How to Give a Shih Tzu a Bath

Updated on September 13, 2019
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This article will provide some information and pointers on how to properly bathe and pamper your Shih Tzu.
This article will provide some information and pointers on how to properly bathe and pamper your Shih Tzu. | Source

If you are the proud owner of a Shih Tzu, you already know what a delightful breed this is. Though she does need to take a bath occasionally to keep her hair looking smooth and beautiful, in this guide I will share how I pamper and bathe my Shih Tzu.

The Shih Tzu Needs a Daily Brushing

Before we even discuss giving your Shih Tzu a bath, there is something very important that you must do: First of all, her hair needs to be brushed! In fact, a daily brushing is a must!

The Shih Tzu has long, silky hair if you allow it to grow. I think this is part of what makes it one of the most beautiful breeds. If you have a show Shih Tzu, you can probably afford to take her to a professional groomer. But if you are one of us who just love their Shih Tzu as a household pet, you will probably keep the hair cut short so you can manage it yourself.

Since they are considered non-shedders, they are the perfect breed for me and other people who are allergic to dogs. However, their soft double coat needs to be brushed every day to avoid tangles.

Choose a Brush With Soft Bristles, and Don't Yank the Hair

Brush her hair the same way you like your own hair to be brushed.

Start Bathing Your Shih Tzu at a Young Age

It is extremely important to get your pet used to taking a bath. If you start when they are very young, they will not be fearful of the bath. As with human infants, the dog will love to take baths if you prepare them for it properly. They will look forward to this occasion just as we humans do!

In the past, I made the mistake of waiting too late to start giving my pups a bath. My Miniature Schnauzer, Baby, absolutely hates to take a bath. If she sees me preparing for her bath, she will run and hide, because I waited too long to begin her baths.

Where you bathe your Shih Tzu is up to you, however, depending on his/her size. I use a small tub when the dog is young. After the dog gets bigger, we graduate to my full-size bathtub.

Be sure to brush your Shih Tzu's hair before you begin the bath.
Be sure to brush your Shih Tzu's hair before you begin the bath. | Source

Before Giving Your Shih Tzu a Bath

  • Brush your dog’s hair well. The Shih Tzu has a silky coat, but a coarser undercoat. Make sure you go all the way down to the skin with the brush. I like a soft brush. If you feel any tangles or mats, gently work them out with your hands. Don’t just yank the hair. Hold the wad of hair with one finger while you gently pull out the tangle or knot. If you leave any of these on the dog, they will be tighter and harder to remove after the bath.
  • Make sure all of your needed supplies are within arm’s reach. This will help ensure the bath runs smoothly.
  • Place a towel in the bottom of the tub to keep them from slipping and sliding around. They feel more secure, because they can get a good foothold in the tub.
  • I use only baby shampoo on my dogs. Some experts say to use shampoos made just for dogs, because they say baby shampoo strips the hair of natural oils. I have not found that to be true. I like the baby shampoo, because if I accidentally get some in her eyes, it won’t burn them.
  • Make a vinegar rinse by filling a small spray bottle. I use about 1/4 cup of vinegar for a small spray bottle, diluted with water. You can purchase all kinds of fancy hair conditioners, but the vinegar rinse will get rid of any shampoo left on the hair and will leave the hair nice and soft.
  • Some people put a large cotton ball inside the dog's ears to prevent water from going into the ear canal. This never works for my dogs, because they promptly shake the cotton ball out! Instead, I use extra care not to get any water inside the ear by holding my hand over the ear opening. The Shih Tzu has those beautiful long ears, so use extra care with them. You want to wash the hair on the outside of the ear, but any buildup of moisture in the ear canal can and will develop into an ear infection.
  • Always use warm water for the bath. I wouldn’t appreciate it if someone threw me into a cold shower! Just make sure the water is warm, but not hot! Test the water before you put your pet into it.

Never Leave Your Shih Tzu Unattended in the Tub

Just like you would care for an infant human, never leave your pet alone in the tub with no supervision.

