Bringing a Yorkie puppy home is definitely exciting. However, there are a few things you need to do beforehand to make sure that you're prepared.

Preparing for the arrival of your Yorkie puppy makes the transition more comfortable for both you and your newfound canine companion. The following are six things to do to prepare to be the owner of a Yorkie puppy. 

Purchase some grooming accessories

Yorkies are known for their long, silky coat. Although a Yorkie puppy won't necessarily shed that much, Yorkies do require a fair amount of grooming. That's why it's important to stock up on grooming supplies like brushes.

It's also a good idea to do some research on Yorkie grooming. To make it as easy as possible to care for your Yorkie, you'll want to keep your Yorkie's coat cut short. This means that it's important to find a good groomer in you area before you bring your Yorkie puppy home. 

Inspect your home for potential hazards

Yorkies are very curious and energetic dogs. They're especially curious when they're puppies. You need to keep your puppy safe by inspecting for and removing any potential hazards from your home before the arrival of your new puppy. 

Hazards around your home could include cleaning products, electrical outlets, houseplants, fireplaces and heaters, and certain types of food. Be sure to puppy-proof your home by removing any of these or other potential hazards. 

Learn some training strategies

Training a Yorkie takes patience and persistence. You should give your puppy some time to adjust right after arriving in your home. However, you can start training your Yorkie to walk on a leash pretty quickly.

Once you start housebreaking your Yorkie, be sure to rely on positive reinforcement rather than punishment. 

Get ready to put a lot of time into being a dog owner

One thing about Yorkies is that they really need a lot of attention and affection. If you're not spending enough time with your Yorkie puppy, you may notice some behavioral issues. Be sure that you're prepared for the time commitment of being a Yorkie owner. 

Set a schedule

Yorkies do well when you set them on a schedule for things like eating and bathroom breaks. It's a good idea to make some plans for this schedule in advance.

You might even want to find out about what your Yorkie's schedule is at the breeder's place and try not to alter this schedule too drastically when your Yorkie first comes home. 

Finding a veterinarian and discussing issues like food and shots

Veterinary care is essential for a young puppy. It's also important for you to discuss the nutritional and veterinary needs of your Yorkie puppy with a veterinarian to make sure you're giving your new puppy the best care possible.

You should find a veterinarian and ask any Yorkie health care questions you have with your vet before the arrival of your new puppy.

If you're looking for Yorkie puppies for sale, check with local pet sellers.