There is much more to having a Shih Tzu live in your home than Shih Tzu food and toys alone. Thinking about the Shih Tzu supplies you will need well in advance of bringing your dog or new puppy home, assures you of a smooth transition. It will also ensure your Shih Tzu feels completely at home with you. All dog breeds are different and that will impact the type of supplies they will need.
Shih Tzu Supplies – The Basics
Food and water dishes are available in three basic styles. These include individual dishes, connected dishes, and dishes which hold and dispense the products. You can decide which style is more convenient for you.
Shih Tzu's usually fare better if they are consistently given one kind of specialist Shih Tzu food. In addition to dry, canned, and food which requires adding water, there are plenty of different kinds on the market. From all-natural Shih Tzu food without any artificial ingredients, to Shih Tzu food with extra vitamins, to food specially made for a Shih Tzu’s age and development, you can feel quite overwhelmed when trying to choose the right one for your new pet. Even if you have owned a Shih Tzu in the past, it is a good idea to ask your veterinarian to recommend the most appropriate Shih Tzu food for your new pet.
Shih Tzu Grooming Supplies
Grooming your Shih Tzu requires some grooming supplies so they also belong on your list of items to purchase before you bring your pet home. While the specific supplies you purchase depend on the kind of Shih Tzu you are adopting, most Shih Tzu's do require some amount of maintenance. A brush that is just for them, non-toxic shampoo made specially for Shih Tzu's or puppies, and their own bath towel, are the grooming basics.
Shih Tzu Health Supplies
Your Shih Tzu may benefit from health aids, such as vitamin supplements. They can help even the healthiest pet to stay at their best. You can ask your veterinarian or the breeder about the specific type of supplements your Shih Tzu might benefit from. They may advise you to feed them vitamin-fortified Shih Tzu food, or separate supplements.
Of course your new pet needs toys. Not only will toys give them the chance to play and have fun, it can also decrease their desire to chew on your personal possessions and furniture. If you get your puppy some toys that they can play with by themself as well as toys to use during playtime with you, they will be happier and not so destructive.
Shih Tzu Toy & Treat Supplies
When you are choosing toys for your new Shih Tzu, there are two points to keep in mind. First, choose toys that are appropriate to your Shih Tzu’s size and age. For example, a toy that is suitable for an adult Shih Tzu may be useless to a puppy. Avoiding toys made of wood which can splinter, anything that could shatter or break, and toys with small parts or paint, is absolutely essential.
Shih Tzu treats are an excellent addition to your supply list. Whether you plan to train your new Shih Tzu for a specific purpose, or only want them to have a little something extra, your Shih Tzu will love their treats. You can find healthy pet treats made with your pet’s size and age in mind.
Many Shih Tzu owners find chewing and chew products useful. One benefit to chews is that it is good for your pet’s teeth. Another benefit is chew toys and chew treats will cater to your Shih Tzu’s natural tendency to chew, so they will not be using your shoes or other personal items for this purpose. Chew products come in many different sizes and styles. Selecting the chews suited to your Shih Tzu’s size is the best way to ensure that they get all of the benefits from these chewing products.
When you are preparing your list of supplies, you need to decide whether your Shih Tzu will use a Shih Tzu bed, or whether you prefer other arrangements. Some dogs take to pet beds immediately, while others do not like them at all. If you want them to use their own bed, it is important to choose the right size and material. This will make them more comfortable, as well as result in your Shih Tzu being more likely to use it. However, while their comfort is essential, the bed you choose should also be easy to clean and virtually indestructible. The better condition the bed is in, the happier they will be to sleep in it.
Shih Tzu – Access NOT all areas
As it is unwise to allow any Shih Tzu to roam freely outdoors, you should plan on taking your Shih Tzu for walks on a regular basis. This assures them of getting enough exercise, as well as developing a positive relationship with you and other dogs. The leash, and collar or harness, must be appropriate to their size and age. They need to be restrained during walks, without discomfort. As these products are available in a variety of sizes, weights, and materials, be sure to have your pet’s size and age in mind when you purchase them.
Purchasing supplies for your new pet is not difficult, and does not need to be expensive. When you write out your list ahead of time, you can do some comparison shopping for good value. Having all of the supplies at home before your Shih Tzu arrives is the best way to ensure their comfort, health, and happiness right from the start.