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List of Supplies Needed to Care for a Yorkie

The Yorkie Specialty Shoppe has been combined with this Supplies page, to streamline things and offer an easy method for you to find exactly what you need for your Yorkshire Terrier. 

Overview

It may seem a bit overwhelming to think about everything that's needed to properly care for a puppy or dog; however, once you get organized and feel that you've chosen the right items, you'll carry forward with much more confidence.

This list of supplies is both for new puppies and for Yorkshire Terriers of any age, to ensure that they have all that is needed for optimal health, comfort, and happiness. 

Quick List

Here we offer a quick list and then you can read further for details on each of these essentials. 
  • Accessories, including a retractable leash, a training leash, a harness, ID tags, and optionally, a collar.
  • A quality dog bed
  • Body care items, including paw wax, nose balm, and skin spray or lotion
  • Bowls for food and water, and a water filtering method
  • Brush & comb
  • Car seat
  • A carrier method
  • Clothing
  • Dental care items
  • First aid items
  • Flea and tick repellent (all natural, no-chemical)
  • Food and treats
  • Hair growth aids (if needed, for dogs with thinning or balding areas)
  • Playpen or gates
  • Separation anxiety aids (if needed)
  • Shampoo and coat products
  • Toys 
  • Nail clipper or grinder
  • Supplements (if needed)

Accessories

Tethering leash - This refers to a short 4 or 6 foot soft-handled leash. This is used to keep your Yorkie very close to you and housebreaking is a common time to use this type of leash. Though, it also works well when teaching basic commands. You'll want the leash to be lightweight, and the soft handle allows you to place it over your wrist or slip it through your belt loop; with the other end connected to your Yorkie's harness, this allows for a 'tethering' supervision method. 

Retractable leash - It's a good idea to have a leash that also extends out, depending on your needs. You can keep it at just the right length to keep your Yorkie to your immediate left when walking (which is the 'heeling' position), or let it out during games of fetch, etc. 
Harness - Whenever your Yorkie is on leash, it is highly recommended to use a harness, and not a collar. Toy breeds are very prone to neck injury, including collapsed trachea. This is a condition in which tracheal rings collapse inward; it can be terribly painful and cause serious breathing problems. A harness helps prevent this type of injury by displacing pressure across the shoulders, back, and chest, and keeping any stress off of the neck.

Another reason to have a harness is to use alongside a car seat. Canine car seats have an inner connector buckle that is meant to snap onto the o-ring of a harness. Connecting this to a collar is dangerous in the event of a collision.
Collar and ID tags - Though a Yorkie should be on harness while on leash, you may wish to have a lightweight collar to hold your puppy or dog's ID tags. Even if your Yorkie is microchipped, an ID tag is a good idea since chips are only useful if a dog is found and brought to a facility that has a scanner. Most owners opt to have their cell phone number engraved on the tag as the easiest method of contact. 
See below for recommended leashes, harnesses, and collars. Note that on mobile, you may need to turn your screen horizontal to see all 4 items in the grouping. Additionally, blockers may prevent images from appearing. 

Beds and Cots

There are valid reasons to have a bed for your Yorkie:
  • A quality bed will offer proper support; sleeping on hard surfaces is not good for the hips or back, and can be wearing on the elbows. 
  • Puppies often benefit from the warmth of a bed, since small toy breeds can have trouble regulating body temperature. 
  • Adults 6+ years can benefit from orthopedic memory foam beds, to help prevent common joint ailments.
  • Senior dogs do best with orthopedic beds to help alleviate pain from arthritis; proper sleeping surfaces can increase mobility with older dogs. 
  • A bed, particularly when placed within a structured area like a canine playpen, offers the safety and security of having a 'den'. This is helpful in cases of separation anxiety, and is ideal for a good night's sleep. 
  • Many dogs appreciate having their own area to retreat to to rest and nap. 
There are several types of beds:
  • Bolstered beds - These have 3 sides and are best for puppies and Yorkies of any age that like to snuggle up. Young pups may benefit from self-warming bolstered beds. 
  • Flat mattresses - These have no bolstered sides, and are best for dogs that love to be on the floor; it allows them to be at floor level, but on a supportive surface. 
  • Orthopedic - Both bolstered beds and flat mattresses can be made with memory foam that conforms to the body while offering support. 
  • Cots - Also known as elevated cots or beds, these are raised to allow for airflow under the body. These are ideal in the summer to help keep a dog cool, and can be used both indoors and out. 
Read more about the best types of beds for Yorkies or look below for top recommendations. Note that on mobile, you may need to turn your screen horizontal to see all 4 items in the grouping. 

