Shih Tzus are known for their beautiful coats, but unfortunately, they aren't naturally this way. In order to maintain your pet's fur, you have to groom them regularly. You can purchase the tools and do this yourself, or you can pay a professional to do the job for you. If you opt to take on the task yourself, here are a few important tips that can make grooming more fun and less stressful for both you and your pup.
1. Start young
As soon as you get your puppy or dog, introduce him to a grooming routine. Allow him to get accustomed to your holding his face, paws and abdomen. Do not force the dog to let you touch him, as this may lead to an accident. Focus especially on touching the paws, as this is an area that can make a dog uncomfortable, which could potentially lead to pulling away from you or even biting or nipping at you. Most dogs are not comfortable when you suddenly touch them, so make sure your pet knows you can be trusted.