How to wash your ShihTzu!

  • Purchase a good shampoo. Don’t buy harsh shampoos, and don't buy products meant for humans. Opt for gentle ones that are designed for a dogs skin and coat. You will also need conditioner, as well, or a shampoo that includes conditioning ingredients. Check the labels to know if there is anything that your dog may be allergic to. Consider the skin type and breed when you choose the shampoo and conditioner. Again, consult a vet for recommendations.
  • Before you wash your dog, brush the coat to get rid of tangles and loose fur. Always lead your dog to a bath. Don’t call because if it doesn’t like a bath, then it will learn not to respond to the call over time.
  • Pick up your dog gently and place him or her in the tub. Towel, shampoo, conditioner and any treat you may want to offer should all be handy. Use a rubber mat in the tub to prevent your dog from slipping. Don’t use hot water. Use lukewarm water. Don’t use cold water, either. Make sure the water is at a temperature that is most comfortable for your pet. You may want to train your dog to get in and get out of the tub if you want.

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