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The Pros And Cons Of A Shih Tzu Puppy Cut

Sep 4, 2008
Because of the incredible thickness and length of the Shih Tzu's cuddly coat, pets and breeding dogs need to be kept clipped. This saves the owner an incredible amount of time and worry. Having short hair rather than long hair does not bother the Shih Tzu. The Shih Tzu is bothered when their coats are matted and dirty and soon become miserable. Keeping your pet's coat tangle free is the goal of Shih Tzu daily grooming.

The Shih Tzu puppy cut is the usual style that pet Shih Tzus are kept in. They usually get their first trim at three or four months of age, and then about every four to six weeks for the rest of their lives. You can choose to take your Shih Tzu to a professional groomer, or you can try to give it a go yourself after seeing how it is done a few times. You also need to be sure your dog will sit still for you.

A professional dog groomer best accomplishes The Shih Tzu puppy cut. They can easily be found now at large pet store chains and near veterinary offices. You need experience clipping dogs - or at lest trimming hedges - before attempting to tame the Shih Tzu coat. After watching a few times, you might be able to get the gist of trimming, but Shih Tzu grooming like this is tricky. Dogs are pretty forgiving creatures, but Shih Tzus tend to be vainer than most and will not forget bad haircuts.

Daily maintenance grooming equipment includes, at the least, a soft brush (that looks like a body brush for horses), a pin or slicker comb, a flea comb and nail clippers. Any white areas around the eyes, nose and mouth usually never stay white. This is normal. Just make sure these stains don't smell and don't have food or other material trapped in the coat. Brush with the soft brush and attack tangles gently with the slicker brush or the flea comb. Clip nails only when needed.

A Shih Tzu puppy cut is great for easy grooming but other grooming supplies will be necessary and can be found wherever pet products are sold. You need at least a nail clipper, a soft brush, a small slicker (or pin) brush (which have a square base) and a flea comb. All other brushes, combs and wipes are optional.

Leave the face for scissors and get someone to hold the dog if necessary. Smile and act as casual as possible to keep the dog calm. Scissors are used for the coat, but not for the nails. You need a guillotine-style nail clipper to make an efficient, safe cut on the nail.

The first time is always the worst for learning the Shih Tzu puppy clip. Your dog might give you a funny look if the results are not quite what you expected, but your dog will forgive you.

Besides, in a month it'll need trimming again anyway! Giving your Shih Tzu a puppy clip gets easier with practice.
About the Author
Rebecca Simpson is an avid lover of the Shih Tzu and owns a popular website where you'll discover how to have a happy, healthy and well behaved Shih Tzu. Among other topics there, you can also learn all about Shih Tzu Grooming Supplies plus a whole lot more.
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