Shih Tzu Grooming Tips
Tzu Tips Magazine
September, 2016

Shih Tzu Grooming Tips

Miracle Shih Tzu's Magazine:  September, 2016

Welcome to the September 2016 issue of Tzu Tips.  This newsletter like those that you will receive monthly delivered to your inbox will follow the same general format:

Hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Shih Tzu Grooming Tips

Perhaps your Shih Tzu’s Summer Coat is growing out, and you’re wondering whether to let it grow long for the winter or get it clipped. 

Maybe you are thinking it might be nice to save some money and do some or all of the grooming at home. 

I frequently get asked about grooming , so I’ve put together a list of my top ten Shih Tzu grooming tips to help you get started.



Janice's Top Ten Shih Tzu Grooming Tips

When brushing your Shih Tzu, whether he/she has a long coat or short, always mist the hair thoroughly with a conditioning spray before touching it with a brush.  You can purchase an excellent styling mist or make your own.  To make your own place about ½ ounce of conditioner in a spray bottle and fill with warm water.  Shake vigorously to mix the conditioner and water. 


When brushing your dog, start from the bottom and go up.  By this, I mean that the top coat should be brushed last.  Hold the top hair back as you first brush the undercoat.  If you start at the paws and move up, by the time you get to the head, the dog is usually relaxed.  The other benefit of doing it this way is that you can be sure you have brushed through all the layers of the hair and have removed any tangles that may have formed.

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Use a metal comb (also called a greyhound comb) after brushing to remove any remaining tangles or mats.  If the comb does not remove the tangles, you may need to consider a detangling comb.


Use a pin brush with longer pins to get through very thick coats.  When brushing, you will want to get down through the layers of the skin without putting any pressure on the brush.  Most pin brushes today are more gentle on the coat and skin than previously, but if you press too hard, you can scratch the skin.

I've tried dozens of brushes over the years, but this is by far, my favorite brush.


Use a slicker brush to smooth the hair, giving your Tzu a professional soft, sleek finish. I've place a link to the right of the slicker brush that I use on my own Shih Tzu dogs.

The pins are very sturdy yet soft to the touch.


If you hate to clip nails and don’t want to buy a pet nail grinder, use a regular Dremel tool with a sanding ring.  It actually works better than the pet nail grinders you can purchase. 

Or, you can check out the Dremel show to the right, a grinder made by Dremel especially for pets.


If you have time to brush your Shih Tzu daily, you’ll save time in the long run.  Mats and tangles are time consuming to remove so you can eliminate this step entirely by a quick brush at the end of the day.


Another daily task that pays dividends is eye care.  Take a cotton ball or makeup remover pad and moisten it with warm water. 

Wipe gently over the eyes and then below the eyes to remove any dried tears that have accumulated over the previously 24-hour period.  If you prefer, you can use a good eye wash or a face wash instead of plain water.  These products can help keep tear stains from forming.


Teach your dog to stand, sit, or lie on a flat surface for grooming.  Many of us will brush our dogs while they rest on our laps and we watch television.  That is fine, but some procedures are difficult to do when the dog is on our lap. 

Get them used to a table or counter top as soon as you can.  No worries if you missed this opportunity.  You can start today.  Place a nonskid surface on the table to keep them from slipping.


Learn to clean your dog’s ears at home. While this is normally part of the professional dog groomers routine, with a little practice, you can learn to do this at home. 

Just think, if you picked just one task per month to learn, after just a few months, you could be grooming your dog at home.  Think how much money that could save you.

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Announcements

Dana and Toby gave birth to four beautiful children, three boys and one girl on August 22, 2016.  Would you like to visit the nursery?

Have and Doc are the proud parents of two kids, a boy and a girl.  Their nursery is now open if you care to take a peak.

We also have a couple of honeymooners here at Miracle Shih Tzu.

Gabby and Ketchikan

Hanna and Doc

Clara and Toby

Never a dull moment here at Miracle Shih Tzu

New Pages


Happy Autumn and Halloween

There is a hint of cooler days to come here in my part of the world.  Soon the leaves will be changing colors,  pumpkins will be ripening on the vines and we'll be checking out the local harvest festivals. 

It's not too soon to start thinking about that favorite American Holiday, Halloween.  Does your Shih Tzu have a costume?  You won't want to miss our latest article on Dog Costumes.  Check it out.


Dog Bows


Need a primer on dog bows?  Some people prefer to keep their Shih Tzu's hair short and sweet, while others go for the longer look.  Whichever you prefer, you might want to think about growing the hair on the head into a ponytail or top knot.  If so, you'll want to check out our new page on Shih Tzu bows.

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