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Thinking of getting a new puppie?

I hope your decision is a Shih Tzu or a Shih-Poo.  There are misconceptions abound!

In these years I have been raising Shih Tzu and Shih-Poo’s I have gained experience on poo-pooing some of these phrases (listed below) on selecting your new pup.

To set the stage, please consider the situation you are entering. As you walk into their environment…more than likely excited, more than likely loud, more than likely wanting to pick up the sweethearts and receive immediate devotion, more than likely expect to be licked, more than likely already judging who’s playful and whose a bump:

Let me explain, watching my angels interact for years now has shown me proof these misconceptions are way off kilter! Most ALL puppies have multiple personalities!

Let me start with you?

Have you ever woken up on the wrong side of the bed?

Have you ever wished for just today not to hear or speak to anyone including the mirror?

Have you ever just wanted a day to relax and not even move if ya didn’t have to?

Have you ever wished to lay in bed hours on end?

Have you ever wanted to just have fun all day?

Have you ever woke up loving everyone and everything?

Have you ever had a day when you had no appetite at all…for no reason?

Have you ever had a day when you can’t get enough food no matter what you just ate?

Have you ever had a day where everyone just did what you told them to do?

Have you ever had a time in your life where you got to just the right weight?

Have you ever known someone with perfect weight?

Have you ever had a day when a little of all this applied to you or someone you love?

Now look at these misconceptions:

Don’t pick a shy one.

Don’t pick one that looks scared.

Don’t pick one that hides in the corner.

Don’t pick one that isn’t active.

Don’t pick one that doesn’t want to cuddle & lick you.

Don’t pick one that seems overactive.

Don’t pick one that seems like a pack leader.

Don’t pick one that looks like they are always eating.

Don’t pick a big one.

Don’t pick one too small.

Your new best friend and companion is waiting and they come with open hearts accepting you as you are! They may “hold back” to see if you are the one…so don’t be shy, don’t look scared, don’t be afraid to socialize, don’t be afraid to cuddle & hold them and wait for the lick, and….it won’t matter if you are big or small either!

The Shih Tzu has been researched to be the Calmest of the breeds and gives devotion unlimited!!! They mostly love the lap but they would like to play too…they’ll also follow you around…just to hear your voice is a treat to them!

Come spend time with my angels and don’t pass one by because you came in when they were napping or just plain tuckered from socializing the hour before. They’ll still love you when you are cranky, tired and just want to be left alone.

Come in and meet the parents and please do come in with patience, an open mind, and a willing heart.

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Shih Tzu Tips on how to help and what to expect with your puppies’ new life…

Within my first year, I had experienced a wealth of information with the gathering of my “pack”. One thing is constant…Learning something new about this angelic breed is an everyday happening! I’ll try to share some of my hints & tips with you here. I’ll be adding and revising so check back often.

Your experiences are also welcome. So please take the time & share some of your suggestions so we can post them & hopefully create a smoother transition for the Shih Tzu puppies going into their new home.

To minimize stress & fear for the pup here are some useful suggestions

in offering your new Shih Tzu angel a happy yet structured environment.

I’ll start with some topics and we’ll go from there. Shih Tzu is different. They were bred to be lap dogs. They weren’t bred to run laps around the block with you during your exercise workout.

Picking up your new puppie: Stress starts for your new angel the moment you carry him/her from their known environment. Be as soft and loving as you can possibly be.

Anxiety to a Shih Tzu can be a raised voice, other pets, too fast movements, loud noises, strange places, strange people, strange surroundings, strange toys, strange food bowls, strange bedding, strangers holding him/her. Just be cognizant from a Shih Tzu point of view how much this pup is going thru.

The car ride home is a wonderful opportunity to begin bonding. Saying your puppies name softly during the trip home, holding if possible, or sweetly saying lovable sentences will calm him/her. Happy sounds coming from you will help create the beginning of trust. Your new pup is saying “gee, I think I’m going to like this person”. Trust is earned. During his/her first day your puppy is absorbing every tiny move you are making. Staying calm is important to his/her fear level.

Remember…Shih Tzu are different. They require a calm environment. Commotion creates anxiety. That bouncy throw of the ball across the floor is liable to send your pup hiding…this is a Shih Tzu, not a terrier! Most Shih Tzu, experiencing hectic circumstances, will want to hide under or behind furniture resulting in fear of joining their “new family”.

If you have other pets and or children, introduce them after the new puppies tour of his/her new home is completed. In nature, a meeting ritual of dogs is butt smelling. So while cuddling your new Shih Tzu turn his butt to your other pets face and allow the sniffing ritual to happen. Then allow your new Shih Tzu the same privilege. Let this ritual have time to relax each pup.

Children usually love puppies and Shih Tzu is great for children as well.

HOWEVER, children should understand, calmness is the best gift for the well-being of their new Shih Tzu. If the children are not calm, then it is best to remove the puppy from that environment till after the pup has met his/her new surroundings. Children screaming & jumping is not the environment for a Shih Tzu puppy.

Your new Shih Tzu has so much to take in. Walk the pup in your arms introducing him/her to every room in your home. Do this within that first hour. Prolonging the whole home introduction merely prolongs the stress/fear level. We need to get past the many changes this puppy will have to explore. We are striving to create security and trust first and foremost.

As you walk into each room, literally tell him/her about the room, such as; this is mama’s room, this is Billy’s room, the kitchen where mama cooks, the laundry where we clean our clothes, etc. Speaking softly repeating his/her name over and over, along with lots of affection given… The bond is happening.

Show the pup their food & water dishes. When you put the water in the dish have some in a small bottle to let them watch you pour it into their bowl… being aware the pup cannot “see” the water in the dish, so watching you pour the water in, shows the pup where the water is. Always have fresh water available for your pup.

If you are beginning to consider me a bit “off the wall” here, step back and allow yourself to let my experience with nervous puppies settle you down.

I’ve studied my babies as they watch customers come in doing the ooh’s and ahhs. I’ve seen their various reactions to the playful antics of children as well as adults who seem to think to scrape their hands on the floor as in a chase method after the pup will be considered play to the pup. NOT! The Shih Tzu intelligence level is superb! They are absorbing and categorizing at a rapid pace!

I cannot stress calmness enough here. These are little cuddlers, again, not terriers! Play with a sweet excitement rather than a boisterous attitude.

Your Shih Tzu should be shown his/her crate at this time also. It’s best to keep them in their crate overnight especially during the first 2 weeks while house training is in a process. They are going to cry for at least a week. Although I get many people telling me their pup didn’t cry all that long after all.

The pups have already been in their own separate crate since they were 6 weeks of age. Shih Tzu really love their crates. It’s like a safe haven/security blanket to them. Make sure you have a few fleece pads to fit the crate. Some of the pups love to snuggle under or wrap their pads over them. Please don’t take the pad away thinking the pup doesn’t like it…the pup is just “making his (bed) den”.

You can set the pup in the crate and talk to him/her saying this is where you sleep. Then pick him/her back up and continue walking about the house. Softly talk to your Shih Tzu as you go from room to room. Hopefully, your pup is relaxing by now.

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The Health and Well-Being of your pup is an ongoing responsibility…

A vaccination schedule to prevent canine diseases should be discussed with your Veterinarian. Usually, 4 sets of shots are given by the time the puppy is 16 weeks of age. Listed below are Florida Immunization Shots. These shots vary by whatever state you live in but are generally similar.

