How to Properly Bathe Your Shih Tzu

Posted by: Kathy  /  Category: How to care for your Shih-Tzu puppy

How to Properly Bathe Your Shih Tzu

Bathing a Shih Tzu is a bit more involved than putting your dog in the tub and scrubbing away.  However, the process is not overly complicated or time consuming.  This can actually be a great time for your and your dog to bond together.

All dogs appear to be so vulnerable, tiny and cute when they are full of suds or soaking wet; it is usually a fun time for the owner!  If the owner shows a nice, happy attitude and talks in a gentle and loving voice, a Shih Tzu will learn to enjoy bath time also.

Before you put your Shih Tzu in the tub, you should brush over their coat first.  Even if you have just brushed them the day before, this is a good way to make sure there are no mats; as wet mats are harder to remove than dry ones.

To give your dog a proper bath an owner should:

  • Use lukewarm water
  • Use a high quality dog shampoo
  • Use your hands to lather up your Shih Tzu and scrub every area of the body
  • Use a toothbrush to clean the area under the eyes
  • Thoroughly rinse out the suds
  • Apply a quality conditioner

The Drying Process

The Shih Tzu should have their coat blow dried for proper grooming.  Once your dog is out of the tub, you should wrap many towels around your dog and use a patting motion to soak up excess water.  Spray a light leave in conditioner before you begin.  As you use the blow dryer, use your hand to work through the fur.  Once you see that the fur is separated, you can then finish off by using a brush while you dry.
See Grooming-How To
For more  detailed  info
on grooming  your dog

The Details of Grooming

This, of course, is an overview of grooming.  Grooming is one of the most important elements of taking care of your Tzu.
An owner must have the full & complete details of:

  • Brushing and combing
  • How to deal with disasters
  • Nails & dewclaw details
  • The exact step-by-step instructions for each part of the Tzu’s body
  • The difference in grooming a short cut VS a long coat
  • What ruins a Shih Tzu’s coatand Much More!  To learn how you can have all of these details, just click here.

Nail Care

It is easiest to trim the nails of your Shih Tzu right after a bath and before the blow drying process.  While your dog is wrapped in the soft towels and their nails are wet; this is an optimal opportunity to be able to clip the nails. Using the proper  nail clipping tool, very careful clip above the red streak.  If you cut too low,  the nail will bleed.  If this accidentally occurs, use styptic powder to slow down the bleeding.  Your goal is to carefully clip the nails exactly where they begin to hook over.  Many owner do opt to have a professional dog groomer take care of this tricky grooming task.


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