Make a vinegar rinse for the Shih Tzu's bath.
Make a vinegar rinse for the Shih Tzu's bath. | Source

Begin the Shih Tzu's Bath

  • I use a handheld shower to give my dog a bath. Gently run the warm shower water over the dog’s back. I say gently because you don’t want to “shock” the poor little thing until she gets used to the feel of the water. Avoid the face and ears.
  • This is where I start the “baby talk” of praise. I tell her what a good dog she is all the time I am bathing her.
  • Squeeze a small amount of the shampoo into your hand, and then onto the dog’s coat. Gently rub the shampoo into your dog's coat. I give my dog a good little massage as I do this. She loves that! Don’t forget to wash the area around the rectum. Thoroughly rinse out the shampoo and follow with the vinegar rinse. I use a light plain water rinse after the vinegar rinse. Not much, though.
  • Take the time to feel your dog's body and inspect for any skin problems, abrasions, lumps or bumps, or parasites. I am always on the lookout for fleas.
  • I end the doggy bath by using a facial cloth to wash her face and to go inside the ear flaps. I put some baby shampoo on the cloth and clean her little face, taking extra care around the eyes. Some dogs have more staining under the eyes than others. Spend some extra time under the eyes.

The handheld shower for my Shih Tzu.
The handheld shower for my Shih Tzu. | Source

After You Finish Your Shih Tzu's Bath

As soon as my Shih Tzu hears the water turn off, she puts both feet up onto the side of the tub. I hold the towel over her back and gently lift her out. This is my dog’s favorite part!

How do you dry off your Shih Tzu?

I take her out to another room and place her on a couch while I continue to dry her off. She will root under the sofa cushions, and she has a great time shaking off the wetness and just feeling good! I give her a favorite treat and tell her how good a dog she is.

Some people use a dryer on their dog, but I personally prefer my Shih Tzu to dry naturally. If you do use a hair dryer, make sure it isn’t too hot. (They also make a special dog dryer.) If you live in a cold climate, I would never let my dog outside when she was wet.

Consider trimming their nails.

This is an excellent time to trim your Shih Tzu's nails. The nails will be nice and soft after being in the warm bathwater. I always get a little nervous when I do this, but I have never yet cut into the quick of the nail. If I ever did, she would never trust me to do that job again!

She has some white nails that are easy to see the quick, but she also has some black nails. I have to be extra careful with those. If you don’t feel secure about cutting your dog’s nails, leave them to your veterinarian or groomer.

If it is a nice, sunny day, we take this time to go for a walk.

Wash your dog's collar.

Always make sure to wash your Shih Tzu's collar with warm soap and water. Some collars can be washed and dried in the clothes washer and dryer. This removes dirt, oils, or bacteria from the collar. We don’t put on dirty clothes after our baths, do we?

Our granddaughter and our clean Shih Tzu.
Our granddaughter and our clean Shih Tzu. | Source

Don't Bathe Your Shih Tzu Too Often

Your dog doesn't need to be bathed as frequently as you think! Your dog has natural oils on the coat, and over-bathing can dry out the skin and coat.

My white Schnauzer, Baby, needs a bath more often than my Shih Tzu. Baby likes to roll in the dirty grass and sand in the yard. My Shih Tzu doesn’t do that. She is not a “tom boy." She prefers to keep clean. For in-between bath times, in order to keep your pet clean and fresh, you can use waterless shampoo products, quick bath wipes, or freshening sprays that can be used during regular brushing.

Giving your Shih Tzu a bath should be a pleasant task, one that both of you should enjoy. It is a special time spent with your pet that serves to bond the two of you together. It’s just another way of letting your pet know how much you love her!

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This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

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      Michael F Reaves 

      23 months ago

      We have a 14 year old multi-Pooh that has a bad back so my wife started attempting to clip her we have always be that dogs she did a good job she sent off and bought the proper clippers to clip my 18-month-old Shih Tzu with With the proper size clippers so we will see how it comes out my wife is very patient and very talented she is a nurse she has great hands so I'm sure she will do an awesome job

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      Mary Hyatt 

      5 years ago from Florida

      Hi, Paula, Thank you very much! Yes, the Shih Tzu is a very friendly and sweet dog; they just love people!

