hi, i'm a newbie. so please excuse me if i posted this is the wrong area. i am seeking some information on shitzu grooming. i received this dog from my sister because she had to move interstate for work. however, his hair is all matted, except on his head, and on his underbelly. i have tried washing and combing the knots out, but it's very much like brushing dreadlocks. does anyone have any advice on how to get then knots out and restore it to its former 'softness'? water seems to make it worse. thanks for your help. cheers, space
thanks for the replies. i was pretty much leaning towards clipping him as well. just another question. are you not supposed to wash this breed of dog? as it seemed to make the hair situation worse. cheers.
Congrats on your new family member! One of the things we continually tell our clients is that bathing a coat that is matted will make the matting get much tighter and more difficult to remove. Sounds like your new kid is due for a fresh start with his coat. Find a good groomer that will give him a short clip (note, clippers will not go through matting, they have to go underneath it so it will probably be SHORT) and give him a cute face and start over growing his coat out if you want to keep him long in the future. As clipped down coats start to grow back it is a great time to learn how to brush them and get into the practice of how to get all the harder nooks and crannies. The groomer saying is "Learn to brush or learn to like them short".... kind of harsh, but as groomers we do NOT like the tortuous job of dematting heavily matted coats. The dogs don't like being dematted either. Shih Tzus definitely benefit by proper coat maintainance with regular bathing in appropriate shampoo.... and conditioners especially as the coat gets long again. Best wishes with your new kid!
thanks so much for the reply, and the link! it's brilliant. i just want to give the little fella a fresh start and make sure he is properly cared for. i can't imagine it would be at all comfortable with so much matted hair on him. once again, thanks for your replies.
When you take the dog to the groomer, ask for a puppy cut. Once the dog is clipped nice and short, you will have a chance to start from scratch. You can either let it grow long, or you can take the dog back to the groomer's every six to eight weeks for another cut. The Shih Tzu's are beautiful with a long coat; however, it's a lot of work and you have to be dedicated to daily brushing. They also track in a lot of dirt with long hair and in the winter the snow gets stuck on the coat and it's a real mess. I keep my little gal cut and it makes it nice and easy to keep her clean. I keep her ears longer, the tail is longer, but the rest is pretty short. I still brush her all the time and bathe her as well to keep her smelling fresh....
I had my shitzu groomed on saturday and the dog hasnt been the same since....they shaved her almost to the skin and the dog seems terrorized...I am so upset at these people I want to call and get thier licence revoked....she shakes and seems scared to death...and I am slowly bringing her out of it...But please take my advice watch who you bring your pet to...they also nicked her many times with the clippers ......My other question is ....Is it wrong to get a shitzu's hair cut to short?? Please help Thanks Marc
I wouldn't take your dog back there. It sounds like they weren't very nice. A dog may not love the groomer, but it should never come home scared. Consider finding someone who will let you stay for the groom after hours. Explain the situation to them....I would not take your dog back to the same place. When I groomed some dogs were happy to see us when they came back, none of them cowarded. I would suspect abuse
You should clip him and let his hair start over. That would be the best thing to do. Hope this helps. You can bathe him, ask for a good shampoo that wont dry out his coat. Hope this helps. Congrats on your new famiy member! I really hope this helps. Here is a good link http://www.stfsc.bizland.com/grooming.htm You should get him cut into the puppy cut. I have a smooth coat chihuahau, never have to worry about that! lol
Thank you for your quick response.....and not only am I not taking her back ...I am putting them out of business....I work for the mayor of the city I am in and will have thier licence revoked.... I really apreciate your response....will she eventually get back to herself do you think?? Please help I am sick about this Thanks very much Marc
Marc, Can you tell us how old your dog is that was just groomed? Was this her first grooming? Was she badly matted to the skin? How long has it been since her last grooming? Have you called the grooming shop back and asked if there were any problems with your dog? Perhaps the dog got scared because someone at home laughed at the dog and she now thinks that there is something wrong.... also having her coat completely removed in one day is a shock in itself if it was long or matted. Are you sure your dog was nicked by clippers? Most skin damage to dogs after grooming is a result of the dog scratching skin that is now unprotected or rubbing their faces on carpet. Have you been an active participant in your dogs grooming prior to this appointment? I'm not defending the groomers.... lord knows I've met more than my fair share of not so good ones over the years...... but, you need to find out ALL the facts. It will be very hard to get the business license pulled without showing that they intended to harm your pet. That is why we carry liability insurance. I always like to hear both sides of the story, that's all.
