I have a 4 year old shit zu that has anxiety when groomed. Hes on Alprazolam 5mg. not working. How to groom?
on Mar 25th 2012
in Professional Grooming
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Do you groom him or does a groomer do it? If a groomer does it then have you tried a different groomer? Have you tried to make it a game? One brush stoke, then treat. One brush stroke, then treat? Repeat?
Jax (earned her wings 5/30/12) answered on 3/25/12. Helpful? / 0
Shih tzus are head strong and if you leave it to late on the grooming they can be quite awkward. What I would do is put him on the table stoke him make sure he cant fall off (floor can be better) and get him to relax. after a while he will lay down. This is when you get a hair brush and brush your own hair (seems silly eh but if he sees you brushing your hair he might not mind having his hair brushed). You then get his brush and brush his back (not his face just yet. Then do this little and often each day several times a day. Like when your watching tv and a break comes on call him over and sit on the floor with him in front of you and brush his hair.
After some time you can do his face (shih tzu permitting) then go on to doing his feet (some shih tzus hate them done).
After this you can go on to trimming his hair then you can go onto clipping his hair.
Make it fun, give him very small treats..play with him. Remember little and often every day.
Your the one he trusts:)
Quinndred Spirit answered on 8/21/12. Helpful? / 0