Thursday, June 11, 2009

Preparing For A Shih Tzu Puppy

New puppies are always lots of fun. They are adorable, no matter what the breed. Little Shih Tzu puppies are like little balls of fur with personality. They’re lively and energetic, loving and curious.
Planning for your Shih Tzu should begin long before you bring him home. One of the first things to consider is how you will help him adapt to his new environment. Keep in mind that he is used to being with his momma and littermates. Ready or not, you should be willing to spend lots of time with your new baby. That will give him a sense of security and keep him safe.
A visit to your veterinarian is critical. This can be arranged prior to bringing your puppy home. Most breeders guarantee the health of their puppies but they may require that you take your new baby in for a vet visit within 48 – 72 hours of purchase.
Many people use a crate for training purposes. Although I do not suggest that I do suggest that a dog/puppy have a crate or other small space available to call his home. This can be a safe place with comfortable bedding, a toy or two, and even a treat.
Having a few toys on hand for your puppy is important. Talk with the breeder about feeding routines and the appropriate food. Find out if your puppy has been pad trained or has been going outdoors. You may want to continue with whatever he has been learning.
Most breeders will supply a “New Puppy” package. This will usually include a sample of food, instructions, and even a blanket or toy scented with the momma and littermates. That can help make the puppy feel secure in his new home.
Your puppy will need a soft and comfortable place to sleep. Puppies take lots of naps so you may want to have more than one bed; that will allow you to always be close by your new baby. Many owners use a doggie play pen to confine their Shih Tzu puppy. These are available online. They are flexible and are large enough to include room for a bed, a play area, and even a feeding area.
Doggie play pens are wonderful for keeping your puppy safe. Remember that puppies like to chew on things and they usually do not discriminate when it comes to choosing a chew toy. That can get them in a lot of trouble. As a Shih Tzu parent you will want to insure that your puppy is in a place free of electrical cords, poisonous plants, and anything else that could cause him harm.
Shih Tzu are special little dogs and require unique care in a lot of ways. If you own or are planning to add a Shih Tzu to your family you will want to learn the details of how to properly care for your little Fur-baby. You can find all the information you need right here: Just Shih Tzu

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