Body Care Items - Paws, Nose, Skin

There are a few body care supplies to have on hand, to both prevent issues and help heal or treat certain problems. 

Paw wax - Paw wax can be extremely helpful. In the winter, it helps prevent snowballing (when snow melts, refreezes into ice, and then stretches the skin between the toes and/or paw pads), gives a dog better traction, and offers a layer of protection from cold walking surfaces. In the summer, it offers a layer of protection from hot walking surfaces. Year-round, it helps keep paw skin moisturized and healthy. For this type of maintenance, a weekly application is recommended. 

A quality paw wax can also help heal certain issues such as excessively dry paws, peeling, and/or cracking. For this type of treatment, a daily application may be needed. 
Nose butter or balm - A dog's nose is very vulnerable to the elements, and it's not uncommon for there to be issues such as drying, peeling, chapping, and/or cracking. 

Issues are common in the summer; while some sun is good for the nose, as it helps it maintain its dark pigmentation, too much sun exposure can be detrimental. And in the winter, a dry nose can quickly become chapped.

So, a good nose balm can help prevent and treat these sorts of issues for Yorkies that are prone to them.  

For maintenance, a nose balm can be applied every 3 days or so. For treating issues, this may be applied as often as 3 times per day. Note that deep cracks that ooze blood or pus should be treated by the veterinarian, as there may be a need for antibiotics. 
Skin sprays and lotions - There are a lot of different skin issues that can develop with dogs; however, the most common ones are related to allergies and includes hot spots, itching, and/or rash. While you will want to go over all steps to resolve Yorkshire Terrier allergies, part of this is to remedy these sorts of symptoms. 

A spray or lotion can help to soothe and heal skin issues while you work to resolve the trigger. A spray is a good method to target specific areas and is a good choice if a Yorkie does not tolerate having problem areas touched. A lotion is a good method to give full-body relief. 
Below are our recommended paws wax, nose balm, skin spray, and skin lotion. On mobile, you may need to turn your screen horizontal to see all 4 items in the grouping. 

Bowls and Water Filtering Method

Bowls - When getting supplies, many owners simply grab the first bowls that they see, not putting much thought into this; however, this can have negative consequences. 

Material and sizing play a huge role, both health-wise and in regard to a Yorkie being able to eat with ease. 

For material: Steer clear of plastic bowls, even if they are BPA free. It's not uncommon for dogs to have reactions to plastic; the most common being a gradual discoloration of the nose. In addition, these are prone to sliding and tipping over. Finally, plastic bowls tend to scratch and it is within those tiny nicks that bacteria loves to thrive, making the bowls unsanitary unless cleaned constantly. 

Stainless steel is best. Ceramic is another option, but do note that ceramic can break and/or crack. Quality stainless steel does not cause reactions, is a heavier material which allows the bowl to stay in place, and is great at resisting scratches.

In regard to sizing: You'll want to be sure that the bowl is not over-sized. This can make it hard for the Yorkie to reach all of his food, which can lead to frustration and even under-eating. In addition, when the bowl far exceeds the size of the meal, this often causes owners to believe that their Yorkie is not eating enough, when in fact it is the right about for this small breed. 

For height: Some toy breeds prefer a raised bowl, simply because it makes eating easier. If you think that your Yorkie may like this, and you have a floor dish at home, you can place it up onto a sturdy surface to test this idea.

