Bathing The Yorkshire Terrier
Yorkie grooming can be very enjoyable and a not too difficult with experience. Just remember not to let the puppy lick the shampoo as this could give him an upset stomach, and subsequently diarrhea, and also take care not to get shampoo in the puppy’s eyes as this can sting and cause stress. Place the puppy on the draining board, sink or shower base and using lukewarm water soak the puppy’s coat gently. Then, with a small amount of shampoo in one hand, and holding the puppy with the other, work the shampoo over the puppy’s body, using the tips of your fingers to massage it into the skin. Don’t “rub” the shampoo into the skin as that will cause the hair to break off.
The shampoo should then be rinsed off with warm water and the whole process of shampooing and rinsing should be repeated. At this stage the coat should be conditioned, using a small amount of conditioner. This must then be rinsed off very carefully as any shampoo or conditioner left on the puppy’s coat will not only make the coat look greasy and possibly scruffy, but will also irritate the skin.
Next, the puppy should be dried. Start by towel drying him and then, with the use of a hairdryer and brush, gently dry his coat until it is completely dry. Remember this is a new experience for a puppy so hold it very firmly, but be very patient and do not be too rough. You will find that if the puppy is bathed regularly it will soon accept being bathed, and maybe even begin to like it.
Yorkie Grooming Supplies
- Pin Brush
- Slicker Brush
- Blow dryer
I begin grooming the puppies at six weeks and repeat once a week at this stage. The Yorkshire Terrier is a single coated dog and washing them every 7-10 days is a good plan.
Initially you will require just a dog comb for the grooming, with both coarse and fine teeth is ideal and readily available at all pet shops. With a puppy it’s necessary to pay special attention to its chest, legs and its underside as it is these areas where the hair tends to tangle in dogs of this age. While combing the puppy, lay it on its back on your lap so that it is facing you. Puppies are not particularly fond of this position and so may need some gentle persuasion at first. You will find this a good time to check the puppy’s nails and the pads of its feet. Trim hair from the pads of the feet. At this position you can now search for and see any tangles or mats on the underside.
TIP: Use a knife or scissor sharpener to keep grooming shear edges sharp. Sharpened scissors produce better cutting results.
If you find any mats in the coat, begin to remove it using your fingertips and gently teasing until it starts to break down. Once you have broken into the mat, use your comb to gently comb away the remaining pieces. Continue this process until all the mats have been removed. When your puppy is clear of mats, stand it on a table keeping a firm hand on it always as a fall would severely injure such a young dog. With your puppy standing or sitting on the table, turn it so it is facing you and begin gently to comb him. You should comb the face, chin, throat and under the eyes while it is in this position.
Remember to keep a hand on your puppy and do not, in any circumstances, walk away and leave it unattended because it may decide to follow you. You should now turn it, so that it has its back to you. With one hand support your dog from the underneath and use your other hand gently to comb the sides and back. First you should use the coarse teeth on the comb then the finer section to finish off, always combing in a downwards direction. Now it is a good time to check that the anus is clean and free of any dry matter that may have accumulated. It is very important that this is checked regularly and cleared away as any slight blockage could get worse and forces the puppy to strain when trying to empty his bowels, causing discomfort and possible internal injury.
Ears and Eyes
- Stain Remover for eyes
V- clip the ears. I clip the ears 1/3 of the way down on both sides of the leather. Then I trim the excess hair along this 1/3 length along side the ear very close with a pair of fine scissors. Pull any hairs growing out of the ear canal – those hairs have to go or your pup could get an ear infection. I use an ear cleaning solution (any brand) in their ears and gently with a q-tip clean them out. Also I treat for ear mites once every 3or 4 months, just as a precaution.
Your puppy will have the tips of his ears shaved to help in keeping his ears up. They will go up and down as they teeth, but should be up after a few months old. If they fold down, it may be necessary to tape-train them to stay up.
- Nail Clippers
- Nail File
- Styptic Powder or Quick Stop
Clip nails short and clipper the feet around evenly, using thumb as a guide. Don’t forget to trim the underside of the paw. Clip the nails nice and trim. Above the ground level is good.
- Toothbrush or Finger Brush
I brush teeth before every bath (weekly) with toothpaste made for dogs, readily available in most pet supply stores. If you don’t keep the teeth clean, they will develop yuck-breath and get periodontal disease. Bacteria buildup on the teeth can also lead to heart problems.