Congratulations on your new family member! Bringing home a puppy is such an exciting experience and I want to help make the transition as smooth as possible.

Please read and enjoy the All Shih Tzu's Giant Book  of Shih Tzu Care.

I  am convinced that it is the best, comprehensive resource for information  regarding all aspects of raising and caring for a shih tzu.

Unless otherwise instructed by your veterinarian, you will need to have puppy kibble available to your puppy at all times. Fresh, clean water should be available at all times.

Have you puppy-proofed before bringing puppy home? Keep puppy safe and create a feeling of security by not allowing puppy "free-reign" of the house.

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We recommend this item for puppies that will not be going to their new home with a litter mate. Put this pad in the microwave for 5 minutes and place in your puppy's bed so that he/she will have something warm to snuggle up to.

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?

The following photo is just one example of a possible set-up for when you bring home a new puppy. The main idea is to consider the puppies basic needs: food/water, potty, sleep/rest, play, and companionship.  Keep in mind that you may find that your initial set-up may need to have some minor adjustments once you bring home puppy, so try to be flexible as your puppy adjusts.

Here are some things that we have learned over the years:

* Potty area should be placed near a door if your goal is to train your puppy to eventually potty outside.

* Potty area should be on opposite side of where puppy sleeps, eats, and drinks.

* Provide a variety of fun, safe toys.  

* The room should have plenty of natural light during the daytime.

* Be sure that there is nothing in the area of containment that could cause injury if chewed or swallowed. 

* The area of containment should be in a place in the house where the puppy will still be able to see/hear/interact with people in the home.

* If the area has a door that opens to the yard, be sure that there is a barrier (fence, etc) in case the puppy gets out (when someone opens the door or if someone were to accidentally leave the door open). 

* We even place a barrier against our walls in places that our puppies will be when we aren't home...baseboards are a favorite of teething pups! (sigh, eye roll)