American Kennel Club (AKC) registerable
Sometimes we offer 11-12
week old puppies
We strive to create healthy, happy & structurally sound Shih Tzu
Sometimes we offer older
puppies & young adults
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to others we trust
Spay & neuter agreement
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Your New Shih Tzu
Water bottle with adapter
AKC registration papers after Spay/Neuter form is completed by your veternarian
Hand out regarding the Shih Tzu
Small bag of puppy treats
Every puppy comes with my lifetime support.
Your puppy has been fed Life's Abundance Adult/Puppy food for small dog kibble according to the instructions on the bag AM & PM.
Life's Abundance Dog Food is a high quality food and can only be purchased through a dealer or our link at
Ryan's Shih Tzu and is delivered right to your door.
Low quality foods produce more elimination/waste and high quality foods you do not have to feed as much. As your puppy grows you will need to read the package directions for increase of food.
Just because your puppy gobbles their food does not mean they are still hungry after the fact. Do not over feed.
All new owners need to purchase one small bag of Life's Abundance Adult/Puppy food before you bring your puppy home. I do not supply food.
If you choose not to continue to feed Life's Abundance dog food then your puppy should be weaned off slowly
paying close attention to changes in stools. If the stool starts to get less firm, then the new food is not
working for your puppy's digestive system. Remember to have a bowl that is non skid and has some
weight so the bowl does not move or becomes a play toy.
Your puppy only knows how to drink out of a water bottle with an adapter. If you choose not to use this way,
kindly return the adapter back to me. Your puppy can learn to drink from a water bowl in one evening, just make sure the bowl is non skid and weighed down so it does not move. Show the puppy the water and by placing your finger in the water to the puppy's mouth or kindly place your puppy's mouth in the water to show them it is okay to drink. Your puppy is used to filtered tap water. Do not give bottled water for it does not have the nutrients as tap water and do not give distilled water. It will affect your puppies good health after a period of time.
Your puppy started using paper pads as soon as they could walk. Sometimes puppies choose to play with the paper pads and then I have to switch to cloth pads. I do not train puppies to eliminate outside. I recommend using pads and training outside. This works well if you travel or have bad weather days. It is always important to potty your puppy right after meals. Be patient while outside to give your puppy a chance to eliminate, rushing your puppy will only cause accidents in the home. I use Pet All Star Training Pads from Walmart. If your puppy has been using cloth pads, remember they will think rugs or carpet are places they can eliminate. Each litter is different on how they react to the paper pads. I don't tolerate playing with paper pads and will switch them to cloth after making several attempts to keep them on the paper pads.
Remember treats are not to be fed as meals. Very small bites are only necessary to keep your puppy's interest for training and rewards in between meals. We treat and give positive communication after every good deed. Remember your puppy has a sensitive tummy and any treat that is meaty/greasy/spicy will only
cause a upset tummy.
The Ride Home:
Some puppy's are sensitive at first to riding in a vehicle and may get sick. Be prepared in case clean up is needed. I will give your puppy something to help their tummy for the ride home. Your new puppy will not be fed here the day your puppy is leaving. It's important to pick up your puppy in the morning if possible so they don't have to wait all day to eat their breakfast when you get home. Remember to feed when you get home. It is required you have either a small plastic carrying crate that you can seat belt in the vehicle or a small puppy harness that clips into the vehicle when you travel. This is for the puppy's safety and yours while in a moving vehicle. Loose puppies sitting on laps are a safety issue.
Once it is confirmed you are getting a new puppy then it is time to start getting your home ready for your puppy's arrival. This is an inside breed and should never be left outside for long periods of time. I recommend you keep your puppy away from public places until your puppy has received the 3rd vaccination. Find a designated area on non carpeted floor to keep your puppy for the next few weeks. I recommend starting out with a small area and gradually making the area bigger as your puppy gets comfortable and learns boundaries. I recommend a 6 panel exercise puppy play pen. I like the ones that you can add panels to if you want to make it bigger or divide a room off. They are plastic and easy to carry and cleanable. The area you are keeping your puppy should also have a night light and be safe with no electrical cords and outlets should be covered. If you are using a crate at night, do not cover the crate with a blanket. The area that your puppy is in should be well ventilated, cool and your puppy should have access to water at all times. Remember your puppy is just a baby and will need several times throughout the day to rest/nap alone. I also recommend a small Nylon bone for chewing. Remember when stuffed toys get holes in them it's time to throw away. Daily face washes are important to keep the face clean and sanitary. I use baby wipes or a wash cloth. Remember to keep your puppy on low surfaces to avoid falls/injuries. Always supervise your puppy around other animals and small children. I recommend a tearless puppy shampoo that is easy on the eyes. Conditioner is not needed per the quality food should be helping with skin and coat from the inside out. If you plan on taking your puppy to a groomer then it is important to set aside a few minutes a day to set your puppy down and run a comb or brush through your puppy's coat. Your groomer will thank you for having such a well behaved Shih Tzu. Plus it will make your puppy's experience much more pleasant at the groomers.
Future Vet Visits:
Your puppy already has received 1-2 puppy vaccinations (DAPP) and 2 worming's before they come to your home. The next puppy vaccination will be your first vet visit and due date will be located on our agreement. I only recommend to repeat what I already have done in your puppies vaccination booklet which is a one shot of Distemper-Adenovirus, Type 2-Parainfluenza-Parvovirus Vaccine, no more. Your puppy does not need wormed again. If you plan on boarding or taking your puppy out to public places then it is okay to get the kennel cough (Bordetella) nasal vaccination done at the first visit. I don't recommend flea treatment or heartworm or anything else until your puppy is at least 6 months old. Lets not over do things, remember your puppy is a baby and sensitive and needs time to mature. Teeth care is of great importance. The baby teeth need to be removed at around 6 months of age if they have not fallen out on their own for the adult teeth to come in properly. Please keep your puppy off of veterinarian floors and make sure the exam table/scale has been disinfected before placing your puppy down.