GROOMING TIPS FOR SHIH TZU
A wonderful companion dog loyal trusting and gentle, and a dog which rewards their owners with great looks when regularly groomed.
To maintain their coat in good condition we recommend a combination of visits to the Groomer and in between visits fortnightly washing and grooming sessions more if your dog has an attraction to getting dirty and rolling in dubious smelling materials! But please try not to exceed a weekly wash as this could damage the naturals oils in the coat and can also occasionally cause dry skin
The visits to the Groomer should concentrate on clipping of nails trimming of coat and of course a good wash and groom, and most owners advise these visits can be as often as every 6 weeks but with regular washing and grooming this can be reduced to every 3-4 months.
So in between these visits keep your Shih Tzu in great condition by having your own washing and grooming sessions at home, this can be a rewarding and fun experience and keep your pets coat in Tip Top condition by following these simple rules.
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Before you start your shower and grooming sessions make sure you have all tools and materials required: –
Shampoo ensure you use a specific Dog Shampoo this will ensure that the Fur is maintained in great condition, Human Shampoos have different formulas not always compatible with Dogs. Shih Tzu’s coats respond well to a good conditioner so we would recommend you regularly use a conditioner.
Towels 1 x Roses PVA Mega Absorbent Towel, and I x Roses Large Microfibre Towel
1 x Roses Grooming and Drying Brush
1 x Good Quality Dog Brush and Rake Comb
A good supply of treats
Washing your Shih Tzu
For all Shih Tzu’s we advise you to use the shower, (and use a non-slip shower mat) as washing in the sink or bath may result in your Shih Tzu jumping out and potentially harming itself. If you do choose to use the sink or bath again a non-slip mat and if possible secure your dog to stop him jumping out and hurting itself. Ensure the water is a comfortable temperature not too hot or too cold use the shower attachment to thoroughly wet your Shih Tzu’s coat and then apply the shampoo and knead it thoroughly into the coat, if your Shih Tzu has got extremely dirty you may need to repeat this process. Now this is important when rinsing the shampoo out you must ensure that all shampoo is rinsed away as any residue can cause itchiness. Another key point we would make is to avoid getting shampoo into the eyes and try to keep the inside of ears dry away from shampoo and water.
If using a conditioner repeat process and again make sure the conditioner is thoroughly rinsed out of the coat
When coat thoroughly rinsed it is time to dry and technique is important here to keep your Shih Tzu’s coat in great condition. Firstly, dab the coat all over with the Roses Mega Absorbent PVA Towel, squeezing excess water out often to ensure maximum absorbency. Once all surplus water is removed then wrap your Shih Tzu in a Roses Large Microfibre Towel gently dabbing and rubbing the towel all over until the coat is just damp. It is important that you do not vigorously towel dry your Shih Tzu as this can result in Frizz, Split Ends and matting.
Now to the final drying and grooming, connect your Roses Grooming and Drying Brush set on medium heat and low speed and start brushing ad Drying the coat, there is no correct place to start but the key advice we would give here is to ensure the whole coat is dry particularly around the base of the tail and around the ears. Ensure all the coat is brushed through and Dry and if your dogs is a little anxious at first encourage with treats and words of encouragement. Once your dog is familiarised and comfortable with your Roses Grooming and Drying Brush you can increase the heat setting to full and increase the speed to high, but note when drying around the eyes and ears only use medium heat and low power.
The permanent IONIC feature will ensure great condition to your dog’s coat
The choice of Brush head to use varies from Dog to Dog but generally we recommend the large square head for large areas such as sides and back, the oval brush head for use around the ears tail etc and the round rush head for under the chin and tops of front legs, but once you have used the tool a few times you will develop your own technique and use brush heads which feel give you the best results.
We know that following these simple instructions you will soon be getting great results and you and your Shih Tzu will enjoy these sessions which can help create an excellent bond between you and your dog and of course keep your Shih Tzu looking great and smelling good most of the time.
Following a wet walk, you can also follow these guidelines if not dirty no need to shampoo or condition simply towel dry as outlined here and quickly dry off with the Roses Grooming and Drying Brush, and on cold winter walks your Shih Tzu will welcome being dry and warm.
We look forward to hearing your experiences and of course receiving pictures of your Shih Tzu’s after your Grooming and Pampering Sessions
THE ROSES TEAM
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