The first set of shots: usually at 6-8 weeks of age:

Distemper-Hepatitis/Parainfluenza/Bordetella/Canine Parvovirus and a Fecal Exam

Second Set of Shots: usually at 8-10 weeks of age:

Distemper-Hepatitis/Parainfluenza/Bordetella/Canine Parvovirus

Third Set of shots: usually at 10-12 weeks of age:

Distemper-Hepatitis/Parainfluenza/Canine Parvovirus

The fourth set of shots: usually 12-16 weeks of age:

Distemper-Hepatitis/Parainfluenza/Canine Parvovirus/Rabies

With this completed your puppy should be good for 1 year and then he/she will need a one-time booster set of shots including rabies vaccination. This should be sufficient for 3 years. However, 6 or 12-month wellness checkups are highly recommended.

Monthly Heartworm and Flea treatment is an absolute must. There are various treatments available. Your Veterinarian will help you choose the method that suits you and your pup. Treatments are available that include heartworm, fleas & ticks in a monthly chewable tablet.

Keep an alert eye on your pup: Always be conscientious to your pups activity level.

Be aware of your pet’s health: Eyes…Clear, Watery, Cloudy? Nose…Sniffles? Appetite….lack of appetite? Nice pink tongue? Look at their poop…solid stools, bloody, diarrhea, worms? Ears…notice shaking or scratching? Skin..sores, itching? Treatment is available for all of these conditions, ask your Veterinarian for suggestions and help.

As you groom them, trim their nails, brush their teeth and fur, clean their ears, check for fleas, etc., you will develop a bond with your animal. Through bonding, you will be able to notice small signs that indicate something is not right. Discuss any irregularities with your Veterinarian.

Kennel Cough is a common problem which is easily cared for. Although it certainly makes your pup miserable and is scary to see your pup experience this, it rarely kills. They will cough as if gagging on a dry cotton ball. Take your pet to the Vet ASAP! If you can’t make it to the Vet, over the counter cough suppressants can soothe your pet’s throat till you get a chance.

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Separation Anxiety

When your puppy yelps or whines whenever you leave the house. This can come from a number of reasons known only to the pup.

Since we can’t read your pup’s mind, I’ll share a tip that has worked in a situation where a pup was brought back to me for training.

Due to the affectionate nature of a Shih Tzu, we usually love to hold these pups a whole lot more than other breeds. I love to coo & kiss on them as well, after all, they were bred to be lap dogs. The separation anxiety happens when the balance is missing. When we give these actions too often or for too long a period of time. It’s so easy to get caught up in never wanting to put them down. The Shih Tzu are lovers at heart, being a lap dog…they are true to the breed on that one.

Make time to enjoy them in other ways to avoid them becoming your shadow to the point of where they are lost without you. Allow the pup some outside time in a fenced area with you at their side. Let this time be a good 10 minutes with you walking by the pups side or sitting on a bench near their play area. Throw some toys so the pup can chase them. Our object is a distraction for what you are about to do, which is creating a healthy separation from your lap. You are going to allow the pup to be a dog rather than a child. Do this a couple times the first day of trying to remedy the separation anxiety. Slowly, each time, be working yourself back to your door. Go inside as you tell your li’l pup you’ll be right back and go do something…you can’t stand at the door or the window and watch cause they still smell that you are right there. Make the time periods you do this just a little longer and longer each time. Ignore their screaming or whining and no treats! Be a pack leader, for the health and well-being so your pup can have a balanced, happy life.

You can choose a place in your home where you can also slip away, without your pup being able to follow or see you or even smell you. Then come back after 15-20 minutes…again each time staying away for longer and longer periods. When you bring li’l pup back into “your” area don’t do the holding and cooing and loving acts. Simply be relaxed, hum a sweet tune, walking about your home, no eye contact, use this time to dust some shelves etc. Li’l pup needs to see you are there, not paying any attention to him/her at all. Ignore the jumping up or crying to get your attention. Cause a distraction with a different toy to help your pup simply be content to play by him/herself or sit napping while you do your thing or to do list. Natural rawhide is a must to offer your pup something to divert his anxiety.

Li’l pup needs to establish that he/she is a dog, not a human. By our own actions we have humanized them, and so they seek what it is we were doing: that constant holding & being attached to you like glue which we allowed to evolve. They need to be dogs first and foremost.

This is hard for us as well, as this is the reason we have the Shih Tzu in the first place…” to have and to hold till death do you part”. However, for the well-being of the dog and to prevent the separation anxiety, we need to balance our routines.

Although lots of lap time and holding is wonderful and necessary for this breed, we must “separate” the feelings within ourselves first, allowing them to be dogs, not a human replacement or the empty nest replacement. It is extremely difficult to do this. I honestly speak from first-hand experience with this one. This method works for me. Playtime is necessary.

If you can have a second pup in your life, get one! It is the fairest thing to offer your Lil pup a playmate…everyone needs a friend. When you leave, the two of them will be the best comforters for each other.

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More on Patience, Care, and Compassion…

I choose NEVER to sell my puppies to pet shops, puppy mills or brokers!

During the day the pups are loved and handled frequently. Socializing begins early and each pup gets lots of loving and holding in my arms.

I consider them my babies and I love cooing them, telling them stories and fairy tales. I get the tilt of their heads as they look at me…they must be saying…” well, if you say so”…they are definitely treated as family.

I can only tell you Shih Tzu are…The best Love that money can buy!

Most often there is always three in my lap at a time. Hugging them is what I love most.

I am dedicated to producing a higher standard in Shih Tzu. Beautiful conformation, temperaments & outstanding health.

My Shih Tzu are as smart as they are beautiful. They are eager to learn and oh so willing to please you. They’ll give you a comedy act every day.

Usually a variety of sizes and colors. Each comes with registration papers, 1st set of shots, health certificate with one year guarantee.

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To Crate or Not to Crate?

Here are a couple websites you might be interested in viewing:



Just a few items to mention:

Puppies really do enjoy their crates. As they grow they learn to trust their “den” as a safe haven or as a quiet resting place. It’s their “place”. We all have our place to go sit and relax…why wouldn’t you offer your pup the same?

I have my baby pups weaning from their mama’s between 6 & 7 weeks. I crate them individually close to their mama’s crate so they can see her but they are in their own home now. Mama says thank you for the needed rest. She loves to play with her pups come morning.

By the time you get your Shih Tzu or Shih Poo at 8 weeks, they will be perfectly happy to crawl up into their crate in the middle of the day and in the evening. They will snuggle under or around the fleece pad. They are making their nest comfy. Just the same as you fix the pillow behind your back…they like to do the same. Don’t take the pad away thinking he/she is trying to get it out of the way. They like it when it falls on top of them as they peek out the “opening” they created.

If you can place the crate in a convenient out of the way corner, yet have it still near the family, leave the door open and your Shih Tzu will go visit at their own whim several times a day to just “chill” for awhile.

There are other large-kinda flats, big stuffed animals, (I get mine at Walgreens on their most top shelves) they are nice for them to pounce and play and sleep on thru-out the puppies life. Please give them all the love you can!!! Spread these big but kinda flat stuffed animals thru-out the house in different rooms for your angel to cuddle into!

