|....News Letter # 2 Sonshine Shih Tzu|
What do I need at pickup or before my puppy comes home?
Below is what I recommend, You may use other thing if you prefer.
Why I recommend the Play Pen or Exercise Pen?
The playpen fits all these requirements the Puppy Needs
1- A place to eat- hard food and water 24/7. Try to keep it is the same place always.
2- A place to sleep, Your puppy will sleep a lot when you bring it home. Needs to be kept warm all the time.
3-A place to potty- Paper, liter box, pee pads or they will use your rugs.
4- A place to play area toys, bones, pull ropes etc. I will give you many of the things you will need for the first week. The playpen (exercise pen) fits all these requirements.
I know there is a lot to understand. I’m am expert on the Shih Tzu. What works for other breeds may not work on a Shih Tzu. Your new baby is a royal lap dog. Questions can be written down and asked when you pick-up puppy. If something is unclear and requires a short reply, you may e-mail, but if to long I'll call you..
How long can my puppy stay in the exercise enclosure?
If you set up your 4 stations and change the toys and put fun things for the puppy to play with and learn. You can use the pen while your at work (8-10 hours, but can accommodate the puppy 24 hours, but it needs human companionship and to be looked in on). You use it when you need it. But you will want to play and watch TV with the puppy. These kind on dogs are breed for companion. Meaning they want to be with you so take in the car or walks often. They can get enough exercise in an apartment. However, roll a small ball (I give you) and let her zoom around the home.
Will my puppy cry a lot?
Remember this puppy has never been outside before and has always had the mother or her essence around. It may not seem like a lot to you but it is a big change in the puppy’s life. Loosing siblings that it has been around for his/her whole life. It takes a good 3 days and night for the puppy to get use to new surroundings. Don’t pick the puppy up when cries, wait until quiet. They will wrap you around their paw fast enough.
(Next week I will talk to you about potty training)