Preparing Your Home For a Chorkie
If you're thinking of getting a Chorkie, you'll need to take the time to properly prepare your home first. There are certain things in modern homes that can pose a danger to a small Chorkie. While you may already be aware of some of these, chances are you don't know them all. Here we'll take a look at how you can prepare your home to create a safe and enjoyable environment for a new Chorkie.
It should go without saying that you'll need a bedding area for your Chrokie to sleep on. Some owners allow their Chorkies to sleep in the bed with them and on the couches, but I don't recommend this as it will get hair all over the place. Go around to some of the local pet stores in your area and find a soft and comfortable small dog bed for your Chorkie. Take the time to actually feel the material to ensure it's soft and won't cause them any discomfort.
Along with a bed, you'll also need to get some blankets to create a more comfortable sleeping area for your Chorkie. Look for for some soft fleece dog blankets that aren't too large or bulky and small enough so that your Chorkie can move them around. Unlike larger breeds, Chorkies love to bury themselves deep under the covers for warmth, which is why their blankets need to be small.
Contrary to what some people may believe, crates are actually a helpful training tool that nearly every Chorkie is sure to love. In order to potty train your Chorkie, you should confine them to an area of the house where they can't sneak off to do their business indoors. Chrokies, much like Chihuahuas and Yorkshire Terriers, are sneaky and will try to run off to an area where you can't see them to do their business. When you aren't able to watch your Chorkie, make them go their crate, as there's less chance of them having an accident here.
When shopping for a crate, look for one that's just big enough for your Chorkie to stand up and turn around in. If the crate is any larger, they may walk over to the opposite side of it to do their business, which negates the entire purpose of a crate. Also, be sure to make the crate a comfortable area for your Chorkie by laying down an extra bed and some blankets for them.
Chorkie-Proof Your Home
Go through your home, carefully inspecting it for any possible dangers to a Chorkie. Some of the most common and serious dangers would be chemicals left in the open where a Chorkie could reach them. Household cleaners, bleach, detergent, soaps and pesticides are just a few of the many chemicals that could potentially harm a Chorkie if ingested. Make sure that all of these and any other chemicals not mentioned here are safely stored in an area where a Chorkie is unable to reach them.
Although chemicals are the most obvious danger to a small Chorkie, plants and small trash also pose a threat. You don't have to necessarily remove all of your indoor plants, but instead you should keep them up off the floor. For some unknown reason, small dogs love to chew and eat plan leaves. This may not cause any issues, but some indoor plants are toxic and can produce life-threatening issues. It's better to be safe than sorry, so keep your plants out of your Chorkie's reach.
Other Possible Dangers In a Home For Chorkies...
- Steep stairs
- Lamps and objects sitting close to the edge of a table
- Medicine bottles left out
- Gasoline, oil and automotive chemicals in the garage
- Cigarettes, chewing tobacco and other nicotine products
Last but certainly not least is dog food. Before you bring your Chorkie home, make sure that you have plenty of high-quality premium dog food for them. If you aren't sure of what type to buy, ask the breeder or seller what type they were using. It's usually best to continue feeding your Chorkie the same type of dog food they've been eating, as their bodies are more accustomed to it. Changing their food to something that's completely different with new ingredients could cause some digestive issues. If you want to switch their dog food, slowly introduce it to them in small amounts so they "ween" off of their old food.