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 coat problems.
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.
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.
Your basic home grooming supplies kit should include at the very least...
additional grooming supplies you can have on hand may include:
Grooming weekly, keeps a healthy mat free coat and prevents parasite infestation, skin lesions and diseases.
Comb out the coat of your Shih Tzu prior to wetting the coat, as the tangles are even more problematic when wet.
Grooming a Shih Tzu keeps this little beauty healthy and able
to provide you with years of companionship.
The 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.
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.
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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