We did a quick survey and found out that one of the top concerns Shih Tzu’s owners have is regarding to grooming from the basic of brushing teeth, bathing to the more advanced of nail trimming, paw care, nose care and many more.
Regular grooming is essential as it not only impact how your Shih Tzu looks and more importantly, the health of their skin, fur, teeth, nails, paws, ears and other body parts. Sending them for professional grooming regularly can be too expensive so let’s learn some basis grooming tips today! We will also cover when you should engage a professional groomer so let’s start!
How Often Should I Groom My Shih Tzu?
Below table lists down the various essential grooming tasks as well as the frequency. However, it is important to note that the frequency may varies depending on your Shih Tzu’s skin health or condition and also season.
Daily: Face and eye wiping
Every 1 to 3 days: Brushing which depends on the length of their coat. Short coats can be brushed once in every 3 days whereas moderate coats every 2 days and long coat daily.
Every 3 Weeks: Baths however frequency may increase if yours suffer from skin or coat disorder. Do note that long coat have the tendency to trap more dirt and debris, thus bathing more frequent. Season and activity level also affect the frequency of bathing required.
Every 6 Weeks: Nail trimming
As Needed: Touch-up body wiping, Paw and nose care, coat trimming
Bathing is essential to maintain your Shih Tzu’s hygiene and when their hat is wet and flat against their body, it is easier for you to detect for any abnormalities, bumps, fleas or check their ears for odour or lot of debris.
Below are the important tips to note when bathing your Shih Tzus:
- Always start by brushing your Shih Tzu as it will help the bathing process easier and more effective
- Use a dog shampoo as dog shampoo are much milder than human’s shampoo and this will reduce irritation
- Use an anti-slip bath to prevent them from slipping
- Only use lukewarm water as dog’s skin are different from us
- Never spray water directly in their eyes, nose or ears. You can protect their ears by placing large cotton ball in each ear
- To minimize any potential irritation to their eyes, request your vet for a sterile eye lubricant which can be used during bathing
- Talk to your Shih Tzu reassuringly and calmly to lower their fear and panic
- Start by gently massaging the shampoo from head to tail, rinse and repeat if necessary
- Ensure that all shampoo have been removed by rinsing well so that there are no more leftover to irritate them
- Air dry or blow dry their hair using low heat setting
- Reward your dog by playing, petting or praising them throughout the entire process to make it an enjoyable process for both of you