BY MOLLY | EVERYTHINGSHIHTZU.COM
Depending on how you groom your pup, he can look completely different, but no matter what style you choose, you’ll need to trim the hair around your Shih Tzu’s eyes.
There are several different styles of haircuts that are popular for Shih Tzu, some more difficult to achieve than others.
However, no matter how often you groom your pup, it's a given that you will have to regularly trim the hair on your pup's face to prevent it from irritating his eyes.
When it comes to trimming the hair around your Shih Tzu's face, make sure you and your pup are both calm and comfortable.
Comb out any tangles in the hair over your pup's eyes and on his nose, then use round-tip scissors to trim the hair a little at a time, being careful to not cut the eyelashes.
Shih-Tzu are extremely playful and affectionate companions, which makes the intensive grooming needs of the breed worth it.
Trimming the hair on a Shih Tzu's face is super important because this breed is prone to several eye issues.
Keeping the eyes clean and free from irritation is essential, which means regular hair trims around the eyes.
You don't need to stress about trimming your dog's face; you just need to read this.
Before you start toward your pooch with a pair of scissors, ask yourself these questions:
Is your Shih Tzu used to being groomed?
Does your Shih Tzu know what scissors are?
If you answered yes to these questions, then proceed to the next steps.
If you answered no to one or both, then there are some things you'll want to do before you start snipping and clipping.
It is also always helpful if your dog has some basic training under his belt (collar?), so hopefully, you’ve already taken the time to teach your Shih Tzu some basic commands like sit, stay and settle.
Once you have this foundation established, you will be better prepared to trim the hair around your Shih Tzu’s eyes.
When you’re ready to get started, follow these steps:
Shih Tzu are rather healthy animals, but they are prone to a few health issues (as are most dog breeds).
Several of these issues involve problems with the eyes like redness, increased tears, infections, and even more drastic conditions that can decrease vision.
Therefore, it is very important to take extra special care of your pup’s peepers, and that means keeping them clean and free from irritants - like hair.
No matter how much you prep your dog for the experience of being groomed and clipped, she may just not be a fan.
If you are worried that you will accidentally snip your pup, or you just can’t muster up the confidence to DIY your pooch’s haircut, then it’s best to call in the pros.
Professional groomers have their own set of tricks and techniques up their sleeves to help dogs that are highly stressed out about being groomed.
You can drop off your furry friend, grab a coffee, and return to a nicely trimmed pup.
Depending on how it goes, after your groomer works with your dog, she might be able to offer you some tips that can help you trim your Shih Tzu in the future.
Whether you decide to trim your Shih Tzu’s hair around her eyes on your own, or with the help of a pro, the most important thing is that the job gets done.
This way your pup gets the healthy, happy eyes that she deserves!