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

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      Paula Atwell 

      5 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      What a cutie pie! We don't have a dog. My mom is allergic. However, we walk at a nearby park a few times a week and there is a couple with two small dogs, one is a shih tzu. Really cute and friendly dog. :)

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      Mary Hyatt 

      5 years ago from Florida

      Good Morning, heidithorne Oh, I love Goldens! My best friend has one, and she brings it over to play with my two doggies. Such an intelligent and sweet breed.

      Thanks for the votes, Mary

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      Mary Hyatt 

      5 years ago from Florida

      Hi there, Velllur Thanks so much for reading about how I bathe my Shih Tzu, and I'm happy you think it's a great Hub, too.

      My best, Mary

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      Heidi Thorne 

      5 years ago from Chicago Area

      Love the pictures! And you're right, dogs don't need to be bathed as often as we think. My goldens get groomed about 4 times a year and that's plenty! Voted up and awesome!

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      Nithya Venkat 

      5 years ago from Dubai

      Your dog is so awesome cool! Great tips on how to give the Shih Tzu a bath. Great hub.

    • mary615 profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Hyatt 

      5 years ago from Florida

      I personally think the Shih Tzu is a perfect breed! They do require special care with their hair, but they are well worth it to keep them beautiful. I'm glad you had your Clancey for 14 years. I wonder if you ever got another doggie??

      Thank you so much for your loyal support, the votes, and the shares. I appreciate that very much, my best, Mary

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      Audrey Hunt 

      5 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Hi Mary -

      I love every bit of this. My Clancey was a Shih Tzu and gave me 14 years of joy and companionship. Your photos are precious and this information is perfect!

      Many thank you's, dear Mary and voted up and more and will pin and share. - Audrey

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      Mary Hyatt 

      5 years ago from Florida

      My Shih Tzu doesn't mind her bath, but my Miniature Schnauzer is a different story! She will run under the bed and hide. Sounds like you take very good care of your dog. I'm so glad you enjoyed my Hub. Thanks, Mary

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      Victoria Lynn 

      5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      My dog is only part Shih Tzu, so he doesn't have the long hair. When it starts growing out, it gets matted. It's hard to keep it from it. He goes to the groomer about every 3 months for haircuts, and I bathe him every week in between and trim the hair around his eyes. He gets stinky after a week! ha! I enjoyed your hub. Gizmo hates bath time, but I think he does enjoy it when I massage him and then give him a treat afterward.

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      Mary Hyatt 

      5 years ago from Florida

      Hi, imtii Thank you for the nice compliment. The Shih Tzu is such a special breed, I think, and a lot of people don't know how to bathe them.

      So nice to know you here, thanks for the vote and the follow. Mary

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      Imtiaz Ahmed 

      5 years ago from Dhaka, Bangladesh

      mary615 very nice hub about dog bath . I really enjoyed reading it. I think your an expert on these types of jobs. Thanks for the tips. And a up vote for the unique article from now on I am going to follow you.

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      Mary Hyatt 

      5 years ago from Florida

      Hi Debraw50 The Shih Tzu is just about a perfect dog, I think. You are blessed to have two of them!

      I'm so glad you found my Hub useful, and I thank you for reading and commenting, Mary

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      Debraw50 

      5 years ago

      Very good article Mary. I have two Shih Tzus. they are a very loving breed of dogs. And many do not know how to properly care for them. You have explained this in your article. Your article is very useful.

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      Mary Hyatt 

      5 years ago from Florida

      Hi, joedolphin88 Aww....I wish I had two Shi Tzus! It is really my favorite breed.

      I hope your aunt and uncle will find this info. useful. Thanks, Mary

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      Joe 

      5 years ago from north miami FL

      I'm forwarding this to my aunt and uncle they own two shih Tzu's are impossible to bathe so this could really help.

