Trimming Shih Tzus can be a task if you do not know what you are doing. If done improperly, you risk injuring your dog, or at the very least, giving your pet a terrible haircut. There are even certain breeds that should be groomed a certain way or you risk damaging their hair. Shih Tzus, for instance, are unique dogs that must be groomed very carefully. Whether you are trying to groom, shave, trim, or cut the hair of a Shih Tzu, the more you know about the topic, the better. There is always the option of letting a breeder or professional groomer take care of it for you, but you can also save money by learning how to do it yourself. Ultimately, it is a task that can be learned with patience and the right tools.
Grooming Your Shih Tzu
The first thing to remember when grooming a Shih Tzu is the coat. Just because you constantly bathe the Shih Tzu does not mean the coat will be better off. You should start by looking around the eyes to make sure there is no swelling or redness. Also, check the ears for discharge and teeth for swelling. If everything looks fine, you are ready to begin the grooming process. Comb the hair throughout, lift each of the paws up and clip the nails (every 4-10 weeks), and even brush the teeth once or twice a week and that is it. This basic grooming routine takes no time at all and helps keeps your pup healthy and happy.