This page is dedicated to providing anyone from a first time dog owner to an experienced dog owner some valuable information on how to care for your puppy. Here at Adorable Puppies for Sale, we want you and your new companion to start things off right. Below we will get into the different things to be aware of when dealing with your new little sidekick. Our main focus is to help make the transition as simple and as easy as we can, for both you and your new pup. From the very first days, it is extremely important to make your puppy feel comfortable in his new surroundings. Transitioning from home to home another can be a little scary for your new pup, so be patient and give your Yorkie or Maltese Pup a lot of positive attention.
Grooming and Bathing
You will need to brush your Yorkshire Terrier or Maltese Puppy to keep from matting, the longer the coat, the more frequently you will need to brush your pup. At first your puppy may not like to be groomed or brushed, but the more you do it the easier it will become. Make sure to praise your puppy when they are being good. Positive reinforcement will go a long way in helping make this task easier as your pup gets older. Try out different combs and brushes to find which one works the best for you. If your puppy does get mats, make sure to have a mat breaker, which can be found at any pet store or online. When it comes to bathing, do so on an as needed basis but keep in mind that bathing too often can cause skin irritation and dry skin problems. If your pup gets a little dirty between their weekly baths, a simple wipe down with a baby wipe may help. Make sure when bathing, not to get water in the nose of your puppy. We use Johnsons & Johnsons Baby Shampoo for bathing our puppies. It is tear free and it works wonderfully on their coats. Make sure to blow dry your puppy immediately after a bath and make sure the ears and feet are completely dry. Not blowing drying can cause you pup to become cold and they may get sick. Brushing your puppy while blow drying can help make the process faster. Once they are clean and dry, give them a treat and shower them with affection.
Trimming or clipping a dog's nails may seem like a daunting task just remember to be patient and your pup will be just as nervous as you are. Puppy's nails need to be trimmed every few weeks. Not having this done can lead to painful or even bloody, broken nails and it can cause your puppy to walk uncomfortably. If you decide you are ready to do this at home, the first thing to do is get a good sturdy nail trimmer and be sure to get comfortable handing the trimmers before attempting to clip the nails. Dog's nails have blood vessels throughout the live area of the nail and will usually be pinkish in color. Take your time and cut the nail from underneath, not downward from the top. If you puppy has white or clear colored nails, you can see the live are quite well but with darker colored nails, it is harder to see. When dealing with the darker colored nails, just cut a little at a time to keep from cutting the live area. If you do trim the nail a bit too short and it starts to bleed, just remain calm. To stop the bleeding, simple put pressure on the nail for a few minutes with a tissue, cloth or towel. It is also a good idea to have a blood stopping powder readily available, which can be found online or at your local pet store. If using a blood stopping powder, use it just like you would the tissue. And remember, if you cut the nail too short, do not worry it happens to even the most experienced nail trimmer. Puppies can be quite squirmy and restless so don't worry if you do not get all the does done in one setting. Take your time and if necessary do one paw at a time. Be gentle and take your time, don't forget to praise and reward you puppy with treats throughout the process. The more you do it, the easier the task will become. Your veterinarian or groomer can do this procedure for you, if you find it to be too uncomfortable of an endeavor.