It’s a sweet loving gesture to offer your pup his/her treats when they go to their crate so they can associate it with good things. Never, ever, ever punish your pup by putting them in their crate after they have done something wrong. A crate should never be a place for punishment.

I hear so often, this sentence, coming from customers who’ve had or are about to purchase a puppy, ” I think a crate is like putting a dog in a jail”. This is the saddest misconception! And a reason I won’t want to sell you one of my Shih Tzu. You have basically said, I won’t give my dog his own “place”.

Your “place” with him/her is wonderful. If you want them in bed with you…my feelings are “how grand is that!” But…just like you like to have alone time or just go curl up on the chair or sofa….so does a dog love to go his crate and snuggle under or on their pad.

The Shih Tzu breed truly enjoy their crates! It is a safe place, a safe haven, a den, a home!

Those pre-learned misconceptions are merely ignorance. Please, please, if you are going to be a dog owner, take some time and educate yourself on Shih Tzu sleep patterns and habits.

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House Training…

There are many well-proven methods of house training. The one I like in particular is training with bells.

One very important note: Until your puppy has completed their sets of shots, (4) train your pup to go on pee pads inside the house first. Your puppy is a parasite magnet right now and so very susceptible to parasite infections, with any “thing” lingering on the ground.

There are websites and books on this subject. Do some research and you might find this an easy way too.

Basically, it is tieing two bells on a string, hanging them either directly on the doorknob or close to the exit, you will be using to teach your pup to go potty outdoors.

Call or take your puppy over to the doorway and place its paw on the bell to ring it, say your potty word, and with deliberation, proceed to take them outside to potty.

Please don’t think your pup is going to “go” just because he/she is outside. Walk around your yard and or area, not making too much eye contact, saying go potty, or whatever your choice of words may be. This can last 15-20 minutes or be immediate. When the pup has done its business, please praise lavishly!

A treat is not necessary if your praise is lavish…that is enough of a treat. Shih Tzu aims to please. They will connect after a few times of hearing that lavish praise that they did a good thing. Soon they’ll be anxious to go potty outdoors just to please you.

Don’t make the bell ringing fun! It is a must that the bell does not become a toy. A stern no the first time he/she plays with it such as coming back in after they’ve just pottied. Be careful with your judgment call…is it play or an “I have to go” signal. If they do start to play with it, take them outside again and do your routine walkabout. If the pup shows no signs of having to go but wanted to play with the bell….say let’s go back and then when you are inside the door do not let the pup near the bell. Even if you have to pick him/her up at that moment to distract him/her away from the door. It is necessary to distract.

Every half hour during the first day or two, you should be diligent and persistent in teaching your pup the house training method of your choice. Two weeks is the least amount of time I’ve experienced where I had to be cautiously watchful in the house training for the puppy to really “get it”.

Feeding your pup at intervals convenient for your schedule to walk the pup outdoors may be necessary. I’m sure there are books and literature on that for your research. I hope the bell training method works for you. It’ll certainly make life easier once your pup has learned to tell you by way of pawing the bell when you are in a different room. You’ll feel so happy you heard that jingle!

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On Food and Table Scraps…

Search our website Links for detailed sources of information & lists of poisonous foods for pups.

I give my puppies and my growing adults Nutro Natural Food Small Puppy Bites. Moistened food is a must for baby puppies as their teeth are not fully formed yet and their gums can get sore trying to chew on dry food.

Odorous gas and foul breath are a sure sign of imbalance in their system.

Table scraps are definitely on the list of the canines worst enemy. As the Shih Tzu ages, table scraps can cause tooth decay and bad breath along with a string of other ailments. With very few exceptions!

Most dogs love vegetables and their digestive systems tolerate them in moderation. Fruits can also be given such as apple and banana.

When selecting your pups food bowls try to get plain bowls, the ones with fancy prints or paw prints at the bottom of the inside of the bowl distract puppies and they try to “get that toy” out of their bowl with their paws and there goes the water all over the place or the food across the room.

Buying over the counter dog food versus the specialty brands can be confusing. Select the best that your budget will allow. Purchase one containing the least amount of fillers and preservatives. Look for meat as a first ingredient rather than meat by-products. The development of your pup is at stake here.

In the long run, the more expensive dog food turns out to be cheaper by way of fewer vet visits with digestive ailments and bone and joint pains. You might not notice anything in their first year but come along the second and third year and you reap what you sow. If you have been giving your pup table scraps and junk food your wallet will begin to feel the burden of your ways. (vet bills)

Start out right and your pup should live a vibrant, healthy, intelligent, strong bodied and well-developed life.

Begging is a long ago learned habit that got passed down thru generations and today our dogs have the begging techniques down to a science. They know how to give you the soulful look, the perfectly timed whine, the shake of the tail, the tilt of the head with a paw in the air stance to get their way. Don’t fall for the guilt trip they are good at giving us. Be strong. This is love because you do care for their well-being. Remember that begging is instinctive, ignore it and your dog will be healthier!

Allow treats that are nutritious for them. Give these treats usually immediately before or after you are eating so they’ll feel part of the family, Remember, ROUTINE is a dog’s best friend. If you eat at a certain time of day every day, giving a treat at that time serves as bonding time too.

Treats can be another form of dry puppy food such as Purina Little Bites, Kibbles & Bits or Beneful. They think they’re getting a treat since it’s different from their daily food. Veggies such as broccoli, carrot sticks etc. also make them happy.

There are various methods of when to feed, timed for when to eliminate. I’m only going to share what works for my group of babies and breeders.

My dogs mornings start with a romp around the yard getting frisky and playing with each other as they race around doing figure 8′s. While they are active I also get to see who, if any, is lagging behind and might need special attention that day. We all have our on and off days. This is natural and just needs attending to with a little extra watch to see that the dog gets special care. Within hours that pup is out and about playing hard or a trip to the vet might be necessary. Being watchful over your pets behavior patterns helps you know when your pup isn’t being him/herself.

After they’ve settled, I like to serve them the moistened Nutro Natural Choice. My Veterinarian suggested many years ago to mix a spoon of fiber into their food to help their digestive system. Since then my dogs have had plain Metamucil in their moistened food every day and they are noticeably healthier!

My dogs do not gulp their food. They don’t hurriedly eat. They know their food is there for them and won’t be taken away…no need to hurry and get their food down in fear it’ll be taken away after twenty minutes. Sorry, I don’t believe in that method.

I’ve seen more dogs wolf their food down when it is placed in front of them because they’ve learned it’s gonna be taken from them in a matter of minutes. Allowing the dogs to eat at their pace is far more gentle on their digestive system. I take the food away at 3:30-4:00 every day. This allows the rest of the day to eliminate and thus have no “accidents” later when putting to bed for the day. Their day ends at 7:00 p.m, then back to their own crates for the night.

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When Puppie Teeth Come In…

Puppie teeth sometimes come in at about five months of age.

Your new puppy not eating?

Some, not all…but definitely more often than not, Shih Tzu Puppies don’t get a full set of front teeth till they are five months old…especially Shih Tzu that are on the smaller side.

I’ve often gotten that call that my pup has lost interest in his food. Don’t blame the food! The poor babies gums are probably feeling bruised gums from trying to crunch those kernels.

