You have wanted a dog for some time now, and finally the moment has arrived. You now have your very own Shih Tzu puppy! Of course, not only is this an exciting time for you, but it is also a new beginning for your Shih Tzu puppy, because he or she needs to get used to the new surroundings.
So, it is important that you do all that you can to make sure the Shih Tzu puppy enjoys a stress-free acclimation process. A maladjusted puppy can often result in behavioral problems later on. The first thing that you should do is block out a section of your kitchen that your Shih Tzu puppy can call its own. Puppies do not like to go to the bathroom where they sleep. So, giving your Shih Tzu puppy its own corner will work well, especially when you are trying to get your Shih Tzu puppy housebroken.
The fun thing about getting your Shih Tzu puppy’s corner ready is that you can make it comfortable for the puppy in a variety of different ways. The first thing that you should think about is the size. Ideally, the size of the Shih Tzu puppy’s area should not be too small, but rather midsized, so that the dog does not feel overwhelmed, but at the same time has room to exercise. It really all has to do with the overall size of the room that you intend to place the puppy corner in. You need to make sure that both you and the puppy have enough room to feel comfortable. It is important to note that for this reason many puppy playpens come in adjustable sizes.
A puppy should never be left alone for long periods of time. So, if you have a hectic work schedule, you should at least have one other member of the family home during the day to play with and supervise the puppy. Indeed, taking care of a Shih Tzu puppy is comparable to taking care of a child.
While a Shih Tzu puppy needs a bed, food, and water, it certainly has other needs for its playpen, otherwise it will become very bored! What a Shih Tzu puppy also needs is toys, and lots of them. However, while toys are always fun, they can also sometimes be very dangerous. As such, you will need to choose safe toys that cannot be easily torn apart and choked on. Ideas of safe toys include things like healthy dog treats and tennis balls.
Now for the most frustrating part: housebreaking. This is a process that is going to take some time, so be sure to be firm and say “No” when you catch the dog going to the bathroom where it should not. Alternatively, when you take the dog outside and place it on a schedule, you should reward it with a healthy treat or with a hug. Really, when it comes down to the basics of training, with patience and love, your Shih Tzu will learn all that it needs to.
Of course your new puppy needs a great name too. Choose a name that has a special meaning for you or maybe a name that suits your new puppy's personality. You may even try out a couple of different names and see which ones your puppy responds best to.
Shih Tzu puppies are a wonderful, inquisitive dog breed that requires lots of love and attention. Of course, an important thing about being a dog owner is picking out the right name for your dog. There are many unique Shih Tzu puppy names to choose from – it all has to do with the appearance and personality of your dog.