Do, however, choose wisely for raised bowl sets; since the Yorkshire Terrier is very small, the bowls should only be raised up a couple of inches. Any further would possibly impede comfort and ease of eating. 

For design: With floor level bowls, you may find that those built into a base work very well for both keeping the dishes near each other and for limiting spills and messes. 
Water filtering method - While it is very common for pets to drink unfiltered tap water, this is possibly one of the biggest mistakes that owners make, and one that can greatly impact a dog's health and lifespan. 

The presence of toxins in tap water is well-known, and in fact the EPA allows for 'acceptable' levels of many of them. The top 12 contaminants are: Fluoride (proven to be toxic to canines), chlorine, lead, mercury, PCB chemicals, arsenic, perchlorate, dioxins, DDT, HCB, dacthal, and MtBE. Most of these have been proven to cause serious issues including but not limited to thyroid imbalances, respiratory issues, cell damage, kidney damage, liver damage, nerve damage, seizures, and cancer. 

In addition, Chromium-6, the carcinogen brought to light in the Erin Brockovich movie, is currently in the drinking water of over 200 million Americans. 

Methods to offer clean, toxin-free water include giving bottled spring water, installing a filter to your kitchen tap, or using a filtering water pitcher. In regards to a pitcher, take note that some are great and some not so much. One made by Aquagear (see below) filters out Chromium-6, fluoride, lead, mercury, chlorine, arsenic, cadmium, chromium, copper, selenium, and more. 
Recommended bowls and an effective filtering water pitcher are below. If you do not see the images, try a refresh. On mobile, you may need to turn your screen horizontal to see all four. 

Brushes and Combs

The Yorkshire Terrier is rather low maintenance in regard to brushing the coat; though Yorkies with long coats do require a bit more upkeep. The most important factor is to use the right tools; the wrong brushes can pull at hairs or otherwise be detrimental to the integrity of the coat, and those designed for thick coats of fur can be rough on this breed's silky hairs and even hurt your dog while you're brushing. 
For shaved or short hair styles - Don't assume that Yorkies with very short coats or those that are shaved do not need to be brushed; they do. Brushing helps to remove debris, helps distribute natural body oils which is great for the skin, and it stimulates blood flow to the hair follicles that improves coat health.

A small boar bristle brush works well on these coats. Typically, no comb is needed. Though, if hairs around the face are kept longer, you will want to comb those (details ahead). 

For moderate to long coats - Routine brushing will offer all of the benefits mentioned above, as well as help keep mats away. A small pin brush works well. Be sure that the tips are either polished or cushioned. 

For matting - You will want to first try to work out the tangle using your hands (slathered in conditioner). If you are not successful, it is best to clip the mat. If not, it will just continue to grow, pulling in more hairs and pinching the skin. 

For combing - A two-level steel comb works well if you want both a body comb and a face comb. If your Yorkie only needs a face comb, there are tiny ones made just for that. 
Read more about the best brushes for Yorkshire Terriers, or look below for our top recommendations. Note that on mobile, you may need to turn your screen horizontal to see all 4 items in the grouping. 

Car Seat

If you'd buckle up a child, buckle up your Yorkie. Not doing so puts your dog at great risk. Let's look at some facts:
  • No matter how careful of a driver you may be, you have no control over the other drivers on the road nor the road conditions.
  • If a vehicle traveling at 35 mph is involved in an accident, and a 5-lb. Yorkie is not restrained, the dog will be thrown with the force of a 225 pound object. This can cause severe bodily injury including broken bones, fractured neck, severe internal injury to vital organs, and brain damage. And of course, can be fatal.
  • When dogs are flung like projectiles, this also endangers the driver and other passengers.
  • Having a dog free in the car is a top distraction; distracted driving accounts for 17% of all collisions, and 10% of all fatal car accidents.
  • Raised booster seats help stop motion sickness. Dogs that get car sick often hate being driven; it causes terrible waves of nausea and dizziness. Being up high in order to see the road and be close to air flow from a window, and having the body secure and not swaying can lead to more enjoyable drives. 
You'll want to choose a raised seat that is designed for toy breed dogs. Read more about car seats for Yorkies or look below for our recommendations. Note that on mobile, you may need to turn your screen horizontal to see all 4 items in the grouping. 
Note: The inner buckle of these seats needs to be attached to a dog's harness, not a collar. Connecting the buckle to a collar can cause terrible neck injury. Also see 'Harnesses' under Accessories

