builds as the time draws nearer for your new puppy to come
home. I advise that the “new parents” plan ahead which helps
the new arrival to adapt quicker and easier. If you have all
the pets basic needs in place you can focus on his training
and help him become more accustomed to his new surroundings.
Do your shopping
in advance. You’ll need a collar and a leash. ( The earlier
they get used to it the better.) You’ll need a brush, comb
and a slicker brush. I will have already begun their
training on the daily brushing. Grooming is an important
daily part of their care. Making it a time that is not
stressful but calm and fun helps both you and the puppy. I
usually choose a time when I am sitting watching TV after
the baby has had a play period and is tired. It helps to
You will need to
buy easy to clean food and water bowls. I prefer the
stainless steel or ceramic as the hard plastic or rubber
bowls are more prevalent for germs and bacteria. Your puppy
will be water bottle trained also. I find that with the shih
tzu and their beards it is much easier to bottle train. I
use the gerbil water bottles that hang on the side of the
crates. This ensures that the water is always clean and that
their faces stay cleaner and dryer.
Your puppy will
need his own bed and his own crate. A crate is not only a
haven to the little guy but also a wonderful aid in house
breaking. You will find that even though a shih tzu is a
sturdy little dog, he is small and there will be a time that
he will need to be out of the family traffic. The crate
provides this for him. All of my babies know which crate is
theirs at night. When I use the term, “Bedtime,” they all go
to their beds and wait for their night time treat of a
treat. I always give a treat and you will be surprised how
fast this will work for you!
Shih Tzu love
toys! I have found the small squeakies are their favorites.
that the Shih Tzu are inside house pets. Extreme heat or
cold is dangerous to these little darlings.
You will want the
proper diet on hand to meet the nutritional needs of your
rapidly growing new comer! I will send a care package home
with your baby to help you out the first few days.
your home is important. Follow the rule, if it is not safe
for small children, then it is not safe for small dogs.
Most important is
choosing a veterinarian for your new family member before
you even bring him home. He will be checked by my vet and
also given his first shots and worm medications but I will
advise you to take him to the vet within a two day period to
insure his safety and to validate our contract. You can
check with your friends and neighbors who have pets to find
a very good veterinarian. Ask questions specific to your
If at all
possible, try to pick your puppy up when you will have a
long weekend or a few vacation days to spend with him. This
will give you time to bond and also to acquaint him with his
new home and to begin his housebreaking and other training.