Grooming Your Dog At Home
Basics of Shih Tzu Grooming
Grooming your dog is an essential part of keeping your Shih Tzu or any breed, healthy and happy.
Not only will grooming your dog be a good way to build a bond, but it will be a great time to look for any skin and
The puppy that is exposed to grooming becomes the dog that accepts it.
Whether you want to learn to groom him yourself, or bring him to a professional dog groomer, your Shih Tzu will love it.
When you see a Shih Tzu at a show, you are probably thinking how beautiful his coat looks, and how it flows so elegantly across the floor, and that that you would love to have your Shih Tzu look like that.
While they certainly are beautiful with their long flowing coat, keep in mind that grooming him to look like that, is a lot work and requires quite a bit of your time.
But...the experience can enhance the relationship between your and your beautiful pooch.
Beautiful Shih Tzu Grooming
Supplies For Grooming Your Dog
Shih Tzu dogs are double-coated with
longer hair over a softer downy coat that requires the right grooming supplies to do a good job.
basic home grooming supplies kit
should include at the very least...
- A brush with flexible pins
fine slicker brush
comb that is fine on one end and coarse on the other (teeth spacing)
(blunt-tipped, especially for wiggly puppies.)
additional grooming supplies you can have on hand may include:
table, you can buy it or make one yourself
mat for bathing
trimmers, and maybe an electric nail sander to make the freshly cut nails
shampoo (pH balanced for dogs)
solution (available from your veterinarian)
swaps, cotton balls and soft wipes for eye care
- Also, ribbons and bow for his top knot
Grooming weekly, keeps a healthy mat free coat and prevents parasite infestation, skin
lesions and diseases.
If you find your learn better by seeing rather than reading, check out the "Shih Tzu Dog Grooming Instructional How To DVD Video and Equipment Guide" specifically for the Shih Tzu breed. I used this DVD when I first started grooming my Shih Tzu at home. It's easy-to-follow, and great for beginners.
the coat of your Shih Tzu prior to wetting the coat, as the tangles are even more
problematic when wet.
- After working out all mats and tangles, thoroughly wet your Shih Tzu and work
the shampoo in the direction of the hair growth. Carefully rinse protecting her eyes
and nose from being irritated by the shampoo.
ears - Cleaning solutions should be
placed in the ear and then work mats, and dirt from the inside out. Using a Muslim
cloth cleanse any wax, again working from the inside to the outside.
brushing -A small rubber pet brush that
fits over the finger gives the most control to ward off gum and teeth problems.
clipping - Nails should be clipped short enough that they do not touch the
floor to put pressure on the toes. Clean and trim the hair between the pads.
anal sacs - These glands need to be expressed when it feels like two small peas
on either side of the anus below the tail or you see him scooting along surfaces.
It is recommended to learn the procedure from a groomer or veterinarian in
order to protect yourself from being sprayed with the pungent liquid from the
glands and to protect the little guy from infection.
Grooming a Shih Tzu keeps this little beauty healthy and able
to provide you with years of companionship.
Shih Tzu Haircut
three common Shih Tzu cuts
are the puppy cut, the show cut and the teddy bear cut.
The Shih Tzu puppy cut, also known as the summer cut, trims the hair to one to two inches in length.
It significantly eases the grooming care as it only needs to be cut every three months or so.
It is important to continue to brush her
daily, but it is a much shorter session since there is less hair to untangle.
- Shih Tzu Teddy Bear Cut allows the top knot, but cuts down on
the amount of maintenance. The hair on
the head and face is trimmed to a normal or little longer length but the body
is clipped close.
Shih Tzu Show cut is the long flowing coat with the signature Shih Tzu Top Knot
adorning their little heads. This style
requires the most maintenance to keep the coat flowing and tangle free.
The grooming styles that owners
choose should directly relate to how much time they have to commit to grooming.
These tips are not limited to only Shih
Tzu grooming but of any dog with longer hair.
Shih Tzu dog
The difference is the coats of Shih Tzu require more intense work than that of short-haired dogs but the cute little faces and loving nature of these dogs make it all worthwhile.
While grooming your dog may seem like a lot of work, it can be rewarding for both your and your Shih Tzu.
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