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Old 07-14-2010, 08:46 AM   #1
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I just wanted to share a couple of "incidences" and "lessons learned" I have experienced since mothering my two little fur babies!
1. Yorkie's ears will go up on their own time. Both of my babies ears didn't go up until they were 8-9 months old. It took some time, I taped them for about two weeks with Coban around 5 months but then let nature do its thing and "Ta Da!" they popped right up without any additional help!
2. Be sure to go to some sort of puppy training! This includes getting your new yorkie child crate trained. Potty training is the worst but so important. Hang in there it will all be over soon!
3. When rescuing a puppy mill puppy be calm, loving, huggable, and most of all patient! Our first yorkie (Princess Kela) we got from a breeder but our second yorkie (Keller) was a puppy mill puppy. It took Keller 6 months to stop crying when being left alone, 1 year to stop flinching everytime we picked him up or put him down, and 3 years to be completely comfortable. Dont give up and ALWAYS love em!!
4. If your dog is vomiting... TAKE THEM TO THE VET!!! Keller spent several days in the hospital due to eating some sort of insect (to this day have no idea what it was) but he couldn't stop vomiting and would have died if he had not been taken to the vet. Its better to be safe then sorry!
5. Brush their teeth and give them baths weekly!
6. Diarrhea can be caused by a number of things.. Boiled chicken and white rice has always worked for us but if it continues longer than 2 days take your puppy to the vet.
7. Yorkies are prone to getting cyst. Keller has several on his back. They are small bumps that look like zits. Dont be alarmed, they will resolve by themselves.
8. The best investment I have made on my puppies was buying them a carseat!! I am a paramedic and can honestly say "Seat-belt's save lives". I see it day in and day out. The same goes for dogs. You wouldn't put your child in a car unrestrained so keep your fur babies safe and spend the $100 to get them a high quality car seat. It just might save your life as well.
9. Keep your dogs groomed and warm! If you are in school (like me) keep them cut short. My vet laughs when we show up for our winter shots with both fur babies coats on. But mat free is the way to be!
10. Last but not least...... Yorkie talk has been a life saver!!! Thank you to everyone who has shared stories, fears, happiness, and random tid bits of information. I am so very thankful for each and everyone of you!
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Good list! Thanks for sharing!
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I just wanted to share a couple of "incidences" and "lessons learned" I have experienced since mother my two little fur babies!
1. Yorkie's ears will go up on their own time. Both of my babies ears didn't flop up until they were both 8-9 months old. It took some time, I taped them for about two weeks with Coban around 5 months but then let nature do its thing and "Ta Da!" they popped right up without any additional help!
2. Be sure to go to some sort of puppy training! This includes getting your new yorkie child crate trained.
3. When rescuing a puppy mill puppy be calm, loving, huggable, and most of all patient! Our first yorkie (Princess Kela) we got from a breeder but our second yorkie (Keller) was a puppy mill puppy. It took Keller 6 months to stop crying when being left alone, 1 year to stop flinching everytime we picked him up or put him down, and 3 years to be completely comfortable. Dont give up and ALWAYS love em!!
4. If your dog is vomiting... TAKE THEM TO THE VET!!! Keller spent several days in the hospital due to eating some sort of insect (to this day have no idea what it was) but he couldn't stop vomiting and would have died if he had not been taken to the vet. Its better to be safe then sorry!
5. Brush their teeth and give them baths weekly!
6. Diarrhea can be caused by a number of things.. Boiled chicken and white rice has always worked for us but if it continues longer than 2 days take your puppy to the vet.
7. Yorkies are prone to getting cyst. Keller has several on his back. They are small bumps that look like zits. Dont be alarmed, they will resolve on by themselves.
8. The best investment I have made on my puppies was buying them a carseat!! I am a paramedic and can honestly say "Seat-belt's save lives". I see it day in and day out. The same goes for dogs. You wouldn't put your child in a car unrestrained so keep your fur babies safe and spend the $100 to get them a high quality car seat. It just might save your life as well.
9. Keep your dogs groomed and warm! If you are in school (like me) keep them cut short. My vet laughs when we show up for our winter shots with both fur babies coats on. But mat free is the way to be!
10. Last but not least...... LOVE THEM WITH ALL YOUR HEART!!!

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Thanks so much for sharing this with all of us! We just got a 9 month of female Yorkie from a breeder named Bella. It sounds like Bella has a lot of the same issues your puppy mill dog had. It's good to hear that things work themselves out with love and patience! How did your dog get over being alone? I saw you said it took 6 months but wondering what you did? Did he just have to bark it out while you were gone? I worry about the neighbors, not the dog in her crate who is safe but upset.

We are having potty training issues too. Pads worked great at first now all she wants to do is play and be loved even when we ignore her. Just don't know how to calm her down to do her business. Trying to litter box train since we have no yard.

Your trips were great and encouraging.

Again, thanks!
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Thanks for sharing! This is a great post
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Aww what a GREAT post and so helpful! Thanks for sharing!!
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The lessons I have learned, are pretty darn close to yours.

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VERY cute list and it is so true...thanks so much for sharing!
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Thanks so much for sharing this with all of us! We just got a 9 month of female Yorkie from a breeder named Bella. It sounds like Bella has a lot of the same issues your puppy mill dog had. It's good to hear that things work themselves out with love and patience! How did your dog get over being alone? I saw you said it took 6 months but wondering what you did? Did he just have to bark it out while you were gone? I worry about the neighbors, not the dog in her crate who is safe but upset.

We are having potty training issues too. Pads worked great at first now all she wants to do is play and be loved even when we ignore her. Just don't know how to calm her down to do her business. Trying to litter box train since we have no yard.

Your trips were great and encouraging.

Again, thanks!
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He just barked and barked and barked. When he would bark I would spray him with a water bottle and say "No Bark". That seemed to work for about 2 min. Then he would bark again and the process started over again. I would just keep telling him "No Bark". We live in a condo so I know the feeling of not having it yard.... and it sucks. We made a "petta potty" (google or search on YT) and put real grass in it. Everytime they would get off the grass and start sniffing somewhere else we would just put them back on the grass and tell the "Go Potty". It takes so much patiences. And if we caught then doing their business in the house I would tell them no and take them outside onto the grass and again just say "Go Potty". Just hang it there!!
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Thanks so much for sharing this with all of us! We just got a 9 month of female Yorkie from a breeder named Bella. It sounds like Bella has a lot of the same issues your puppy mill dog had. It's good to hear that things work themselves out with love and patience! How did your dog get over being alone? I saw you said it took 6 months but wondering what you did? Did he just have to bark it out while you were gone? I worry about the neighbors, not the dog in her crate who is safe but upset.

We are having potty training issues too. Pads worked great at first now all she wants to do is play and be loved even when we ignore her. Just don't know how to calm her down to do her business. Trying to litter box train since we have no yard.

Your trips were great and encouraging.

Again, thanks!
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He just barked and barked and barked. When he would bark I would spray him with a water bottle and say "No Bark". That seemed to work for about 2 min. Then he would bark again and the process started over again. I would just keep telling him "No Bark". We live in a condo so I know the feeling of not having it yard.... and it sucks. We made a "petta potty" (google or search on YT) and put real grass in it. Everytime they would get off the grass and start sniffing somewhere else we would just put them back on the grass and tell the "Go Potty". It takes so much patiences. And if we caught then doing their business in the house I would tell them no and take them outside onto the grass and again just say "Go Potty". Just hang it there!!
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