Preparing to Groom the Coat
If getting ready to groom your Shih Tzu's coat seems a bit overwhelming, do not worry. Take it step by step. Once you have the correct tools and you fall into a routine, grooming will become easy. You will need to begin by:
- Having the correct grooming tools for the Shih Tzu
- Training your dog to remain still while having the coat groomed
It is important to have the correct dog grooming supplies.
This is a fine tooth steel comb. It is used for several reasons. This grooming tool is to comb the face hair of the Shih Tzu, the long whiskers and beard that this dog is famous for.
2 Level Comb:
This comb will have a fine tooth side and a medium tooth side. This is used to check the coat for any mats after a thorough brushing.
This is very similar to the 2 Level Comb, some use this to go over the Shih Tzu one last time. You can touch up any areas with this to create a perfect finished look.
This type of dog brush is made specifically for dog breeds with long hair. You will be using this brush quite a bit.
Only once you have trained your Shih Tzu to remain very still during grooming, this tool will be used to snip any unwanted and extra hair from the ears of your dog.
Round Tip Scissors: This tool will be used for carefully snipping away extra hairs around the anus of the Shih Tzu for the purpose of cleanliness and hygiene.