Grooming

The grooming requirements for a Shih Tzu are quite considerable. It does require a degree of care as well because of the Shih’s prominent eyes.

The key to the successful grooming of your Shih Tzu is regularity. To that end, the maxim ’same place, same time’ would be appropriate. Introduce your puppy to grooming right from the outset. This is all part of your Shih Tzu puppy’s training, and the sooner he learns the rules the better. It will make life so much easier for both of you later on.

First play with or exercise your puppy. This will not only relax him, it will tire him out a little as well. It will help burn off a little of that puppy enthusiasm and excess energy. Then place your puppy on the surface you intend to use for the purpose of grooming. This saves you bending, and your puppy will soon learn what is expected of him whenever he is placed on that surface.

Begin with the head and work downwards along the body making sure you work away from your dog’s eyes and that you keep the hair away from its eyes. Pay special attention to its legs and feet.

And finally, brush the tail thoroughly, making sure you remove any knots, and then trim your Shih Tzu’s bottom area to make going to the toilet easier for your dog.

For further help and useful information on the grooming needs of your Shih Tzu, we can highly recommend: Shih Tzu for Dummies by Eve Adamson.