Carry Method

Being so tiny, there will be lots of time that your Yorkie is not able to walk alongside you at the pace that you need to go. And though you can, of course, keep him in your arms, this is not feasible in many situations. Also, if you will be doing anything other than carrying him, it's not safe to multitask in a way that can lead to a Yorkie either falling or wiggling out of your grip.

In addition, many owners end up leaving their Yorkie home alone if they deem it too difficult to bring their dog along or if the destination does not allow pets. However, if you choose a carrier method, you can keep your Yorkie right by you in a safe way, have your hands free, bring him into many stores and other places that do not normally allow pets (but don't mind toy dogs in carriers), and decrease the amount of time that you head out without your best friend. 

There are several choices:

Slings - Carry slings are typically made of durable, soft materials; there is a shoulder strap and a deep pocketed pouch to hold your dog. This allows you to keep your Yorkshire Terrier right by your hip. Many dogs find these to be soothing, due to the rhythmic swaying motion of your body as you walk. 

Carry packs - These are similar to backpacks, but designed to hold small pets, and typically are front-facing. These are more structured than the slings and are a great choice if you prefer two-shoulder support and/or if you'll be walking long distances. 

Strollers - Pet strollers are a great method if you'll be moving at a good pace and/or to keep your dog shaded when you have lots of walking to do. Of course, the con is that this does not keep your hands free; but, this is a great choice for long durations (dogs can sit up, sleep, eat, play, etc.). Some pet owners also use this method to bring their dog with them while out jogging. 
Read more about carry methods for Yorkies or look below for recommendations. Note that on mobile, you may need to turn your screen horizontal to see all 4 items in the grouping. 

Clothing

A few good pieces of outerwear are a necessity for many toy dogs like the Yorkie. Puppies often get chilled, and since Yorkshire Terriers of all ages are so small with very little fat reserves, it's common to have intolerance to the cold. 

You may find that a shirt is all that is needed on some days. In the autumn, a sweatshirt or sweater often does the trick, and in the wintertime, a lined vest or coat can be very helpful in allowing your Yorkie to head outside with you for both bathroom needs and daily exercise. 

Of course, as with many things, sizing is often an issue; it's not always easy to find clothing that fits this tiny breed. Read more about finding quality clothes that fit Yorkies or see below for a few top recommendations. 

Dental Care Items

The Yorkshire Terrier is very prone to tooth decay, and this can take many owners off guard. There can be terrible bad breath, pain that makes it difficult for the dog to eat, and rot that leads to teeth falling out as young as 5 or 6 years old.

And the battle against tooth decay with your Yorkie is a daily one. Plaque is being produced around-the-clock. It is a clear, sticky film that clings to teeth. Within just 3 days, it can start to harden into tartar, which is much harder to remove. 

This sits on the teeth where it eats away at enamel, and can move under the gum line. Infection can set it (which can travel up to the sinuses or even cause full-body sepsis), decay can develop above, along, or under the gum line, and teeth can begin to loosen and then fall out.

Much of this can be avoided with strict at-home dental care and when needed, veterinary full-dental exams in which x-rays are taken, teeth are scraped, and issues are fixed. 

Here is what can help keep your Yorkie's teeth clean and strong:

Brushing - Use a properly sized canine toothbrush or a finger-brush and an effective canine toothpaste. Note that human paste is toxic, and foaming agents can cause a dog to choke. Aim to brush your dog's teeth daily. 

Sprays - While daily brushing is best, if your Yorkie strongly resists, the next best thing is a spray that works to remove plaque. 

