Zoe with her first hairdo
History
Zoe with her Nemo balloon
Zoe shaking hands Health Care
Zoe getting a bath Grooming
Zoe with her food dish Feeding
Zoe jumping through a Hula-hoop
Training
Zoe as a puppy Breeding
Zoe getting a bath.

 

Grooming the Shih Tzu

Grooming
Grooming your Shih Tzu will be as easy or as difficult as you yourself make it. The Shih Tzu is a long-haired breed, and as such, requires frequent brushing. Aside from this, your dog will need additional grooming only periodically. In order to make your grooming routines easier, you should introduce your Shih Tzu to these sessions while it is still a puppy. When grooming a puppy you should be very gentle. Start by placing the dog on its back in your lap and begin by making a game of it. Then you should gradually let it know that you mean business.


Coat Care
To prevent any unmanageable matting from forming, you should give your Shih Tzu a light brushing daily, and a thorough brushing at least once a week. Contrary to what one might think, the Shih Tzu does not shed as much as most other long-haired breeds. This is probably due to its long history as a house pet. Indoor dogs do not have the same need for a warm, thick winter coat and a lighter, cooler summer coat that many outdoor breeds do. A good weekly brushing will help reduce the small amount of shedding that does occur.

All text is taken from 'Shih Tzu' by Jaime J. Sucher unless noted elsewhere by a navigational link. All images of Zoe are the property of this website and are available to buy.

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