My new shih tzu!!!

United States
November 21, 2006 5:50pm CST
My boyfriend finally gave in and got me a little shih tzu puppy for my birthday. She is 3 months old as of the 5th. I am a new mommy so I really could use some advice on how to care for my little girl! I could especially use specific help aboout toy breeds? How long does it usually take to potty train? What is the best way to do it? What is the best food and treats to get? Sometimes I feel like I am giving into her too much. How did you go about training yoru puppy to obey commands--stay, come, sit, etc.
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@411fromMe (789)
• United States
22 Nov 06
Congratulations! I love shi tzu's. Here are a couple of links to some sites that you may find helpful in taking care of your new puppy. http://www.petcaretips.net/basics-taking-care-new-puppy.html http://www.dog-breeds.net/New_Puppy_Care.htm And here is one about Shi tzu's http://www.findoutaboutdogbreeds.com/Shih_Tzu.html Good Luck!
• United States
22 Nov 06
Thanks alot! I need all the luck I can get!
• United States
21 Nov 06
I Have no clue but I'm looking into getting a maltese for Christmas
• United States
22 Nov 06
VERY good dogs from what I hear! My neighbor has one and he is an angel!
• United States
26 Nov 06
Other than love and attention I suggest you check this site http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/shihtzu.htm As for house breaking, each dog takes a different amount of time to 'get it'. Since this is a small breed dog, her bladder is small and she will have to void it more often than a larger dog would. So I suggest every two to three hours for a walk or a trip outside, this can be extended to four hours when she is older. Simply take her out at regularly scheduled times, even if she has had an 'accident', don't punish her if she has one, she really won't understand why she is being scolded, after all, for her it is natural, mom used to clean up after her ya know? As for food, I suggest you consult with your vet to make sure you meet her particular dietary needs. Treats? Again consult your vet. As for training her the basics, sit, stay, come, you show her sit, by placing your hand on her hips and lightly pressing down while saying sit. When she performs make a big deal of it, treats are not neccesary for this as a reward. Come use her name often and use hand signals, when she approaches you on her own tell her come, she will learn to associate that sound with the command. Stay is a fun one...sit her and move away telling her to stay. Don't expect her to stay long, after all she thinks she should be with you, but each time she does stay for a few moments return and tell her how good she did. Training dogs isn't as hard as some might make it seem, rewards and praise for behaviors you approve of and none for those you don't.
@rusty2rusty (6760)
• Defiance, Ohio
26 Nov 06
Congrats on the new puppy. I use puppypads for my mini pins. For them to use when I can't get them out side. I lined up their cage with puppypads. Easy to clean up. I also would put my mini pins on their lead outside mt front door. When they barked. They came in. Now they don't bark unless they want in. I also give them a treat. Evwery time they would go to the bathroom outside. But only if I would see them go.