Chews - A daily dental chew is also recommended and can go a long way in the fight against decay. Since these are intended to be very hard (to help scrape off plaque), be sure to supervise your puppy or dog. 

Water additives - This is a flavorless supplement that is added to a dog's water and works to kill bacteria in the mouth. 
Read more about taking care of your Yorkie's teeth at home or see below for recommended dental care items. 

First Aid Items

There's no need to carry around a doctor's bag; however, you will find that having some essential items is a wise move. Should there be an emergency, you can react immediately. And if there are smaller issues, you can tend to your Yorkie right away without having to try to find what you need or run to the store. 

Here is a list of supplies to keep in a small bag (a makeup bag or even a gallon plastic zipper bag works well):
  • Betadine solution, gauze pads, paw bandages (all for treating cuts)
  • Canine thermometer, petroleum jelly (for taking your Yorkie's temperature)
  • Activated charcoal tablets, hydrogen peroxide, medicine syringe (used to treat ingestion of toxins, poisoning. Do NOT give unless you are given instructions by the vet to do so) 
  • Eye wash and/or artificial teats (to treat irritation to the eyes)

Flea and Tick Repellent

Why this is important: Puppies and dogs can easily catch fleas, even in the cleanest of homes. These tiny pests can jump 3 to 6 feet from dog to dog, and can live embedded into carpeting inside and moist, shady places outside. 

Ticks are a concern in just about every state in the US; some more than others. While they are most active in the summer, they can awake from winter hibernation if there are several days without snow.  

Some of the diseases that fleas can cause include tapeworm infection and plague (yes, this can still occur and is carried by fleas that pick this up from rodents), and a flea infestation can cause terrible itching for a dog, while the flea population spreads throughout the house.

Ticks can cause Lyme disease (spread through the blacklegged tick), Ehrlichiosis (a bacterial disease spread by the Lone Star tick), and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (caused by several types of ticks). 

While protection is important, the use of strong chemicals can cause terrible reactions. So, while you'll want to protect your Yorkshire Terrier from fleas and ticks, you may want to opt for chemical-free products. 

Keep in mind that some heartworm protection products also protect against fleas and/or ticks. So, you'll want to check the labeling on what you are using to see what it covers. 
Recommended products: In areas of heavy tick infestation and/or in the case of a severe flea infestation, organic flea and tick products may not be quite as effective as some strong pesticides. This said, some work quite well. 

Balms -  Curealia makes a really good balm that uses essential, natural oils to repel fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes (see below). It contains extra virgin olive oil, bees wax, shea butter, lavender, cedarwood, rosewood, and patchouli (a mint-type plant). 

It's really easy to use. You take a pea-sized amount and gently rub it between your palms to make it melt. Then, you spread this on your dog's neck and back. It has to be reapplied about every 2 weeks (when the scent wears off). 
Powder - With this, you sprinkle an all-natural powder on your dog and then brush it through the coat. There is one made by Pest Peeve (see below) that is an eco-friendly option that works with 3 ingredients: Diefomaceous earth (50%), neem leaf powder (25%), and yarrow flower powder (25%). It works rather well for prevention, but may not do the job for serious cases of severe flea infestation. 
Sprays - Vet's Best (see below) makes a very effective spray that works for fleas and ticks on dogs and to kill fleas in the home, which is really great because when you're going beyond just protection, if a dog has fleas, the house has fleas. No exceptions, it's just a matter of how many. 

This is a plant-based formula that contains peppermint oil, eugenol (from clove plants), and sodium lauryl sulfate (plant-derived). 

There is another spray made by Dr. Greenpet (see below) that works via 4 natural oils (peppermint, clove, ceder, and cinnamon). 
These no-chemical flea and tick products are below. Note that on mobile, you may need to turn your screen horizontal to see all 4 items in the grouping. 

Food and Treats

Making choices:

One of the most important decisions that you will make, that has a direct impact on your Yorkshire Terrier's current and future health, is what you offer for both meals and snacks. 