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      Mary Hyatt 

      5 years ago from Florida

      Hi there, Nell Rose! Thanks so much for the return visit to my Hub. I appreciate the vote and the share, too.

      My best, Mary

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      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      Came back for another read mary, I love this hub, so voted up and shared again! lol!

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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      Hi Thelma Alberts. I'm so glad you like my Hub about bathing your Shih Tzu. I use a lot of vinegar around the house and yard. I wrote a Hub about the many usages of vinegar. I should include a link to that one! Yes, Vinegar makes your dog's hair soft and manageable.

      Thanks so much for the vote and the share, I hope you have a wonderful Sunday, too. Mary

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      Thelma Alberts 

      6 years ago from Germany and Philippines

      I love this hub Mary. This is a wonderful guide on how to bathe your dog. I have never used vinegar for my dog Angus, but I ´ll try it. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and shared. Have a lovely sunday!

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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      Hi midet38. I don' think people with the Shih Tzu brush their dog's hair often enough. It is a chore, but if you want a beautiful dog, it is worth it.

      Thanks for reading and sharing my Hub! Mary

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      Michelle Liew 

      6 years ago from Singapore

      Bathing long haired dogs can be quite difficult and I'm glad you've shared this hub again. Passing it round!

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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      If I were asked what my favorite breed of dog is, I'd have to say the Shih Tzu. They just have the sweetest disposition and personality.

      I'm always afraid to cut her nails, but I do. She is so patient with me while I do that.

      Thanks so much for the votes and the shares. I do appreciate that, Mary

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      Susan Holland 

      6 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Oh, this brings back memories. We used to have two Shih Tzus. They are the best dogs. You do have to brush them daily. When we moved to the country and they played outside, it became very hard to keep them brushed. We finally had to take them to the groomer to have their hair cut during the warm months.

      This is a great hub. They are special pups and need special, but easy, care.

      Votes and shares! :-)

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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      Hi, ethel smith. How nice to "meet you" today. Oh, Tinka is adorable! I can't imagine a beautiful little Shih Tzu being in the pound. Tinka is so lucky to have found you! I just think the Shih Tzu is a perfect breed for a pet.

      Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment on my Hub on bathing a Shih Tzu. I hope you and Tinka have many happy years together, Mary

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      Ethel Smith 

      6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Beautiful dog and interesting read. Bathing a dog can be traumatic for all. My new avatar Tinka is a rescued Shih Tzu that was in the pound. We got him by way of a rescue service. He was proving a difficult dog to rehome as he had a tendency to bite when uncomfortable. I now carry a couple of scars but he is getting better since he came to us in late August. He is 4 and very sweet and loving most of the time. When we bathed him hubby held a lead on him in case but he was as good as gold. I doubt I could get him looking show good but cute he can do :)

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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      Hi midget38. I'm glad you enjoyed my Hub on giving a Shih Tzu a bath! You know, I'm a big fan of vinegar: not only for rinsing the hair, but as a general cleaner around the house. It is invaluable.

      Thanks for reading and sharing, friend.

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      Michelle Liew 

      6 years ago from Singapore

      Mary, this is really cool. I love it. And I'll take your tip about making a vinegar rinse to heart! Thanks, and I'm sharing.

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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      What a nice compliment you have paid me on my Hub about bathing a Shih Tzu, Hyphenbird!

      I love your dog's name: MiraBella. She like to root under the cushions, too, huh? Dogs are just wonderful pets, and companions, I think.

      Goodnight, Mary

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      Brenda Barnes 

      6 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Mary, this is a great tutorial. Many people have never had small dogs before and may not understand how delicate they can be. My MiraBella is just like your Baby. She roots under all the sofa cushions. Baby is just a beautiful little dog. I know she brings you great joy and love.

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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      Good Morning, teaches12345. Yes, my Shih Tzu loves to take a bath, but my Schnauzer is another story! My fault for not starting the baths at a young age with Baby, the Schnauzer.

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      Your dog seems to enjoy the baths by the photos posted here. I used to give my pets baths and they enjoyed them as well. I think it was the attention and praises that went with it that they loved, as you mentioned here as well.

