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  1. A quality dog shampoo.
  2. Make sure to use a tearless puppy shampoo if you have a young dog.
  3. Do not use human shampoo on your dog; there is a difference in the pH balance.
  4. Get a good pet conditioner to use after shampooing.
  5. Soft absorbent towel.
  6. A "Leave-in conditioner" for after the bath. Always use this before brushing your dog's coat.
  7. Comb with long teeth.
  8. Pin brush.
  9. Fine-tooth comb.
  10. Scissors.
  11. Cotton balls.
  12. Ear cleaner/deodorizer.
  13. Toothbrush.
  14. Toothpaste.
  15. Nail clippers.

*Grooming supplies are available at pet stores, discount stores, pharmacies, or your Veterinarian.*

The Bath

Bathe your Yorkie in a tub or in a sink. Make sure you always have your eyes and a hand on your dog. Yorkshire Terrier average weight is 7 pounds or less; they think they are 70 pounds, and invincible; ...that said, they may try to jump out of a sink, severely injuring themselves.

First, wet your dog thoroughly; get a bit of shampoo and work it gently into your dog's hair, massaging your dog as you proceed. If you notice a tangle or a mat, now is the time to work it out with your fingers. You may also use a long-toothed comb to help you work out a tangle. Be careful not to rip at it, as this could be painful for your little friend. After you have shampooed your dog's entire body make sure you clean around their eyes. You can also use a fine-toothed comb to get out unsightly eye crud from underneath the dog's eyes. Rinse your dog completely; get out all the soap. If any soap residue stays in your dog's coat this can cause dry skin and/or dandruff. You may repeat the shampooing process again if you feel your dog is not yet clean (but usually unnecessary). After all the shampoo is out, put a fair amount of conditioner in your dog's coat, leave it in for 2 to 3 minutes, rinse, and blot gently with the towel. Dry your Yorkie's face first, then the rest of him. Do not rub too roughly, as this can damage their coat. Once your dog is sufficiently dry move him/her to the area where you will finish the grooming process.

Drying, Combing/Brushing, Trimming, Ear & Teeth Cleaning

Spray your dog with the "leave-in conditioner". This not only helps in the brushing of the coat, but it also repels dirt and urine. Comb/brush through your dogs hair. You may blow dry your dog if you wish. Use a low heat setting to prevent burning your pup's skin. Now use your long-toothed comb and part it down the center a final time.

Trim away any long hair along your pup's rear. This helps to keep him/her cleaner. You may trim under the pads of your dog's feet, and you should trim 1/3 of the way down your dog's ear. This will keep your dog's hair from weighing down their ears.

After your Yorkie is dry and brushed, clean their ears with a good ear cleanser/deodorizer. Put a few drops in each ear and massage; leave in for a couple of minutes and then gently rub out any dirt from inside the ear with a cotton ball. Be very careful with their little ears.

Now it is time to brush your pet's teeth. Use one of the small tooth brushes that slips over your fingers, but any small dog toothbrush will do. You may use dog approved toothpaste to brush your dog's teeth.

Toenail Trimming

To trim your dog's toenails, use a good quality dog nail clipper. Be careful not to cut you dog's nails too short as this can cause bleeding. If this does happen, quickly grab a bar of soap and scratch the dog's toenail over the soap making sure to get the soap under the nail. This will usually stop the bleeding. Another good thing to have on hand to stop minor bleeding is styptic powder. This stops bleeding fast. If for any reason the bleeding does not stop, take your dog to your Veterinarian!

  • Bathing/Ear cleaning - Once a week.
  • Brushing teeth - Every couple of days should be sufficient.
  • Ear, Rear, and Foot pad Trimming - every 2 to 3 weeks.
  • Nail Trimming - every 2 to 4 weeks.
  • Coat Brushing/Combing - Daily to every few days.
  • Eyes - Wipe under eyes with a warm, damp cotton ball 3 to 4 times weekly.
  • Brush under the eyes with a fine-toothed comb to remove eye gook.

Yorkshire Terrier Statistics:
EXPECTED LIFE SPAN: (up to) 15 years

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