The biggest problem with the commercial dog food market is that it is overflowing with brands that offer very little in the way of proper nutrition, but are packed with heavy chemicals (artificial coloring, preservatives, and flavoring). These additives are a top cause of allergies. But, also high grain content, soy, corn, and other fillers can cause problems as well. Great brands can become lost in the sea of choices, and it may seem difficult to weed out which ones are truly wholesome. 

And snacks are just as important as main kibble. You'll want these to be 100% all-natural without any synthetic preservatives, additives, fillers, by-products, or generic meats or oils. 

Frequency and type: 

Most Yorkshire Terriers do best with 3 small meals per day and 3 to 4 small snacks in between meals to keep blood sugar levels even. Dry kibble is recommended since it is better for the teeth and for consistent bowel movements, and snacks for in between meals should be dry as well. 

In addition to this, you'll want training treats that are reserved specifically to reward good behavior such as following housebreaking rules, when heeling, when obeying commands, etc. These should be moist and very tiny so that they do not interfere with appetite. 
Recommendations:

Wellness CORE (see below) cannot be beat; this top-quality brand is properly balanced, has zero wheat, corn, soy, meat by-products, generic oils, artificial colors, flavors or chemical preservatives, and has added extras like omega 3, glucosamine, and antioxidants. Their small breed formula is appropriate for dogs as small as 2 pounds, and they do have a puppy formula as well. The protein base is chicken, which is normally very well tolerated.

If you are looking for a different protein base, Merrick's offers Lil' Plates (see below), which is also a superior brand that has lamb, beef, and fish recipes. 

For dry snacks, Fruitables has a great line of all-natural mini snacks, and for moist training treats, Wellness Bites is a terrific choice. 

Read more about feeding guidelines for Yorkshire Terriers, read more regarding the details of treats and snacks for a Yorkie, or see below for the aforementioned recommendations. 

Hair Growth Aids

Before we dive into what can help a Yorkie regrow the coat, it is extremely important to note that the underlying issue behind the hair loss should be diagnosed. There are quite a few disorders that can cause a dog to lose his coat; among these are ringworm, low thyroid levels, mange, mites, bacterial infections, severe allergies, Cushing's disease, and even some cancers. 

This said, Alopeica X refers to hair loss that is 'unknown', though it is thought to be linked to hormonal imbalances. In these cases, the veterinarian may recommend spaying or neutering a dog. This can sometimes lead to regrowth, though it may just be temporary.

When all possible health issues have been ruled out, there are some products that can help a Yorkshire Terrier regrow the coat. Typically, best results will be when all four are used simultaneously. 

Restorative creme or lotion - This works in two ways. The act of massaging in a cream stimulates blood flow to the hair follicles, which in itself can help prompt hair growth. Additionally, the ingredients themselves can help restore skin cells and improve skin health, which can lead to an increase in coat growth. 

We recommend massaging a restorative cream in 2 times per day for the first week, then once per day for 4 weeks. Once the coat starts growing back well, use once a week for maintenance. 

Specialty shampoos - This works to thoroughly saturate a dog with healing ingredients.There are several which are known to be great for skin and coat, including aloe, neem, coconut, and tea tree oil.  We recommend lathering up your Yorkie with this type of shampoo once per week for the first month, then every 2 to 3 weeks for maintenance. 
Melatonin - This naturally occurring substance is made by the body while one sleeps (both humans and canines) and functions to help regulate sleeping patterns. It is sometimes given to dogs as a sleep aid, or as a mild tranquilizer to help with anxiety. It also has shown promise in helping a dog regrow his coat. 

However, this can cause a dog to feel drowsy and should not be given to some dogs that take certain medications or those with certain health conditions, so you'll want to check with your dog's veterinarian about giving this to your Yorkie. Typically dosing is 1 mg, once per day (for dogs under 10 lbs.). 
Omega 3 fish oil - Omega 3 is an essential oil, meaning that the body cannot produce this, it must come from a dog's diet. Superior dog foods will already have good levels of omega in them. However, extra omega 3 can help when you are trying to help your Yorkie's coat grow back in.

