Grooming Your Shih Tzu. Consistent grooming is crucial for all dogs, especially for Shih Tzus. It helps them keep a tangle-free shiny coat and gives their owner the opportunity to check for skin issues and parasite infestations, thus improving their general health through good hygiene. Also, grooming could be a one-on-one bonding activity for you and your Shih.
These tips would help you establish a grooming routine with your Shih Tzu at home.
Frequently Brush Your Pup’s Coat
Shih Tzus, in particular, would need a good dog brush and frequent brushing to maintain his shiny and glossy coat. If you are wondering how much brushing your dog needs, longhaired breeds like Shih Tzus would need more frequent brushing, while shorthaired dogs like Labradors or greyhounds just need a good brushing at least every other week.
Trim Your Dog’s Hair Carefully
A lot of dog owners would rather take their dogs to a dog groomer to have their hair trimmed. Nevertheless, if you do it carefully, you could cut overgrown fur around your dog’s paws or eyes in between grooming sessions. You would have to wait until your Shih Tzu is calm and ideally lying down. Move calmly and slowly, and be extra careful when the trimmer blades are near his skin. Ensure that you’ll praise and give your dog rewards for his patience and obedience while you trimmed his hair.