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November 18, 2023

Top 5 Techniques for Grooming a Shih Tzu's Luxurious Coat

Learn the top 5 techniques for grooming a Shih Tzu's luxurious coat like a professional

Sarah Winters

Top 5 Techniques for Grooming a Shih Tzu's Luxurious Coat


As a professional groomer, you understand the importance of keeping your clients' furry friends looking and feeling their best. One breed that requires special attention is the Shih Tzu. With their long and luxurious coats, Shih Tzus require regular grooming to maintain their beauty and overall health. In this article, we will delve into the top 5 techniques that will help you groom a Shih Tzu's coat like a true professional.

1. Regular Brushing

Shih Tzus have hair that grows continuously, just like human hair. Regular brushing is key to prevent tangles, mats, and dirt buildup. Begin by using a slicker brush, starting from the roots and working your way to the tip of the coat. Be gentle but thorough to avoid discomfort or injury to the dog. Remember to pay extra attention to areas prone to tangling, such as behind the ears and under the armpits. Regular brushing not only keeps the coat healthy but also serves as a bonding experience between you and the Shih Tzu.

2. Bathing Techniques

Bathing a Shih Tzu requires a delicate balance. While too frequent bathing can strip the coat of its natural oils, too infrequent bathing can lead to dirt and odor buildup. Aim to bathe a Shih Tzu every 2-4 weeks, depending on the dog's lifestyle and activity level. Use a high-quality dog shampoo that is gentle on the skin and coat. Before bathing, thoroughly brush the coat to remove any tangles or mats. During the bath, ensure you rinse all the shampoo residue from the coat to prevent irritation. Use a towel and a gentle blow dryer to dry the coat, ensuring the dog is comfortable throughout the process.

3. Preventing Tear Stains

Due to the shape of their face, Shih Tzus are prone to tear stains, which can cause discoloration on the fur around the eyes. To prevent tear stains, regularly clean the area around the eyes with a soft cloth or cotton pad soaked in a mild solution of water and tear stain remover. Additionally, keeping the hair around the eyes trimmed can help reduce tear stains, as it prevents hair from rubbing against the eyes and causing irritation.

4. Coat Trimming and Scissoring

Trimming and scissoring the Shih Tzu's coat is an essential part of grooming. Use grooming shears with rounded and safety tips to avoid accidental injuries. Start by trimming the hair between the paw pads to prevent dirt and debris from accumulating. Next, move on to the body, trimming any excess hair to maintain a neat and balanced appearance. Pay attention to the tail, ears, and face, ensuring that the hair is symmetrical and not obstructing the dog's vision or causing discomfort. Take your time and be patient during the trimming and scissoring process to achieve professional-looking results.

5. Nail Care

Nail care is often overlooked but is crucial for a Shih Tzu's overall well-being. Overgrown nails can cause discomfort and even affect the dog's gait. Regularly trim the Shih Tzu's nails using a dog nail clipper or grinder, being careful not to cut into the quick. If you are unsure, it's always better to trim a little at a time. Additionally, familiarize yourself with the anatomy of a dog's nail to ensure you trim them properly and avoid any unnecessary injuries.


Grooming a Shih Tzu's luxurious coat is a time-intensive process, but with the right techniques, it can be a rewarding experience for both you and the dog. By regularly brushing, using proper bathing techniques, preventing tear stains, mastering coat trimming and scissoring, and practicing nail care, you can ensure that your Shih Tzu clients always leave your salon looking and feeling their best. Remember, practice makes perfect, so continue honing your skills and staying up-to-date with the latest grooming trends to provide top-notch services.

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