DIY Yorkie Grooming!
Grooming Tips: Info Source http://www.yorkieinfocenter.com/yorkie-grooming
Proper grooming to keep your Yorkie looking nice and remain healthy will include:
Brushing and combing
Nail Care (and possible dewclaw removal)
Creating Top Knots (if the hairs on the forehead are kept long)
If you give too many baths, the following will happen:
1) Even if you are using the best shampoos and other products, the nature of shampoo is to cleanse and too much of this will strip away oils too frequently, causing the skin to dry out.
2) The act of scrubbing too often will be abrasive to the skin and coat. Hairs can lose their strength and the coat can weaken.
If you give a bath too rarely, many things will happen:
1) Natural body fluids will accumulate and not being cleansed away this can cause the coat to look (and feel) oily
2) Skin pores can clog
3) The coat will begin to smell
4) Long hairs will tangle and knot without the help of a quality conditioner
So, how often should you give a Yorkshire Terrier a bath? Keeping the above in mind, the perfect timing for most Yorkies is once every 3 weeks.
1) Choose your grooming products carefully. Never use human shampoo, no matter how well it happens to work for you. It will dry the skin and coat of this dog breed., as it is not formulated with the correct ph balance. Invest in a quality shampoo, conditioner and leave-in product. A bottle lasts quite a while for a little Yorkie, so you won't need to restock often.
2) Brush and comb the coat directly before and after a bath. You'll want to do this before baths to catch any tangles before they become wet in the tub at which time they will become more difficult to remove. Combing also separates the hairs for better cleansing.
3) Be sure to rinse out all shampoo and conditioner. Any leftover shampoo residue will cake up into tiny particles similar to the texture of waxy, wet clay substance. These little chunks will clog skin pores, prevent body oils from being properly distributed on the silky hair and can cause skin irritation. When you think that you have rinsed enough, rinse for a minute longer.
4) Use a quality canine bath brush which stimulates the skin and is the right texture for a silky haired breed. Any cloth that is even slightly abrasive can irritate the skin, which in turn, affect the coat.
5) Male Yorkies should be wiped with a canine cleansing wipe, to clean off urine that usually collects onto the coat when they urinate. Doing so right before bedtime and after their last "bathroom" trip of the day generally works best. In this way, your Yorkie will be able to retreat to his sleeping area perfectly clean and fresh.
6) Take note of any feces that may have clung to hairs near the anus. For females, bacteria from feces can travel to the urethral orifice and cause a urinary tract infection. If you do need to wipe the rear end to tidy up your Yorkie after a bowel movement, be sure to wipe outward and not toward the urethral opening.
7) Each day, use a quality canine facial wipe to wipe around the eyes. If you choose to do this with only a damp washcloth, once the eye area is cleaned, use a 2nd dry cloth to pat this area dry. You will not want to allow the hairs around the eyes to remain wet or even damp, as a yeast infection can quickly grow in that sort of environment. If your Yorkie tends to dive into his or her water dish, try to wipe the face as often as you can so the area does not stay damp for a long time.
Do not ever brush your dogs coat when it is completely dry or brush your dog with a natural bristle brush, because you will break the fine hairs of the Yorkshire Terrier's coat. It is actually best if their coat is actually misted with a combination of water and hair conditioner before brushing . The best brush to use on a Yorkie is a high-quality pin brush that has a rubberized back. Do not use a brush which features tiny balls on the end of the pins because they will have a tendency to yank at the coat and split it. Right after brushing their coat we like to utilize a wide-toothed grooming comb and comb their coat. You actually will be amazed at just how many snarls you will certainly find.
An additional region which needs day-to-day awareness is the inclination of the hair bordering the rectum to become matted with fecal material. By taking your dog to the groomers on a regular basis, this really should not be very much of a dilemma because the groomer will trim the hair found in this region very short and will thoroughly clean this area. But if left long and it becomes matted with fecal material, serious health problems may result. We always shave around the anal area to keep extra hair from building up, which can cause fecal to build up.