The best way to groom an aggressive Shih Tzu is to either find ways to calm them down or strategies to help you work safely on them.
Here are a few tips that could come in handy if your Shih Tzu throws a tantrum during your at-home grooming session.
Incentives could be anything from treats to their favorite toy. This will give your Shih Tzu a good reason to behave. Just make the habit of rewarding them for being calm during grooming sessions.
Distract Your Shih Tzu
Distractions are another great way to get your Shih Tzu to behave for long enough for you to groom them.
One of the most effective of these distractions is the lick mat. Just slather it with something tasty like wet dog food or peanut butter and stick it onto the wall near your grooming station. The Shih Tzu will be occupied trying to get the tasty treat giving you time to work on them.
Sometimes, the best thing you can do to make grooming sessions easier for yourself is obedience training. That way, if your Shih Tzu acts up all you have to do is use one of the calming commands you taught them and you are good to go.
Work On Your Timing
Your Shih Tzu may be throwing a tantrum because you caught them at the wrong time. If you wish to groom your Shih Tzu peacefully, choose a time where they are in a good mood and content whether it is after a nice workout or meal.
It is also best to keep each grooming session to short periods of 10 to 15 minutes at most.
You could also use restraints to deal with an aggressive Shih Tzu when grooming them from home. This could be as simple as a torso harness or as serious as restraints that include muzzles. The amount of aggression you are dealing with should guide your choice.
Leave It To The Professionals
Finally, consider taking your dog to a professional dog groomer if they are too aggressive to be groomed at home. The experts have a combination of skills, experience, and the tools necessary to safely and effectively groom even the feistiest of Shih Tzus.