Learning How to Prepare For Your Shih Tzu Puppy

The first thing that you will have to do in preparation for a Shih Tzu puppy is to be ready to love and even spoil the new pet - they love nothing more than that. They will also be extremely malleable as long as they are treated like royalty. They have a great deal of spunk and will not tolerate any type of rough handling or harsh behavior.

Talk to a vet and make the necessary appointments for all the vaccines required. Ensure that you take the Shih Tzu puppy at the right time for its medical check-ups and shots. Your puppy should have regular health check ups especially for skin parasites, internal parasites, and any other problems at least once in two months to prevent any major health problem. Hence, you will need to prepare for a Shih Tzu puppy by choosing a good veterinary doctor who not only is a good doctor, but also knowledgeable about this particular breed.

Make Space in Your Heart and In the Hearts of Family Members

The next important thing, if you have a family – is to educate your family about the Shih Tzu puppy’s care and needs. The dog looks very diminutive and it is easy to treat it as a toy; however there is nothing further from truth. It looks small, but this dog is very sensitive and it will be a terrible pity to have it mistreated by the other members of your family, while considering it a mere pastime.

The next step in preparing for your Shih Tzu puppy is its requirement of space. The Shih Tzu puppy responds very well to the crate training, provided it is done with a lot of positive reinforcement. Hence, you will need a custom-made crate for the initial training. Afterwards, maybe after about a month or so, the Shih Tzu puppy can sleep as close as possible to you. These dogs thrive on affection and will not feel fully happy unless they feel loved and indulged.

You will need to prepare for the Shih Tzu puppy by buying appropriate brushes for its grooming as you will have to do it each and every day without fail. The hair being long and straight will need continuous care to maintain it free of parasites and clean from dirt and dust. You will need to learn to make the top knot so its eyes will be free from the hair. The result is that you will have a wonderful looking Shih Tzu puppy which will give you a lot of pride and joy – but which will require a lot of time to manage. If you do not have the time of inclination of doing such a task daily, do not select this breed as your pet.

Creating a living space for your Shih Tzu puppy is the next logical thing to do in preparation to make the puppy feel as comfortable as possible.

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