Ok, the weeks and months of searching for the perfect Shih Tzu puppy has now come to fruition. It is now time to bring the little bundle of joy home and introduce her to the new surroundings. Hopefully you have everything prepared so that your new puppy can quickly adapt to her new family members and lifestyle.
The first thing you will need to do is some puppy-proofing.
Unfortunately, some of the characteristics we’ve grown to love about the Shih Tzu such as her outgoing personality, hectic activity, curiosity, and small size presents some of the biggest problems for their safety.
Therefore, you will have to puppy-proof your home, yard, and garden. Make sure you check everywhere for perils that can lead to potential dangerous situations for your little Shih Tzu puppy. You will need to get rid of them or make access to them impossible for the puppy.
Always know where your puppy is, do not step on her! Remember, puppy’s like to stay close and follow you around. She will always be under you, so please be careful where you step.
Make sure you know what your puppy is doing at all times. Here are some things that you should take note of when puppy-proofing your home.
Keep a lookout: Try to get as low as possible so that you’re at the eye-level of your puppy, so that you can see what type of dangers your Shih Tzu puppy may run into.
Windows, doors, and furniture: Keep all doors and windows closed. Always prevent your puppy from climbing up on furniture. Falling off of furniture could injure her. Furniture that’s pushed up under open windows should never be accessible to your Shih Tzu, because she could climb up and fall out. Keep an eye out for your puppy when around gliding, reclining, and rocking chairs, she could get crushed.
Keep cabinets closed: Make sure that all cabinets are securely fastened, especially if they contain household cleaning chemicals. And keep products from the edge of cabinets so they cannot fall on her.
Avoid painting baseboards and walls with toxic, lead-based paints or toxic varnishes.
Keep her away from electrical cords and appliances: Make sure to always unplug electrical cords of items that you’re not using and put them somewhere that your puppy cannot reach them. Many Shih Tzu puppy’s die every year of electrical shock from gnawing on electrical cords. Not to mention, it can also cause fire in your home.
Keep toilet lids down: You do not want your puppy drinking out of the toilet. She can also fall in and drown. If possible, please keep the bathroom door closed at all times.
Garage: If you allow your puppy entry into the garage, please make sure that all sharp objects, tools, chemicals, and other poisons are out of reach. Many pets die of antifreeze poisoning every year, which is commonly found on garage floors. It has a sweet taste that animals love. Ingesting antifreeze in small amounts can cause devastating effects such as kidney damage and death.
Hazardous yard materials: Make sure there are no holes in your fence or gate. And make sure that they’re closed securely. You should also keep her away from toxic and chemical fertilizers, weed killers, and cocoa mulch, which are poisonous to pets.
Hazardous Plants: If you have poisonous plants in your garden or home such as foxglove, lily of the valley, and philodendron, please make sure that your pet cannot gain access. You can also check with a nursery or your local vet for other plants that may pose a threat to your puppy.
Foreign Substances: Keep all foreign substances such as rubber bands, balls, coins, children’s toys, pens, needles buttons, and other like items out of the reach of your puppy. For instance, pennies are extremely high in zinc, which can lead to zinc poisoning or choking.
Thrash: Please keep your Shih Tzu away from garbage where she may end up eating rotten food, plastic, bones, aluminum, or other items that could be hazardous to her health. Many dogs fall victim to garbage poisoning, which is a common form of food poisoning. The cause of this particular form of food poisoning are bacteria and other toxins that form on old as well as decaying foods.
Prescription drugs and candy: Keep all medicines and candy out of the reach of your Shih Tzu puppy. Although chocolate is a delectable treat for humans, it is highly toxic for dogs. Choking and suffocation can occur when hard candies are consumed. Common everyday medicines such as aspirin, naproxen, acetaminophen, and ibuprofen can also be fatal to your Shih Tzu.
Swimming pools: Remember to keep all swimming pools and/or Jacuzzis covered.