About Me:

I am a professional Pet Groomer. I have been grooming for 28 years. This Blog is a kind of diary of my work. I wish I had started years ago, writing some of the experiences I have had while grooming. Most days are fun, some can be sad, some can be just down right crazy. If you are a pet owner and come across this blog, I hope it helps you understand how your pet is groomed. If you are a Pet Groomer, I hope you can relate to some of the stories. Maybe even learn a grooming tip or can leave a friendly grooming tip for me. There is always something to learn, no matter how long you have been grooming.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015


Shih Tzus....

I like Shih Tzus...

I used to own a Shih Tzu (well he was a mix but mostly Shih Tzu).....

A good portion of our clientele are Shih Tzus.

I am sure that most groomers out there also groom quite a few Shih Tzus, so they will completely understand what I am talking about when I say the 
'Shih Tzu sneeze'.

Every groomer has experienced it at one time or another.
More than likely they have experienced it every time they have groomed a 
Shih Tzu.

Now, if you are not a groomer and you are wondering; "What the heck is a 
'Shih Tzu sneeze'?"

Well, just let me explain.

This is a Shih Tzu.

This little ones nose is not as squished as some. 

Many Shih Tzus have very squished noses that are very close to the eyes, with several folds between the eyes and nose.

It takes a lot of concentration to scissor around a Shih Tzus eyes and nose.

The groomer is always saying a little prayer that the Shih Tzu will sit still long enough to scissor the hair from around the eyes safely.

The groomer also always prays that the Shih Tzu will not do this!


A groomers worst nightmare.

You can see why we groomers are so busy concentrating, that we temporarily forget about the 'Shih Tzu sneeze'.

So, picture this....

The groomer holding the Shih-tzus chin.....getting their face close to the Shih-tzus face so they can see exactly what they are scissoring......praying that the dog does not move......or lick its nose.....or jerk backwards.....carefully scissoring away.....concentrating very hard ........when.......


Like only a Shih Tzu can!

Doggy snot sprayed!
Right in the groomers face.
Right in the groomers eyes.
Doggy snot!
Sometimes a lot!

Now, sure, sometimes other dogs will also do this when a groomer is scissoring their face, but a Shih-tzu is pro at it and almost guaranteed to sneeze in a groomers face every time.

It is not like they sneeze all of the time during the grooming.
They rarely sneeze while being bathed, unless the groomer puts their face close to the Shih Tzus face to clean out eye crust.....then .....SNEEZE!
They rarely sneeze while being dried.
They rarely sneeze while the body is being clipped or scissored.

Nooooo, it is bred into them to wait for just the right time to sneeze.
Wait till they are face to face with the groomer.
Wait till the groomer leans in to scissor around the eyes.
Then.....with no warning what so ever.....SNEEZE!

A lot of the time it isn't even a sneeze per say, they just blow the doggy snot out of their noses.

I am convinced that the Mommy Shih Tzu teaches all her puppies to do this before they are weaned.

She tells them; "You are in for a lifetime of grooming my little ones. One day you will be taken to a person called a groomer to give you a bath and cut your hair," she will tell all the puppies. "Now listen closely. Every time that groomer gets their face close to yours, to scissor the hair around your nose and eyes, you just give a good strong sneeze and shoot doggy snot all over their faces. Remember, sneeze only when you are face to face! It is so fun!"

Oh yes, I am fully convinced of this.

If you are a groomer, you are lucky if the Shih Tzu only sneezes once while you are scissoring the face.
Most like to sneeze multiple times.

Just a fun fact I thought that I would share.  :-)


  1. You should so look into the NAPCG. Just a thought www.thenapcg.com

  2. As a proud owner of a shih tzu, and a fellow groomer, I know exactly what you are talking about! lol
    Loved this post, and the pictures were absolutely perfect!
    Shih Tzus are notorious for licking their noses in the middle of an attempted nose hair trim- i can't believe you got a picture of it! Impressive :)

  3. Not a groomer but i do have a shihtzu. I can attest to the sneezing. My tzu, Aki never sneezes when i brush him in every part of his body besides his face. He always does it the moment i get near his face when i tried to clean his eyes and around his nose.

  4. Hahaha that is so true. Or the cocker ear shake. Mama cocker says to pups, ok darlings much like the shihtzu sneeze, wait till the groomer is trying to scissor that perfect bell on your ears. We as cockers really want that raggedy fishhook look to our ears, but groomers just don't seem to get that. So help em out with a big ol' shake right when the scissors are closing. ;) make sure to save all your shakes till then!

  5. This is sooo true...every time, especially when I'm trying to get pictures. I love grooming shihtzu's

  6. Omg I was just making this comment the other day. I've only been grooming for a year, and I notice EVERY time I am doing a shih tzu face, they ALWAYS sneeze and get snot on my face! I used to hate it but now I just laugh, because I expect it lol. It's so gross! And yes the LICKING!! Every thing you said in this post is 100% true. I hold my breath while scissoring around the eyes and nose because as soon as I stop scissoring they lick! It's like they know and they do it to torment you lol.