The best dog/puppy food and made in the USA

Posted by: Kathy  /  Category: How to care for your Shih-Tzu puppy
Do You Really Know What’s In Your Pet’s Food
Although you may think all pet food manufacturers have your pet’s best interests in mind, this is not always the case. Current pet food regulations allow manufacturers to use ingredients that you would never knowingly give to your pet. In fact, you may be shocked to learn what some brands of pet food really contain. Watch this short presentation before you commit to a brand of food for your loving companion. Click on the video icon to see this important message!

Sizes of a Shih tzu

Posted by: Kathy  /  Category: How to care for your Shih-Tzu puppy

Estimating the size of a puppy is just that- an estimate. Beware of breeders who promise you a certain size dog. Chances are they are banking on the fact that by the time your puppy is grown, you will be so in love you won’t mind that it isn’t the size you were promised. When we bought our first shih tzu puppy, she was very small and we were told she would be way less than six pounds. She ended up being seven. Her litter mate was almost three times her size, and they thought he was going to be huge. In truth, he ended up being not much larger than her.

There is just no way to be sure. We will give you our best guess what your puppy will end up weighing, but that is in no way a guarantee. For this reason we do not charge extra for smaller puppies. We feel that it’s unfair to charge extra for a puppy just because it may end up being smaller than average.

A boy or a girl??

Posted by: Kathy  /  Category: How to care for your Shih-Tzu puppy

Boy vs. Girl
When every litter is born we are flooded with emails from people wanting a female puppy but not even willing to consider a male. It seems like males have gotten a bad reputation. It has been our experience (and that of other breeders) that males are much more forgiving and willing to allow you to be the pack leader than a female. Females tend to test your dominance all the time. This especially applies to males who have been neutered. Males tend to be sweeter and more loving than their female litter mates. (As one breeder told me, “They don’t call them ‘bitches’ for nothing!”) While both genders make great pets, there is no reason to fear that a male will be less loving or attached to you. In our experience, the opposite is true. (While all our dogs love us, it’s obvious that our male is more attached to us than any of the girls are.)
It seems that the main reason people want a female is because they think a male will mark in their house and hump their  legs. A male that is neutered at  6 months of age will rarely display these behaviors.


Housebreaking a Shih Tzu

Posted by: Kathy  /  Category: How to care for your Shih-Tzu puppy
Housebreaking, Training and
1. Housebreaking
There are many methods used to housebreak new
puppies or adults.  Many Shih Tzu owners like to “dual
train” to paper and outdoors.  This means that if your
dog has an attack of diarrhea, or if it  is raining or snowing,
or if you do not get home at the regular  time to take the
dog outside, there is a
place in the house
where  it is acceptable
for your dog to “potty.”
If you lay a sheet of
unprinted newspaper
(available in rolls from
a newspaper or in
precut sheets from a
wholesale paper
supplier) over the
newspaper,  the dog
will not get ink on its
feet and track it across the floor.  Another good product
are washable, reusable “Pooch Pads” available at most
pet stores. Some owners lay a teflon-coated floor grate
meant for use in the  bottom of an exercise pen (available
from wholesale pet suppliers) on top of the newspaper;
this keeps the dog from shredding the  paper or getting
its feet wet with urine. Gradually decrease the  papercovered area as the dog learns what the paper is for.
Confining a puppy to an area that is easily cleaned is
best for initial training, This could be an area with linoleum,
polycoated  wood, or tile flooring. Puppies need to
eliminate first thing upon awakening in the morning,
immediately after eating, at noontime, in the early evening,
and approximately twice in the later evening  before
bedtime. If you notice your Shih Tzu sniffing the floor
and running back and forth or in a circular pattern, this
is a sign to get the dog to the paper or outside so it
knows that this is the appropriate spot to go. Once the
mission is accomplished,  praise the dog immediately.
Should an accident occur, a harsh “No” and “Bad Dog.’
is effective for correction. Any correction should  take
place immediately to be effective—corrections long after
the fact will only confuse the dog, Soon your Shih Tzu
will know  what pleases you  by your voice tone and
will want to eliminate in the appropriate spot. Use white
vinegar or club soda to remove the odor if the dog has
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