1) Proper surface for resting and sleeping.
You may not think that such a tiny dog needs much under him when he's resting; after all, he's under 10 pounds, how much cushioning does he need? The answer is, relatively speaking, just about the same as you need.
Most importantly, a dog should have a mattress under him that molds to the body in response to heat and pressure, to distribute weight evenly.
There is nothing anatomically different
about today's canine family member
that makes it any healthier to sleep on the floor
than it is for a human
There are two main issues that can happen if a Yorkie lies mainly on a floor:
1) Contact point damage. Hard, un-cushioned surfaces will begin to put wear on the points of his body that are supporting his weight (and again, this is all relative). This is mainly seen on the elbows; however, this may vary depending on a Yorkie's resting and sleeping position.
Hair begins to thin out, this then makes the skin sensitive, hair therefore has trouble growing back in and it becomes a vicious cycle.
2) Long term skeletal / muscular / joint damage.
Even if a Yorkie seems to be super comfortable on the floor or with a blanket under him, lots of things are happening that can accumulate and only manifest years later.
Knees, back, hips.... these are areas on a Yorkshire Terrier's body that are vulnerable to worn down cartilage. Without a proper support mattress under him, these sorts of issues can be exacerbated. Did you know that 20% of middle aged dogs and a whopping 90% of senior dogs
have osteoarthritis in at least one joint?
Sadly, it is often only after a diagnosis of arthritis that owners offer a proper bed. So, the time to start helping to prevent these issues is now.
With seniors, this is a 'must'
As mentioned, 90% of senior dogs have some level of osteoarthritis. This can cause trouble with rising from a down position, not being able to walk as far and at the pace as their younger counterparts and discomfort that can worsen at night and during weather changes.
While certain medications may be prescribed by your vet and some supplements such as glucosamine may work to ease joint pain, an orthopedic bed plays a huge role in offering a sore body some relief.
If your Yorkie is spending some time home alone and has some separation anxiety
, a big part of helping him be okay during that time is to have the right set up for him. This includes having the right indoor canine playpen for your Yorkie and within that area, having the right bed.
So, even if your Yorkie is right on your lap when you relax after a long day and even if he sleeps in your bed at night (not always recommended, but can be okay in some instances), he needs a quality bed to rest on during the day.
And by providing this, you are also giving him the added bonus of safety. Many dogs gain a sense of security when they feel that they are within a 'den'. A thick mattress or bolstered bed will fill this need.
3) Proper hierarchy. Though this is not applicable to all, if your Yorkshire Terrier is having issues such as not listening, marking in the house or even growling at you, one relevant and possible cause is a misunderstanding of proper hierarchy.
Any work that you may have done to establish this can be thrown out the window if the misbehaving dog is then allowed in his human's bed. So, for this reason, should you be experiencing issues with your Yorkie, he should have his own bed and sleeping