Moisten the dry kernels with hot tap water and stir into the dry kernels till you have a tiny bit of “gravy” going on then let it sit till the kernel seems spongy.

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Treats and their FAQ’s

I am only offering thoughts on Shih Tzu.  I cannot offer thoughts or tips for other breeds.

Often I have people emailing with questions about choice of treats when to treat, and how much to treat and should I worry about nutrition in a treat.

Having a lot of thoughts about treats, I’ll just ramble here and hope you get some tips.

Ideally, there would only be 2-3 treats a day given to your pup.  And obviously in tiny portions.

Here’s a helpful hint:  Saying this to yourself, before you give your pup a treat…Trade the word treat for the word weight.
“Here puppie do you need some weight…thata pup, here’s some weight for you”.   That sounds rather foolish.  And if you get the urge for seconds or more treats than you know is right…change the words to “I’ll just have another pound thank you!  In time your conscience will lead you in the right direction.  Most changes in life don’t happen over nite.

So now, you become confused and say,  ”well that’s no fun”.  But you can counter that with nutritious treats such as mixed veggies.  The carrots and peas and green beans and corn are all the right size already cut up for you.  I buy the frozen bags and put it in the fridge over-nite and by the next afternoon, it’s the right temperature for them to chew on.  Lots of nutrients and antioxidants in this treat. And if you want to join your pup…I add a spoon of salad dressing to the cold veggies and umm, umm good!

My pups get so happy with their mixed vegetable treats you’d think it was covered with peanut butter.  Ah, there’s another thought, a cheerio with a pinch of peanut butter…ummm.  Even the Cheerios with nothing, keep some in your pocket and when your pup does something special you can offer the cheerio.

By the way, did you know that praise is a treat to a pup?  Oh yes, it is!  Watch that tail get excited with your praises of a good pup, good pup, (obviously saying their name).   And that reminds me too….pups love really love to have their name said to them in a happy tone of voice!

And there are no boundaries as to how much can you give of that!    They don’t need to be performing or doing something great to have you say their name happily to them.  Anytime is the right time for happy talk to a pup, when it includes their name, it’s all the better.  It’s also a form of love.  When you say to someone “that outfit looks good on you”  their smile is instant.  When you say the name of your pup and say good pup (their name) you get the same reaction!  Go ahead, it doesn’t add weight and gives a lot of joy!

Holding your pup is the greatest treat.   So many people give a treat to their pup because “now isn’t the time…here…here’s a treat, now go lay down”.   Treats can be a form of your own guilt thinking you are not doing enough for them.  They don’t need constant holding.  They do need holding tho.  Again, I’m conversing here about humans and Shih Tzu.

Odorous gas and foul breath are a sure sign of imbalance in their system.

The store-bought jerky treats or bacon flavored pieces or baked doggie treats are acceptable and just that…barely passing the word acceptable.  They are fillers.  They claim to be “made from real meat” and other claims….a pinch of meat added now constitutes a new sentence…” made with real beef”!  Don’t fall into the trap of thinking these fillers are “good or nutritious” for your pup.

There are numerous fruits, an apple slice, a chunk of banana, sweet potatoes, that can be given to your pup as a reward or treat.  NEVER, any chicken or beef or pork or ham or pepperoni …they are not processed correctly for your pups digestive system.  I don’t care how well you think you prepared it for them… It’ll catch up to you with a vet bill!   Just like our wrong eating catches up to us with a doctor visit!

It is so simple to be conscientious about what goes into our pups stomach for their longer life!  It’s also a form of loving your pup.

Be careful and stingy with treats or fillers.  Be generous with hugs and praise as a treat!

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What has your experience been with giving treats?


My little pup has terrible gas and her breath is sour. Could that still be from the frog? Or could it be from a treat we give her that is real meat with Chicken & Venison they are Jerky Treats? The gas and the breath is telling me there is something wrong with her digestive system? Is there something you suggest I may give her to combat this? I will trust your advice now before the Dr.’s. We are taking her Tuesday for her Rabies and Distemper. I know the Rabies but I don’t know if there another shot that is going to be done?

I used to LOVE the puppy breath, now I can hardly stand to kiss her, which is not normal. (I do kiss her, mind you, but it is not pleasant). It is a sour smell, which is the only way I can describe the odor. And the GAS is so strong, you would think she just pooped, right there next to you, but there is nothing there only my little pup and her little body with no poop, just the illusion of poop! LOL.

I look forward to hearing from you

reply~~Hi Karen!

I can only sigh and say omg please don’t feed them junk. Jerky has NO NUTRITION. Yes her body is speaking to you!
Good Intuition! Always before giving them a treat look for where sugar is on the label and also sodium. Jerky basically is sodium.
But mainly Nutrition is a treat also. I give all of my pups only 2 Cesar treats per day and that is at night. But they think mixed veggies are a treat and literally scarf them down. Mixed veggies give them antioxidants and nutrients. So reach for a cut up carrot slice for her size. Or if during the day he wants to give her something then give her one or two Cheerios.

Numerous Treats during the day also cause an imbalance in their system.

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Who’s Training Who…When it comes to treats.

This is what I have learned about giving treats to my pups.

While breeding, raising, training and developing positive habits for these Shih Tzu angels… I have seen there is a definite difference of reactions with edible treats versus the treat of praise and happy talk. The treats I give my angels are my “happy voice”, with my arms around them, and taking care of their obvious daily needs. A beautiful, emotional, good feeling that will make a lasting imprint on your pups mental and emotional health, while not compromising those internal organs.

That is one very prominent learning experience I’ve discovered, which is really a no-brainer and yet surprising at the same time.

Marketing has got ya! All those pretty packages have lured you into thinking your pup will benefit from them. I’m not saying there aren’t some good ones out there on the market, but it’s a small percentage that are beneficial to your pet’s health. So when YOU have the NEED to offer a treat to your pup… deliver the treat to the pup with this phrase:
“Here puppy, come get your liver failure, I’ve got some pancreatic problems for you too… want some kidney failure… I’ve got some for you!”

Well, Hello! This breeder is giving you a wake-up call! Step back and give it some thought. That treat lasted two seconds with no emotional well-being achieved for the pup AT ALL!

Try my way… turn on your happy, playful voice and watch the reaction your pup gives you. This only needs to be for a few moments and, given daily, several times a day, your pup’s health will be greater. Just watch and learn. It’ll take a while to train yourself, but you can do it…your pup will let you know how much this treat is appreciated! Pretty soon your pup will have you trained with what kind of treat they like the most!

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Remember that they can’t-do a lot of things for themselves and that they depend on you to make their life a quality life!

1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years. Any separation from you is likely to be painful.

2. Give me time to understand what you want of me.

3. Place your trust in me. It is crucial for my well-being.

4. Don’t be angry with me for long and don’t lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends, your entertainment,

but I have only you.

5. Talk to me. Even if I don’t understand your words, I do understand your voice when speaking to me.

6. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget it.

7. Before you hit me, before you strike me, remember that I could hurt you, and yet, I choose not to bite you.

8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me.

Perhaps I’m not getting the right food, I have been in the sun too long, or my heart might be getting old or weak.

9. Please take care of me when I grow old. You too will grow old.

10. On the ultimate difficult journey, go with me, please. Never say you can’t bear to watch.

Don’t make me face this alone. Everything is easier for me if you are there because I love you so.

