For your beloved Yorkie to remain nice and healthy, proper grooming should be done regularly. Grooming refers to procedures related to maintaining the hygiene, good appearance and health of your pet as well as enhancing his appearance for showing or competition.
If you have always used a professional groomer but have recently thought of doing the task yourself, then this page is for you.
Proper grooming will include the following:
- Brushing and Combing
- Nail Care
Brushing and Combing
Part of learning how to groom your Yorkie is using the proper tools. Use a comb for prepping the coat before brushing, for tangles the brush may have missed, for touch-ups and for small areas such as the face. Use a quality, rubber-tipped pin brush with a moderate spread. Use a boar bristle brush for finishing touches.
It is highly recommended to brush and comb your Yorkie once per day to keep his coat healthy and tangle free. Do not brush dry hair as this will cause breakage. Spray his the coat with a quality leave-in conditioner spray to dampen the coat before brushing. Tangles should be worked out with your fingers. Use a clipper only as a last resort when removing serious tangles.
You should give your Yorkie a bath once every six weeks. To start, fill up your bathtub with warm water. If you don’t have a bathtub, place your doggie under the shower. Once his hair is all wet apply a little shampoo. Make sure shampoo doesn’t get in his eyes or ears. Keep in mind that Yorkies tend to have dry sensitive skin, so use a mild moisturizing shampoo. Use less shampoo than you think you need and always rinse him twice to make sure every bit of the shampoo is washed away. Apply the conditioner, leave it for about five minutes before rinsing.
As someone who is giving his Yorkie a trim for the first time, we will point out areas that you need to always keep short enough to maintain a proper hygiene.
Keep the hair short on top of their ears. Trim one-third of the ear hair with an electric hair grooming dog shaver. For best results, we use a 0.8 mm blade. After that, form a trimmed triangle shape, as is the shape of Yorkie’s ear.
Using professional dog grooming scissors, completely trim the hair below the paw pads and in between the fingers.
Trim the hair around the anus, this is the best way to keep it clean and healthy. And everything else around it can be removed by bathing and gentle brushing.
Carefully trim any hair that hinders your Yorkie’s eyesight.
Use a proper pet nail clipper to clip your pet’s nails. First, you need to get a comfortable access to the nails. Press the paw pads with your thumb and hold the paw in your palm. Doing this will make the nails “go out” by themselves, and it will be easier to work with them.
Getting closer to the boundary of the pulp, or the quick, is sensitive to every dog, so cutting off the first nail will guide you how close you are. The dog will show you how close you are to the forbidden area.
With the time, you will be clear on what is the normal length of your doggie’s nails. The first slice must be small, cut a few segments only. The appearance of the first cut will help you control the process.
Be prepared in case of bleeding, make sure you have a tampon with soaked potassium permanganate. There is no cut that cannot be stopped in this way. As soon as you see the little blood drop, press the soaked tampon to the injured place. Hold it like this for about 4 – 5 seconds.