Note that omega 3 can be derived from either plants or fish, and it is the fish oil that you'll want to use. Additionally, fish oil can be from farmed fish or wild fish, and we recommend wild fish. 
Our recommendations for these hair growth aids are below. Note that on mobile, you may need to turn your screen horizontal to see all 4 items in the grouping. Also, if you are using a blocker, this may prevent images from showing. 

Playpens

These are an alternative to crates, which most dogs find to be extremely confining. On the other hand, 24 or 34 inch playpens offer a comfortable, open-air, defined space that can help in many ways: 
  • It keeps your Yorkie in one defined area to limit accidents when housebreaking.
  • Offers a secure spot if a dog has separation anxiety; not only does it create the feeling of a 'den', which dogs find to be comforting, but it also keeps all of a dog's items nearby. 
  • To limit destructive chewing, including during the teething phase.
  • As a safe spot when you're cleaning, when guests come over, or for any other time that you need your Yorkie somewhere safe.
Within the pen, you'll want to have a quality bed, pee pads, food & water, and some great toys. Read more about the benefits to using a playpen for a Yorkie or see below for recommendations. 

Separation Anxiety Aids

It's common for dogs to have trouble being home alone, and when this is felt to such a strong degree that it affects a dog physically and/or emotionally, it is referred to as separation anxiety. A dog may spend his time nervously pacing and/or endlessly barking, or may become sullen, depressed, and/or suffer from overwhelming feelings of isolation. Enduring these episodes can affect dogs far passed the event, and each session of being alone compounds the problem. 

There are several things that you can do to help with this, and it mainly focuses on creating a comforting yet lively environment:
  • Keep your Yorkie in a well-lit area that is not too close to AC vents or heating elements.
  • Experiment with a window vs a non-window view.
  • Create a 'den'; canine instinct tells a dog that a 'den' equals safety and security, so a dog that is left in a room or worse yet is left to roam an empty house will have much more trouble. A den can be created via a playpen (see previous supply), and within that have a quality bed (see Beds), toys (read on), food and water, and pee pads. 
  • Leave on lights; even if you plan to come home before dark, heavy clouds, a storm, or approaching dusk that darkens the house can increase feelings of loneliness. 
  • Have the TV on or music playing. Choose a family-friendly TV channel or an easy-listening radio station. There is also music specifically designed for dogs to help keep them happy and content. 
  • Offer toys that keep your Yorkie busy; those that speak are great for this, and treat-release toys are fantastic as well. 
  • Offer a companion toy; these are designed to mimic living animals and are as close as you can get to having another pet without literally getting one. The one that we recommend, the Smart Pet (see below) is a great size, has a comforting heartbeat, and emits a soothing warmth. 
  • Consider a pet cam; these are a bit pricey and therefore not for every budget; but, can be a terrific method of interacting with your dog from far away. There are several types with various functions; however, most allow you to see your dog, there may be audio so that you can say hello, and the ones that allow you to send out a treat with the tap of a button on an app are really fantastic. 
Read more about helping a Yorkie with separation anxiety, or see below for recommended toys, music, and pet cam. Note that on mobile you may need to turn your screen horizontal to see all 4 items in the grouping. 

Shampoo and Coat Care

The shampoo and other coat care products that you use will have a huge effect on the health of your Yorkshire Terrier's skin and coat. In addition to this, the right coat supplies can prevent issues, and treat issues. Let's look at each type and what they can do:

Shampoo - Yorkies should have baths every 3 weeks, regardless of whether or not they appear dirty. This is because once a bath is given, just about 3 weeks later there is enough of an accumulation of natural body oils that it warrants a bath to cleanse them away and start anew. If not, these oils will compound on the skin clogging skin pores, blocking natural air flow, and can start to smell quite stinky. Eventually, oil will start to spread onto hairs, making the coat look greasy. 

