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Puppy Care

Shih Tzu Puppy Care


When you bring home your new family member, proper Shih Tzu puppy care is vital to have a happy & healthy puppy. You will, of course, want to start off strong and continue on providing the best of care, the proper grooming and offer a healthy environment that your dog will thrive in.

Let's discuss the important supplies that you will need to properly take care of your little one & how to keep your new Shih Tzu puppy as happy as possible. It is important to get off to a great start with your new Shih Tzu. 


The most important element for wonderful Shih Tzu puppy care is offering a loving, safe home. It is also important to learn about all of the aspects of the Shih Tzu. 

We work hard to provide you with the information you need to know, to be the best Shih Tzu owner possible. Take a bit of time to read the sections which apply to you. You may also wish to become an AllShihTzu Member; you will receive friendly reminders when we add the new page of information to the site.
a Shih Tzu puppy white and gray
Your little Shih Tzu puppy will count on you for lots of love, care & attention. Proper Shih Tzu puppy care is vital.
Photo of Weston, courtesy of owner Angie

Puppy Care Supplies

What do you need to prepare and offer the best care?

Gates or canine playpen - A lot of new owners think that putting a puppy in a crate at all times that the pup is not being closely supervised is what is 'normally' done. However, there are serious downsides to this:

1- If you are like the majority of owners that will need to be leaving a puppy home alone, that puppy should never be left in a crate. You'll want him to have his own gated off area or playpen. Inside will be a sleep/resting area (a really good canine bed), toys, water & food and pee pads. This is the area that you'll want your puppy to get used to, not a small crate.

2- Unless you obtain a crate for large/giant breeds, it will be much too small for a puppy to spend hours on end. A puppy will bark/whine/yelp/cry much more when confined to such a tiny, confining, claustrophobic space. 

Dog Food Dishes and Water Bowl - This is not so simple as one may think. There are 2 elements. 1: The food and water bowl should be shallow. A small puppy can easily bump his head on the edge of a dog dish or bowl that is too deep. 2: The coat of the Shih Tzu can become discolored because of a possible reaction of the dog food to plastic bowls, thus spreading to the puppy's hair as they put their little head inside the bowl. This can discolor the face. It is recommended to use stainless steel dog food dishes and bowls...And to pull any long hairs back into a bow or topknot.

Grooming Supplies - The coat of a Shih Tzu can quickly become matted and tangled. Proper grooming is necessary to avoid this. Your puppy will need to be brushed, combed, shampooed and conditioned. You will need the correct products to protect the coat when the air is dry; particularly when caring for a Shih Tzu in the winter.
Two Shih Tzu puppies together
Neo & Lucky
Photo courtesy of Angela Estes
A Small but Effective Toy Supply - More is not better; what is needed are a few select toys that meet a puppy's needs. It's recommended to have at least of of the best toys for teething, boredom, and to help with anxiety when home alone.

Collars, Harness & Leashes - You will want to make sure to have light weight collars, a harness for every time your Tzu is on leash and appropriately sized leashes. Please remember that using a harness on your Shih Tzu puppy will help to prevent the very serious issue of collapsed trachea. 

Doggie Dental Items -Dental care for both Shih Tzu puppy care and care throughout your dog's life. You will need a doggie finger brush, a dog toothbrush and dog toothpaste. 
It is a lot easier to keep the teeth healthy from day one, as opposed to allowing an issue to develop and then trying to fix it. It, of course, is less expensive as well.
A Dog Bed - Your puppy will be too small to sleep in your bed with tempting as this may seem! A soft, cozy and warm doggie bed is best. See Also: Shih Tzu is Sleeping a Lot

A Veterinarian - If you are planning on getting a Shih Tzu puppy, find an excellent veterinarian first. If you already have your puppy, find one right away. The vet who is located closest to you may not be the vet who is best for you and your little puppy. Do you know what to look for when choosing a Vet? Your Vet will one day may be making decisions which affect the very life of your dog. To learn about this type of very detailed information, learn about what the Shih Tzu Book offers you. * The book is now available in both print & eBook.

Dog Food - While a Shih Tzu puppy may not eat very much, it is very important to have a good supply of puppy food on hand. Only top quality puppy food should be considered. Until you discover which flavors of dog food your Tzu loves, it is recommended to have at least 1 week's worth of dog food. Once you learn what healthy dog food your Tzu loves the most, it is suggested to have at least 2 weeks of dog food at home.
Already Have Your Shih Tzu Puppy?
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  • Would you like to know exactly how to choose a name that will affect how well your Tzu listens to you?
  • Have you used the correct guidelines to introduce your puppy to his or her new home?
  • If you have other pets, have you made the correct introductions?
  • Do you know which health issues you must keep an eye out for?
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  • Find out how you can have all of this information in the new-edition AllShihTzu book. Now in both print and eBook.
Are You Looking for a Shih Tzu Puppy?

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