Small dogs with long fur, such as miniature Yorkies, require special grooming care. This breed is prized and admired for its unique coat, which requires regular maintenance to keep it looking shiny and healthy. After you bathe a miniature Yorkie, flush clean the ears. Excess hair in a Yorkie's ears holds on to moisture that can cause infection.
Turn on both the hot and cold taps, not at full blast, and adjust until the water temperature is comfortably warm. Test the temperature by letting it run across the sensitive skin on your inner arm below the wrist.
Making sure the water pressure isn't too high, wet the Yorkie from the head down, taking care to avoid the eyes and inside the ears.
Pour a quarter-size dollop of dog shampoo onto the dog's back. Lather the Yorkie all over, particularly in the crotches of the legs. If it doesn't lather well add a little more water and a little more shampoo till the dog is soapy all over.
Rinse the dog with the warm water, working from the head down. Pay attention to the belly and chest, as soap tends to build up in these areas. Make sure you rinse completely.
If the Yorkie has long, tangle-prone hair, add a dime-size amount of dog cream rinse or dog conditioner and work it through the fur, gently loosening any tangles.
Rinse the cream rinse out completely. This might take longer than rising the shampoo.
Take the dog out of the bath and place it on a towel. Take another towel and rub gently but vigorously to dry the Yorkie. Be thorough.
Pour a small amount of dog ear cleaning solution into the ear canal.
Massage the base of the ear on the outside gently.
Place a cotton ball in the ear and milk or wick the fluid into the cotton ball in a careful, upward motion.
Do this until the cotton ball comes away clean.
Repeat this process on the other ear.
- Never leave a dog unattended in a bath.
- Make sure to keep the Yorkie warm during and after its bath.
- If the ears are red or irritated looking, consult a veterinarian.
Cait Smith has been writing professionally since 2003 when she wrote and edited for her college paper, "The Cherokee Signal" for three years. She then wrote for two years at her university paper "The Echo," while she studied journalism. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.