How to Puppy Cut a Shih Tzu: 11 Steps
A puppy cut is a popular grooming style for Shih Tzus that involves trimming the hair short all over the body, making them look like an adorable puppy. This low-maintenance haircut is perfect for keeping your Shih Tzu comfortable and stylish while minimizing the upkeep associated with their long, flowing locks. Follow these 11 steps to give your Shih Tzu the perfect puppy cut.
1. Gather supplies: You will need a pet grooming kit containing scissors, electric clippers, clipper guards of different sizes, a comb, and a slicker brush. Prepare a clean, well-lit space for grooming with towels or mats underneath to catch hair clippings.
2. Brush your Shih Tzu: Before starting with the haircut, thoroughly brush your dog’s coat to remove any tangles or knots. Use the slicker brush to gently remove any mats or debris trapped in their fur.
3. Choose clipper guard size: Clipper guards will determine the length of your Shih Tzu’s fur after trimming. A common size for a puppy cut is ½-inch or ¾-inch guard.
4. Start with the body: Begin clipping at the neck and move towards the tail using long, smooth strokes. Hold the clippers firmly but gently against your dog’s body and always move in the direction of their fur growth.
5. Trim legs and paws: Switch to a smaller clipper guard for more precision around legs and paws. Carefully trim fur around your dog’s legs, ensuring not to nick their skin accidentally.
6. Clip belly area: Use the same clipper guard size as you used for the body when trimming around your Shih Tzu’s belly and chest areas.
7. Sanitary trim: For added hygiene, use an even shorter clipper guard (usually #10) and trim fur around the sanitary areas (such as genitals and anus).
8. Tail trimming: Comb your dog’s tail and trim to the desired length, leaving the hair slightly longer than on the body to maintain a natural look.
9. Trim face and ears: Carefully trim around your Shih Tzu’s eyes, nose, and ears with grooming scissors. Take extra caution not to poke or nick your dog’s sensitive facial areas.
10. Check for missed spots: Run your hands through your dog’s fur to check for any uneven or missed spots, and re-clip or trim those areas as needed.
11. Finishing touches: Give your Shih Tzu another thorough brushing to remove any loose hair from trimming. Bathe them if desired and offer some praise or treats as they’ve been a good sport throughout the grooming session!
Remember that practice makes perfect, so don’t be discouraged if your first attempt at a puppy cut isn’t flawless. With time and patience, you’ll become a pro at giving your Shih Tzu the perfect trim!