How to groom a yorkie poo dog

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How to groom a yorkie poo dog
Grooming a Yorkie Poo (yorkie puppy image by Joy Fera from Fotolia.com)

Yorkie Poos are a hybrid dog breed that is a cross between a Yorkshire terrier and a poodle. Poodle hybrids are increasingly being sought because of the burgeoning designer-dog trend and their convenient nonshedding coats, so knowing how to groom these dogs is a more frequent question. Though they don't shed and generally have easy-to-manage fur, grooming at least twice a month is still advised to keep Yorkie Poos clean and healthy.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Tearless dog shampoo
  • Pet conditioner
  • Soft towel
  • Spray-on, leave-in conditioner
  • Long-tooth comb
  • Pin brush
  • Fine-toothed comb
  • Scissors
  • Cotton balls
  • Ear-cleaning solution
  • Small dog toothbrush
  • Dog toothpaste
  • Nail clippers
  • Bar of soap

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Stock up on home grooming supplies for your Yorkie Poo at a pet store.

  2. 2

    Place your dog in a tub or sink to begin bathing, making sure the dog is standing up. Wet the Yorkie Poo thoroughly.

  3. 3

    Apply shampoo to the dog's entire body and massage it into the fur in circular motions. Take care to keep shampoo out of the eyes and mouth and use the long-toothed comb to gently work out any knots in the fur.

  4. 4

    Rinse your dog thoroughly until all soap residue is gone.

  5. 5

    Apply a coin-sized dollop of conditioner to your Yorkie Poo's coat, then let it sit for two to three minutes before rinsing out completely.

  6. 6

    Dry gently (too much scrubbing can damage the coat) with the towel until much of the moisture has been absorbed, then set your dog in the area where you will continue grooming.

  1. 1

    Spray the dog's entire coat with the leave-in conditioner to facilitate brushing and keep the fur clean.

  2. 2

    Comb or brush your Yorkie Poo's hair, gently working through any remaining matted parts.

  3. 3

    Take the scissors and trim away long hair along your dog's bottom and around the anus. Also trim along the legs, feet pads and interior of the ear, flipping the ear back on top of the head as you trim.

  4. 4

    Trim the top layer of fur all along your dog's body, making sure the dog is standing the whole time. Hold the face in one hand as you trim the hair from the mouth area and around the eyes. The coat should be relatively even and smooth when you are done trimming.

  5. 5

    Feel to see where the ears end and the fur begins to see where you should trim around the dog's ears. Many groomers like to use a square, boxy shape to tidy Yorkie Poos' ears.

  6. 6

    Brush off any pieces of clipped fur that remain on your dog using the pin brush.

  1. 1

    Put a few drops of ear-cleaning solution in your dog's ears, then gently clean out any dirt from each ear with a cotton ball.

  2. 2

    Brush the Yorkie Poo's teeth using the small toothbrush and special dog toothpaste, holding the head with one hand and the toothbrush with the other.

  3. 3

    Clip off the top of your dog's toenails using the nail clipper, making sure not to cut too far, as this could cause bleeding. If bleeding does occur, scratch the toenail with a bar of soap, getting some soap under the nail. This should stop any bleeding.

Tips and warnings

  • Take your Yorkie Poo puppy to for the first cut at about age 2 1/2 months so the dog will get used to being groomed.
  • Take your dog to a professional groomer before grooming on your own for at least the first few months. Ask the groomer about the best tools and cleansers to use on your Yorkie Poo, and pay attention to her technique.
  • Tie a bow into the fur on the tops of each ear or a bandanna or collar around the neck after the grooming is complete as an optional finishing touch.
  • Do not take your hands or eyes off your Yorkie Poo while you are washing the dog, as this sometimes feisty breed may try to jump out of the sink or tub and may injure itself.
  • Do not use human hair or tooth products on your dog, as these are not made for a dog's PH balance and could be harmful to the dog's health

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