~Take a moment today to thank God for your pets. Enjoy and take good care of them.

Life would be a much duller, less joyful experience without God’s critters.

~Now please pass this on to other pet owners. We do not have to wait for Heaven, to be surrounded by hope, love, and joyfulness. It is here on earth and has four legs!

(Origin Unknown, sent to me from a friend)

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Does Nutrical cause itchiness?

Nutrical is a vitamin supplement to help puppies thru those first stages of change and the added stress on their systems.
I have never, ever, ever, head of Nutrical causing itching. That is not the culprit, I assure you!

Stress and changes of any sort can cause a pups anxiety level to heighten to levels that can cause a hypoglycemic attack.
I personally believe a tube of the Nutrical for dogs, (not puppies – too runny) should be a part of your puppy medicine cabinet supplies.

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What to do when you don’t know what to do for your Shih Tzu

What to do…when you don’t know what to do. All those symptoms should fit some illness, right? Some things are fairly easy to correct by yourself with the right amount of knowledge about your breed. Here I can only “help” and I won’t try to diagnose any situation.

Clearly, it is best to call your local veterinarian ASAP! Better to be safe than sorry goes along with that visit to your vet. Some things are fairly common and easy to treat, and some things only a vet can tell you what’s wrong. When the pup has what sounds like a dry throat, with gasping and dry coughing, our first thought could be a kennel cough, but it may be the pup has swallowed something. If you can’t get to a vet quick enough, use some children’s cough syrup… but do go to the vet as soon as you can.

When the pup has a tough time pooping, clean the butt thoroughly and cut away the hair near the butt. Also, a little mineral oil inserted with a syringe up the butt helps to move the bowels. If it continues, see your vet.

When your pup cries constantly it may simply be calling out for some lovin, or it may be in pain. Determine this with gently picking up the pup as you try to check for any outward signs of discomfort. If the pup stops crying, maybe it was just craving some holding. But if your pup still cries then it may be internal and your vet will have to determine if there is a blockage, lack of nourishment or dehydration.

The larger the Shih Tzu or Shih Poo…the fewer problems occur. With the smaller ones, hypoglycemia can happen rapidly. Temperature changes can affect the smaller Shih Tzu more than the larger ones. You should have some vitamin paste in your puppy medicine cabinet for such emergencies.

Make the pup drink, drink, drink, & drink!!!! Dehydration can cause a quick death for tiny puppies.

Constant shaking of the head and scratching the ears and whining usually is a sign of ear mites. This problem is easily treated with ear cleansers and by keeping the ear canal clear of hair growth. You can also purchase over the counter ear mite treatment. Walmart sells a pkg of three very small tubes that work very well.

When the pup is itching their coat incessantly it could be as simple as dandruff. Dandruff shampoos work great on pups too. Also, changing your pups dog food to one that has more omega oils can help. Adding oils to their food is another way to keep their coat in good health. Your vet can suggest many remedies for this as well.

While I do highly recommend you visit your veterinarian for most ailments, studying your pup will help you get to know their nuances and you can probably handle a lot of their minor ailments yourself. You will gain more experience by listening to your vet as he explains remedies during your regular visits

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How long does food stay in the intestines of a puppy?

Overfeeding our pups is a common bad habit. Thinking the puppy must be hungry when they beg or look at you with those adoring eyes imploring you to give them a treat? Put more food on top of that and what have you succeeded at…perhaps a little weight gain here and there. Over time, your pup is heftier than it should be.

Most often a cup a day is more than sufficient. I get questions about the amount to feed the mature dog quite a lot.

My first Veterinarian, Dr. Bob, taught me so very much about basics that guide me to this day.
I had asked to have an x-ray on one of my mama’s to see how many babies she was having. Dr. Bob told me not to feed her after 6 the day before bringing her in. Well in the morning I felt sorry for her and let her have a few kibbles. When Dr. Bob told me it was difficult to determine how many babies after taking the X-ray, I asked why. He calmly said she has too much food in her and it blocks the view. I said I only gave a few kibbles. He showed me the x-ray. Her belly was full. It wasn’t full from the few kibbles I had given her. It was still full from the previous day’s meal. Her allowance per day was a cup. She had not eaten after 6 the night before. The few kibbles I gave her amounted to about 10 kibbles.

What I had learned thru that x-ray episode was really how long the pups ”store” that food.  Well, it is actually 18 hours. Then if more is added before the other is eliminated…well,  I suppose we all can guess that is how the pups get that added weight.  I no longer “overfeed” my pups. I have that x-ray imprinted in memory every time I see that begging look. And that is what helps me stay strong from the treat spoiling. They get their cup and at night I give them each two of those tiny Caesars softies treats. So all my pups are lean and healthy and always energetic and if you take a look at their bellies during the day you can see the belly “puff” is still full of food.

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When do Shih Poo and Shih Tzu stop growing?

Usually, puppies have met their mature growth by 8-9 months of age…in my experience with my Shih Tzu and Shih Poos.
Growth Chart.  “For more information on this topic, check out this article,”

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Do I need to walk my puppy every day?

Neither the Shih Poo or the Shih Tzu require walking.

They are created as house pets and the play they get within your home is sufficient exercise.

They are not working dogs or exercise mates.  The Shih Poo and the Shih Tzu are terrific lap dogs and the ever sweet companion following your feet around the house.

The tiny Shih Tzu overheat easily, the larger Shih Tzu are better for short walks. Outside temperatures and humidity make a HUGE DIFFERENCE with Shih Tzu.

How long to walk your Shih Tzu?  Only the individual Shih Tzu can answer that, Just please keep an eye out for symptoms of enough already!

Also, is yours Double Coated or Single Coated, each will react differently.  Then too there is SIZE, is there belly  6″ or 16″ above the heated or frozen ground.

Carry water for your pup to drink. Pick them up and carry them at the slightest symptom of overheating, or getting cold in the winter.

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How soon can I walk my new Shih Tzu or Shih Poo puppy?

This one usually bristles me. Reading up on your breed is so utmost important when deciding to purchase a pup.
The Shih Tzu are lap dogs. The Shih Tzu is not your jogging companion, nor your brisk morning or evening walking companion. However, according to the size of your new Shih Tzu pup, you can walk the pup within a limited time period. A harness with a leash is the only method that should be used when walking your Shih Tzu. Not a collar and leash. The Shih Tzu are indoor pups and were not bred to require exercise other than their playtime exercise in the home. Heat and Cold affect the Shih Tzu pup more drastically than most other breeds. Dehydration is quick to occur on the Shih Tzu pup during any type of exertion. Be cautious, use due diligence and monitor your pup carefully. Also, see next article.

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Why No Anxiety when walking a new puppy or a newly acquired older dog?

Let’s treat them the same!

Why? Because these pups are experiencing the same fears and the same strange environments.

Relax yourself before you even attempt to do your walk with a Shih Tzu or a Shih-Poo. Your pup wants to willingly follow wherever you go…attach something to its body and the pup says …that thing is restricting my fun. Soft, slow, calm guidance in a super relaxed mood with NO ANXIETY is your secret to each successful walking experience.

New owners, new surroundings along with new commands can confuse a puppie. Trust is paramount for the successful walking trip. Trust doesn’t happen the moment you plop down the money to pay for the pup. We need to create the correct atmosphere to begin training your pup to walk on a leash. It isn’t just a matter of putting on the harness.

