Using a quality canine wipe removes 2 of those 3 elements (and all 3 if the dog tends to drool). You’ll want to use an effective yet gentle disposable wipe to go over the body (don’t forget the underbody to wipe up little specks of urine), down the neck, over the chest, down the legs and even the tail
. Do this daily and the best time to do so is after the dog has been outside, to wipe off possible outdoor triggers such as pollen that may settled into the coat.
Additionally, using ‘Tushie wipes’ after each bathroom trip will help resolve an allergy to the dog’s urine. While male Shih Tzu are more infamous for their urine splashing back up onto their bodies, females also may have some backsplash and wiping the genital area after each urination can be of help.
It’s not easy to keep a dog off of your sofa and other furniture if you want him to be part of the family. A good alternative is to obtain furniture coverings that are washable. If you are following all the rules of what to do if you’re allergic to your Shih Tzu, washing the sofa cover once or twice per week can often be just the thing to allow the allergy sufferer to sit where the dog has sat or to even relax together.
6. Limiting access.
For those who are very allergic, it is best to keep the puppy or dog out of that person’s bedroom as that is the room that he/she will spend at least 8 hours.
7. The Shih Tzu’s area.
Hopefully, you have great setup for your Shih Tzu: A nice quiet yet not isolated area, either a playpen or gated off area that holds what he needs: an excellent bed
, blanket to cuddle, food & water and plenty of great toys. If you’re allergic to a dog, it is best that this area is not located over carpeting, as dander can fall down into it, become trapped and then cause allergies. It’s better to spread out a blanket that can be washed once per week or have it over hardwood or linoleum flooring for easy clean-up. In addition, we recommend a doggie bed with a washable cover, so that can be laundered once a week as well. The best time to do this is while the Shih Tzu is being bathed
; this way a dander-free dog is returned to a dander-free bed.