Yorkies!

The tiny Yorkshire Terrier is one of the most popular dog breeds in the world.  Despite their small size, Yorkies have big personalities and need plenty of regular exercise and mental stimulation.

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If you’re thinking of adding a Yorkshire Terrier to your family, be sure to check your local shelters and rescue organizations first to see if there’s an adoptable dog available.

Yorkshire Terriers are extremely intelligent, energetic, and loaded with confidence. The breed was developed in North England during the 19th century as ratters to control rodents in textile mills and coalmines. The Yorkshire Terrier’s ancestors include the long-extinct Clydesdale Terrier and the Black-and-Tan Terrier.

Did you know…
The Yorkshire Terrier breed was once called the Broken Haired Scotch Terrier, Broken Haired Toy Terrier, or simply Toy Terrier. The name Yorkshire Terrier was adopted in the 1970s as a salute to the place where the breed was born.

We have lots of Yorkie friends that visit the Hydrant for their grooming needs.  Here are just a few of the cute faces we get to see…

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this is what Dr. Karen Becker has to say about Yorkies…

Yorkies Can Be Great Agility Competitors

Don’t let his small size fool you – this little guy loves speed, action, and lots of attention, so canine sports such as agility can be a great way to challenge and stimulate him.

Also don’t assume he’s a purse-dog whose feet should never touch the ground. Your Yorkie loves long walks and the opportunity to show off his guard dog skills!

Yorkies are known to be brave, adventurous, and loyal. They are curious and learn quickly. They have a strong hunting instinct, so it’s best to keep your Yorkie a safe distance from any small pets in the house such as hamsters or birds.

Yorkies Are Independent Little Souls

Yorkshire Terriers can be lapdogs, but often only in short bursts. And while they enjoy pleasing their humans, they are easily distracted by other interests.

Some Yorkies are sweet and cuddly, while others tend to be more entertaining and mischievous. The sweet-n-cuddly Yorkie makes for a better lapdog, if that’s what you’re looking for.

Since this breed is notoriously stubborn, it’s important to obedience train and socialize your Yorkie puppy to insure she doesn’t develop bad habits that will be very difficult to extinguish once she’s an adult.

Healthy Yorkies Are Long-Lived

Yorkshire Terriers live 14 to 16 years on average, but they are prone to several health conditions, including liver shunts, collapsing tracheas, luxating patellas, dental issues, hypothyroidism, and Legg-Calve-Perthes disease. Low blood sugar is also a problem, along with certain types of bladder stones, hair loss, cataracts, and ingrown eyelashes.

Very tiny Yorkies (under 4 pounds) are prone to more health problems, and in my opinion, breeders who select for “teacup” size are sacrificing the health of their dogs in favor of an abnormally small size.

The Yorkie Coat Is High-Maintenance

The good news is your Yorkie sheds little to no hair, however, his long silky coat needs extensive grooming. To prevent tangles and matting, his coat needs to be brushed 4 to 5 times a week with a firm bristle brush, and professionally trimmed regularly. Your Yorkie’s eyes and ears must also be cleaned regularly to avoid infection, and daily tooth brushing is necessary to avoid dental problems.

One of the First Therapy Dogs Was a Yorkshire Terrier

A US soldier fighting in the Pacific theater during World War II came upon a Yorkie puppy hiding in a foxhole. The dog was named Smoky, and she went on to visit injured American soldiers, and later worked stringing communication lines between military outposts in the Philippines.

Yorkies with Undocked Tails Look Especially Adorable

While the American Kennel Club (AKC) still insists on docked tails as part of the Yorkshire Terrier breed standard, knowledgeable humane Yorkie breeders and owners are increasingly opting to forego this barbaric practice.

Yorkies Need Regular Exercise

It’s a common misconception that toy breeds don’t need vigorous exercise. Yorkshire Terriers in particular require physical activity. Daily walks and frequent playtime in an open area will keep your Yorkie physically fit and mentally stimulated. Lack of adequate exercise can result in behavior problems.

This breed can gain weight easily, so take care not to overindulge your Yorkie.

