Grooming a Yorkie is important for a couple of reasons, each of which is no more or less important than the other. The time that you spend grooming a Yorkie after all, keeps your dog healthy and strengthens your relationship. But because the Yorkie requires an extensive grooming routine, it can be overwhelming when it isn’t properly followed. It’s always a good practice, therefore, to create an appropriate Yorkie grooming schedule and stick to it. After a while, Yorkie grooming will soon become an activity that both you and your pup look forward to.
Three things that you must do daily are (1) wipe urine off of your Yorkie’s hair (especially on the boys), (2) brush your Yorkie’s teeth, and (3) brush your Yorkie’s coat.
Wiping urine, of course, isn’t one of the tasks that you’ll look forward to. After several days, however, you’ll discover that it doesn’t bother you as much as it did when you first started. The consequence of not wiping is much worse than sparing a minute for this particular chore. You might find brushing your Yorkie’s teeth a bit entertaining, though. It only takes a few minutes to brush canine teeth and your Yorkie will like the flavor of his doggie toothpaste.
Your Yorkie will especially like having its coat brushed and this is where most of the bonding occurs. As long as you’re gentle, your Yorkie will relax and maybe even fall asleep while you brush her.
Yorkies will need a bath at least once a week. Since baths soften dog nails, this is the perfect time to cut them.
Any Yorkie will benefit from a good trim once a month, although longhaired Yorkies may need a more frequent trim. You’ll need some rounded scissors and hair clippers. We use rounded scissors so that in the event your dog make a sudden move in your direction, their tips won’t accidentally stab him. Yikes!
If you’re nervous, try starting with the Yorkie’s paws. Here, you can trim the hair around and under his pads by gently grabbing each leg and snipping the excess. It isn’t necessary to cut above the foot, as you mainly want to make the hair level with the pup’s pads. But if you run into real thick hair that won’t cut with a single snip, make a series of smaller snips.
Regardless of hair length, you’ll still need to trim both a longhaired or shorthaired Yorkie rectal area once a month for cleanliness. Much easier than it sounds, this process needs only an inch wide circle trimmed around the anus. The hard part is getting the pup to stand still while you’re messing around in such a private area. So hold the dog firmly but gently, and talk to him in a soothing voice throughout the whole ordeal. Have some treats nearby when he follows commands, such as “sit still,” or “stand up.”
Don’t forget to tidy up the dog’s ears at the same time that you cut its coat. If you don’t keep your Yorkie’s ears trimmed, its hair will weigh them down. This is where doggie trimmers come into play. Secure the dog gently but firmly. Support the dog’s thin ear with one of your spare fingers, and then trim the ear’s front hair halfway down. Do the same on the back of the year. And then repeat again for the other ear.
Since any part of grooming a Yorkie can be a delicate job, many Yorkie owners leave it up to professional groomers. If you’d like to try it yourself, follow these pointers. You just may find that you’re a Yorkshire Terrier grooming pro yourself!