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Old 06-10-2008, 09:53 AM   #1
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How often do you give your dog a bath? I try to go two weeks, but she gets looking oily and dirty. Is once a week too often?
Also, how much does your dog eat? She is 5 months, and does not eat a cupful a day at all. I dop't give her snacks but rather keep some food in my pocket and give it to her to praise her when she goes potty, etc. She doesn't know the difference.
Also, How many of your are COMPLETELY house broken? Misty will do good, but then poop or pee. She hasn't learned to let us know yet. She will stand by the door, but if we don't see her, she goes in the house. How can you get them to bar, or scratch or something to let one know?
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How often do you give your dog a bath? I try to go two weeks, but she gets looking oily and dirty. Is once a week too often?
Also, how much does your dog eat? She is 5 months, and does not eat a cupful a day at all. I dop't give her snacks but rather keep some food in my pocket and give it to her to praise her when she goes potty, etc. She doesn't know the difference.
Also, How many of your are COMPLETELY house broken? Misty will do good, but then poop or pee. She hasn't learned to let us know yet. She will stand by the door, but if we don't see her, she goes in the house. How can you get them to bar, or scratch or something to let one know?
Thanks
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You can give a yorkie a bath once a week that's fine, just make sure you use a conditioner after shampooing, as it conditions the skin as well as the hair. Rinse thoroughly, that's the most important step in bathing. The food container will tell you how much you should feed your dog, and it goes by weight. For example if you dog weighs 5 pounds you should feed her enough for a 5-pound dog. This varies, and sometimes you need to give more or less than the recommended amount. One-cup sounds like a lot to me, how much does she weigh, and what's the recommended amount on your food? I think it's great that you use the food for treats, I started doing this too, and Joey seems to be very happy with this. It's much healthier too, unless you're using a really nutritious "treat." Joey wasn't completely housebroken at 5 months; he was pretty good, but not completely until about 8 months to a year. We use a little bell, and taught Joey to ring it so he lets us know that way. Some people keep a pee pad by the door, but if you don't wish to do this, you might have to be more diligent in taking her out more often.
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Old 06-10-2008, 11:49 AM   #3
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I have to bathe Baxter twice a week. I know it is too much but I swear he rolls on the ground in the grass, in the sand, mud, whatever. And that is with the leash on. The water is plain dirty after he gets his bath. He is 5 months also. Doing pretty good on the house training but sometimes still messes up. He doesn't eat a whole lot. He weighs 5 lbs. I am hoping he will get to at least 7. His daddy was 5 and his mommy 7 lbs. I am constantly stepping on him. I don't see how people with itty-bitties take care of them.
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Elvis is 7 months old (today). He weighs approx 4.5 to 5.0 lbs, will find out next week just how much. He is pee pad trained and now fully goes on his pads. He will run down the hall from where ever he was and go straight to his pad and do his business...thank goodness he remembers to do that! He eats 1/2 to 3/4 cups of food each day. I give him a little carrot every morning while I make my breakfast...he plays with it first. He gets a cheerio as a treat for going potty, when we see him actually doing it, that is. Oh yes, I bathe him once a week.
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Old 06-10-2008, 02:06 PM   #5
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Tippy gets a bath every 2 weeks as well. and i was wondering the same thing, cuz hers gets really greasy as well.
I don't think any yorkie is completely house trained lol
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My gang get a bath once a week.
I feed them twice a day. (They eat the Raw Medallions from NV)
My first two (Autumn and Blaze) are both completely house trained but Chance (our new rescue) is working well on it!
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I bathe my babies once a week. Although Kylie sometimes gets a bath every 4-5 days, she has allergy problems, so her skin can get quite oily at times. Max will sometimes get a bath every 4-5 days also, because he loves to be outside running around and rolling around in the grass.

They all eat twice a day, they eat Nature's Variety Instinct Kibble in the morning and then the raw medallions when I get home from work.

Potty training, my 4 adults are completely potty trained, however my 1 1/2 yr old Max has the occasional accident.
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Bella gets a bath once a week to every other depending on how much she plays on the beach. She eats 1/4-1/2 of dry dog food a day. It only took us about 2 weeks to potty train her when she was a baby at 12wks old she goes on pee -pads (she's 2 yrs old now).
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Mia gets a bath about every 5 days or so.... depends on how much she plays outside.

