My evil evil shi-tzu is hard to groom. It's allergic to grass supposedly what my vet said. It gets eye irritation alot and it gets alot of eyestuff in its whiskers... It also gets dandriff and bites itself alot which makes a bunch of scabs. Im afraid I'll hurt it when i brush it. Can anyone help here?
wow! does sound eveil lol maybe you should fix its behaviour problem before you groom it.......Mine didn't really like his brush at first then I tried brushing him when he's sleeping, that helped a little.
What problems does the Shih-tzu have that make you call it evil? Please explain.
How often do you groom and thoroughly brush your dog? What kind of haircut dowa he have? How often do you take him to the groomers.
Eye problems can very well be caused by improper care or lack of grooming. It isn't the dogs fault and is no reason to call him evil. It can be an inherited problem, too - again not the fault of the individual dog.
Maybe you can get a good book at the library and read up on the proper care of Shih-tzus. They are a lovely breed of dog, I have a wonderful Shih-tzu, her name is Daisy and she is far from evil. She is a very sweet dog and yes, she does require grooming, plus between grooms I have to keep up with trimming the hair around the eyes.
What kind of whiskers does your Shih-tzu have that are so hard to care for? Daisy has whiskers, but the groomer trims them when she does the facial hair.
Are you trying to let the Shih-tzus hair grow long and flowing? Yes, that is a constant care type of hairstyle. Perhaps you can try the puppy cut on your dog. It is a very nice cut and lower maintenance than the long, flowing hair. My dog is very comfortable in this haircut and very cute too.
Do you have pictures of your dog?
What does grass have to do with the dogs grooming?
I understand how having allergies can cause more "eye gunk" as the eyes water more trying to flush the allergens away.
I am a groomer, and I would suggest introducing the brush slowly and if all else fails when you need to have her groomed your vet can give you medication to calm her down.....maybe a couple of happy grooming experiences will help her over come her fear/hate of the whole process.
I have several customers with this breed and for some reason they all have issues with grooming, I dont know if it was caused by a previous bad grooming experience or if they just dont like it but, when one is coming in I ALWAYS allow an extra hour so that I can do the grooming and not stress the dog.