Free Advice for New Puppy Owners
Bringing puppy home is an exciting time for everyone in the
household especially children. Everyone will want to hold and
play with the new puppy and children especially will want to invite
all their friends over to see the new puppy. While this might be
great for the human members of the family, the new puppy family
member might become overwhelmed. Remember that your new
puppy is still a baby and must be treated as such. Its great to
play with, hold, cuddle and give your puppy lots of TLC, but
within limits. Remember, your new puppy needs some rest
periods and a safe place to call home.
First and foremost, you must know whether the Shih Tzu breed is for you. Before you begin your journey,
read our article, Ten Rules To Follow When Deciding on the Right Dog for You. After reading and doing
some soul searching, its time to decide if the Shih Tzu is the right breed for you. I would love to think that
every Shh Tzu that is born in this world lives a pampered life full of fun with a loving family who dotes on its
every need. I, of course, am not that naive, so I hope you will look at our Shih Tzu Adoption Questionnaire to
determine if this breed would meet your needs. I have tried to include the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly so you
will get a realistic picture of what to expect. You will also want to check out what your shih tzu expects of you.
Before you purchase, there are a few things you must do. One of them is to prepare your home and family
for the new arrival. We hope you have thought through how you will introduce your new pup to your home.
But, before your puppy arrives, you sure be sure to puppy proof your home.
Housebreaking is usually the very first task that new puppy owners embark upon and rightfully so. Even
though your puppy may not "get it" right away, house training should begin the day you bring your new puppy
You will also want to think about ow you are going to socialize your new pup. We take great pride in
socializing your pup in our home prior to your purchase, but socialization can't stop there. The first months of
a puppy's life are critical to good sound development. But socialization begins at birth and continues
throughout a puppy's life. Part of your puppy's socialization will include the introduction other dogs and people
as well as acclimating your puppy to all the sights and sounds of his new home.
Training your new pup will be important and getting off to the right start is most important. There are many
wonderful books on puppy training and the whole topic of training can't be covered in a couple of
paragraphs. But we've provided you with a few training tips to get you started on your road to training your
Get into a good grooming routine from the very beginning. Grooming is such an important part of owning a
Shih Tzu, so take some time to learn how to do some of the grooming yourself. It will save you time and
money in the long run and help you bond and enjoy your new puppy even more. You will want to purchase a
few good grooming tools and establish a comfortable grooming routine.
Finally, you will want to consider what you feed your dog. As a breeder, I always give a bag of dog food that
will last several days to all new puppy owners. I can make suggestions, but the ultimate choice lies with the
new puppy owner. There is a wealth of information on the web today about dog foods, some facts, some
myths, and some downright misinformation. It is important for all new puppy owners to know what they are
feeding and make informed decisions. The length of your dog's life span can be directly related to what he
eats, so good nutrition is a must for you and your dog. We have provided some information on the shih tzu
diet for you to consider before purchasing your dog. This information is also valuable for current owners who
would like to know more about canine nutrition.