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 a complete table or just the clamp to keep them from jumping off
mat for bathing
A spray nozzle for your sink or tub I use the Waterpik's Pet Wand which makes bathing my boys in the tub super easy and convenient
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
or sponge for their face
dryer - You can use a regular hair dryer on a cool to warm setting, or use one specifically made for drying pets
Also, ribbons and bows for his top knot
Grooming weekly, keeps a healthy mat free coat and prevents parasite infestation, skin
lesions and diseases.
Steps in Grooming Your Shih Tzu Dog
the coat of your Shih Tzu prior to wetting the coat, as the tangles are even more
problematic when wet.
- You can bathe them in the sink or your tub, but either way you will need a spray hose. After working out all mats and tangles with your brush, thoroughly wet your Shih Tzu starting from the head (avoid their face, use a face cloth for this area) and work
the shampoo in the direction of the hair growth. Once they have been fully shampooed, carefully rinse them off, protecting their eyes
and nose from being irritated by the shampoo. Do not let water get into their ears.
ears - Cleaning solutions should be
placed in the ear and then work mats, and dirt from the inside out. Using a Muslim
cloth or cotton pads to 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. Make sure you use toothpaste specifically made for pets. Tip: Put the pet toothpaste on the brush and let your dog lick some of it off, as if it is a treat. Then brush 1 section at a time, and give a good boy, or girl, as you are brushing. Use light, gentle pressure, but firm enough that it will clean their teeth. A minimum of 2 to 3 times a week. Once a day would be ideal.
clipping - Nails should be clipped short enough that they do not touch the
floor which put pressure on the toes. Clean and trim the hair between the pads. Read our article on tips to cutting your dogs nails.
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 highly recommended to learn the procedure from a groomer or veterinarian in
order to protect your Shih Tzu from an injury or infection, also to keep yourself from being sprayed with the pungent liquid from their glands.
Grooming a Shih Tzu keeps this little beauty healthy which lets you enjoy years of companionship.
Shih Tzu Haircuts
three common Shih Tzu cuts
are the puppy cut, the show cut and the teddy bear cut.
The Shih Tzu puppycut, also known as the summercut, 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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