Frequently Asked Questions
Where should my puppy sleep?
I do not crate train my dogs so I am not a reliable source for advice on how to crate train a shih tzu.
There are many factors that determine the best place for your puppy to sleep and it's really personal decision. But here's a helpful link...New Puppy Ultimate Sleep Guide
I think my puppy is sleeping too much. Is that normal?
It is typical for a puppy to sleep 15-20 hours a day. See this link for more info...AKC Sleep info
When is it safe for me to socialize my puppy with other dogs?
While it is very important for puppies to have opportunities for canine socialization, it is much more important to protect the health of your puppy. Your puppy will receive two rounds of vaccinations before they leave us and then they will need two more rounds before they are considered to be fully immunized. Until your puppy has completed his/her puppy vaccination series, PLEASE do not take your puppy to dog parks, pet stores, hiking, or set them down on the floor in a veterinary office. Doing so could put the puppy at risk for deadly illnesses. If you must stop at a rest area on your way home after picking up your puppy from us, please do not set the puppy down outside of the rest area. Please put down a potty pad in a crate or other place of containment.
Can I start outside potty training as soon as I bring puppy home?
If you choose to train your puppy to go outdoors to potty, it is best to wait until they have completed their puppy vaccinations before you do so. Even if there are no other dogs that have access to the outdoor potty area, if there is a chance that wild animals travel through that area, then they could be at risk for contracting certain illness such as leptospirosis.
Any time that you take your puppy/young dog outside, please be sure that they are wearing a harness with the leash. Birds of prey have been known to swoop down and carry off puppies...such a terrible thing to even think about, but completely preventable. Although your puppy will be microchipped before they leave us, if you have your dog outside, it would still be a good idea to have your dog wear a collar with an i.d. tag but please never use a leash with the collar. Shih tzus have very delicate necks and using a leash with a collar could cause damage to the windpipe.
I think my puppy has separation anxiety. How can I help her?