Shih Tzu Grooming Tips


Shih zu groomingThese Shih Tzu Grooming Tips will make your pet even more lovable. Who can resist that adorable face, fluffy ball of fur and loyal personality which is a Shih Tzu? And, the fact that Shih Tzus do not shed, while their long coats keep growing, is a plus as far as keeping your home free of dog hair.

Unfortunately, the famous long coat of a Shih Tzu also makes grooming a skilled job and not a task that the average person can perform. Most of the long-haired dog owners I know pay at least £40.00 once every few months for routine professional Shih Tzu grooming.

The Shih Tzu is considered to be an exceptionally attractive looking dog, and few would contest that. Their long, flowing coat has two layers which for the sake of convenience we will call an under-coat and an outer-coat. Daily brushing and grooming is needed to keep these little dogs looking amazing. A few Shih Tzu owners do keep their dogs trimmed down in a short haircut to make it easier to care for their coats, but most owners adore the charm of their dog’s long coat and like to show it off. Also, if you intend to show your dog at a dog show, you will need to keep the coat long.

Shih Tzu Grooming on a Budget

So how can the Shih Tzu owner living to a budget, avoid spending on a trip to the dog groomers’ every time their pet’s hair gets long? We will assume that like me, doing the grooming yourself at home isn’t feasible, after all, it takes a period of training and no mean amount of talent, to neatly cut a dog’s hair. I now own my third Shih Tzu, but I still get my Shih Tzu grooming to the groomer.

The first Shih Tzu grooming tip is that you only need take your pet once every four or five months, as long as you groom daily and bathe your dog regularly. By reading Shih Tzu books and getting tips from professional groomers on how to maintain doggie hygiene you can find tips about this.

The books explain that a young Shih Tzu puppy really doesn’t need a lot of grooming to keep its hair free of tangles until it gets about 5 months or so old. From then on it depends, for all dogs, on the type of hair they have. Dogs with a thick cottony coat will require more grooming and at an earlier age than one with a thinner silkier coat.

But, don’t think that you don’t have to worry about grooming until the coat starts tangling? No, take care here!. So our second Shih Tzu grooming tip is that a puppy needs to be gently introduced to being groomed gradually, so although the coat of your young dog might not be matting right now, you need to start by teaching your puppy to be used to being groomed.

If you decide to keep the Shih Tzu’s hair shorter when young then beware of the fact that, when he grows older he may be willing to accept a lot of regular brushing willingly. So, that confirms our second Shih Tzu grooming tip that early training by introducing your dog to grooming, will make him much easier to handle later when he is older and is trimmed.

Also, bear in mind that trimming may be needed for health checks too. We recommend that the dog owner should bring in the dog groomer to do Shih Tzu grooming whatever the coat length will be, and that way the dog will learn to trust being touched and handled during grooming.

The first few steps in teaching a puppy about Shih Tzu grooming does not even require any tools. The first step is to teach your puppy that being touched and stroked is very enjoyable. Handle your puppy. Put him on your lap and rub your hands over his feet and legs. Rub around his nose and eyes. Handle his ear. Gently open his mouth and rub your finger over his gums. Stroke his tail. Teach him to sit quietly on your lap for short periods of time. The big lesson here is for him to learn to trust you. Some dogs don’t like being touched around the face and on their feet. Some dogs don’t like having their mouths opened. That is why it’s important for them to learn that these things are not threatening or painful. Some puppies don’t like the idea at first but soon they find it’s nothing to be threatened by or scared of and enjoy being petted and love the extra attention.

There is a way you can trim the hair over the bridge of the nose, so that the hair does not grow up, into, and onto the face, but it does require a steady hand and very regular trimming. So, our final Shih Tzu grooming tip is that once you have decided to clip this hair, you are pretty much making a commitment to keep this area trimmed all the time because it does grow quite quickly and those little hairs can irritate a Shih Tzu’s sensitive eye area.


Care and grooming of the clipped Shih Tzu does have some similarities to that of the Shih Tzu grooming for a full coat. Keeping the coat clipped short does reduce grooming frequency although there is still grooming required depending on the style that your Shih Tzu is groomed in.

Three Reasons Why Regular Dog Grooming Is Important

A not so great example of dog grooming! (See comment box below!)

What about you? Ever think you may want to get your dog groomed someday? What do you think brought these people to decide to do this? The decisions to do this come for a variety of reasons. Many factors come together to push people in that direction. Some come up with a half-hearted attempt, then quit and turn their attention to other activities. Some are not aware of how to begin, and muddle about, putting things off. Numerous individuals don’t want to attempt it until they see somebody else make an effort to, and succeed. How do you feel about it? Are you currently unsure of whether you would like to get your dog groomed or not?

To assist you to put things in focus, think about these 3 points in favor:

1st, Clipping A Dog: Many dog owners typically think about clipping as only a mechanical activity.

Few understand that clipping a dog is a skill. Clipping a coat or nail must be carried out in a careful demeanor to avoid making wounds to the skin or nails. O.K., I understand your point about this being skillful now.

That may be a good point, and most likely real. Nevertheless, my dog groomer never has caused any wound in my pet.

2nd, Clipping of the coat: is to be sorted as specified by the breed traits. If the coat isn’t correctly clipped during its regular dog grooming, this could lead to the dust accumulation in the coat and the animal may start showing indicators of skin sicknesses. Additionally, always use a pointed clipper and in winter regions, avoid the close clipping.

As well as this is true particularly when the regular dog grooming activities aren’t done in the right way.

3rd, Clipping of coat: helps to eliminate the parasitic burden to a more serious extent and also, the clipping of your dog is of more handy to reveal the kind of parasitic problem the dog is probably going to suffer.

Many pet health parlors are available whereby the clipping of dog during regular dog grooming will be carried out in a methodical way.

Close clipping in winter seasons may subject the dog to the environmental strains if you live in a cold climate. Thus, the dog may get even more exposed to the frostbite.

Avoid the close clipping of coat or nail because this will cause injury to the essential tissues and may result in bleeding in the troubled animal. Which means that many owners of pets need to avoid any clipping activity when the animal isn’t in healthy standing.

Clipping instruments are available to a major extent in numerous pet shops. Just as before, you go, do take note of the very impressive skills of dog grooming! As soon as you examine these three points, it is clear that they are at the least just a little bit compelling.

And now we will have to agree that they make a case for at least considering the best way to get your dog groomed, right?

Just ponder the implications of all that. Sleep on it.

Maybe, just maybe, it might be a wise idea for yourself too, to contemplate ways to get your dog groomed regularly.