Some people may feel that is really difficult to Groom a Yorkie at home, but it’s not that hard as it seems. If you implement these techniques and use the proper tools, your Yorkie will always look great and beautiful.
Yorkies or Yorkshire Terriers are a really cute and interesting breed of dogs. They are tiny and may seem lazy but they have a very hard-working background.
Yorkies were bred to be rat hunters, however, in the modern world, all they do is sit on our laps and get all the love in the world.
Yorkshire Terrier Grooming is an art in itself. If you have a Yorkie, you would need some extra effort to clean that Yorkie coat because of the fact that they shed rarely and they have hair instead of fur.
Hi, I am Daniela Carrera, a Yorkie owner, and a Professional Dog Trainer. In this article, I share the basics of grooming a Yorkie and what products you would need to clean his coat and keep him neat and tidy.
You can Groom a Yorkie once a week. Some steps could be more frequent and some could be less, but regular grooming is important to avoid further problems and skin infections.
Necessary Yorkie Grooming Tools
Pin & Bristle Brush – HaloVa Pet Comb & Bristle Bamboo Brush
Slicker Brush – Ruff ‘N Ruffus Self-Cleaning Slicker Brush
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Ear Cleaner – Virbac EPIOTIC Advanced Ear Cleanser
Eye Wipes for Dogs – Pet MD Dog Ear Cleaner Wipes
Best Dog Shampoo – TropiClean Dog Shampoo
Best Dog Toothbrush and Toothpaste – RADIUS Adult Kit Dog Toothbrush
Nail Clippers for Yorkies – Boshel Nail Clipper and Trimmer
Brushing a Yorkie needs some effort, as Yorkies have hair on their coat. You should use a pin and bristle brush to gently remove any tangles.
Be very slow and gentle with this step as a Yorkie’s hair can tangle and knot very easily. If you do it quickly, it can really itch and cause some pain to your dog which could make him hate Grooming and Brushing.
In the Second step, remove dead hair using a Slicker brush. A slicker brush is great for straightening and separating strands of hair from each other. Be slow and gentle and avoid too much pulling.
When you are done with these two steps, your Yorkie puppy’s coat should get rid of any kind of debris, knots, and tangles.
Important Tip: Do not brush your Yorkie when the coat is completely Dry.
After you have made sure that your Yorkie is tangle-free, it’s time to take bathe. A Yorkie’s skin is very sensitive, especially during puppyhood. Therefore, the temperature of the water must be a little warmer than the room temperature. Test the water by your hands first before bathing your Yorkie.
You also need to be careful when choosing the best shampoos for your Yorkie. Prioritize quality over fragrance when it comes to dog shampoos.
You can bathe your Yorkie once every 21 days. If you increase the frequency of bathing, you may cause irritation or dryness on your Yorkshire Terrier’s skin.
You don’t need to use a lot of shampoo on your dog, just a little bit will go a long way. Make sure to rinse your Yorkie twice so that no shampoo gets stick to his hair follicles.
Clean Ears and Eyes
Your Yorkie’s delicate parts like ears and eyes also need your attention, though, you need to be very careful while cleaning them.
How to clean a Yorkie’s Ears?
While bathing your Yorkie, you need to clean his ears as well. You can use these ear wipes to wipe out your dog’s outer ear.
If you notice dirt and debris inside your Yorkie’s ear canals, you would need a liquid cleanser for the dog’s ears to clean his ears without causing any damage to his eardrums.
You really need to be cautious during this cleansing process as it can cause ear infections as well. When it comes to ear cleaning, less is more.
How to clean a Yorkie’s eyes?
A Yorkie’s eyes discharge some liquid which can result in tear stains around his eyes. These stains could be due to natural tears or some kind of allergies that your Yorkie is suffering from.
Whatever is the case, with a little caution, you can clean these stains using a good eye-wipe for dogs. If you choose to clean these stains during bathtime, use a clean and soft cloth. Make sure that you clean that stain before it gets dry and sticks in.
It may happen that your Yorkie may not feel comfortable with you coming so close to his eyes, therefore you need to make him comfortable before coming close to his eyes.
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Check for Fleas and Ticks
Fleas and Ticks are parasites that get stuck on a Yorkie’s coat and hair and can cause itching and various skin infections as well. Therefore, you should check for them regularly.
