When it comes to giving your little Shih Tzu puppy a bath, you typically want to do this every three weeks or so as this ensures that the natural oils are keeping the skin moisturized and the coat looking shiny. The only time in which you would give your puppy more baths is if a health issue called for it. Due to the size of a Shih Tzu, you can use your kitchen sink, a washbasin, or your bathroom tub to get the job done. With regards to bathing supplies, you will want a non-slip mat, a high-quality soft towel, shampoo, and conditioner, as well as a small thin washcloth. Watch the video below for a step by step guide on how to wash your puppy!
As you can see there are a few steps that go into giving your Shih Tzu a bath. The first thing you are going to want to do is prepare your puppy by combing through their hair to separate them out and to get rid of tangles. The second thing you will want to do is place small cotton ball pieces into the outer ear canals so that water cannot enter their ears. If water gets into the ears, it can cause serious and painful infections. Once this is done, fill up your tub with two to three inches of warm water and then gently place your Shih Tzu into the water on top of the non-slip mat. Wet down the body either with a spray bottle or a gentle faucet nozzle and thoroughly soak it down to the skin. Then apply the shampoo and get to scrubbing the body for three to five minutes. Make sure to carefully wipe down the face area, always swiping down when doing the eyes and up when doing the brow. Once done, rinse the shampoo out and condition the coat in a similar fashion. Rinse thoroughly and dry your Shih Tzu off. Make sure to dry all the way down to the roots of the coat to prevent skin irritation and blockages.