10 Things to Have Ready in Your Home When You Bring Your Yorkie Home
When bringing your Yorkie home, there are a lot of things you want to think about to make sure the first few days your dog spends in their new home are healthy, happy, and stress-free as possible. Having these basic supplies on hand before you bring your new furry friend home can help save you headaches after your dog is home and you realize that you accidentally forgot certain supplies that now suddenly need
The following are 10 things that you want to ensure you have in your home and ready before your furry friend arrives:
1. Crate/Yorkie Bed
Many new puppies (especially from breeders) will come crate trained. Dogs may sleep in their crate at night, right in the same room as you do! Cute as the idea of having your furry friend sleeping next to you sounds, you allow them to sleep in their crate at least until they are completely housebroken. They feel secure there, and you don’t want an unwanted surprise in your bed at any point during the night. A separate dog bed is also a good idea, especially if you’re going to have somewhere soft and warm for your pooch to sleep in your living room or where you spend most of your time when you are home.
2. Food Bowls
Having appropriate-sized dishes for both food and water in your home ensure that your Yorkie is ready for mealtime soon as they get to their new home!
Calling ahead and asking what brand of dog food your Yorkie gets fed now can help you match that when your Yorkie gets home. Feeding familiar brands of food and treats will give them a taste of home and make it much more likely that they will want to eat, even during a stressful transition period.
4. Chew Toys
Giving your Yorkie something to chew on is always highly recommended. Dogs love to chew. It’s better for them they chew on these toys than on your on your walls!
5. Squeaky Toys/Balls
Many Yorkies (especially as puppies) are playful and love to have something to play with: squeaky toys and a ball making fun, small dog toys for a Yorkie to enjoy. For you, it makes for great bonding times with your new pet. For them, it’s great exercise (even if they don’t need a ton of it) a great way to pass some time.
Having a good quality brush on hand to ensure that you can keep your Yorkie’s coat in good shape. Regular brushing will be essential to keep your dog well-groomed.
Specific dog shampoo is the best choice to use when you want to give your pooch a bath! While dogs don’t need baths as often as humans do, an occasional shower will keep them clean and healthy. Using something specific to dogs ensures that they are not having their skin irritated by harsh ingredients that may be in soap or other shampoos.
Yorkies are not dogs that need tons of exercise, but if you intend to take your dog outside to use the restroom or on a walk, it’s a good idea to have an appropriate-sized harness and leash for your dog so that they are kept safe. Dogs should always be kept in a secure enclosure or on a leash at all times when outside to keep both them and others around them safe.
When training your new Yorkie, nothing will be as useful and motivational to them as receiving a treat for doing the right thing (i.e., going outside to the restroom, sitting, staying, laying down, rolling over, etc.). Having smaller treats on hand means you can treat more frequently without overfeeding.
10. Pee Pads
If you intend to train your dog inside, having pee pads on hand helps make the mess easy to clean up when your puppy finishes their business. Better yet, pee pads keep their mess from ruining the carpet or flooring underneath, or leaving an unpleasant mess that you will have to clean up!
You know what you need when you bring home your Yorkie!
These are 10 essential supplies that you will want to have on hand when making your home yorkie ready. Having these supplies on hand saves the hustle and bustle of trying to run around and pick it all up when you realize you need them.
For more information on how to prepare to welcome a new Yorkie into your home, please feel free to contact us for further assistance!