Your shih tzu MUST be trained
to lay on his back and/or side and being groomed when he is
young. The best time to train is when he is tired and willing to lie quietly or
rest. You need to train him when he is young, before his coat starts getting
mats and tangles so he will accept the grooming that will become a necessary
part of his life. If he gets used to it at an early age, he will be more
cooperative during grooming sessions, and you will both be HAPPIER! YES - even
pets must be trained unless you want an ILL GROOMED STINKY PET! Even if you plan
to send the dog to a groomer, the groomer will be HAPPIER to have a well behaved
dog to groom rather than one that SNARLS and BITES!
My dogs grooming sessions start when they are 6
weeks old, when they leave for new homes at 12 or 16 weeks, they are usually
pretty happy about being groomed.
Do not under estimate the importance of using
good supplies and equipment. THE LIST IS SHOWN AT MY OTHER ARTICLE! It also has
Brushing your dog is the single most important
thing that you can do to keep the coat looking nice and mat free, and YES, the
way you brush matters! DO NOT FLIP your wrist as you brush or you will keep
breaking tiny amounts of hair and your dogs hair will NEVER grow long! You
must brush at least everyday, better 2x a day if you have your dog in full coat.
When brushing continually mist the hair with a conditioning spray The
conditioning mist helps avoid breaking the coat. DO NOT spray with conditioning
mist if your dog is in oil!
Start brushing at the underside and work up to
the rest of the coat. DO NOT COMB your whole dog! Use ONLY a brush and
only use the comb to CHECK for tangles!
If you find a mat, gently separate it with your
fingertips. Then Spray some coat oil or conditioning spray and then slowly
comb out! DO NOT CUT the matt if its a show dog! WORK ON THE MATT SLOWLY!
Vellus has a GREAT De Matter its VERY EXPENSIVE
but WORTH IT! www.vellus.com
If its a pet and not a show dog and you are sick
and tired of loosening the matt, go ahead and cut the matt off BE CAREFUL and do
not cut the dogs skin!
The coat should be free of all mats before you
bathe your Shih tzu, water only serves to set mats in tighter.
I like to bathe my show dogs, those in oil or not
every 3-4 days, but that is personal preference! My pets are bathed only when
they get dirty which is every 1-2 weeks.
Have everything necessary towels, shampoo,
conditioner etc. ready before you put your shih tzu in the tub.
Make sure your Tzu is completely wet to the skin
before applying shampoo. Care should be used during the shampoo process.
Excessive rubbing can cause breakage and matting. The best results will be
achieved by pouring the shampoo over the coat and gently cleansing. (In other
words put some shampoo in jug put water in it and mix then pour that over the
dog) Take great care to avoid the getting shampoo in the eyes, if you are NOT
the best groomer use a TEARLESS shampoo for the face!. Tip the head up to rinse.
RINSE every part of the body until all traces of shampoo are gone and the water
runs perfectly clear.
Put conditioner on the dog. Allow it to stay in
the coat for the time recommended by the manufacturer and then rinse from the
coat. When the bath is finished, squeeze all the excess water from the ears,
legs, and tail before removing the dog from the tub. Blot the coat with the
towel to remove as much moisture as possible. Do not rub the coat with the towel
as this can cause tangling and mats.
Following the bath a Tzu should be blow dried, DO
NOT use a fan, hair will dry curly and I suspect your dog will get chills!. An
inexpensive stand that holds a human hair dryer that works well for many people
is one called the HAIR MAID. This stand will sit on a table or counter and allow
the use of one hand to brush the dog and the other hand to hold your dog! Use
only the cooler setting of your dryer. Using high heat can cause the coat the
break more readily and FRY the hair . As
you direct the heat from the dryer of the coat use a long firm grooming stroke.
Continue with one section until it feels dry to the touch and then move on to
another. The face furnishings should be dried last using a small metallic
comb. NOTE: If dog is in oil it will feel wet even when already dry, so use your
common sense and do not keep dog under dryer forever!
If you have more than 2-3 shih tzu you may want
to buy a STAND DRYER! It makes life SO MUCH EASIER!
HAIR UNDER THE PAS MUST BE TRIMMED REGULARLY! Or
the tzu will slip and not be able to walk well!
Shaggy feet make show Tzu look
"unfinished." The unkempt appearance of those feet can be improved simply by
trimming and rounding the coat around the feet. Do all four feet in the
Have a QuikStop, flour or cornstarch on hand in
case you accidentally nick a quick.
Use dog nail trimmers and trim every week or
every 2 weeks!
Apply ear powder or cornstarch to the inside of
each ear, making certain the hair is thoroughly covered, then start plucking ear
hair by hand or using hemostats!
Dogs DO COMPLAIN when you do this, but its been
said they have no nerve endings or whatever at that part of the ear so actually
it does not hurt!
After this clean your dogs ear with a cotton ball
moistened with an ear cleaner.
Parting the back
Stack your Tzu on a table and stand directly
behind him. Using the end tooth rat tail comb and beginning at the base of the
tail, run the tooth of the comb straight up the spine, allowing the coat to fall
to either side. NOTE: If you do it when the dog is lying down I CAN ASSURE YOU
the part will not be straight!
You only part from root of tail to occiput. On a
Lhasa I think you do it until the nose.