Take the time to introduce your pup to a harness. There are various sizes available and you can take your pup to be sized for their harness at different pet shops. Let your pup wear the harness around the house for a few days to a week prior to trying the leash and walking. You’ll soon realize the pup shows no signs of discomfort with the harness and has become acclimated to it. At this time a few steps inside the rooms of your home will be an easy introduction to the leash.

Forget the idea of a mile walk with your Shih Tzu…read up on this breed, please. They were not bred to be exercise dogs. Shih Tzu and Shih Poo’s suffer heat exhaustion VERY QUICKLY! A little jaunt to the mailbox or the neighbor’s house up the street is all you should walk your Shih Tzu pup anyway. Do remember the water break, carry a doggie water bottle with you for a cooling and refreshing drink during your pet walk.

Consider the likeness of treating this pup as your human baby learning it’s first steps. Isn’t it nice seeing those first steps where the “baby” doesn’t fall and cry? Calmly encouraging the “baby” with your praise, your obvious rewards are tremendous. Time and patience with training your Shih Tzu or Shih Poo to accept their harness and leash will offer to bond and build trust.

PLEASE! It all comes under the heading Love. A bond and a forever home for your new pup will be your reward.

A note: Do not consider taking your pup outdoors until they are finished their required sets of shots (4). Prior to the completion of these shots, your new puppie is a parasite magnet. So please have patience and wait.

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How Soon Should I Take My Pup To The Groomers?

Well, when I’m asked that, I have to say how much grooming are you willing to do for your pup?
So the answer depends on you as well. If we are talking only about hair growth then we can probably give 5 months old as your first cutting. Thereafter about every 4 months, give or take a few weeks.

But Grooming isn’t just about the length of hair on your Shih Tzu pup. Bonding times are beautiful moments with your pup and can happen in many forms. Grooming the pup is a very tender bonding time. There are many areas of your pup’s body that need frequent care sometimes daily sometimes just weekly. In and around the ears, eyes, mouth, paw pads and nails, groin area and anal glands.

Trimming the hair around your pup’s eyes is so beneficial to their well-being in keeping bacteria away from the eyes including scratches and irritations from the hair.

Inside the pups ears, hair grows pretty fast. This can lead to a nice home for mites. So there are products on the market to help with caring for your pups ears as well. Ear powder is so terrific for pulling the ear hair out without hurting the pup. Never cut the hair inside the ear. That doesn’t clear the ear. The pup has ear wax the same as we do, but don’t put a cotton swab in their ear…ever. Keeping the ears cleaned with ear cleaner and the cleaning pads that are sold is a very good method of avoiding mites.

Don’t let the mustache on the pup to grow so long that it starts wrapping around your pups teeth. Keep it trimmed.

Trimming the groin area of both male and female pups is so important as well. The pee will linger on the hair around their privates and that isn’t sanitary at all.

Around the pups, Butt must be trimmed as well. Sometimes you may see their butt area looks a little puffy. This might be the indicator that their anal glands need to be squeezed. Using a clock as a sort of guide for you…4 o’clock and 8 o’clock is where you will place your fingers to squeeze. BUT, do this squeezing at a laundry sink or outside.
The spray that comes from the gland as you squeeze has a fantastically strong fishy odor. The spray goes everywhere too. So don’t be facing the pup when you do this. Stand aside and squeeze.

Keeping the paw pads trimmed to the pads is important so the feet don’t hold moisture which can be another hiding place for bacteria. Since pups use their paws for scratching and playing…let’s keep those paw pads free of hair growth. It also makes it easier for them to walk on the smooth and slippery kitchen floor!

The nails seem to be everyone’s main concern. There is a membrane called a Quick behind or under the curve of the nail that if you put your finger there and rub softly you will feel it. So when you are trimming the nails use that as a guide to not go past that Quick. On the safer side, just cut the tips more frequently. The bonding is wonderful. Do have on hand a product called STOP BLEED. It is a power that will stop the bleeding if you happen to cut into the Quick area.  This is the reason a lot of dogs do not want their nails trimmed. Cutting into the Quick hurts.

When you take the time to do this at the earliest stages of owning your pup, you will see it becomes second nature to the pups and the pup just accepts this is their grooming time with you.

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What to do when your Shih Tzu or Shih Poo has balls of fur under his stomach?

Those furry balls are called “matting” on a Shih Poo or a Shih Tzu.
I prefer to keep the belly shaved. (Or short about 1/4′) All done… furry matting eliminated!
So much nicer for the Lil pup so they don’t have to be irritated by the mat anymore.
That goes for under the armpits and between the crotch too.

“For more information on this topic, check out this and this article,”

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How soon can I let my new puppy sleep with me?

That question tops as number one on the list of most often asked.
My answer would have to be quite individual to the pup and to you and your sleeping habits.
My reaction to the question is to respond with the remark…immediately.  But that’s not the best response.  It really is a case by case answer.   I purchase almost all my males and I like to place one of the extra small crates on my nightstand and have the pups next to me for a few nights.  He usually looks about and is very curious as to what makes up “my world” and his “new world”.  This way he gets used to his new environment while in his “den”.  He is still with me, able to watch me and my comings and goings.  In the mornings I place them on the bed with me and lay back down with them and let them get used to being on the bed in the daylight.  Most often after 3-4-5 days, they are in bed with me thru the night.  Very rarely do I have an instance of a pup falling or jumping off the bed if I do it this way.

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How soon can I have my friends and family over to meet the new Shih Tzu puppy?

I always say, step into the shoes of a brand new human mother and grasp how careful and guarded she is as to who gets to hold her baby and when. Please do, yes, do…treat you new puppie like a brand new baby, remember to count the actual days the pup has been alive and that should jolt your mind as to what you might be subjecting the pup too. Usually, when you come to pick up your pup, that pup has been alive for about 60-75 days.

Thrust the pup too quickly into the outside world and you may find you have a few trips to the veterinarians cause puppie isn’t feeling so great. So again, use caution, and lots of thought behind each new introduction to anything.

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How soon can I bathe my puppy?

I’d prefer that you wait for at least one to two days after picking up the new puppie. That way they’ve adjusted somewhat to their new environment. Remember, this young puppie is trying really hard to trust you and bond with you, so timing is everything. Waiting for a bath should not be a priority during the pups the first week with you.

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What can I use on my Shih Tzu? Its hair is so dry.

A natural variety of dog food…the best you can afford, get a recommendation from your local vet.
If the hair is dry, then the pup is missing something from their diet.
Use a quality Shampoo and Mat Detangler. (Dianne suggests the Chris Christensen systems such as Ice On Ice.)

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How soon can I treat my pups eyes for tear stains?

The first answer is right away.  Keeping your pup clean doesn’t always mean a full bath.
The face can get dirty pretty quickly….but speaking of treating tear stains….I will answer this with “If you must”.
I personally prefer not to medicate the eye area for tear stains. If you have decided that looking at the reddish tint around the eyes is something you can’t tolerate, then my suggestion is a prescription from your veterinarian called Poly-Otic.  This is a powder you dust over the pups food and it develops in the pups system to end the tear stains.

