Introduction

Bred to be a devoted companion, the Shih Tzu was the prefurred lapdog of Chinese royalty for hundreds of years before they were introduced to the outside world in the 1930s. One of the most pawpular toy dogs in the US and UK since the late 1960s, this little “Lion Dog” is a natural charmer who is friendly to everyone they meet. Because they were created to spend most of their time indoors, Shih Tzus require minimal exercise and do well in small spaces that do not have a backyard. Read on for tips on how to prepare for this lively breed before you bring one home!

Home Preparation

The best way to welcome your furry bundle of joy is with a home that's already been puppy-proofed. For your Shih Tzu's health and safety, move all potential hazards such as electrical cords and household chemicals out of reach. Secure items that they can pull or knock down, and put away any valuable items as well. Remember, your curious pup will be exploring their new environment and see everything within reach as fair game! Some basic items that your Shih Tzu pup will need are dog food, chew toys, food and water dishes, a collar and leash, identification tags, a soft bed, grooming supplies, and puppy pads. And because Shih Tzus are susceptible to heat stroke, your pup should have an air-conditioned room that they can stay in on hot days.

Create a Schedule

Once the house has been puppy-proofed, it's time to set up a schedule. Dogs thrive on routines, and having one makes life with a new pup easier for everyone in the family! If there are multiple people in the household, determine who will be in charge of making vet appointments for vaccinations and deworming, taking the puppy outside for walks and potty breaks, feeding them three to four times a day, combing their hair daily, and bringing them to the groomer's. Early socialization and puppy training classes are also recommended to teach your Shih Tzu puppy good petiquette and help them grow into a well-adjusted adult. Just make sure that the training methods used are based on praise and rewards, as these work best on Shih Tzus.

What to Expect the First Week

Ease your Shih Tzu pup into their new home by making the first few days as stress-free as pawssible. Keep the mood calm and pleasant, and don't let the children chase or bark at the puppy. Spend lots of time with them and include them in household activities to let them know they're an impawtant part of the family. Be patient as your puppy learns the do's and don'ts of the house. With advance planning and a consistent schedule, your Shih Tzu will settle in in no time!
Sleep
Sleep

Noisy

Snoring is common among Shih Tzus.
Training
Training

Moderate

Shih Tzus respond well to pawsitive reinforcement.
Toys
Toys

Squeaky

Toys that squeak will get four paws up from your Shih Tzu!
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