Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Nina's grooming (shih tzu)

----- Leia esse post em português: aqui

I made a video on how I bathe and groom Nina since we moved here. In Brazil, she and Peepow went to a groomer every week, which is very common there.



The video is in Portuguese with English subtitles.


And this is my step-by-step:

1. Prepare the table I will use to brush and dry
I do this in the living room. I put a towel on the table, plug the hair dryer and set combs and brushes.

2. Prepare the bathroom
I clean the bathtub, put a bench to sit on close to it, the towels by my side and turn the heat up.

3. Put Nina in the bathtub and cotton balls in her ears
I forgot to talk about the cotton balls in the video. It is a very important step! But even with the cotton balls, you have to be very careful with the ears.

4. Wet the whole body
I use the "champagne" option on the shower head, because it is soft and comfortable.

5. Shampoo
I like to shampoo, rinse, shampoo and rinse. The first rinse is very dirty, so I prefer to do it twice.

6. Conditioner
I like to condition the whole body, wait about a minute and rinse it. It really helps to remove matting and the fur is more beautiful afterwards.

7. Drying with microfiber cloths
This is one of the best ideas I've had for the process. I buy them at the supermarket, at cleaning section. They are a lot better than regular towels and make the whole drying a lot easier.

8. Drying with towel
After the microfiber cloths, I practically only need to use the towel to wrap her up and take her to the living room.

9. Tangle removal and brushing
I don't have a support for the dryer, so I prefer to brush and remove knots before using it, when I still have my two hands free. If I can't remove tangle/matting with the combination of brush, comb and fingers, I cut it out.

10. Drying with hair dryer
I use my regular dryer, but there are models designed for animals. This part is the worst and it feels like my arm is going to fall off after a while.

11. Grooming
This is the most difficult step! I don't have any training in grooming, so I don't know the proper technique to get the results I want. I use scissors and basically reduce the amount of fur on her belly, paws and legs and shorten the fur on the head/ears.

12. Tying the hair
I use mini elastic bands proper for this and a kind of soft fabric human elastic.


And this is Nina's Before and After:



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