Dog Grooming For Dummies
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Before you bring home your new Shih Tzu, go shopping for pet supplies. Use the following list as a guide for picking up feeding, grooming, and general pet care items for your dog:

  • Premium puppy or adult dog food: kibble, canned, or both

  • * Dog treats (optional)

  • Stainless steel or ceramic food and water bowls (they stay cleaner than plastic)

  • Natural bristle brush (stay away from nylon)

  • Pin brush

  • Stainless steel Greyhound comb (two sizes of teeth, one narrow and the other wider)

  • Shampoo specifically designed for dogs

  • Coat conditioner

  • Spray conditioner for use on dry coat during brushing

  • Toothbrush and toothpaste made for dogs

  • Moisturizing eye drops (if vet-recommended)

  • Tear-stain remover (for light-coated dogs)

  • Hair accessories for the topknot. (Small plastic bands designed for small, long-coated dogs avoid hair breakage.)

  • Clippers, scissors, and mat splitter (if you're grooming your own dog)

  • Toenail clippers

  • Small crate or kennel

  • Pet carrier or shoulder bag

  • Bedding

  • Lightweight leash

  • Collar or harness

  • Identification tags

  • Safe toys with no small parts that can break off and become a choking hazard

  • Pens or baby gates

  • Pet bed and other furniture

  • Luxury items like jewelry, clothing, fancy spa products, and Shih Tzu paraphernalia for you

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Margaret H. Bonham is an award-winning dog writer, a veteran dog trainer, and an experienced dog groomer. The author of The Complete Guide to Mutts and Having Fun with Agility, she lives with 17 dogs and one cat.

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