INSTRUCTIONS FOR YOUR FIRST DAYS and BEYOND > If your drive home was lengthy, it is perfectly normal for baby to get an upset tummy, and feel tired. Expect your new puppy to need a lengthy nap, before getting excited about the new surroundings. You've been given a puppy kit, purposely included is everything you will need for baby for the first few days. We highly recommend giving puppy at least 48 hours to get comfortable in your home, and bond with you. Before going out, or bringing in any visitors. Too much stress is not good for any baby, but all tiny dogs are predisposed to shake, when scared, or nervous. You don't want this reaction to become a habit. The more safe, and secure your puppy feels, the better chance of a raising up a curious, fun loving dog. Visiting friends, and short trips together are a great bonding experience... but best left until puppy feels safe, and secure in their own home. The stronger the bond with you right away, means less chance of an insecure, and nervous dog later. Your puppy was raised from 3 weeks of age sleeping in an 'x-pen'. Starting out with Mom of course, but gradually increasing their time out of the pen as they aged. By the time baby left our home, he/she had full run of our Kitchen for most of the day. By 9 weeks old, they are only using the pen for short naps, and for bed time. Your new puppy is still a baby, and still requires several naps per day. Let puppy rest or nap whenever needed.
CAUTIONS > Puppy's in general, don't understand danger. They will jump from your arms, or from furniture, without a thought of safety. They have tiny bones, that are easily broken. Jumping from nearly any height can be dangerous for your baby, so please do not leave them in these situations. Like most babies, yours too will chew on things they shouldn't. Hide any exposed wires, cables, or dangerous objects that could be considered a choking hazard, or worse.
FEEDING > **If you find your new puppy isn't eating or drinking by the end of the the first day, then check for pale gums. The gums should be the same color as human gums... light pink to reddish.  Pale gums will look white to grayish in color. This means puppy is not handling the stress of the move well.  A pea sized amount of corn syrup rubbed onto the tongue, or into the gums, should perk your puppy back up. Offer water right away, and be sure the food is close by as well. If you're not noticing improvement within 10 mins, then try one more pea sized amount of the syrup. (unpasteurized honey will work as well) If puppy still refuses to eat... canned puppy food, or a tiny amount of non-spiced deli meat can also be used in a pinch. This is just to entice puppy into eating. Too much can cause tummy upset. Please seek medical attention if puppy refuses to drink for more than 12 hrs, or continues into the 2nd day without eating. This situation is rare, but better safe than sorry. Since these dogs are tiny, they don't have the reserves to hold on for long periods, without food/water. This can cause damage to internal organs, so it's imperative they eat & drink frequently. Your new puppy is used to having a *full food & water dish at all times. All puppies require many feedings daily, and until 6 months of age, should be allowed to free feed. As a puppy, they will only eat what they need. Your baby was raised on Hills Science Diet Puppy (small bites) and you've been given a small amount in your kit to help you continue with this. If you choose to feed another brand, we suggest you gradually switch over by adding a small amount of the new food to begin with... and gradually increasing. The switch over to the new food should take at least 5-7 days to complete fully. * Remember, keep to a low protein diet only!  FOOD & TREATS: Tiny dogs (especially Yorkie's) should have a restricted diet, of very low protein. They have tiny livers that are not able to process the high levels that are found in most treats and food these days. Keeping their diet restricted to under 28% protein is best. This means "no raw hide chews"!! These come in several forms and shapes... pigs ears, hooves, twisted bones, bow ties or stick chewies etc. Raw hide is exactly what it sounds like. The skin of an animal, and in nearly all cases as high as 99% protein. Other food items that are high, and should be avoided are liver, raw bones, some sea food treats and so on. Try to always read the label, and avoid giving it to your puppy if in doubt at all.       Rarely do our pups cry in the evening, or make much of a fuss the first nights. However if you find baby is having a hard time settling down, then we have a few suggestions for you to try.  Try placing baby in a carrier or pen close enough to see you. A carrier placed on the end table beside the bed works best. Close enough for you to place your hand, or a finger or two inside the carrier door to reassure & comfort. Be sure baby has the blanket we gave to you, since this has been pre scented by Mom & our home... in order to provide comfort as well. Try turning a radio on low, since music is very soothing to all animals. A heating pad in a corner set on low, or stuffed teddy bear to cuddle up to, can also be very comforting.
PEE-PAD: should always be within eye sight for puppy to start. This means puppy should be kept confined to only one room for the first few days. Puppy should only be allowed to leave the area for short periods, right after using the pad.  This is to be sure puppy is using the pee-pad, and not having accidents. Once puppy has used the pad for a full day without incident, you can gradually increase the area's she/he is allowed to roam. Too much area to start with, will only confuse your new puppy. This is when you'll find mistakes happen most. If accidents do start, decrease the area again until you feel it's time to try again. It's best to leave the pee-pad until it's been peed on several times. Simply collect any poop up with some tissue and toss into the toilet; however the peed areas are needed. Puppy will use them to seek out the scent.... to continue to pee in the same spot again. If you're wanting to train your puppy to use outdoors for elimination, starting this routine right away is best. Dogs learn by repetition, and routine... so starting right away will work best.  Please visit our site our site, if you're looking for more details on outdoor training.
CORRECTING: puppy with a firm low tone to your voice, a quick 'psst' sound, or saying 'no' is best.... or a combination of these. Please, NEVER correct bad behavior with yelling, or hitting! This will turn your tiny dog into a bundle of nerves, and cause them to be hand shy, and or shake. A disappointed tone is truly enough in most cases.  A spray bottle with water is another method you can use. It's harmless, but can help to get the point across. But should only be used, if all else has failed. We use this method for a few of our dogs occasionally, but it doesn't always work for everyone. Some actually enjoy it.
PRAISE: is very important as well, to assure correct behaviour continues. Puppies especially love high pitch, baby talk. Not all of us humans do, but it's a great way to let your baby know that he's done something good. Your new puppy should 'not' be exposed to other dogs, or areas where strange dogs roam - until the vaccination cycle is complete, and puppy is fully immunized.   Puppy should visit the vet every 3-4 weeks for the booster vaccines, until 18-20 weeks of age. Then, once every other year to have continued protection. Spay and Neuter should be completed at exactly 6 months of age, to avoid any adult issues... such as heats, or marking.