How to groom a dog

September 01
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I have a 10 pound shih tzu that needs grooming but I cant afford to take her to the groomer. How can i groom her at home?

4 Answers:

thingsscott12 avatar

Grooming a fearful, aggressive, or just plain wiggly dog is stressful. If you dread grooming your dog, your dog will probably either be groomed less often or will have to go to a professional to be groomed, which can be quite expensive over time. Although you might enjoy having your dog groomed by a professional from time to time, simple grooming procedures such as brushing your dog or clipping its nails can easily be done at home between professional grooming sessions if your dog is trained for grooming.

Meanwhile, if you want to save some money, you can give your dog basic grooming at home by following the pictorial presentations on dog grooming at home.

I hope you find this YouTube video useful; how to groom a Shih Tzu

Wisebyte avatar

Professional dog groomers, Professional dog handlers, and some veterinary technicians are well trained in grooming, so you can be assured that your pup is in good hands. However, it’s certainly useful for owners to learn maintenance grooming to keep their dogs looking sharp in-between visits to the groomer.

Meanwhile, there is a list of Dos and Don'ts in grooming your dogs at home which is very helpful. 

Also, start bathing your Shih Tzu at a young age. It is extremely important to get your pet used to taking baths. If you start when they are very young, they will not be fearful of the bath. As with human infants, the dog will love to take baths if you prepare them for it properly. They will look forward to this occasion just as we humans do!

Lifeisgood avatar

If you own a shih tzu, you know how important grooming is to keep your furry friend looking and feeling great. However, taking your dog to the groomer can be expensive, especially if you are on a tight budget. The good news is that you can groom your shih tzu at home with some basic tools and techniques. Here are some tips for grooming your 10-pound shih tzu at home:

Brush your shih tzu's coat regularly

Regular brushing is the most important part of grooming your shih tzu at home. Brush your dog's coat every day to keep it free from tangles, mats, and dirt. Use a slicker brush or a comb to work through any knots gently. Make sure you brush all areas, including the ears, tail, and belly.

Bathe your shih tzu when necessary

Bathing your shih tzu too frequently can dry out its skin, so only bathe your dog when it is necessary. Use a mild dog shampoo and make sure to rinse thoroughly to avoid leaving any soap residue. Dry your shih tzu with a towel, and avoid using a hairdryer as it can be too hot and may burn your dog's skin.

Trim your shih tzu's nails

Trimming your shih tzu's nails is essential to prevent them from getting too long, which can cause discomfort and even injury. Use a pair of dog nail clippers to trim the tips of the nails. Be careful not to cut the quick, which is the pink part of the nail that contains blood vessels and nerves. If you are unsure, ask your veterinarian to show you how to trim your dog's nails properly.

Clean your shih tzu's ears

Shih tzus are prone to ear infections, so it's essential to clean their ears regularly. Use a damp cotton ball or a soft cloth to clean the inside of the ears gently. Avoid using cotton swabs, as they can push dirt and debris deeper into the ear canal.

Trim your shih tzu's hair

Shih tzus have long hair that can grow quickly and become matted. Trim your dog's hair with a pair of scissors or clippers to keep it looking neat and tidy. Be careful not to cut too close to the skin, as this can cause nicks and cuts.

In conclusion, grooming your shih tzu at home is a great way to save money and keep your furry friend looking and feeling great. With some basic tools and techniques, you can give your dog a professional-looking groom without breaking the bank. Just remember to be patient, gentle, and careful, and your shih tzu will look its best.


These are some steps you can do to groom your shih tzu at home: 

1. Gather these tools: brush, comb, scissors, nail clippers, dog shampoo.
2. Brush the fur to remove tangles and mats.
3. Bathe with dog shampoo, rinse well, dry with towels.
4. Trim hair around eyes, paws, and rear with scissors carefully.
5. Brush teeth with dog toothpaste.
6. Clip nails with dog nail trimmers if they are comfortable.
7. Clean ears with vet approved cleaner.
8. Praise and treat your dog for their good behavior.

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