How to Bathe a Shih Tzu

Your Shih Tzu, whether with a show coat or puppy clip is going to need a bath sometime! These tips could work for almost any dog, but will be best suited to dogs similar in size and temperament to a Shih Tzu.

Steps

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    Run the bathwater. It should be warm, but not hot. Dogs are sensitive to hot water, so always make sure it's safe by running your hand under first.
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    Gather your supplies, and make sure you have them all so you don't have to take your eye off him or her.
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    Brush your dog (mats get worse when wet). Move the brush slowly and brush the hair the way you want it to dry. Don't pull hard!
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    Remove any collars, tags, bandannas and clothes from your dog.(They will get wet if left on)
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    Gently place your dog in the water, stopping if they show discomfort. Even though every dog, such as mine, can be scared of water, usually as a pup, put your hand in the water, move it around and show your dog it's safe to go in. Also, it's good to walk your dog before they go in, so your dog will feel calm, relaxed and cool. If that doesn't work, try bringing food in the tub. Seeking professional help can also be an option. http://www.cesarsway.com/dog-training/the-basics/How-to-Get-Your-Dog-to-Love-Bath-Time (Check the water temp etc)
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    Wet your dog with a cup or shower head. Make sure hair is out of their face so it's breathable.
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    Soap up! Shampoo and conditioner specially made for dogs is best. Be careful around the face and ears, you may want to use a washcloth to protect those areas.
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    When done, rinse until all the suds are gone, then rinse one more time to get all of the soap out!
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    Remove your dog from the water and hold in a towel.
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    Rub until semi-dry (not dripping).
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    Let your dog down to shake and run for a few minutes.Be informed that your dog might leave some carpets wet, so it's preferable to leave towels on the floor instead. :)
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    Using a wide tooth comb, comb your dog. If you encounter knots, don't tug and pull, instead try a spray detangler to reduce discomfort for you dog. If you combed before the bath, it will be easier to comb now.
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    If you don't want to leave your dog damp use a blow dryer on low to medium heat. Continue to brush the dog while you are drying... recruit a helper if needed. Again, be careful around and face and make sure that the temperature is not too hot.
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    Any other grooming you've been putting off. Look for professional help for the nails. DO NOT CUT TOO SHORT! (Nail trimming, hair cut, etc.)
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    Clean up your mess and go cuddle your puppy/dog! :))))

Tips

  • It may be easier to get in the bath with your dog.

Warnings

  • Don't cut nails too short!!!
  • Be careful of where you do this...
  • Don't hurt your dog and NEVER force their head underwater!

Things You'll Need

  • Bathtub/sink
  • Doggy shampoo and conditioner
  • wide tooth comb
  • blow dryer
  • LOTS of towels

Article Info

Categories: Dog Grooming