Are you wondering how to groom a Shih Tzu and whether or not you can do it yourself?
With Shih Tzu Grooming there are multiple styles to pick from. The course you elect to groom your Shih Tzu will depend on your resources and your dog’s personality.
Some dog owners consider that the up keep of their dog’s grooming is too much inconvenience, and they choose to keep their hair trimmed. Keeping your Shih Tzu’s hair trimmed is much less time consuming for you the owner, but can be costly unless you cut your dog’s hair yourself.
Daily attention is required for the Shih Tzu, if the owner has chosen not to keep the coat trimmed. A steel comb or brush is recommended to groom your Shih Tzu. If the owner discovers a lot of tangles or mats then a plastic comb can be used.
If you decide that you want to keep your Shih Tzu’s hair trimmed short you may want to learn more about the “puppy cut” or “puppy trim” hair style. The puppy cut hair style keeps your dog cool in the hot summer months and prevents tangles. Watch the video below to get some dog grooming tips and blade size suggestions.
How to Groom a Shih Tzu Video
You can take your Shih Tzu to a professional dog groomer if you don’t feel like cutting it yourself. The cut will last about 4 to 6 weeks and costs about $40.00.
To save money you can learn how to groom a Shih Tzu yourself with the aid of instructional videos or books. You’ll also need a good set of dog trimmers. This will allow you to trim your dog’s hair to one length. Normally, owners will leave the hair on the head and neck slightly longer than the rest of the body.
The Top Knot style is for owners who want to keep the hair on their Shih Tzu full length. They simply pull back the hair around the eyes and pin it on top of the head.
This ensures that the dog will still be able to see. Owners will often times pin the hair around the mouth as well. You can use pins or some owners choose to braid the hair and then secure it with a pin. As you can see, there are many different options for the top knot.
Shih Tzu grooming style is more of an owner’s preference. But if the Shih Tzu is elderly or ill, it is recommended that hair be kept short and trimmed.
Remember, grooming is important as a bonding session between you and your Shih Tzu. The time you spend together will be relaxing and rewarding for you both.