It is important to note that very small dog breeds such as the Yorkie can be easily injured when jumping off of furniture. It is suggested to have doggie steps or ramps from bed & sofa to the floor if your little one has a habit of jumping up and then down. If not, you will want to be sure train your puppy to not jump or climb onto objects that leaping down from may be harmful to the knees and/or hips.
Have a family meeting so that everyone in the home understands the importance of always being aware of what is underfoot. It is surprising how many little dogs are injury (sometimes severely) when an owner accidental steps or trips over them. Trauma, including being dropped or stepped on, is one of the leading causes of death for puppies of any breed.
Be sure to read our exercise
section, as running around the home may not be enough especially when the pup reaches the 4 and 5 month old stage.
There is a fine line between providing enough activity for good health...without over exercising a pup which can lead to health issues and problems with growth plate development.
Puppies need to walk on a regular basis to release pent-up energy. A 15 to 20 minute walk twice per day is perfect.
Photo courtesy of The Stewards, Bonnie Auld Scotland