Hair Care Regimes For Shih Tzus

If you’re lucky enough to have a Shih Tzu pup as your family pet, you probably already know that you’ll need to call on the most reliable dog grooming Norfolk has to offer more regularly than for other breeds as they can have quite long coats.

There’s nothing wrong with keeping your dog’s hair long, especially in winter months, but once you factor in how close these dogs are to the ground when they’re out on a walk, you’ve certainly got a recipe for mess. While getting a professional dog groomer in is all part and parcel of being a Shih Tzu owner, there are some tips and tricks you can use to look after your dog’s coat on a day-to-day basis.

First off, brush their hair. Yes Shih Tzus have hair, not fur – which means no moulting! So, much like your own, be sure to give it a brush AND a comb every day to get rid of knots and keep it looking healthy.

If your pup does get coated in mud or dirt, first off, try to dry them off as best you can with a towel. When the mud has fully dried, give them a comb to remove it – luckily Shih Tzus are pretty relaxed characters, so they shouldn’t mind too much.
Because of their long coat, Shih Tzus may benefit from some product when it comes to bath time – a dog conditioner and detangling spray may be a good investment – ask Shampooch for our recommendations on our next visit.
While you may prefer to leave the grooming to the professionals, Shih Tzus have a habit of having their facial hair grow over their eyes before you’ve even noticed. If you’ve got a steady hand and a calm dog, give them a quick trim every now and then, or if not, you can even use a hairband to tie back their hair for the short term!

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