I am planning on getting a yorkie puppy thats 10-12 weeks but if i work 5 days a week for 8hrs do I just leave water for him and no food? And how many times are you supposed to feed yorkie puppies? I dont have one YET, but im planning on getting one soon and I am trying to get as much information that I can so I can raise him right. please give me some tips or websites where I can find out what to do if your away from home.
The best suggestion that I have for toy puppy owners is an x-pen. You can put your puppy in there with a weewee pad, food, water, crate,toy etc. It becomes their private area. It gives your puppy everything it will need to be happy while you are gone at work. The weewee pad is a wonderful housebreaking device just becuase small dog cannot hold there bladders very long. They will then get used to their area, and when you have visitors come over, your baby will have its own space and not be under foot. Depending on the size of the puppy, you have to worry abour sugar shock if they don't get a little bit of food throughout the day. Usually this is only a problem is very small puppies (under 3lbs).
My suggestion would be to NOT get a puppy, and to get an older dog. If you don't have someone who can take the pup out every day and spend time with it, I really don't feel it's fair to the puppy to be left on his own all day while you work. There are plenty of dogs (both purebred and mixed) in shelters and breed specific rescues that are waiting for good homes.
You sound like you are planning in advance to do what is best for the pup, so I really hope you will consider this. It doesn't even have to be an "older" dog. Even a 1 or 2 year old would do much better than a puppy under these circumstances.
I would have replied the same as Illusionminis. It is cruel to crate them for long hours when they can no way hold it that long. A 40 hour work week is a fact of life, and how we make the money it takes to care for the puppy. Just because someone has a job does not mean they should not have a puppy as long as they are setting it up to the puppies convenience and well being.
The expen is the best plan. If you can open it and attach it to the wall in your kitchen on each end or whichever room you plan to do this in, then it doubles the usage size of the pen giving even more room to be able to seperate thier 'soiling' area from the rest of the pen. For safety, plan to get a taller expen, they can surprise you in what they can scale out of.
Although, if you are open to an older dog, then that would be ideal as well. Already housebroken, already settled, so less destructive (maybe, lol) and much more suited to a bit more alone time.
To answer the question about how often they should be fed...if its a really tiny puppy you need to leave food out all the time because they can become hypoglycemic (low blood sugar) and have seizures from it. They can die from this so you need to be really careful.
I agree just because you work doesn't mean you shouldn't have a puppy, but you do need to make sure you have time to spend exercising and training the dog too. Just because they are small doesn't mean that all they want to do is sit in your lap. They need structured play to bond with you and structured training so that they will behave. I see so many badly behaved little dogs because people think that just because they're small they don't have to train them to behave.
I adopted an adult dog and it has been a wonderful experience. House training was a breeze...I think she only had 3 accidents. Older dogs can hold it longer. And training her was a breeze too. She was young, but willing to learn, but old enough to skip some of the things that come with puppyhood. Although she didn't skip the chewing up things phase. I had to fix that! :)
Bottom line continue to do your research and make sure you think long and hard about it before you make your decision. We don't know your living situation but you do. Read "The Loved Dog" and you'll know what kind of committment it takes to raise a dog of any size and what their basic needs are beyond just food, and shelter.