How to check for Fleas and Ticks on a Yorkie’s coat?
There are certain spots where these parasites are mostly found at. The joint where the front legs and the body meets and the groin area are their favorite spots.
Fleas are reddish-brown pests that have a flat and long bodies. They can move very fast and that’s why you would need some effort to catch them.
Ticks are comparatively slower and larger than Fleas and are easier to spot. If you ever spot a Tick or Flea on your dog’s body, there is a huge probability that there are more around and you should check them thoroughly.
If you are unable to find these physically, you would need some evidence that Fleas and ticks exist. This can be done using a trick.
How to know that Fleas exist on your Yorkie when you cannot see them physically?
To get some kind of evidence of their existence, you would need to find flea poop or feces. Here is a trick to find that.
Get several white paper towels and place your puppy on them. Now, using a flea comb, brush your puppy’s hair as close to the skin as possible. Brush thoroughly around the armpit and groin area.
As you brush, lookout for black debris falling on the white paper towel below. It will resemble a black pepper-like fine black texture.
Once you are able to locate these, rub this black dirt with the white towel. If you are able to spot red blood, this is a confirmation that there are feces present in your Yorkie’s hair.
Once you get the confirmation, you would need to get rid of these pests before they start troubling you and your dog more.
How to remove fleas from your Yorkie’s hair?
Removing Fleas is a very tricky and difficult process. Also, there are two ways to go about it. One is natural and the other is taking the help of chemicals.
You would also need to either change or properly clean your puppy’s bed, blankets, pillows, and body coat to prevent Fleas from re-entering your Yorkie’s body.
Frontline’s Flea and Tick protection is what I have used and what I will recommend to you. Also, you can visit your Vet if you feel that the Flea problem is going out of your hands.
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How to Remove Ticks from your Yorkie’s hair?
To remove ticks, use this tweezer and grasp the tick properly and pull it perpendicularly out of the skin. This should be a slow and gentle process so that it does not harm your pup.
Try to grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible so that you can pull the tick straight from its attachment point. This is necessary to prevent ticks from leaving behind any kind of skin infection-causing germs.
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Maintain Teeth Health
You might know this fact that the probability of a Yorkie suffering from any dental issue is quite high.
Brush your Yorkie’s teeth every day and inculcate this habit in your daily routine. It hardly takes 3 to 5 minutes and it’s a painless and effortless process as well.
You should start to brush his teeth daily even from his puppyhood so that it becomes a habit for him as well. In the beginning, your Yorkie may not seem much interested in brushing, and here’s where this tasty toothpaste helped me in getting my Yorkie interested and making brushing daily his habit.
Keep his Nails Neat and Tidy
A puppy with dirty nails will most likely suffer from diseases or infections as well. Therefore, you need to make sure that you clip his nails and keep his paws healthy.
Nail Clipping a Yorkie
Larger dog breeds like German Shepherds run and walk a lot daily which wears down their nails naturally. But smaller dog breeds like Yorkies need help from their owners to clip their nails.
Generally, you can clip a Yorkie’s nails once a month. You can decide on the appropriate length of his nails and then clip them accordingly.
If you hear the “click” sound whenever your Yorkie walks on a hard surface, know that it’s time to clip his nails now. His nails might have grown a lot and curved down due to which this sound is being made.
How to Clip a Yorkie’s Nails?
Be very careful when it comes to clipping a Yorkie’s nails. If you cut it too much or harm a little part of the nail pulp, it can cause your dog to bleed a little.
Use this Nail trimmer for your Yorkie and only clip enough to expose the inner white ring which is at the interior end of the nail.
If you feel nervous and want to be sure, you can use a bright light and place it behind the nail you are clipping. That bright light will give you an idea of where the nail starts and how much you can clip.
If you accidentally hit the nail pulp and it starts bleeding, don’t worry. Always keep a first aid box with you and apply the band-aid to stop the bleeding.
Don’t feel guilty as you will only learn from your mistakes. If you want to learn how to properly cut a Yorkie’s nails at home, you can go through this complete guide.
If you properly follow all my advice and tips from this post, you will be able to groom your Yorkshire Terrier dog at home easily. You can wish to watch more videos and learn at first and then groom side by side, but once you have some experience under your belt, you can groom your Yorkie all by yourself with confidence.
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