Step-by-Step Guide to Making a Topknot & Accessorizing with Dog Bows
By Wendy Wu, Founder of NYBowtique.com
Aside from clothing, a great way to accessorize your Shih Tzu is to make topknot and finish it off with Shih Tzu bows. This is a quick and inexpensive way to give your pooch some much needed style, especially during the summer months, when clothes aren't an immediate option. Unbeknown to many dog owners, dog bows can come in many different styles, shapes and materials.
There are single loop bows, double loop with flag back bows and bows that display Swarovski crystals, gem stones, mini roses, rhinestones or even diamonds! Dog bows also come in many different sizes. For larger dogs, double loop dog bows look the best. For toys like the Shih Tzu, single loop bows are ideal.
There are many places where you can get your hands on some dog bows. Pet boutiques usually carry a limited number of them, while groomers might even provide you with bows for free after an appointment. There are many online shops selling custom hand-crafted dog bows, specifically for long haired Tzu’s. NYBowtique.com offers of a wide range of designs to choose from, including casual to glamorous and everything else in between.
We are going to show you how to tie a topknot bow on a Shih Tzu...While it may seem daunting at first, you will soon see that it is not that difficult...And with just a little bit of practice, you can have your Tzu looking put-together, neat, tidy and beautiful. Owners should remember that topknots and bows are not just for female Tzu...
Males with long coats or males with shorter coats but with long top hairs certainly need the help of a tie to hold the hairs back. Since they can be found in just about every color and style you can think of, you will be able to find "boy" colors such as blue, black, purple, etc. Holding back the hair on a Shih Tzu with a topknot and a bow will do more than just complete your Tzu look.... When eating and especially when drinking, the longer hairs on the face and surrounding the face can easily become wet with water, damp from food and even pick up tiny food particles. When the hairs remain damp (you may not even notice) bacteria can grow. It is then that staining can begin. So, both both appearance and hygiene, it is highly recommended to use Shih Tzu bows and to learn how to tie one properly.