Wench, My dog is 3 years old and in is far from her first grooming....and we always have her shaved down for the summer months....I also do not want to ruin anyones business but the dog is not herself she is a nervous wreck and does not even want to go for her normal walks as she thinks she is going back there....Perhaps they had someone new work on the dog....either way after the vet visit i will present all the facts to the BBB and to Licence and Inspection as I work for the city and have many contacts there.....I have talked to several people around my neighborhood and when I mentioned the place the people that did take thier pet there never went back.....and I thank you for your response Marc
marc,marc,marc...defending your pet is great but all the big talk doesn't get someones license revoked. I know cause I've had that battle before. The mayor has nothing to do with it and he/she wouldn't risk their reputation for the publicity. I can tell you that it will go through expensive lawyers and court procedings and even then the license would only become an issue if they almost killed or did kill your pet. Monetary settlement is all you will get and your attorney and court cost will most likely cost more than you will get. Best defense is to just spread the word of your experience and cost them some business. Just be careful not to put it in writting or make flyers or anything or you may be the one getting sued. Most of them carry liability insurance and mabe in a small claims court you could get the judge to make them pay your vet bill if the vet says it needed treatment and can prove it was caused by the groomer. Proof will be the thing to overcome. Small claims is only about 40 bucks but make sure your vet can back your claim up. After all...the vet will be the only one getting paid. Incase your wondering....I'm an attorney. Good luck.
Dogs and puppies should all be taught to accept body handling at a young age. This is not optional with puppies that I raise. They learn to tolerate it, period.
This does not mean I will be harsh with the puppy, not in any way, but it DOES mean they don't get out of being handled by struggling or trying to get away. Not ever.
With small puppies, I start with them in my lap or on a grooming table. If you have a coated breed to groom, do yourself and the dog a HUGE favor, and get a grooming table, and a good arm with a noose. It will simplify things for you a LOT.
Put the puppy or dog on it's side, on your lap, or the table, and do body massage. If you have to hold the dog down, hold with one hand, and stroke and massage with the other one. I usually start at the head, and work back, paying good attention to the neck, the muscles alongside the spine, and the legs and feet and nails. Once the dog is relaxed (it does not take long) I make sure to inspect eyes, teeth, ears, under the tail, mammary glands on bitches, testicles on males, and every place on the dog where a lymph node might be enlarged (under the chin, on the front of the chest, in the armpit, and back the hind leg just above the hock).
All the while I combine this body handling and inspection with nice comforting body massage and stroking.
Once the dog is completely relaxed (or asleep...LOL) I gently turn it over to the other side, and repeat.
With your coated breeds, once the pup is relaxed, this is when you get out your comb and brush.
If you don't know how to brush out a coated dog, get your groomer to show you. Coated dogs need to have the hair parted and brushed from the skin out a small section at a time. Get the groomer to also show you how to keep the vent area trimmed with scissors so you can keep this area neat between groomings.
Puppies who are trained to enjoy body handing in this manner are easy for groomers to handle, and vets as well. They are welcomed when they come for grooming, boarding, or vet visits.
I also always recommend to people that they do "happy visits" to their vet's office often. When I'm bringing up a puppy we go at least once a week, visit with staff, get cookies, walk on the scales, maybe do a little quick positive obedience, and then we leave. The more often you can do this the better. Then the vet's office is not a place of fear and stress each time the puppy visits. He will look forward to going and seeing the staff, and getting his cookies, and if he needs a little needle stick or other minor something that's a little unpleasant, he has all his good experiences to balance that with.
Especially with larger breeds who can be dangerous if they try to bite, this works wonders. Also consider that if your dog is more comfortable in the vets' office, it won't be a place of great stress if he ever does need treatment that requires an overnight stay.
This behavior mod may also work with older dogs who have fears of the vets office. You can start with just a drive to the parking lot, feed cookies, and leave, and work up to trips inside for petting and cookies until the dog has less stress.
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