Is taking care of your Yorkie becoming burdensome? In need of additional help? Well, caring for your beloved dog will become easier now that you’re here.
Undoubtedly, Yorkshire terriers, or Yorkies, are one of the most beloved dog breeds in the West. The reason is obvious, too, given that these furry animals are sweet and friendly. They are also known for being one of the most sociable dogs. Even though a Yorkie is a great companion to have around, its owners have a great responsibility in terms of maintenance. You may explore yorkieuniverse.com for more insight, but to have a rough idea, read along to find some grooming tips that may come in handy for Yorkie lovers like you.
Brushing, cleaning, and bathing your Yorkie
The first step towards caring for your Yorkie is brushing from its head, neck, chest, legs, and tail before bathing it because it is impossible to brush if its fur is wet. It would be best if you continued brushing until its fur becomes straight and smooth. To prevent your dog’s coat from tearing, it is safe to use a pin brush with no rubber back but a metal tip without a plastic covering. An area of your dog’s coat has to be divided into sections, then brushed from the root to tip with the hairline. If brushed against the line of the coat, it may lead to tangles and discomfort. On the other hand, proper brushing will moisten your dog’s hair by spreading natural oils across its coat. It is recommended to brush the shoulder area of your dog because that is where it is less sensitive and ticklish.
Untie any knots using your fingers. You can tease the knots apart if you find any while brushing. You can fix stubborn knots by using a comb and sliding it between the skin base and the knot. A pair of scissors should be positioned above the comb to snip the knot away. The comb protects the skin to prevent it from getting snipped when the knot is raised. You must check the armpits, groins, and back of the ear for any knots in areas where the fur rubs together.
Secondly, you can clean a Yorkshire’s eyes by trimming its hair around its tear ducts with caution because they tend to have sensitive eyes. The hair surrounding its eyes should be cut short enough to prevent that hair from curling back and irritating the eyes. Accumulations in excess should be removed using wipes so that your dog has a clear vision. Be careful because it may sting if it touches the eye.
The ears of your dogs should be given the same attention as human ears. It can be cleaned using ear cleaner or ear wipes. To begin cleaning the ears, rinse the outer ear with warm water. Avoid getting water into your dog’s ears; otherwise, it will soften the skin and cause infections. For cleaning the inner part of the ear, use a cotton swab, but make sure not to touch the ear canal because your goal should only be to clean the wax on the outer ear. The ears should be dried gently with a towel after cleaning.
Next, you can prepare for its bath. Since most dogs fear the shower, pre-fill a sink, tub, or basin with warm water, keeping its size in mind. Pour shampoo onto your hands, rub, and lather onto your dog, starting from its neck then going backward. You can shampoo the head by starting at the top and working it down to the muzzle. Shampoos made specifically for dogs should be used because shampoos formulated for humans have pH levels that may dry out the dog’s skin. Choosing a creamy shampoo will make your Yorkie’s coat soft and silky. Keeping an eye out for a mild tear-free shampoo would be great too. You must thoroughly rinse the shampoo for three minutes until all the suds are removed and the water runs clear. If the shampoo is not removed entirely, the residue left behind can irritate. After bathing your dog, thoroughly rinse and wash away with water until the bubbles on its fur are gone. Now you can brush and dry your dog. Allow your dog to shake off the water first. This will aid in removing half the water in its coat. By this time, your dog’s coat will still be damp but not soaking wet, so you can start brushing. Please pay close attention when combing through the ears, featherings, and tails so that it sits straight. Gently dry your pup with a towel, then use a hairdryer on ‘cool’ mode.
Apply conditioner to your dog’s coat
Make a homemade conditioner by mixing five parts water and one part dog conditioner in a spritzer bottle. Depending on whether your dog’s coat is dry or requires certain moisturizing due to a skin problem, you can also buy a coat conditioner to spritz over your dog before brushing it. Coat conditioner will strengthen the coat, and you will minimize damage caused as a result of splitting or tearing hairs. However, you may skip this step entirely if your dog’s skin is oily; otherwise, it might weigh down its coat. If you do use a conditioner, then squirt a dollop of it onto your hands and apply evenly all over your dog’s body from the top of the neck and work it down to the tail. Reach for the legs, chest, featherings, outside the ears, and the rest of the body. The conditioner should be left to sit for five to ten minutes before rinsing it off for about two to five minutes.
Give your Yorkie a trim.
Now that your dog is clean and dry, it’s time to give it a trim! Given that you have already cleared the hair around its eyes, you should start clearing hair from its ears right away. Using a 0.8mm blade, trim the hair outside the ears that weigh it down so that the ear can stand freely and improve your dog’s appearance. With the help of grooming scissors, trim the hair between its toes and along with its paws. You should trim hair away slowly from the pads and paws. Gathering the long hairs with a comb before trimming them back can make the process easier. Hairs around your dog’s paws grow quite fast, so they should be cut frequently not to burden your dog when walking. You should trim the hairs around the anus as well to prevent trapped feces and bacteria.
Nail care for your Yorkie
Unlike most dogs, whose nails are kept short by walking on rough surfaces as ordained by Mother Nature, house pets require nail trims every one to two months. Although, a visual inspection should be a good indicator for when it’s time to clip.
Hold the paw firmly and press it to push out the nails. If you’re a beginner, then it is best to clip only the curved tip of the nail or get assistance from someone knowledgeable when doing so. Make sure not to clip the peak of the nail where the nail pulp is. The interior part of the nail is the pulp that contains blood supply and is where the nerve ends. After practicing a couple of times, you will know just how far back to trim the nail while leaving the pulp untouched. It won’t be fatal if you accidentally cut into it, but you can stop the bleeding by covering it with styptic powder. To be on the safe side, you should get pet insurance in case something unfortunate happens.
Brush your dog’s teeth
Select toothpaste and toothbrushes made exclusively for dogs. Because of the high fluoride concentration, using toothpaste meant for humans will make your Yorkie unwell if he takes it. A little finger brush with plastic bristles is easier to use than a toothbrush and may be bought in pet stores, catalogs, and from your veterinarian. Before using it in your dog’s mouth, clean the brush by running it under hot water and then rinsing it with cold water for a few seconds.
Brushing your dog’s teeth daily is an absolute must because dogs of this breed are prone to gum diseases, tooth loss, and tartar buildup. Such preventive measures can help avoid painful and expensive dental surgeries. You don’t have to worry about rinsing toothpaste from its mouth because it is meant to be licked off by your dog. Grooming your dogs will do wonders, both for your dog and your surroundings.
Heavily investing time, money, and energy in grooming your Yorkie may still not be enough. Although dogs of such breed can be difficult to maintain, with the right tips, techniques, and tools, you can still keep them healthy. Therefore, sending your dog to professional groomers three to four times annually will make all the effort you put into caring for your pup worth it. Dogs are a man’s best friend, so if you truly believe it, then caring for it won’t feel like such a chore, rather a favor returned to your dog for being by your side.
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