The shampoo must have effective cleansing agents and proper pH to swipe away body oils while being gentle on the skin. Inferior cleansing agents will leave oils, which nullifies the bath, and the wrong pH can cause dry skin and other associated issues. 
Conditioner - The shampooing process opens hair cuticles, and this is a very vulnerable state for the coat. A good conditioner will smooth cuticles down, and if it is not used at all, open cuticles will be very prone to split ends. You'll want a conditioner that does it job and then is easily washed out; if not, any remaining product can block skin pores and weigh down the coat. 
Coat sprays - Also known as leave-in conditioner sprays or spritzes, these are often used daily and serve several purposes: 
  • To help protect against contact friction and split ends
  • To help repel dirt, debris, and urine splashes
  • To offer a layer of protection from arid air in the winter and sun exposure in the summer
  • To help prevent tangles
  • To keep a puppy or dog smelling nice in between baths
So, you'll find a lightweight daily spritz to be very helpful in maintaining your Yorkie's coat, whether it is short, medium, or long. 
Specialty Shampoos - There are lots of skin issues that may require a specialty shampoo or even a medicated one. Common issues seen with Yorkshire Terriers include dryness, itching, hot spots, and/or rash. A terrific shampoo that works for all of these, plus one that can treat fungal or yeast skin infections is Moosh (see below). 

This contains an amazing array of soothing and restorative 100% organic ingredients including bentonite clay (known for its healing abilities, binds and removes bacteria, fungus, and toxins), neem and argan oil (both are natural antiseptics, and also are great for moisturizing), shea butter, aloe, and coconut (fantastic to restore skin health and improve hair texture), nutmeg (to soothe irritation), and rosemary oil (to improve circulation). 

Read more about choosing the best shampoo and coat products for Yorkies, or see below for shampoo, conditioner, daily coat spray, and specialty shampoo recommendations. Note that on mobile, you may need to turn your screen horizontal to see all 4 items in the grouping.

Toys for Specific Needs

It's not uncommon for a puppy or dog to have a huge pile of toys that are mostly ignored. This is often a combination problem of having a lot of wrong ones and having a few good ones lost in the mix. It's far better to have 6 to 8 effective toys, than to have a huge collection that is basically ignored or that do not do their job. 

You'll also want to focus on toys that meet your Yorkie's particular needs. Let's look at some choices: 

Teething / Chew toys - For this, you'll want toys that are appropriately sized and that have the right consistency to feel good while chewed. For teething, those with small nubs or twisted rope toys work fantastic to 'scratch' itchy gums, and for both teething and chewing urges, those that are flavored are a good draw to keep a pup interested. 

'Stay busy' toys - Bored dogs are not happy dogs, and high levels of boredom or consistent boredom can lead to all sorts of issues including excessive barking, destructive behavior, and stress. For this, interactive toys are great. Those that speak or make noises in reaction to a dog touching them can keep a dog focused and busy. These are terrific for when a Yorkie is home alone, or for when you want your Yorkie to stay occupied while you are there but not able to play. 
Treat dispensing toys - These are designed to slowly release treats or kibble, and are wonderful for keeping a dog busy or for when you want to offer food while you're away from home. The tricky thing about these, is that most are designed for dogs much larger than the Yorkshire Terrier. Fortunately, a couple of the 'Busy Buddy' toys are designed for tiny toy dogs. 
Fetch toys - If there's one thing that your Yorkie wants, its your attention. And playing the quintessential game of fetch is one of the easiest (and funnest) ways to both bond with your dog and offer a short bout of healthy cardio. The key is to use a toy or ball that is appropriately sized for this tiny breed so that mouthing it is easy, and to have the toy be colorful enough to add to its attraction. Finally, your enthusiasm plays a big role, the more animated and excited you are to be playing, the more fun your Yorkie will have. 
Companion toys - As the name implies, this type of toy is meant to serve as a de facto companion. These are incredibly helpful for dogs that suffer from separation anxiety. Look to the Separation Anxiety Aids section to see more about these types of toys. 
Read more about the types of toys every Yorkie should have or look below for recommended teething, 'stay busy', treat dispensing, and fetch toys. Note that on mobile, you may need to turn your screen horizontal to see all 4. 
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