3. Spritz/ Coat Spray
The product that you use while brushing is referred to by many names: finishing spray, leave-in spritz, conditioning spray and brushing spray. This plays a big role in how your Yorkie’s hair looks when you are done brushing and it also is a contributing factor to the health
of the coat and its durability between baths.
Please stand clear of inferior products that can block skin pores and add a sticky feeling to the coat.
What a good spritz will do:
Protect from contact friction
– All day long your Yorkshire Terrier’s coat is coming into contact with things… the carpeting, flooring, furniture, his bedding, etc. And each time the hair rubs against surfaces, it can wear down the hair's natural protective layer.There can be static issues and over time, the coat can lose its shine.
Shield from outside elements
– The cold winds of winter, the hot rays of the summer’s sun… outside elements affect the coat. A good leave-in shields it from all of this.
– When you ‘dry brush’ you risk causing split ends. Each individual hair strand of a Yorkshire Terrier has an outer protective layer. The tip of each strand is where that layer is most vulnerable to damage. It can wear away due to external stress, i.e. brushing.
Once this happens, it travels
up the hair shaft (while you will not see that one strand looking frizzed unless you use a magnifying glass, the more there are like this, the more the coat will not present as it should). Then, the hair – bare without protection – will snap off.
So, bottom line,
when you brush your Yorkie, do so with a protective spritz. It will be just the thing to give you the desired outcome and will continue to work after the brushing is done.
Spritz AS YOU GO, section by section. Do NOT use a lot (a little goes a long way) and start at the roots, working the brush down in nice sweeps that distribute the product through the coat. If your Yorkie has a long coat, you may need to spritz at the 1/2 mark down each hair section and then brush out to the tips.
In general, under normal conditions, you can spritz each time you brush and if you are super
busy and 3 or 4 days have gone by without a full body brushing, spritz a bit into your hands and rub into the coat, making sure to get the hair tips.