She eats about 1/4 cup of dry kibble total in one day with one small scoop of wet in the morning and at night.
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We just started bathing Javah this past month and it's been every other week. Before we would take him to be groomed, Once a month. He eats 1/2 to 3/4 a day and weighs 6lbs, 6months old. He also goes right to his pads, even when he had guaridia (sp) with the diarrhea he would run wherever he was at to get to the pad. LOL
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I just got my yorkie - Kobe.
He's about 2.2lbs and 9 weeks old. We had an issue with eating at first too. He eats Merricks Puppy Plate mixed with Royal Canin dry. But Ihave to puree the Merricks because the chicken chunks are too big. So he eats two tablespoonsof the Merrick mixed with a little kibble in the morning and for dinner. Lunch is just kibble. He seems to like that. But I've onl had him about two weeks now. I gave him a bath the first week and his coat is already oily. Is once a week too much? Does anyone use a blow dryer to dry them off?
I also had a question about the tears. I noticed yesterday that he had tear build up at the corner of his eyes. What's the best way to get rid of them?
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I just got my yorkie - Kobe.
He's about 2.2lbs and 9 weeks old. We had an issue with eating at first too. He eats Merricks Puppy Plate mixed with Royal Canin dry. But Ihave to puree the Merricks because the chicken chunks are too big. So he eats two tablespoonsof the Merrick mixed with a little kibble in the morning and for dinner. Lunch is just kibble. He seems to like that. But I've onl had him about two weeks now. I gave him a bath the first week and his coat is already oily. Is once a week too much? Does anyone use a blow dryer to dry them off?
I also had a question about the tears. I noticed yesterday that he had tear build up at the corner of his eyes. What's the best way to get rid of them?
Hi, welcome to Yorkietalk, you should start a thread of your own, and introduce your baby. When they are puppies they seem to need a bath all the time, once a week is ok, just be sure and use a conditioner as I stated in my previous post. I use a blow dryer, when he was younger I used a very quite one, now he's not even afraid of the noisy one, but be careful and don't use too high of a heat. For tears, you can use a warm moist cloth, stedmansmommy, a member here, says that she warms a damp paper towel in microwave a few seconds, which I thought was a great tip because it take forever to get my water warm. Just make sure it doesn't get too hot.
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You can give a yorkie a bath once a week that's fine, just make sure you use a conditioner after shampooing, as it conditions the skin as well as the hair. Rinse thoroughly, that's the most important step in bathing. The food container will tell you how much you should feed your dog, and it goes by weight. For example if you dog weighs 5 pounds you should feed her enough for a 5-pound dog. This varies, and sometimes you need to give more or less than the recommended amount. One-cup sounds like a lot to me, how much does she weigh, and what's the recommended amount on your food? I think it's great that you use the food for treats, I started doing this too, and Joey seems to be very happy with this. It's much healthier too, unless you're using a really nutritious "treat." Joey wasn't completely housebroken at 5 months; he was pretty good, but not completely until about 8 months to a year. We use a little bell, and taught Joey to ring it so he lets us know that way. Some people keep a pee pad by the door, but if you don't wish to do this, you might have to be more diligent in taking her out more often.
I think that "bell" idea is just the neatest!!lol How old did you start with this?? Lily has started going to the door a little bit FINALLY after taking her out every 30-45 minutes for over 3 weeks!! She is so ornery though!!lol She bites and cries and does all the "bad stuff"!!LOL I just love her to pieces and spoil her rotten!!lol That's what it is for an "old lady" to have a "baby" I guess??LOL We're having fun!! I haven't got much housework or anything else done but it's all still here!!lol I think she weighs about 3-3-1/2 lbs. and she is about 11" from the back of her head to her tail ... 10" around her girth and 7" around her neck and she is 13 weeks old today. I can't figure out how to put a picture on here for the life of me!!lol
I have read so much on here that I am kinda wondering how big she will get now after hearing some of ya all talk about "mommy & daddy weighed 5# and puppy is 12#"?? She eats real good and seems to be doing fine?? She goes back for her last shots (3rd. one) in 2 weeks. She is doing better everyday I think w/potty but still goes on the floor if I don't watch her close!! Sleeps with me in bed...sleeps all night though and holds it till morning so that's ok too!! Better than screaming in that crate all night!! She won that battle!!lol When I have to leave her now I put her in the bathroom with her food and water and pee pad and toys and she does great like that!! I have an xpen out in the front yard and we go potty there so she can't run from me!! I have to get a gate to block the porch so she can't run off there now that she's going to the door. She is fast and wild!!lol Tried 2 different kinds of harness....no way....ordered one of the "silk ones" on here and another "Puppia" one is on the way?? She'll catch on to it all in time I'm sure ... one step at a time!!lol This site is wonderful and everyone here has been so nice to help with everything!! Thanks to all of you!!
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I've been bathing Darwin once/week, he gets smelly if I go longer than that. He also likes to roll around in grass and likes to get down and dirty. He HATES his baths...I am literally in the tub with him and he's still scrambling to get out, and I haven't quite figured out how to bath his face properly (I use baby no tears shampoo) b/c he wriggles so much! Does anyone put cotton balls in their ears? His ears go back whenever he's in the bathtub, so I don't think water can get in anyway. He eats about 1/2 cup of dry food (Bil Jac/Royal Canine mix) a day, I just put it down in the morning, and he nibbles on it. Then around 6pm he gets 1/3 packet of wet dog food with a bit of cheese sprinkled on top! He loves the wet food and horks it all down!
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We use a little bell, and taught Joey to ring it so he lets us know that way. Some people keep a pee pad by the door, but if you don't wish to do this, you might have to be more diligent in taking her out more often.
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