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Old 12-12-2010, 05:51 PM
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How often should a Shih Tzu be groomed?We have a puppy almost 4 months old and we were told 16 weeks,the groomer we took her too said she shouldhave been done at least two weeks ago,Heidi is getting it done on Wednesday.
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Are you having her cliped in a puppy cut? or are you planing on keeping her in coat?

If your getting her cliped then it doesn't matter how often you get her groomed as long as you make sure she isn't getting any mats. Groomers usually like to start them young so they can get them acclimated to the grooming routine. At home you should be getting your puppy used to being touched end brushed, especially on the feet and ears; this will help your groomer and vet be able to handle your pup without causing too much stress or discomfort.
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A dog should be in the groomers as early as possible so they can be used to it.
Id say she needs to be groomed every 6-8 weeks. But Id start with every 4 weeks to get her used to it all.
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Boris is home groomed... I like to keep his hair 1 to 3 inches long, so every two months or so I cut it back to one inch and let it grow for a while. I'm not a pro groomer by any means, but I discovered a talent - at least for my own dog! I prefer to do it myself because I'm afraid someone else would cut his hair too short or give him an awkward cut and also, because groomers here are very expensive!

The only reason I'm able to groom him is that I got him used to manipulations very young. He remains calm through the whole thing. If he was even just a little bit agitated, I wouldn't dare getting close to his face with a pair of scissors! So, you should definitely spend time every day brushing him and playing with his paws and ears and so on. My dog also gets regular baths and I use the hairdryer on him. He tolerates it incredibly well! I'm glad I started to do it when he was a wee pup!

Always keep an eye out for mats, especially now in winter. Boris runs around in the snow a lot and seems to get them more easily...
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I have a Maltese shih tZu and her nails r getting quite long. Are u able to trim them? I know with my old dog we had them done once and they just bled and bled because of the type of dog he was.
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I have a Maltese shih tZu and her nails r getting quite long. Are u able to trim them? I know with my old dog we had them done once and they just bled and bled because of the type of dog he was.
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This had nothing to do with the type or breed of dog that you had!
The nails bled because the nails where clipped too short. Whoever trimmed them cut into the quick (tissue with blood vessels and nerves)!
You want to only clip off the tip of the nail so that you avoid the quick. In the photo below it show where you would cut with a dotted line.


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How often should a Shih Tzu be groomed?We have a puppy almost 4 months old and we were told 16 weeks,the groomer we took her too said she shouldhave been done at least two weeks ago,Heidi is getting it done on Wednesday.
Ditto AC!
It really depends on whether or not you are going to keep her in coat.
If you do decide to keep her in coat (allow her coat to grow to its full length), then you need to comb/brush her quite often. You will also likely need to put her hair in a topknot to keep it out of her eyes.
But if you decide to keep her clipped then you will probably be taking her to the groomer (unless you learn to clip her on your own) probably every 6 weeks or so.
Either way, now is the time to start getting her used to being bathed, combed, brushed, nails done, etc.
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It is essential to get your dog used to grooming and manipulations. I had trouble with ears and paws when he was younger, but I worked with treats (gave him a treat when he let me hold his paw, another when I could play with his toes, treat when I touched the clipper to his nail, eventually treat when he stayed calm as I trimmed...) It's worked wonders...
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