Don’t ignore your dog’s tail when grooming. His tail sees as more of the ground than his nose. It can become matted, tangled, and filthy. Make sure to add tail grooming to your regimen whether you are bathing or trimming or simply brushing. Dogs with short tails or short fur on their tails won't require a whole lot of care, but dogs with long fur and fluffy tails will require regular brushing as well as trimming. While you're grooming your dog's tail, don't forget to trim the fur around your dog's sanitary area. This will keep feces out of your dog's fur and off of your floors and furniture. That particular fur can be cut very short while still keeping much of the tail long and fluffy if you wish.
The fur on your dog’s tail tangles quite easily. This may cause some problems with comfort during brushing or trimming. This is typically a pretty sensitive area, so be gentle when you are combing or brushing through any knots or tangles. Some dogs don't like their tails to be touched because they don't have a whole lot of control over how to address somebody or something touching them from behind. Ease any tension with treats and a soft, soothing tone while talking to your dog during tail grooming.
Should you ever cut his tail very.,very short?
Thank you for the question. The style of the tail is up to you - if you are trimming the tail yourself, be very careful not to nick the skin. Take it slowly - trim a little and gradually trim more once you see how the first attempt looks. This article has everything you need to know about trimming a Shih Tzu's tail. http://www.allshihtzu.com/shih-tzu-tails. There are lots of details. All the best!
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