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      Michelle Liew 

      6 years ago from Singapore

      This is helpful, Mary. Yes, dogs love the water once they get used to it and they start running around in the bath too! Thanks for these tips, important for new dog owners, which i will share.

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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      Hi, shiningirisheyes. I'm so glad you found my Hub on giving my Shih Tzu a bath a helpful article. I know I always feel better after a nice warm shower!

      You know, I'm a big fan of Vinegar. I use it all around the house and yard. I even wrote a Hub about that.

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      Hello, Lord. I'm so glad you like my Hub on giving my Shih Tzu a bath. Thanks for the nice compliment.

      It's so good to see you, and I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving Day. I'm in a tizzy getting ready for my big Thanksgiving Dinner. I'll be feeding a crowd as usual.

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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      Hi there, Sunshine625. I had a Toy Fox Terrier once and he was just the cutest, most energetic dog ever. He didn't want to stop playing long enough to get a bath! Some breeds just don't like to get wet, and others love the water.

      Happy Thanksgiving, Linda

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      Shining Irish Eyes 

      6 years ago from Upstate, New York

      This was helpful but more importantly, soooo adorable. I used to have a little doggie shih tzu and you couldn't be more correct. Once she had her bath, she was like a little child running all around. You could tell just by observing her that she felt great and was happy.

      I thank you for this very cute share. P.S. The vinegar hint is fabulous.

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      Joseph De Cross 

      6 years ago from New York

      your little Shih Tzu is adorable Mary. Your trademark is all over this hub. Certainly, so many newbie owners will benefit from your experience. Thanks for taking your time in writing such an important hub. Happy thanksgiving Mary!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Your doggy is adorable!!! I have a Toy Fox Terrier and she dislikes bathtime with a passion. She tries to run and hide, but I always find her. I'm going to start using baby shampoo also. Thank you for the tip!:)

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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      Hello, Eddy. It's always so nice to see you! I'm so glad you enjoyed reading about bathing my Shih Tzu, and I thank you for the nice compliment on my work.

      Brrr, bet it's cold in Wales!

      Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Eddy.

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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      Good Morning, rfmoran. Aren't you glad you have a sweet Shih Tzu? I think they are just the greatest! I finally found a groomer that does a good job on my Shih Tzu, but I just can't afford to take her often.

      Thanks for the nice compliment on my Hub and photos. Mary

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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      Good Morning, AliciaC. You don't say what kind of a dog you have, but I'll bet it's a honey. Hope you can use some of my tips to wash your dog.

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

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      Eiddwen 

      6 years ago from Wales

      Wonderful mary;each hub of yours always well informed and interesting.

      Eddy.

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      Russ Moran - The Write Stuff 

      6 years ago from Long Island, New York

      Our Shih-tzu Sammy squirms like a fish when we try to bathe her. We usually leave it for the groomer every 8 weeks. good hub. Love the photos.

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      Linda Crampton 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a lovely hub, Mary. I don't have a Shih Tzu, but I do have a dog, so I enjoyed reading this interesting and useful description of your dog's bath.

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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      Hi, ehealer. It's always good to hear of others who love the Shih Tzu. I just think they are an ideal breed. I love my Schnauzer, too, but the Shih Tzu is just more lovable and sweet.

      Thanks for the vote and the share.

      I just added a link to Peggy W's Hub about the most adorable 5 Shih Tzus all dressed up for Christmas!

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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      Hi, Nell Rose. Sounds like you had great fun giving your dog a bath. I'm not familiar with the breed of your dog.

      Thanks so much for the votes and the share, Mary

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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      Hi there, HBN (Gail), thanks so much for reading about how I give my Shih Tzu a bath. I liked the video, too. That little dog is SO cute!

      Hub Hugs back at you!! It was so nice to see you today, Gail.

      Thanks for the stars and the vote.

      Goodnight, Mary

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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      Hi vespawoolf. The cotton balls in the ears work for some people, but my dogs promptly shake them out. I have to be very careful not to get water into the ears. The vinegar rinse does wonders for the hair. I have girl friends who use it on their hair, too.

