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The author's pet shih tzu, Henry.

The author’s shih tzu, Henry

How Often Should a Dog Be Groomed?

“Everything I know I learned from dogs.” -Nora Roberts (The Search)

by Josie Riviera

My husband and I have one dog, Henry. He’s a shih tzu, and we “inherited” him from our daughter. After years of saying “no” to her begging for a dog, we waited until her 18th birthday. However, she decided to attend university in Northern Ireland, and, 5 years later, she’s still living in Ireland.

Henry is fun, energetic, and lots of company. He enjoys nightly walks, and is always with me or my husband. Henry has a stomach problem, so he needs to eat special food (sigh), but that doesn’t stop him from loving to eat. Now that our daughter has finished her university studies and completed her Master’s Degree, she’s requested that Henry travel to Ireland to live with her.
However, at this point, we’re keeping Henry with us, content in the Carolinas.

My husband and I disagree about how often Henry should be groomed. Here’s Henry’s “before” picture:

And here’s his “after” picture.

Henry, the shih tzu, after being groomed

How often do you think a dog should be groomed? Please leave your comments below.


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Josie Riviera is a USA TODAY bestselling author of contemporary, inspirational, and historical sweet romances that read like Hallmark movies. She lives in the Charlotte, NC, area with her wonderfully supportive husband. They share their home with an adorable shih tzu, who constantly needs grooming, and live in an old house forever needing renovations.

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15 thoughts on “How Often Should a Dog Be Groomed?

  1. Not sure, probably depends on breed. I try to get my dogs’ nails trimmed once a month, bath/trim every couple months. Chenille is smooth-coated, so is pretty low maintenance, but Maggie is a wire-haired terrier who gets a bit shaggy if left too long.

  2. I’m no expert – I always had short haired breeds. I bathed them & clipped their nails myself as needed.
    I loved “A Portuguese Christmas” & couldn’t put it down.

  3. My pets over the years were Mickey (Lab/Samoyed cross) who was spayed but never groomed then 2 cats (spayed and declawed) short hairs never groomed. So, I’m no expert, BUT if I owned your cutie I would consider around his face/head but leave the body alone just making sure he’s brushed/bathed regularly.

    Just saying…..(but then, I live in Alberta Canada so the weather is cooler than your area).

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