend.

In this guide:

Bringing new Yorkie puppies home

First things first, you’ll want to take your new puppy to the vet for a quick checkup. You’ll make a number of visits to the vet over the next year for checkups and puppy vaccinations, but this first visit is very important.

Now might also be a good time to check out a pet insurance policy that offers coverage for the routine care puppies require like vaccines and neutering, such as Lemonade Pet Insurance.

Even if the rescue or breeder that you picked up your puppy from stated that they had a recent checkup, take them anyway. This will help catch any serious health conditions very early on and helps your little pup get off on the right paw.

Once you’ve got your puppy’s basic health squared away, you’ll need to get them settled into your home.

Gear to puppy-proof your home

Yorkie puppies come with cute, irresistible faces and not much else. On day one, you’ll want to have a few important items on hand.

Dog crate

It is very tempting to have a new puppy sleep in your room and maybe even in your bed, but to kick off puppy training the right way, your new puppy will need a place to call their own. It is a good idea to have a spacious, sturdy dog crate available from day one, so put that at the top of your puppy gear list.

A crate will be a valuable asset for house training and for keeping your pup safe from small children and other pets. Make sure to select a crate that is going to be big enough for your Yorkie when they are full-grown and ideally one that’s large enough to make space for both a dog bed and a pee pad. This will make potty training easier (more on that later).

Dog bed

That crate won’t be very comfortable without a dog bed inside, so look for a comfy stuffed or foam-based dog bed that will give them a good place to sleep or nap. We know your tiny Yorkie puppy will fit into a cereal bowl right now, but they will grow fast, so make sure you buy a dog bed that will accommodate them when they are fully grown.

>> Read more: How Long Do Yorkies Sleep? Habits & Needs Explained

Puppy playpen

Along with a crate for crate training and sleeping, having a Yorkie playpen is helpful as well. Puppy pens give a little more space to roam and play while still keeping your puppy in a safe enclosed area. They are perfect for times that you are working nearby but can’t keep a close enough eye on your puppy.

Wire pens are sturdy and tend to be bigger, but if you want a travel-friendly option, consider a collapsible nylon pen with mesh windows.

Dog gate

Eventually, your intrepid little explorer is going to want to roam the house, and chances are you’ll want them to stay out of certain rooms (especially before they’re fully potty trained).

A dog gate helps keep certain places off-limits, protects your new puppy from stairs they can’t navigate yet, and can help keep them from being stepped on when you have multiple guests.

Make sure to buy a dog gate that has non-marking feet, or consider installing a permanent one if you know you’ll want your pup to stay out of certain places all of the time.

Chew toys and bitter chew spray

It won’t be long before your puppy is exploring the house and getting into things they shouldn’t be, so puppy-proofing your home is an important part of Yorkie care.

Pay special attention to anything toxic, like cleaners, certain human foods, and even plants that might be accessible to your pup. Also, be sure to put small objects out of reach that might be swallowed. Legos, decorative stones or marbles, and any other small knick-knacks can be a choking hazard.

Providing an alternative outlet for chewing is important, so make sure you have a collection of chew toys available. Try to gather a small basket of toys that vary in type and texture. Your pup will appreciate the variety and it will help you narrow down which are the best distractions for your dog.

For things you don’t want your puppy to chew on, a bitter dog chew spray can help. This can be a good training tool if your pup has decided they prefer shoes to toys, and can also be used on potentially dangerous materials like toxic plants and electric lamp cords.

Puzzle toys

Part of being a good dog parent is not allowing your dog to languish in boredom all day. Aside from exercise and playtime, another great tool for this is puzzle toys. These toys usually have a compartment for a treat and provide a stimulating challenge as your pup tries to get to the prize on the inside. For more suggestions, check out our guide to the best dog toys for Yorkies.

Dog bell

One of the most common causes of injury among Yorkshire Terriers is being stepped on. A great way to reduce the likelihood of this happening is a dog bell. These little bells tinkle gently (but not obnoxiously) as your pup moves about and also help you keep track of them in the early potty training days.

Dog dishes

You pup will need fresh water available as well as a dish to eat from. We recommended (and use) this ceramic set of dog dishes that won’t easily tip over and that is dishwasher safe. Stainless steel also works, but avoid plastic because scratches on the surface can harbor bacteria and lead to infection.

Training your pup to look for food in their dish from day one will help get them into a regular eating schedule and will help discourage begging at the table.

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