CHOOSING A PARTICULAR BREED
Choosing a breed of puppy can be one strenuous act since you might either be a novice when it comes to dogs and their types. There are several questions you should bear in mind when approaching a breeder to get a puppy. Questions such as;
- What is the age of the puppy?
- Who or where are the Parents of the puppy?
- Is it a pure breed or mixed breed?
- Are there any known health issues with the puppy?
- What is the food they would need?
- Cost and maintenance
Always try to ask the right questions and find out from the breeder things you need to know about your preferred choice of puppy before purchase in order to avoid issues later.
RESEARCH ABOUT OR ON THE HISTORY OF YOUR SELECTED PUPPY BY STUDYING PUPPIES OF ITS KIND
We will try to focus on two special breed of puppies in our write-up and they are basically, the pugs and shihtzus breed of dogs. You need to ask yourself, what do I need to know about these dogs? Do they require house training or do I need an external help? Carrying out a research about the ShihTzus breed will show you that they are friendly and not demanding, fast learner and chew too many things. One negative thing to know is that shihTzus suffer from quite a lot of health issues. So, carrying out a study will help you understand it better.
CREATE A LIVING ENVIRONMENT FOR YOUR PUPPY
Try to prepare a worthy living environment for your puppy before bringing it home. Most dogs love their own space and so also the shihTzus are no exception to that law. They are territorial in nature so you should endeavor to create an environment where your puppy can stay safely while it adjusts to its new environment. Provide a cozy sleeping area within its living environment or crate where they can easily roll in and nap off.
GET BASIC PUPPY SUPPLIES READY
Hmm…now you have provided the puppy with the necessary living condition and have selected the breed of dog you want. The next step is buying puppy supplies to enable the puppy enjoy its living environment. Most at times most dog owners do not seek the right information so they end up buying unimportant items which may never come handy either in its training or feeding. So, what are those puppy supplies needed for effective puppy grooming. They are;
- Crate/ bedding which should allow for standing, turning around and stretching.
- Toys (since Shih Tzu are playful dogs, a toy is a MUST for them- Chew toys, soft toys, balls, rope toys)
- Grooming supplies such as comb, brush, nail trimmers, washcloths, and sterilizers.
- Feeding equipment such as bowl
- Leash and collar/harness
- Dog tags (optional)
PLAN THE FEEDING
Shih Tzu is known to be quite heavy eaters due to their sturdy size. Always ensure you create a feeding plan so as to ensure they are neither overfed or underfed. Try as much as possible to provide healthy meals and snacks in order to keep them in shape. Shih Tzu puppies should be fed at least thrice daily but as they grow up you can reduce it to twice with snacks in between. One thing to note is that processed human food is totally unacceptable when dealing with a Shih Tzu.
CREATE A TRAINING PATTERN AND SCHEDULE
Shih Tzu are generally family dogs and great companion but sometimes they can be stubborn and strong headed which can make them difficult to train a times. Although, house training can be so demanding when dealing with a Shih Tzu but once you get them on track you will definitely enjoy it. Shih Tzu can easily be trained to learn all the basic obedience commands such as sit, down, come, fetch, stay, quiet etc. Always try to introduce snacks as rewards when it complies with instruction and performs it excellently.
PLAN THE VETERINARY VISIT AND EXPENSES
This is really important if you want the puppy to remain healthy and disease free. The vet is really important because they can assist in creating a feeding plan specifically for your puppy due to the examination results. During your first visit to the vet, the vet should;
- Check the weight of the puppy
- Check the heart rate and lungs
- Temperature check
- Examine eyes, nose, feet, genitals, lymph nodes, abdomen, feces, teeth and mouth.
- Also discuss the puppy history and notable changes (medical changes, feeding changes) you have discovered overtime.
Always try to ensure that your puppy is up to date on its vaccination medication although it could be expensive but its healthy and recommended.
CREATE A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR THE DOG
Bringing a Shih Tzu home could be one of a herculean task if safety measures are not put in place. Since Shih Tzu loves to play around and grab things, safety is the keyword if you don’t want to spend tons of cash at the vet or repair shops. So, the need for intending dog owners to puppy proof their homes is quite important. So how do you puppy proof your own and create that safe environment for it.
- Remove all chemicals around its living environment or home.
- Secure all loose or exposed wire in order to avoid electrocution and it not chewing on them.
- Place a barrier around flammable areas and also put plastic items out of sight or its reach.
Dog training involves quite a lot of person tolerance towards the dog. One has to come to terms to the fact that they are just pets or animals and not humans. So, instructions might not be obeyed, they may mess up that expensive couch or pull one of those crazy stunts that would leave the owner asking for a boxing match between them both. In situations like this, always try to be understanding and tolerate them. Try to create that ‘more than just a pet’ connection and you will get along quite well with them.
FAMILY AND YOUR WORK SCHEDULE
Dogs can be so lovely and considered man’s best friend but work and family are closer. Before bringing a puppy home even though you been to the breeder or adoption center and its all lovely with nice white fur on its skin, you still have to ask yourself the question, will I have time for little puppy and all the dog sitting? Are my kids or family members allergic to one? Will they accept it? If the answers to these questions are positive then you can fully go ahead and bring one home but if not then it calls for an understanding between you and your family members on how best to go about it.