Dark colored pups have the same tears and you don’t see the stains.  But on most all of the pups, the tear stains can be washed every day or every other day so bacteria doesn’t affect the eye area.  There is a shampoo for the face of pups that is called SPA, I get it thru PetEdge, an online catalog.  I like it and it works so well that the time spent having to wash their faces can be once a week on most of my pups.  It is like a retardant that cleanses the area but also works to arrest any foul odors caused by the bacteria.

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How soon can I start my pup on flea treatment?  Heartworm prevention?

Puppies can start the heartworm prevention medication at 8 weeks old.  Thereafter once every month it should be given.

Veterinarians vary in their opinions on this.  I’ve heard wait till they finish their shots and I’ve heard begin with the first shot.  When you select your veterinarian, talk about the choices available and age recommendation.  For those of you who like the Humanitarian Society and or the Pet Marts that offer shots, the staff there are almost always educated and welcome your questions.
See more articles under “Before you go to the Vet”.

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How soon can I take my puppy outside for potty training?

The pros and cons of potty training are enormous and would take forever to decipher each method.
Outside training is the easiest by far.  But a clean yard is so paramount to your pup’s health.  If another dog, cat, rabbit, mouse, etc., just went where you are taking your pup…your pup’s nose will be attracted to that area and believe me, the parasites are yelling at one another saying, “Let the party begin, we’ve got ourselves another playground”.  Referring to your pups immune system.  Parasites can wreak havoc on a small puppie.
So with caution, due diligence, monitoring carefully where the pups goes, get back inside after the pup is finished. Using Potty Pads and waiting until they’re finished their shots and the immune system is stronger, is the preferred method.

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What are their personality and disposition?

Every Shih Tzu has a unique personality and disposition. However, generally, they are sweet and calm. When picked up and held they seem to melt into you and cherish their holding time greatly. Their playfulness is adorable and quite often hilarious. They can be stubborn at times, but hopefully, your heart accepts all of their traits, “in sickness and in health, for better or for worse, for however long you both shall live”!

Whether you want a young Shih Tzu, Shih-Poo or an older one, talk with me and I’ll help in your decision to choose your Shih Tzu or Shih-Poo with love and compassion.

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What’s the difference between Single and Double Coated Shih Tzu

What is a single coat, and What is a double coat?

What are the Pros & Cons on each coat type?

A double coat is a thick coat on your pup. And a single coat is a thin coat.

For example, some of us are blessed with thick full hair while others have thin fine hair.

There are pluses and minuses on both types. The single coat on a puppy is easier to maintain as the matting is minimal.

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Is there a breed called Imperials?

Really…There is no breed called Imperial Shih Tzu. The word Imperial is a glorious word for tiny, small, or runt. In the case of Poodles and some other small breeds, the word teacup describes tiny. In Shih Tzu, because of their Chinese heritage, the word Imperial defines size: meaning very tiny at 8 weeks and still under 2lbs, with adult size usually staying under 9lbs. But at no time can we guarantee what the adult size will be, it is always estimated.

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Can you explain what and where are Dew Claws?

Sometimes they appear on all four paws, especially with Shih Tzu. It is my firm belief God’s decision to give them to my pups is not mine to take away.

The irony is that within the very same litter there may be 2 pups with dew claws only on the front while one other pup has the dewclaws on all four paws and yet another will have only three paws with the dew claws.

Grooming your Shih Tzu dew claws is really no different than grooming the other nails. It is simply a matter of being cognizant to remember to trim them. If you forget, the dew claw nail can get long and curl back around. That’s not good, so simply pay attention to your pups nails altogether.

Groomers like to complain that it is extra work, I would poo-poo that with I’ll take my pup elsewhere then. As far as being a danger to the pup, that too rarely applies to Shih Tzu. Shih Tzu was not bred to be exercise dogs and was indeed bred to be house pets made purposely for the lap….that being said the dew claw rarely disturbs this breed.

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What shampoo do you recommend?

I was wondering what shampoo you recommend for Trigger? Also, do you blow dry or let them dry naturally?

Thanks, Rhonda


Hi, Rhonda, thanks for the update on “my lil boy”…I knew he would be happy!

I like to let them dry naturally in a warmer climate but in a colder climate, I’ll blow dry them.

As far as a shampoo…according to your bathing habits….a daily rinse, if need be, can accomplish enough.

If you are frequently bathing, which is not advised, a well-diluted shampoo will suffice.

The Shih Tzu does not require frequent bathing…they are house dogs…not outdoors…so dust can be rinsed off, a potty accident can be rinsed off. They really don’t get “dirty”. Every 4 months a bath is adequate.

Mild puppie shampoos are on the market and I truly don’t have a favorite. However, in “flea” season, my adult pups get a flea and tick shampoo. My tiny angels get a dilution of whitening shampoo if their coats have a lot of white in it. Otherwise a lot of the organic shampoo’s work well…but do dilute it.

Your concern is stripping the oils from the pup’s skin. Frequent washing can cause itching, dandruff, uncomfortable dry skin irritation for the pup.

So be generous with your care of their skin too…rinsing very well several times over and over with clear water is really all they need. People are the ones looking for a “fresh smell”…so be considerate of too much fragrance as well. I hope this helps….

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Dog Dandruff

What should I do about dandruff on my pets backside?  It is really bad and when you pet him dandruff gets all over me and everything.


It is easily maintained with a dandruff shampoo. I variate on the shampoo with what is on sale, Head and Shoulders and store brand dandruff shampoo work well. These pups need bathing weekly to keep dandruff in check.    Also, see this article for more on this topic. 


Surprise! My newest brand of Dog Food has healed dandruff! Seriously! A while back I decided I needed to switch and decided on NUTRO ULTRA HOLISTIC SUPERFOOD. OMG! No more dandruff! You should see the new shine coming in on my pups coats! Major WOW! Only able to purchase this food at the pet food chain stores such as PetSmart, PetSupermarket etc.

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Tear Stains

I currently have a Shih Tzu puppy and thanks to Jannie, my family will be welcoming a second puppy for Christmas. With my current puppy, I have an extremely hard time removing the tear stains around his eyes. He is very light in color so when I look at his face it looks dirty. I read online to cut down on beef (My pup is on lamb and rice formula) and add a little Apple Cider Vinegar to their water (I have tried this for about a week) without much improvement). Besides the pricey products such as Angel Eyes is there any other way to prevent and/or clean these tear stains? Our Christmas puppy is mostly white and I want to have some knowledge of how to fix this before I bring her home.

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My Vet suggested Poly-Otic. It is far better than Angel Eyes and the other over the counter stain removers. Ask your vet about it. The dose is just a pinch a day on their food. And I can tell you it is great and works!

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How to Remove Skunk and other Odor From Your Dog

Though you’ll find sprays and rinses at pet stores for removing skunk stinks, you rarely have the luxury of running to the store when a skunk strikes. Battle the odor with these remedies.


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On-Ear Hair and Wax. My dog grows potatoes in her ears!

I noticed my pup had a big glob of ear wax like dirt in her ear. I was pretty upset as I thought I kept her well groomed. How does this happen? Is she an inside dog?

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Our pups are so much like us as far as cleanliness. The inside ear hair needs to be plucked so as not to let the gummy-like substance take hold. It is a build-up of earwax. It’s just nature and needs attending too. There are ears wipes for daily cleaning and also an ear powder to help pull out the hair.

