Many dog owners have questions about their pet’s bathing rituals.
One of the most common questions I have received in my mailbox is about how often can you bathe a Yorkie.
They are small dogs, just over eight inches in height at the most, but they can be quite large dogs as well. They have long and attractive coats that add to their charm, but they also need to bathe often to keep their coats healthy and vibrant.
It is true when people say that Yorkies do not need to bathe very often, but the average dog needs about four times a year to be properly bathed.
But the question is;
How often can you bathe a Yorkie?
Yorkies need to be bathed every 2 to 4 weeks to help get rid of dirt and grime and perhaps keep their coat in shape. However, if you have a playful Yorkie who is into rolling in dirt, you can occasionally give them a bath every week to prevent matts and keep their skin healthy.
Let’s dive deeper;
Why do I need to bathe my Yorkie?
Bathing your Yorkie is a very important part of his grooming.
There are two good reasons to bathe your dog at least once every two or four weeks.
The first reason is for the good health of your dog. Bathing him this often will help eliminate any mats or dead skin and keep your Yorkie looking good. If you bathe him at least once a week he will be clean, healthy, and ready to play with you and have a normal bowel movement.
The other benefit to bathing your Yorkie between 2 to 4 weeks is that it gives you time to properly groom him. You want to give him all of the benefits of grooming but not take away from his experience. Bathing him this often will help keep any fleas and ticks off of him and keep his coat shiny. Don’t worry if you notice your dog shedding more often when he has a bath. It’s just because he is removing any excess dead hair on his body.
And what’s the best time to give them a bath?
The best time to bathe him is in the morning when he is calm and relaxed. This way you will not have to work so hard and he will not be stressed out or irritable.
If you bathe your Yorkie regularly you will notice that he is happier. His coat will look neat and his skin will be shiny. These are all benefits that will help prolong his life and make him the longest living dog. You should also do this for any other dog that is your Yorkie’s mate. You will not only prolong their lives but also make them happier. As with all dogs, they enjoy being bathed and having their baths.
How can I bathe my Yorkie?
Bathing your Yorkie is one of the things you are going to want to do when you get him or her as a pet though it can be a very difficult task.
There are all kinds of different dog breeds and each one of those breeds will need a special type of bath to keep them healthy and clean. You will want to learn the basics of bathing your dog before you get him or her as this will make it much easier on you and him.
A Yorkie does not shed a lot of skin, but this does make them particularly sensitive when it comes to being bathed. If you do not want your Yorkie to get drenched in the water, you will want to take some special care when bathing him or her.
How often you give your dog a bath will depend on the length of his hair. A Yorkie that is just a few weeks old may not need a bath for some time as they are still growing. On the other side of the coin, an older dog may be more prone to skin problems such as dry skin and you should take this into account when you are deciding how often you are going to bathe your dog.
However, it is important to note that bathing your dog too often can cause health issues in your dog and it is not recommended.
The first thing you should do when you bathe your Yorkie is to start with a grooming session. This will help remove any dead hair and dander that the dog might have. The best time to do this is in the morning after he has been laying around all night long. Another tip is if you notice any dirt on your Yorkie that you can use a regular brush to clean it out, just clean it instead of giving him a full bath.
After the grooming is done you will want to give your dog a good rub down. This will get rid of any fleas and ticks as well as anything else you don’t want on your dog. It’s also a good idea to run some fleas and tick medicine through a spray bottle so you can kill off any of the fleas that are in there. When you are doing this you should only use a medium strength shampoo. Anything stronger could potentially hurt your Yorkie.
When you are done with the bath you should put a towel around your dog and take him outside.
Quick tips on bathing Yorkies
- When you bathe your Yorkie, it is important that you use lukewarm water. Always rinse the coat completely with lukewarm water.
- It is also important that you do not pour too much shampoo or conditioner on your dog, because this can make the dog feel greasy. Use just enough to moisten the coat and to clean out his or her pores.
- If you do not bathe your Yorkie puppy regularly, you will find that their coat will become matted and over oily. Also, there is a chance that fleas will begin to infest your dog. Fleas will lay their eggs in these areas and will cause serious skin and health issues for your dog. So if you are serious about keeping your dog’s coat healthy, you need to bathe him or her regularly.
- When you bathe him, use a good quality dog shampoo. Use grooming gloves and brush to brush his belly and neck gently, and at the same time, massage his body so he feels relaxed and comfortable. It’s best to give your dog a bath when he’s calm and at ease.
- If you do bathe your dog, make sure he has some fresh towels to dry off with afterwards.
Can I bathe my Yorkie too often?
Well, you should not bathe your Yorkie everyday but rather follow the schedule discussed in this masterpiece.
Bathing them daily might seem like a good idea at first but it’s not recommendable.
The best way to keep the coat of your Yorkie soft and supple for as long as possible is to bathe him every two weeks. If you don’t, he’ll feel sore and irritated. But worse, he won’t be as happy as he could be in his bathing suit. Giving him the bath when he needs it most, like after a long hike in muddy places, is the best way to maintain his health and happiness.
One way to make sure you give your dog the best possible bath each time is to set aside a specific time when you’ll do it. If you have another dog that has to stay with him, like another Yorkie, make sure he knows when his time is to get bathed. If you have a set schedule, you won’t have any problems with not getting him bathed on time. This way, he gets to relax and he’s not stressing out about missing his bath.
What if my Yorkie does not like baths?
This is a question many dog owners get to ask themselves. After all, not every dog enjoys having baths as much as we do.
For some, the thought of having to jump in a tub and have someone spray water on them is repulsive. Others have the opposite reaction. If you have an indoor/ outdoor Yorkie, then you know how hard it can be to live with your dog for prolonged periods of time without having to bath him or her.
First, most dogs enjoy the warmth, suds, scent and comfort of a bath. It’s a great way to bond with your dog and get rid of unwanted pounds.
If your Yorkie doesn’t like baths, you need to train him. You should help him or her understand that the idea of bathing them is not a foreign concept but it’s just another way of life.
You need to do all you can to have your Yorkie puppy try everything he can to get you to bath him. Even if he isn’t very successful in convincing you, he should whine and cry for it.
This will be his way of telling you that he wants to be kept happy. He is trying his best to communicate with you. Show him that you care about him by bathing him frequently.
So, if your Yorkie doesn’t like baths, make him like them. Not by force or punishment, use positive reinforcements like treats and he will grow out of this dislike. Just keep giving him baths and chances are that he won’t even object. He’ll come to love it!
Keeping your Yorkie clean should be on your mind when you bring him home for the first time. This little dog is very active, and could get dirt when playing.
Not only does a dirty Yorkie look bad, but he can also lead a pretty miserable life so make sure he has a bath.