The Yorkshire Terrier is a long haired dog that needs consistent bathing and grooming. We brush Roxy every morning and clean her eye goop by wetting her entire face first. Then after a few minutes, using a flea comb we get rid of the yuck that accumulates below her eye.
Roxy gets a bath every week. We started out bathing her in our bathroom sink but ended up getting water all over! We quickly moved the process to the bathtub. We fill the tub a few inches with warm water, plop her in and she loves the warmth. Don’t get me wrong, she hates the bath but we know she appreciates the warm water because she always sits down when we start! We lather her up using tear free dog shampoo and rinse her using a large two cup measuring cup.
We have never had a problem with skin dryness or itching. We use Martha Stewart all natural puppy shampoo and when her hair starts to get long, we use our own hair conditioner as well. Just be sure to rinse all of the shampoo and conditioner out of your dog’s hair, when you think you are finished rinsing, rinse again.
We wrap her in a towel for as long as she will allow, then let her run and dry herself on the rugs, top of the bed and outside on the grass if it is warm enough. This is quite a sight! If you have never seen a Yorkie dry themselves you might think something is wrong with them, I know we did! They get so crazy!
Roxy’s first visit to the lake got muddy! Check out our original video!
In colder weather you might want to blow dry her, taking care not to blow into her eyes or ears. When she was tiny, we used a diffuser on the end of the blow dryer to minimize the airflow. (It scared her less) We take Roxy to a professional groomer every 4-8 weeks to get her “special” haircut and trim her nails. Your vet can also do the nail trimming for you, as you will be going there for your dog’s first 4 months to get shots.