The main cause for Shih Tzu problems is an unsecured good health. To keep him healthy and to get rid of any infection caused by fleas, you need to take care of your Shih Tzu’s hygiene. You have to make sure that your Shih Tzu is clean by doing a simple grooming procedure in order to prevent any infection or allergies caused by fleas and other parasites.

Grooming takes a lot of your patience especially if handling an aggressive Shih Tzu. Although some owners decide to bring their Shih Tzu to the vet clinic to get the grooming done, there are still many who will choose to do it themselves. We as owners sometimes would really want to keep bonding moments with our pet not just in times of playing but also when grooming them. Also, going to the vet or grooming service can be costly so by doing it on our own; we are saving a lot of money. And we need not to worry about handling Shih Tzu behavior even if aggressive because it can be managed easily.

If you don’t exactly know yet how to groom your Shih Tzu, you need to have some materials which feature procedures including tips. You can use pet books or magazines containing step by step procedures in how to handle grooming for your Shih Tzu. If you might have noticed, steps are very detailed and seem to be done in a slowly but surely manner because of their very long hair which is really puffy. There are some extra tips when you have an aggressive Shih Tzu to groom.

Top Priority in Grooming: Bathing

It doesn’t mean that you need to bathe your Shih Tzu every day. Preferably, bathing can be done one to two times a week. But sometimes there are circumstances which call for a frequent Shih Tzu bathe. With their long hair, Shih Tzu easily can gather dirt while running and walking along fields and especially when they get into a muddy area. If not properly cleaned, Shih Tzu problems will start to occur.

The Easier Way of Bathing a Shih Tzu

It is recommended that you use a tearless shampoo when bathing your Shih Tzu. As expected from a Shih Tzu behavior, they sometimes wriggle and wriggle which can cause for the shampoo to get into his eyes. And since you are using the tearless shampoo, you will not get worried of hurting the eyes. Have a non-slip math in the area where you will bathe your Shih Tzu to make it safe and secure. It is better to use a small tub and do not forget to check if the temperature of the water in it is right before you start soaking your Shih Tzu. Once everything is prepared and ready, soak your Shih Tzu slowly. Keep the water away from the nose.

After making the coat wet all over, you can now shampoo your Shih Tzu. You can begin with the hair on the head and face. Do this slowly in order not to include the eyes and the nose especially if you’re handling an aggressive Shih Tzu. Continue shampooing down focusing on the feet and around the bottom area. Make sure that all has been covered by the shampoo. Then rinse your Shih Tzu. You can apply a conditioner if you like. Just see to it that after rinsing, there are no more traces of shampoo and conditioner. Squeeze the coat a little to remove the excess water. Continue getting the excess water from your Shih Tzu with a dry towel.

Probably you can use two towels here. The first one you use can be too wet in absorbing the water from your Shih Tzu’s hair. You need to follow it up covering with another towel that should be dry. Shih Tzu behavior is very positive as you rub the coat with the towel. You will feel that your Shih Tzu is happy being cleaned.

Use a hairdryer to remove all the wetness in your Shih Tzu’s hair. But don’t make it too hot, you have to monitor the temperature of the air from the hairdryer. Dry the hair while combing it. Actually, it is not good to expose your Shih Tzu to the hair dryer longer. You need to stop it after a few minutes and just continue with the combing. Keep brushing until you have removed all hair tangles. And that’s about it. Now you can have a clean and cute Shih Tzu which is safe from having any Shih Tzu problems.


  • Affectionate, Playful, Outgoing
  • AKC Breed Popularity: Ranks 20 of 191
  • Height: 9-10.5 inches
  • Weight: 9-16 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 10-18 years
  • Group: Toy Group 

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