Grooming, along with exercise, genetic defects and temperament are critical characteristics that prospective dog owners must take into consideration before buying a dog. Ignore any one of these important issues and you jeopardize your long-term relationship with your dog.|
It's a good idea to introduce or socialize your dog to professional grooming at an early age, but not before your dog has reached 4 months. This will help to introduce your dog to being handled and brushed by strangers as well as reduce your anxiety level when scheduling the next professional grooming appointment.
Regular grooming can also amount to preventive medicine by alerting you to skin diseases, ticks, infected ears and just ordinary bumps or cuts that might need the attention of your veterinarian.
Grooming a Yorkshire Terrier depends on whether you have a pet or show quality Yorkie. Pet Yorkie's have shorter hair and need only be trimmed once every four months. Combing the hair with a steel comb prevents knots and tangles and should be done every day. When combing, pay special attention to behind the ears and under the front legs. After combing, brush against the direction of his hair and then in the direction of his hair. Most Yorkies will love this daily regimen and because they are so small, it shouldn't take too much time out of your busy schedule.
Yorkie's are subject to excessive tartar buildup on their teeth so, it's a good idea to brush their teeth before giving them a bath. This prevents against rotting teeth and expensive vet bills for extractions. Check with your veterinarian for the proper equipment to buy.
When bathing a Yorkie, use soap and warm water and remember not to get water in their eyes. Rinse twice to remove all soap residues. Shampoo left in a coat can do more damage to the coat and skin than anything else. Place your Yorkie in a towel and apply light pressure all over his body to remove the excess moisture. You may want to use a warm hairdryer to complete the drying process. Plan on spending about 1 hour to bathe and groom your Yorkie.
If your Yorkie's eyes run, clean them by using warm water and a moist cotton ball. You might consider applying vaseline under the eyes. Your Yorkie's ears should be checked every day to be sure they are clean and uninfected. Using QTips helps when cleaning the ears.
The Yorkie's "Top Knot" helps keep its hair out of his eyes and contributes to the Yorkie's attractiveness. When gathering and securing (use a rubber band) the Top Knot, remember not to make it too tight. Finish off the Top Knot with a pretty bow and give your Yorkie a hug and kiss to let him/her know how pretty they are.
Show Yorkies require special care of their coat, and if you have decided to keep their coat long more detailed work is required and constant care of a show coat is a must in order to show your Yorkie.