How to Care for a Baby Chorkie

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How to Care for a Baby Chorkie
Establishing good hygiene while a pet dog is a baby is essential for a healthy life. (Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Chorkies are smart, affectionate and loyal dogs. They may be excitable, and they tend to bark frequently, especially during playtime or when new people come to the door or pass by the house. With the right care, you can raise your baby chorkie to be a well-behaved, healthy and lovable pet.

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Things you need

  • Puppy food
  • Leash
  • Detangling dog shampoo
  • Dog toothbrush
  • Dog toothpaste

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    Feed your baby chorkie two small meals of puppy food each day. Unlike adult chorkies, who can be fed once a day, baby chorkies have a fast metabolism and require two small daily feedings to gain weight at a healthy rate, so that their bodies can grow.

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    Watch your baby chorkie carefully around larger animals. As the baby learns to walk and becomes comfortable moving around his environment or being taken outdoors, he will not understand his small size and may bark at or challenge larger dogs. Always use a leash and pick your baby chorkie up, as you pass larger animals, until he has outgrown this size-blind behaviour.

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    Monitor your baby chorkie around small children. Baby chorkies are sometimes afraid of young children, who can be aggressive in their displays of affection, and the chorkie may snap at or nip the children. Allow the baby chorkie to become accustomed to small children gradually and under supervision.

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    Socialise your baby chorkie with many different types of people. As soon as your baby chorkie can be taken outside, allow him to associate with many strangers on the street. Chorkies have a tendency to fear certain groups of people, such as large individuals, men, or boisterous children, but socialisation at an early age will help your baby chorkie grow up to be friendly and not skittish.

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    Wash your baby chorkie at least once a week and more, if he becomes excessively dirty. Use pet shampoo with detangling properties to keep your chorkie's coat from becoming matted. Begin bathing your chorkie when he is a baby so that your dog becomes accustomed to this activity and does not resist when he is older.

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    Clean your baby chorkie's teeth about once every 2 weeks. Use a small dog toothbrush and dog toothpaste, available at most pet stores. Like bathing, it is important to begin cleaning the teeth of a chorkie when he is a baby so that he becomes accustomed to this process and maintains healthy teeth throughout his life.

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    Take your baby chorkie to a veterinary dermatologist if your pet continuously scratches his pelt or if you notice any skin abnormalities. Young chorkies are especially prone to fleas, allergies and rashes. It is important to establish a good relationship with a veterinary dermatologist while your chorkie is young, so this professional can learn your pet's history and provide lifelong care.

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