Yorkies Are Talkers

Actually, they’re barkers. It’s the watchdog in them. It’s a good idea to train your Yorkie to stop barking on command (or to avoid barking when the urge strikes), unless you appreciate a small dog with a big mouth.

Yorkies Can Be Difficult to Housetrain

The myth that Yorkies are impossible to housetrain is indeed a myth. Your little boy or girl probably won’t learn in a week, but with consistency, patience, and lots of positive reinforcement you can potty train your Yorkie.

 

Forever in our hearts, this post is for Ty.

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Are you ready for some football?

Get your pup ready for the season with our Bears Spa Package

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Ask for our Bears Spa Package and give your dogs some extra pampering when they come in for a bath or haircut. This $10 package includes:

– Nail Grinding
– a Facial (those Ditka mustaches need a good scrub!)
– and a Bears Bandanna

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Toenails… every dog has them

When you have a dog, you become very familiar with the need for nail trims.  That clicking sound on your hardwood floors or getting puncture wounds when they jump up on your lap… you know when your dog needs a nail trim!

 

Consequences Of Long Toenails

So what’s the big deal if my dog’s nails are long? The first consequence of long toenails is painful feet. When a dog’s nails contact hard ground, like a sidewalk or your kitchen floor, the hard surface pushes the nail back up into the nail bed. This either puts pressure on all the toe joints or forces the toe to twist to the side. Either way, those toes become very sore, even arthritic. When the slightest touch is painful to your dog, he will fuss when you pick up his paw to cut nails.

The second consequence of long toenails is more serious. All animals rely on information from nerves in their feet to move through the world and process gravity accurately. For millions of years, wild dogs have run long distances while hunting and worn their nails short. The only time their toenails would touch the ground was when climbing a hill. So a dog’s brain is evolutionarily programmed to associate toenail contact with being on a hill, and he shifts his body posture accordingly: leaning forward over his forelimbs, up the imaginary hill as reported by his toes. Since the hill is not real, a secondary compensation with his hind limbs is necessary to avoid a face plant. This abnormal compensatory posture can be called “goat on a rock,” because it brings his paws closer together under his body.

Normal neutral posture is a nice show dog “stack,” with vertical legs like a table. Recent research shows that standing with limbs “camped-in” is hard work to maintain. These goat-on-a-rock dogs get over-used muscles and eventually over-used joints, especially in their hind limbs, making it difficult to jump in cars, climb stairs and even hard to get up from lying down. Sounds like a lot of older dogs we know! Cutting toenails short can be like a miracle cure for your dog whose hind end has become painful, weak and over-used.    -Karen Gellman DVM PhD

What can you do?

Maintenance

Nail maintenance requires a trim every two or three weeks, just like maintaining human fingernails. If you can hear nails clicking on your kitchen floor, they are too long.

At the Hydrant, all pets nails are trimmed during the grooming process.  However if you’d like to get your pets nails trimmed in between visits, we’d be happy to help.  There is NO APPOINTMENT needed for just nail cutting.  Our groomers are available for nail trim “walk-ins” Monday thru Friday from 8:30 AM until around 4:00 PM and on Saturdays from 9:30 AM until 12 Noon.

Sometimes your pets nails just aren’t short enough or they may be a little sharp after they are cut, therefore we also offer nail grinding.  There is an additional charge for nail grinding when you request this service with your pet’s grooming appointment or with your pet’s “walk-in” nail trim.

 

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What’s inside your dog’s toenail? (image above) 

The interior structures are shown, along with the suggested angle to cut the nail while not harming the sensitive nail bed or quick as it is often called (aka the part that bleeds).  Our groomers can ONLY cut the nail to the point just before where the quick is located within.  Unfortunately that nail bed grows with the nail.  With regular maintenance, the quick will dry up and recede. This will allow our groomers to cut your dog’s nails even shorter.

