Easy Steps for Grooming Your Shih Tzu

Calgary Shih Tzu Grooming

There are so many reasons why Shih Tzus make wonderful pets. They are friendly and affectionate even with kids. They require little room to roam and do not require as much exercise as other dog breeds. Shih Tzus were bred to be companion dogs, which means that they lack the prey drive and are less aggressive. That does not mean that they will let any stranger invade their space, though. Shih Tzus may not be as yappy, but they are aware of their surroundings and will let you know if something fishy is going on. Calgary Shih Tzu grooming

With their long pretty coat, Shih Tzus require regular grooming to stay healthy and look good. Let’s look at some tips to keep your little Shih Tzu looking silky and glossy. Calgary Shih Tzu grooming

Wipe That Furry Little Face

Shih Tzus have hair instead of fur on their faces. And that hair can easily pick up food, moisture, and dirt. The eye area is especially sensitive as it can collect discharge. An easy way to keep the face clean is to wipe using a wet, moist cloth or eye wipes. Try to do it two to three times a day after every meal. Start with the eyes, then the cheeks, then clean up the chin.

Brushing Your Shih Tzu

Long-haired Shih Tzus are pretty, but they will shed and leave their hair all over your house. The best way to deal with shedding is daily brushing. Brushing removes loose hair and knots and helps to distribute your Shih Tzu’s natural body oils. This promotes a healthy, shiny coat.

Best of all, daily brushing is an amazing bonding experience for you and your Shih Tzu. Calgary Shih Tzu grooming

Teeth Brushing is Important too

Oral hygiene for a Shih Tzu is important to combat bad breath, gum disease, tooth decay, and other dental problems. So, consider brushing your Shih Tzu’s teeth at least every other day with specialized toothbrush and toothpaste to combat dental problems early on.

Paw Care Calgary Shih Tzu grooming

Unlike cats, dogs can not retract their nails. When you start hearing your Shih Tzu’s nails on flooring, it’s time to trim their nails. Shih Tzus also have sensitive paws, and walking on different surfaces can hurt their paws. You may want to put paw wax for protection, especially if you Shih Tzu’s paws are cracked or dry.

Bathing Your Shih Tzu

Bathing your Shih Tzu gets rid of dirt build-up and allows you to check your pet for fleas, bites, lumps and other skin abrasions. Your Shih Tzu does not need a bath every day, once every two to three weeks will do. Just follow the directions on the label of your dog shampoo. Once you have shampooed and rinsed, gently rub your Shih Tzu to speed up the drying process. Remember to follow-up with a treat so your Shih Tzu will associate baths with fun.

Or, Book an Appointment at Your Friendly Pet Groomers

Alternatively, if you would like a more thorough grooming for your beloved Shih Tzu, you can always contact us at Hounds Like Fun for an appointment. Our skilled Shih Tzu grooming professionals will make them look their best in a welcoming and relaxing environment. however