The Complete Idiot's Guide to Yorkshire Terriers

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You're no idiot, of course. You know Yorkshire Terriers are small and cute, and you think one would make an excellent companion. However, Yorkies aren't called the King of Terriers for nothing, and they have the attitude to prove it. Don't sit up and beg for help! The Complete Idiot's Guide to Yorkshire Terriers will show you how to handle this breed and keep your home harmonious!
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Overview

You're no idiot, of course. You know Yorkshire Terriers are small and cute, and you think one would make an excellent companion. However, Yorkies aren't called the King of Terriers for nothing, and they have the attitude to prove it. Don't sit up and beg for help! The Complete Idiot's Guide to Yorkshire Terriers will show you how to handle this breed and keep your home harmonious!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780028644585
  • Publisher: Alpha Books
  • Publication date: 1/12/2003
  • Series: Complete Idiot's Guide Series
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Liz Palika has been teaching dogs and their owners in San Diego for almost 25 years. Palika has published more than 50 books, several award-winning, and over 1,000 magazine articles and columns featured in pet publications, Newsweek, Saturday Evening Post, and more. Palika, who has professional credentials and awards, trains over 1,000 dogs a year and has founded pet- related outreach programs.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 The King of Terriers 1
1 Is a Yorkshire Terrier the Right Dog for You? 3
Dog Ownership Is a Responsibility 4
The Pros and Cons of Dog Ownership 8
A Yorkie's Unique Characteristics 10
2 What Is a Yorkshire Terrier? 15
The History of the Breed 16
The Yorkie in the United States 18
The AKC Breed Standard 18
The Yorkie Today 25
3 The Yorkie Is a Terrier! 27
Terriers Are Different 28
Some Popular Terriers 32
4 Finding a Yorkie for You 37
Finding a Reputable Breeder 38
Take a Look at Yorkie Rescue 45
Choosing the Right Dog for You 48
Part 2 There's a Puppy in the House! 51
5 Prior Planning Is Everything! 53
Puppy-Proofing Your House 54
Puppy-Proofing Your Yard 57
Pet Professionals Can Help 59
A Supply Checklist 61
6 Begin Establishing Household Rules 67
Your Yorkie Needs a Leader 68
Your Yorkie Needs Rules 70
Decide on the Rules 72
Rules Prevent Problems 74
7 Housetraining Can Be a Challenge! 77
Tiny Dogs Can Be Housetrained! 78
A Crate Can Help 79
Housetraining Your Yorkie 83
Dogs Are Creatures of Habit 85
8 Socialization Is Vital 91
The Importance of Socialization 92
How and When to Socialize 94
Watch for Fear Periods 99
Socialization Is a Process 101
Part 3 The Healthy Yorkshire Terrier 105
9 Grooming Your Yorkie 107
Ah, That Yorkie Coat! 108
Grooming Is a Process 111
Trimming Toenails 119
Ears, Teeth, and More 121
10 Keeping Your Yorkie Healthy 125
Your Partner in Your Yorkies' Health 126
Spaying and Neutering Are Important! 133
Taking Care of Your Yorkie 136
Get Out and Have Some Fun! 137
11 Good Nutrition Is Important 143
All About Canine Nutrition 144
Commercial Dog Foods 146
Cooking for Your Yorkie 151
Taking a Look at Supplements and Treats 155
When to Feed and How Much? 156
12 Health Problems to Watch Out For 159
Inherited Health Problems and Birth Defects 160
Small Dogs Have Special Problems 163
Dangerous Canine Diseases 164
Fleas, Ticks, and Other Bugs! 166
13 Emergency First Aid 175
Know Where to Get Help 176
An Emergency First-Aid Kit 177
Restraining Your Yorkie 179
Canine CPR 181
Emergency First-Aid Guidelines 183
Natural (and Other) Disasters 189
Part 4 The Well-Behaved Yorkie 191
14 You Are Your Yorkie's Teacher 193
Training You and Your Yorkie 194
Training Techniques and Tools 195
Teaching Your Yorkie 203
Be Your Yorkie's Leader 205
Make Your Training Successful 206
15 The Eight Basic Obedience Commands 209
Let's Start with the Basics 210
Teaching the Heel Command 221
Tips for Successful Training 223
16 Yorkies Will Make Mistakes 227
Why Do Yorkies Get into Trouble? 228
How Do Dog Owners Cause the Problem? 232
Common Behavior Problems and Solutions 235
Suggestions for Additional Canine Problems 239
17 Understanding Yorkie Behavior 241
How Dogs Make Sense of the World 242
Understanding Hunting Dog Behavior 245
Looking at the Strange Things Dogs Do 247
Common Questions and Answers About Dog Behavior 248
Appendixes
A A Doggy Dictionary 251
B Yorkies (and Other Dogs) on the Internet 255
Index 259
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    i love yorkies

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