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Yorkshire Terriers For Dummies Paperback – August 20, 2004

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Packed with step-by-step grooming tips from head to tail

See how to meet your Yorkie’s special needs

Yorkshire Terriers are energetic, playful, and loving companions. This fun, friendly guide helps you decide if a Yorkie suits your lifestyle and gives you expert advice on keeping your dog healthy and content. You’ll get helpful information on the breed standard, feeding, training, visits to the vet, and much more.

The Dummies Way

  • Explanations in plain English
  • "Get in, get out" information
  • Icons and other navigational aids
  • Tear-out cheat sheet
  • Top ten lists
  • A dash of humor and fun

Discover how to:

  • Find the right Yorkie for you
  • Prepare your home for the new arrival
  • Manage nutrition and health
  • Exercise and entertain your Yorkie
  • Handle behavioral problems

About the Author

Tracy Barr has been part of the Dummies phenomenon for over a decade. In that time, she has served as editor, editorial manager, writer, and consultant to folks who write and edit For Dummies books. Most recently, she coauthored Adoption For Dummies and wrote Cast Iron Cooking For Dummies. A dog lover and owner her whole life, she is especially fond of the littlest terriers.

Peter F. Veling, DVM, a 1981 graduate of the Purdue University Veterinary School, owns Caring Hands Pet Hospital in Indianapolis. He is married to Jane Veling and has three children, Rob, Drew, and Caitlin. They share a home with a variety of four-footed family members including dogs Ruby and Jade, and cats Mungo, Tiger, Nellie, and Bob.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (August 20, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764568809
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764568800
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was considering getting a Yorkie for awhile so I bought this book to better inform myself. It is so full of information and it is written so that anyone can understand it (Dummies!?) It definitley helped me make the decision to get my precious Yorkie. So much of the info in this book was the same stuff that the breeder told me. So many things it tells you to expect are exactly what happened. For example, it tells you what to do before you bring home your puppy. Like getting it a blanket and a cuddle toy. My Yorkie looks for his blanket and his stuffed elephant everytime he is ready to lay down! It continues to be a big help with training. I recommend it for sure!
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This book was a God send. I'd highly suggest buying it and reading it from cover to cover before bringing your little Yorkie home. The book is an easy read and because of the format, you can skip to what's important to you and read the rest at a later time. We bought our little puppy from the breeder when he was a mere 6 weeks unlike the standard 12 weeks, which I was actually a little nervous about. However, the book was right on the money with instructions on what to expect when picking him up from the breeder to his very first night in his new home. We just recently took the little guy to his first appointment with the vet. That too is covered in the book! The vet was impressed with how much I knew about the breed and puppies in general. I have this book to thank for that. I really would have been lost without it.
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This book was helpful because I have always owned large dogs. There are a lot of differences with the size of dog you buy. I liked her housing breaking tricks and have found the book very easy to read.
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I have read and enjoyed a few "For Dummies" books in the past and this one has the same easy to read quality. When I got my shih tzu puppy 5 years ago, I read "Shih Tzus for Dummies" and it was a tremendous help. I would have to say that it was much more thorough than this one, though. Much of the information was the same, which is fine, but when it came to the details I was hoping for, I found it to be lacking. I had great success using the suggested training methods in the shih tzu book, so I will be revisiting those techniques to refresh my memory. I would recommend this book, but also suggest that you read more than just this one when prepping for your yorkie puppy. Like any book that has training methods, it has guidelines that may/may not work based on what the dog responds to and what the owner feels comfortable with. Little things like making your dog sit before she/he gets their meal is very basic and effective, but other highlighted techniques seem questionable. I, personally, don't feel like tethering my dog to me (literally) so that she has to follow me around the house is a good idea. I do, however, believe that the positive reinforcement style is the best one that you can use when training your dog. The section on housebreaking and trick training is quite thin (this is where I was hoping for more content). Since yorkies are commonly regarded as hard to housebreak and a little stubborn, I thought there would be some breed-specific tips. It did mention that a shih tzu is harder to train so maybe--comparably--I don't have much to worry about. :o)
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I have owned Yorkies for 16 years. After purchasing new puppies, I decided to get this book and it has been very informative. It is full of information for anyone who has never owned or is thinking of purchasing a Yorkie. I would recommend reading it BEFORE you buy. It also provides tips on training and caring for older dogs as well.
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I love yorkies. I have never owned one but someday I desire to.

I bought this book because I tried to be as informed as possible before heading into something.

This book shows key tips for yorkie owning.

There are some suprising ones in there - such as the fact they prefer to sleep in smaller cages at night versus roaming free around the house. Also the house breaking tips were very informative.

A must read for anyone desiring the company of the yorkshire terrior (though a lot of information in here could go universially for any dog - such as spraying the nose with dilluted vinegar water when they bark versus yelling at them for barking).

Worth the money. Worth the stars! * * * * *
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This book got a lot of great reviews and I tend to like the "Dummies" books. It did follow the traditional format the Dummy books are known for and it was informative and helpful. However, the lack of two stars are for what seemed to be the lean towards AKC snobbery. Come on, a pet Yorkie should never be bred because she isn't show quality? We are getting our Yorkie because we want her to be loved and a member of our family; but this book seemed to written for those who have an allegiance to the AKC and only own Yorkies for strutting in shows. By the way, there are other organizations to register a Yorkie with than the AKC!!
May I recommend the Animal Planet Yorkshire Terriers book instead?.
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this book has saved my dogs life on multiple occasions. but not only that, it has saved money because the book provided information that I otherwise would have needed a vet for. buy this book.. it's very helpful.
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