      Thanks for the votes and the share. I appreciate that!

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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      Hi, Peggy W Your little Pomeranian , Skippy is just an adorable dog. I met him on your Hub about him. I can just see him in the shower with you. Hey, that's a good idea for cleaning a dog!

      Thanks so much for the votes and the share.

      Goodnight.

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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      Hi kashmir56. Yes, my Baby runs and hides when she sees me getting ready to give her a bath, I didn't start her baths till she was about 3 months old. Big mistake.

      Thanks for reading, commenting, and the votes.

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      Deborah 

      6 years ago from Las Vegas

      Beautiful hub Mary, and you didn't leave anything out! You have bathing the ShihTzu down to a science. Voted up and shared with my ShihTzu loving friends!

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      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      Great tips mary, we used to give our alsation cross a bath. we always ended up having a good soaking too! lol! but it was great fun, if it was a really hot day we would take the tub outside and give her the bath there, then chase her around the garden afterwards to help dry her, she loved it! voted up! and shared, nell

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      Gail Sobotkin 

      6 years ago from South Carolina

      I don't have a Shih Tzu, but I still loved this hub about how to give a Shih Tzu a bath because it was so beautifully written and the video showed how much a Shih Tzu can enjoy being groomed with loving tenderness!

      Given 5 stars and voted up across the board except for funny.

      Good luck in the Rigorous Review Contest.

      Hub Hugs,

      Gail

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      Vespa Woolf 

      6 years ago from Peru, South America

      I learned a lot from this doggie bath hub. We have a shih tzu mix and although he doesn't enjoy bath time, he enjoys the towel-drying part afterward and then showing off his silky fur! I will use cotton balls for his ears next time and I like the idea of wiping off the face. The vinegar rinse was also new to me. We do use baby shampoo on our dog, as well. Voted up and shared!

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Mary,

      I like all of the tips you gave people about how to bathe your little Shih Tzu. It naturally applies to other breeds as well. I take Skippy right into the shower stall with me and use the hand held water sprayer. I also have a bench in there. When we are finished, he loves being wrapped in the towel and towel dried. Of course he gets all kinds of praise during the entire time and a nice massage. I also then let him dry naturally and he also gets a treat. Sounds like we care for our "babies" in a similar manner. Up votes and will share.

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      Thomas Silvia 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Mary great hub with lots of useful information and you dog is a cutie . All the dog i have had never enjoyed getting bath and would run and hide at bath time .

      Vote up and more !!!

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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      Hi there, Lipnancy. I'm so glad you enjoyed my Hub about giving my Shih Tzu a bath.

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      Hi drbj. So nice to see you today! Yes, our Shih Tzu is a perfect little dog: sweet and loving.. Baby loves her , thank goodness. They play together all the time.

      Thanks for reading, Mary

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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      Hi, Janine Huldie. Thanks for reading and for sharing with your cousin and others, too!

      I just think the Shih Tzu is a perfect little dog.....

      I appreciate the votes so much. Mary

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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      Hi, bdegilio. Oh, I'm so glad you have a Shih Tzu, too. Aren't they great dogs?? So sweet and loving!

      Bet your Gobi is a sweetheart, too.

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

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      Nancy Yager 

      6 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      You dog looks like a little spitfire. Really enjoyed your hub.

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      drbj and sherry 

      6 years ago from south Florida

      Your sweet doggie surely knows how much you love her, mary, based on your description of how you bathe her so lovingly. From your photos, she looks like a very sweet and cute companion. Does your other dog, Baby, ever show jealousy? Just wonderin'.

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      Janine Huldie 

      6 years ago from New York, New York

      Mary, my cousin has a had a Shih Tzu for a few years now and I am sure she knows much of this, but am still going to share with her. Thanks for writing this one and have voted up and shared virtually, too!!

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      Bill De Giulio 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great hub Mary. My wife gives our Shih Tzu baths also. She has been doing this for over 10 years so Gobi is very used to it. Thanks for the useful tips, great job.

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