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Doing it yourself? Here are some tips…

  • If you cut the quick, use corn starch to stop the bleeding.   It’s easiest if you use a small container with tightly packed powder.
  • Remember, no dog ever died from a quicked toenail.  If you “quick” your dog accidentally, give a treat right away.  Keep things positive.
  • Make nail trimming fun… always associate nail cutting with cookies and praise.
  • For maintenance, cut every two weeks.  To shorten, cut every week.
  • Start on the hind feet, because the nails tend to be a little shorter and less sensitive than the front.
  • You can’t make an accurate cut on a moving target so if you’ve got a squirmy dog or a drama queen, you might be better off to let a groomer take care of your pet’s nails.

 

Shea Butter Deep Conditioner

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This ultra-rich conditioning treatment immerses your best friend in healing moisture. All natural shea butter helps bring back the shine to a dull or damaged coat and restores softness and manageability.  Your pet’s coat will be super silky and easy to brush through.  Our deep conditioner also helps to heal dry itchy skin with natural ingredients like colloidal oatmeal and aloe. This specialty treatment is perfect for dogs with short or long coats… we think it’s especially beneficial for breeds like the Maltese, Bichon, Cocker Spaniel, or Poodle as well as any dog prone to matting or with dry skin.

Add a Shea Butter Deep Conditioning treatment to your pet’s next groom!  This conditioning treatment is also available in our Healthy Hydration and the Works spa packages.

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…this spa treatment is Minnow approved!

 

now offering Spa Packages

Want to give your dogs a little more TLC when you get them groomed?    Ask about our new packages when you bring your dog in for grooming!


ABOUT THE SERVICES IN OUR SPA PACKAGES:

SHEA BUTTER DEEP CONDTIONER
This ultra-rich conditioning treatment immerses your best friend in healing moisture. All natural shea butter helps bring back the shine to a dull or damaged coat and restores softness and manageability.  Your pet’s coat will be super silky and easy to brush through.  Our deep conditioner also helps to heal dry itchy skin with natural ingredients like colloidal oatmeal and aloe. This specialty treatment is perfect for dogs with short or long coats… we think it’s especially beneficial for breeds like the Maltese, Bichon, Cocker Spaniel, or Poodle as well as any dog prone to matting or with dry skin.
 
GENTLE CLEANSING BLUEBERRY FACIAL
A Facial?  For dogs??   Yes!   This tearless, extra-mild facial wash is the perfect complement to any pampered pet’s bath.  This spa treatment will give your dog a deep-clean, bright, fluffy muzzle that smells delicious.
 
DE-SHEDDING
Got “fur tumbleweeds” blowing through your home?   If so, this package is for you!  The Furminator de-shedding shampoo and conditioner will help to loosen the undercoat… our high velocity dryers will rid your pet of all that unwanted hair…and then we finish using the patented Furminator tool.  Great for dogs with short and long hair!
 
TEETH BRUSHING
First we use an enzymatic oral care spray:  this will attack bacteria that can cause bad breath and dissolve plaque.  Then we use a toothbrush to additionally clean your dog’s teeth.
 
NAIL GRINDING
Sometimes your pet’s nails may be a little sharp after they are trimmed.  Nail grinding will file the nail smooth and allow your pet to have the shortest nail possible.

Nose Butter

Don't let a dry, crusty, or cracked dog nose get you down. All you need is a little Nose Butter!

Don’t let a dry, crusty, or cracked dog nose get you down. All you need is a little Nose Butter!

Nose Butter moisturizes your dog’s nose, reviving and softening the tissues with layers of organic butters and oils. Made in the USA with a recipe that’s completely safe if your dog licks or eats some. You can use it on your dog’s dry or cracked paw pads too!

 

 

Dinky…you are awesome!

Not every dog can pull off a hot pink mohawk but Dinky sure can! 

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Our groomer, Crystal, gave Dinky her new look today complete with a colorful mohawk, a dash of lilac on the tail, and some lovely purple nails.  Nice job Crystal!

Do you want something fun and exciting for your dog that is anything but ordinary? Or do you prefer a cut that is perfect to breed standard?  The Hydrant will make your dog bold or beautiful or both!  Our talented groomers will give your pet the exact haircut that YOU want.