The Five Stages of A Dog Bath (Yorkie Splash and Shine Review)

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Denial:

Yes, I am hideously dirty and have rolled in horse poop and have mud all over my legs but surely I won’t need a bath right? 


Anger:

This isn’t fair. How could this happen to me? I bet Sage isn’t getting a bath. You will pay for this.

Bargaining:

Look how cute I am! I’m not that dirty! See? I don’t need a bath. I’ll be extra good all day if I don’t get a bath! I’ll even eat all my vegetables! 

Depression: 

I’m doomed, so why bother fighting? What’s the point when I’m going to be so clean and scented instead of my precious horse poop? I’m so sad. 

Acceptance: 

I guess it’s going to be OK. I do feel super soft and moisturized and people always fawn over me after a bath. There’s always another day to find horse poop and roll in it! 

Mr. N is a Yorkie/Maltese mix and has hair instead of fur so he gets frequent baths and he goes through this grief process every bath time. To meet his high maintenance grooming needs, we turned to a company that specifically makes grooming products for Yorkies. Yorkie Splash and Shine sent us their shampoo, conditioner and detangling spray to try out.

Mr. N’s verdict: 
If I have to be clean, this isn’t that bad. All the peoples want to pet me. 
My verdict:
Mr. N is silky and smooth after using the Yorkie Splash and Shine products. The spray helped with untangling all the mats he gets after going out in the rain. It is easy to rinse out but the shampoo and conditioner does not lather as much as other brands we have tried so it can be a little hard at first to gauge how much product to use. 
The scent lingers for several days which is good if you like the sweet, kind of fruity smell. I personally like it but the boyfriend prefers Mr. N’s other shampoo which is more of a neutral scent. The organic and natural ingredients are a plus.
My five-year-old cousin who helped me bathe Mr. N’s verdict: 
He’s so cute and soft!

They also did a Q & A for us about their products.

Q: How would you describe the specific needs of Yorkies (grooming-wise)?
A: Yorkies need special attention paid to their skin and coats for a number of reasons, the most important of which, in my opinion, is that their hair is much like a human’s. They have one hair per follicle and their hair continues to grow throughout life. Most dog breeds only grow their fur to a terminating length, at which point the fur will not get any longer. Yorkies, on the other hand, will continue to gain length in the hairs forever. This means regular brushing and washing, even conditioning, is extremely important. 

Q:  What makes your shampoo so suitable for Yorkies?
A: Our shampoo is a natural soap, and it has a high pH, making it perfect for the higher pH skin of dogs. 

Q: Does it work for other breeds as well?
A: Absolutely! Our products work well on all breeds of dogs, even cats. We have many customers who use our products on other breeds of dogs. 

Q:  Do you have other new products you’re planning on adding?
A: We are always adding limited edition detangler fragrances. We are also always on the lookout for products our customers would love. Generally, we add products after our customers ask for them. 

This post was sponsored by Yorkie Splash and Shine. They are not responsible for the contents of this article. All opinions expressed are our own. 

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  1. Emma

    December 11, 2015 12:40 pm

    I guess having hair rather than fur would be a bummer in the bath department. We don't have to get bathed all that often unless we are a mess. Many times a quick rinse off or brush through does the trick. You look very nice all cleaned up!

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  2. Suzanne Dean

    December 11, 2015 5:00 pm

    LOL!!! That is exactly how it goes. It is so funny that after the bath and they smell good you love on them and they are happy. Mary is the same way. Love this post. I have two neighbors with Yorkie mix dogs I have to share this with them.

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  3. maryehaight

    December 12, 2015 7:33 pm

    Yes, Tashi hates baths…but loves when they are over and mom fawns all over him 😀 Unshaved Shih Tzus are a bear to groom, but I never found a good groomer for him, so I listen to the pleading, whining and woofing every month (more in the warmer months for his allergies). Sounds like a nice line of products – a friend has a Silky Terrier and he gets greasy looking pretty fast. I'll tell her about this — thanks!

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  4. Dolly theDoxie

    December 12, 2015 8:35 pm

    You look great Mr N its nice that there are special shampoos for you. Taffy just went through all of those stages this afternoon! I am currently in the denial phase thinking I won't get one. Love Dolly

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  5. Talent Hounds

    December 13, 2015 5:03 am

    Kilo the Pug does not often have baths but when he does he looks so depressed. He is not a fan of water. Luckily he is not anywhere he can find poop to roll in although I am sure he would love the smell.

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  6. Cathy Armato

    December 13, 2015 1:23 pm

    Great post, poor Mr N! I feel your pain. This shampoo would probably work well on my Havanese/Maltese mix, her hair grows so much & gets tangled easily.
    Love & biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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  7. Daily Dog Tag

    December 13, 2015 4:04 pm

    Just yesterday I gave all 3 of my dogs a bath in the tub. Our Maltese, Nelly, went through all the stages Mr. N demonstrated. I think that dogs that have hair instead of fur get a lot dirtier other breeds. Our Yorkies were the same way.

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  8. Elizabeth Keene

    December 14, 2015 3:31 am

    Oh, I love seeing Mr. N in ALL stages of his bath event, including the getting dirty stage. 😉 What a doll. (Still wish I could be there to feel that soft coat.)

    P.S. THANK YOU for sending me the photo link the other day! I have been away from FB (mostly) since yesterday a.m., and don't want you to think I didn't get it!

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