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Treatment for loss of appetite in Shih Tzu?

The loss of appetite can vary with the reason why obviously circumstances that brought it on can be many.
Loss of a human or animal friend can trigger a loss of appetite along with depression.
An internal infection or pain may cause the pup to lose the appetite.
The moods of the pups owner can also attribute to whether the pup eats correctly or at all.
Since there are undetermined factors here, it is difficult to answer this question with one answer for all symptoms.
When in doubt see your veterinarian.

Change of food may be an alternative for a while. As the pup gets back to a good schedule weaning the pup
on a gradual basis can bring them back to a quality dog food to stabilize the eating habits.
Also, see…What to do…when you don’t know what to do…

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My puppy has a Loss of Appetite.  What are some causes?

Sometimes loss of appetite may be due to a pups constipation.  So be observant as to the bowel movements…AT ALL TIMES.
I always suggest taking a look at the consistency of the poop.  Look for blood, or mucus or just simply too hard or too loose.
Then you can talk knowledgeably with your veterinarian when they ask you “how long has the pup had this problem”
Because they will ask you that question.  They will ask for a stool sample.
Check out these articles on a sure sign of imbalance in their system.

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Question and Answer conversation on Separation Anxiety

New Owner…
Hi, Jannie..…After a long ride home my precious little one is home. She ended up sleeping with me last night because she was crying so loud. She’s very clingy and wants me to hold her all the time or she cries. Is this just part of the readjustment to a new home? She’s eating well..poops are sometimes runny…but only wants to be carried😍 any suggestions?

Jannie’s reply…
Yes. Distractions with toys, rawhide is a must. Usually, they need a handful of the rawhide to choose their “one” to chew on. Please please buy that bag.

Good that she sleeps with you. Great bonding. She obviously misses her siblings. Start right away with ten-minute intervals in her crate with her chosen piece of rawhide and a small stuffed toy, a squeaker toy. Then leave the room or even the house. She’ll cry but this is such a must to acclimate her to your home and being in a crate.

It shows you are alpha. Right now she is showing you she’s dominant by getting her way. She needs to learn to let you be doing things about the home, she can follow you, but without being picked up cause she cries. You are teaching her independence.

New Owner…
Great advice… Thanks.. Can she go with me to pet supermarket or is it too soon? She’s such a little lover!

Jannie’s reply…
No please don’t expose her.
This is a good time for her to be in the crate while you are gone. Just remember that when you come home and this is urgent …do not even make eye contact with her and do not say her name. Simply hum a happy tune. Do kissy sounds, don’t look at her and then after five minutes gently and very nonchalantly pick her up without too much fuss. Sit in a chair with her and pet her lovingly.

This is so very important to always do when you come home. It helps to stop separation anxiety. Try to think of her as a newborn baby regarding exposing her.

New Owner…
Ok, she’s settling down a little after I let her explore the house..do I let her out of the crate as soon as I get home?

Jannie’s reply…
No. I just wrote you what to do. Do not even look at her. She needs to know you can be home without her being the center of All of you. Believe me, you’ll be glad you did this routine.

New Owner…
Thank you so much!! I didn’t do it right with my last Shihtzu and she got her way all the time which was awful for me! I want to do all the right things this time!!! Hoping she will take a long nap this afternoon..so mommy can have one too.
Jannie.. You’re the best! I really appreciate your advice!
I can’t thank you enough for allowing me to have you available to get her off to a good start!

Jannie’s reply…

It’s a been there, made that mistaken learned the right way thru trial and error in my nine years of watching it work correctly.
And now being able to pass it on helps me feel rewarded.

New Owner…
Thank goodness for you! I feel like a new mom!

Jannie’s reply…
I understand. It’s all new and you get to enjoy her. Just ask me anything.

New Owner…
Thanks again Jannie… I’ll keep you posted!
Amazing!!! When I came home she was quiet in the cage. I ignored her for 5 mins and took her out and cuddled. She loves the rawhide and she’s calm right now! You are a genius!

Jannie’s reply…
It works. It actually makes them know you are alpha. Just like a child needs rules and boundaries so does the puppie. It’s called tough love.

New Owner…
I’ll try it again later so we can work toward her sleeping in the crate at nite. I was afraid I’d crush her!

Jannie’s reply…
I personally think if you could have her in your bed, then that’s kinda better. But that’s your choice. You could alternate nites. Or give her nap time during the day with you on your bed. As soon as I pretend to close my eyes, my pups take their naps with me.

New Owner…
Oh good! I need a nap!!😍😍😍 she’s still so tiny. I weighed her in at 2.8 lbs!! Small but mighty!
And so adorable. And so so cuddly too.
Amazingly cuddly .. My Bichon was not a cuddler..she stayed away ..but a Shih Tzu is a different story! Yummy

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My pup is super itchy lately and will not stop licking, anything you would recommend?

Hi there! I had received Scoop as a surprise for my birthday 2 years ago and he has been super itchy lately and will not stop licking 🙁 is there anything you would recommend? We have tried allergy pills, special shampoo’s and sprays, grain free food, everything! And still, nothing works 🙁

Thank you!
Hello!   I like the Anti-Itch Spray. Oxy-Med is the best but there are others on the market as well. Literally and liberally spray the pup where he itches and of course, he will try to wipe it off. I put mine in a crate with a clean fresh fleece bedding pad…cause they’ll rub themselves all over the pad….that’s a good thing cause now the pad is gonna actually help him as well. First time try it in the afternoon then if all is well with that episode do it nightly for a few nights. If he sleeps with you then just do it the afternoons.
It really works well for me.

Whoever Said You Can’t Buy Love…
Forgot About Shih Tzu Puppies!

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Trimming her Nails. How should I do it?

Hi Jannie,
I purchased my female Shih Tzu in January.
I had no problem with trimming her nails as a puppy.
Now she turned 1yr old and will not let me cut them.
Please help. How should I do it?
I don’t want to take her to groomer or vet cause I lost my
last Shih Tzu when they restrained her & she struggled.
She is about 6.5lbs and very lively, we love her very much.
Please let me know what’s the best way to do it.
Thank you….

Reply……You’ll have to do tough love.
You struggle right back and force her sitting position.
Hold the nail clipper ( first, go buy a different kind than
what she’s used to seeing you use).

Just sit there with nail clippers in hand.
Then when she is calm put her down and say, good girl.
An hour or so later. Pick her up and you are building trust.
Then clip one or two tips off the nails.
Put her down and say, good girl. But only put her down when she is calm.
Never while she is struggling. You have to be alpha.
I’m here to help with your puppy issues. Tough love has great rewards.

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Why is my 8-week old Shih Tzu is shaking?

More likely you possibly mean trembling…..this could be simply an uneasy feeling the pup is experiencing…OR…
it could mean the pup is about to go into a hypoglycemic attack.

Your puppie medicine cabinet is important to have stocked with necessary items for such happenings.
Nutrical is a vitamin paste that comes in a tube, (I don’t buy the one for a puppy, it is too runny) buy the one that says for a dog on it.
Squeeze a fingertip full into the pups mouth. For either situation, the uneasiness or the onslaught of the hypoglycemic attack.
Nutrical stabilizes their little systems. It is paramount to have this on hand.
Be watchful and call your veterinarian and explain these symptoms and get their advice as well.

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