Let's talk about Shih Tzu puppies - We will cover everything you need to know about them including how to choose one, what you should expect, proper puppy care, training and grooming. By the way, if you already own a Shih Tzu puppy and would like to show him/her off, please scroll down to the bottom of the page to make your submission.
Choosing a puppy is no easy task, especially when choosing a breed like the Shih Tzu. These dogs are simply elegant (if dogs can even be called that) and are one of the best types of dogs to own. However, it does well to remember that they are living creatures and owning a dog is no light matter! These animals require a lot of care, attention and love to live full and happy lives as well as enrich the quality of your life and your family’s.
You’ve arrived at this page because you’ve already made the decision and commitment to making one of these dogs a part of your family. So, the next question is, how do you go about choosing a puppy?
When choosing a Shih Tzu puppy, there are many factors to pay attention to. Honestly, everyone will tell you to look for this trait or another which makes the process quite confusing. However, the most important factor you should pay attention to is your personality, your needs and your family’s needs. Many breeders may try to convince you to buy a particular puppy or choose one that “chooses you”, however, this may not be the best course of action. The reason being is that no one else can know which dog’s traits will complement yours - besides you.
Generally speaking, Shih Tzus are very curious and friendly as a breed. Therefore, a puppy that doesn't behave in this manner may be shy, under socialized or even possibly-not a purebred Tzu at all. As previously suggested, you do need to keep in mind what kind of dog you want. If you’re going with the approach that the dog should choose you, then you might end up with an animal that is overly confident and may prove to be quite the handful. However, this type of dog may suit you if you appreciate these traits or have a large family.
Another puppy trait to be wary of is fear. If a Shih Tzu puppy cowers away from you and you’re not acting in a hostile or fearful manner, then this pup might have socialization issues as well. If you’re not interested in doing rehabiliation, then it is best to choose another puppy from the litter or find another breeder.
Besides checking the temperament of the puppy, be sure to do a physical check to ensure he/she is not suffering from any visible disease or illness. Shih Tzus do have specific needs and can be susceptible to some diseases.
Your chances of getting a healthy and happy Shih Tzu puppy are greatly increased when you buy from a reputable, responsible Shih Tzu breeder.
Once you’ve chosen your new puppy, the next thing you need to do is find out the dog’s medical history from your Shih Tzu breeder. Find out the vaccinations it has already had and when the other vaccinations are scheduled for. Be sure to take your puppy to a veterinarian as they can better discern whether the animal is in good health or not. To prevent any problems, you should arrange with the breeder to give a day or two to have the puppy assessed by a vet. If there are problems, then it would be your choice to either keep the puppy or return them to the breeder.
Shih Tzu puppies do require some special care because of their long double coats and flowing “hair.” It is important to brush their hair every day to avoid tangling. Tangling can cause a series of problems which include irritation and even hot spots. As your puppy grows, his/her hair will become longer and then it will become essential to regularly cut their hair every 1-2 months or have them groomed by a professional within the same time period.
The other aspects of taking care of your Shih Tzu are similar to taking care of almost any other dog. Be sure to clip its toenails regularly, provide fresh water at all times, clean around the eyes and mouth daily, bathe at least every month, ensure they get enough exercise and of course, schedule regular checkups by your veterinarian.
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Training your Shih Tzu puppy is essential, especially when this breed can be difficult in housebreaking. However, not to worry, we have lots of tips so you won’t need to call Cesar Millan!
The first tool you need in your training arsenal is a bit of patience. Remember that these are puppies and won’t have full control over their bladder and bowel movements. Shih Tzu puppies typically become house trained between 6 months and a year old, so keep this in mind.
The best method of teaching your pups where to do their numbers is by using positive reinforcement. Be sure to create a specific area where they are allowed "to go" that is easily accessible. Also, ensure that this area does not mimic a carpet or area in your home where you don’t want them to soil.
You can teach them to use the designated areas by carrying them to it every hour or so when you’re home. When they use the area properly, make sure to praise them and give treats as this will reinforce this behavior and effectively teach them to repeat the practice.
Remember that you should never yell or scream at your puppy as this will only scare him. Contrary to popular belief, the puppy won’t understand why you’re screaming at him because he just defecated on your favorite carpet. A stern “no” is usually enough and then simply carry him to the designated area. After he finishes his business in the correct area, you should then praise him for further reinforcement.
Shih Tzu puppies make wonderful, loyal and loving pets that are sure to stay with your family for many years. They are big hearted and will adapt to anyone and any situation. They do require some special care, however, they’re more than worth it for all the joy and happiness they are sure to bring you.
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