How to Groom Shih Tzus

By Cathy Pelekakis


You have just adopted a wonderful little Shih Tzu dog. She is cute, cuddly and adorable. She also has a long haired silky coat. Since she is so small she will get dirty a lot. She needs a lot of care but will bring you years of enjoyment. Learn how to groom your Shih Tzu.

Step 1

Bathe your Shih Tzu dog at least once a week in warm water, using a small breed gentle dog shampoo. Put her in a tub and wet her all over. Talk to her while you are bathing her; she is probably frightened. Hold her under her belly. Use the shampoo to lather her entire body. Start at her tummy and work the lather onto her legs and paws. Proceed to wash her back and anal area. Take care when you wash her head; just as a child you do not want to get soap into her eyes. Hold her ears up and gently massage the shampoo onto the ears. Take warm water and rinse her off. Make sure all the shampoo has been removed.

Step 2

Take a large soft towel and place the towel over your shoulder, pick up your dog like you would a baby, and wrap the towel around her. Dry her with the towel to get most of the moisture off of her. Then take her and sit in a comfortable chair and turn on the hair dryer, put the temperature on low and gently blow dry your dog. Talk to her while you are drying her to reassure her that you are not hurting her. Dogs love to hear your voice.

Step 3

Brush your Shih Tzu dog using a brush with soft bristles on one side and soft wire mesh on the other. Lay your dog in your lap, and start at her head while she is still damp; start with the soft wire mesh. Bring the brush over her head and ears, smooth out any tangles. Use the wire brush to do her back. Separate her coat in the middle of her back and brush downwards, accomplish this on both sides of her body.

Step 4

Use the soft bristles to do her tummy and legs. Get underneath her leg joints to assure that there are no matted areas. Patience is needed if there are any matted areas. Work them out with the wire portion of the brush, working on small sections and using your fingers to separate some of the matted area. Most of the time you will be able to detangle her hair. In the rare occasions when the area is too matted to be removed by brushing, take small scissors and cut the matted portion away, taking care that you do not nip her skin.

Step 5

Look at her face, there may be dark circles under her eyes. If so, take a soft cloth and dip it in warm water only and wipe away the tear stains under her eyes.

Step 6

Take a small elastic band and gather the hair on the top of her head between your fingers. You will be putting the small rubber band as if you were making a pony tail to keep the hair out of her eyes. Put her collar back on and put on a flea and tick collar. Give her a treat for being a good girl.
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