Bringing your new Shih Tzu puppy home will be a very exciting time and a very busy time. In fact, there will be some Shih Tzu puppy toys and accessories that you will have to get. Hopefully, you get this done before bringing her home.
You don’t want to leave your puppy at home alone for the first few days while she gets herself acquainted with the house.
That’s why it’s a great idea to get all the bits and pieces required for her before bringing her home.
One of the most important items to buy is food and water dishes. These are available in many sizes and styles. Plastic, glass, ceramic, and metal.
When considering the style of bowl, remember that the Shih Tzu is a small breed and her head will barely be inches off the ground. Choose dishes that are no more than 7.5 cm or 3 inches (7.62 cm) deep.
For a puppy, I would choose a flat plate that sits on slip-proof webbing fabric as there is a tendency for the dishes to tip over.
Here’s a handy tip, when deciding on your type of dish, take into consideration if it is dishwasher friendly (if you intend to wash it in the dishwasher that is).
Toys and Accessories – Collars and Leads
Next on our list is the collar and lead. Shih Tzu puppies do not require a strong heavy collar made of chain. In fact, just a light nylon or leather one is perfect.
Choose one that is adjustable to fit a puppy and then adult so you don’t need to buy another one. However, you probably will buy several over the dogs’ lifetime due to wear and tear, losing them or fashion.
The same goes for leads. Nylon or leather is great. There are chain leads available. One thing to think about is, if your puppy decides she wants to chew off her lead, the chain might damage her little teeth.
There are several styles of leads available and the one you will choose should most suit your lifestyle and walking style.
For regular walks, one that is only a few feet long will be perfect. Long leads may seem like a great idea, so she feels ‘free’, however, you want to be able to retrieve her quickly if need be.
So short is better. If you want a lead for her in the yard, one that is 30 feet (10 m) on an automatic reel could be a great investment.
There are pulley systems available from pet stores, that you hook her up to in a harness that then lets her slide across when strung between two poles or trees.
Never leave Shih Tzu puppies attached to long pieces of lead unattended for long periods of time, just in case she gets tangled and into trouble.
Some other accessories you might like; reflecting tags that are put on her collar or jacket for night walking are a great idea, so she will be seen. An identity tag attached to her collar with owner details on it is handy just in case she goes missing.
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Shih Tzu Puppy Toys and Accessories
Muzzles are a good idea to have at the ready, just in case. If you plan to travel with her, keep in mind that some countries require dogs to be muzzled at all times.
I personally choose tea tree oil and tea tree shampoo for a natural disinfectant and repellent for fleas and ticks.
Toys: Toys and playtime are extremely important to the growing development of your puppy. Playtime is FUN, and it gives your dog a release from normality.
It shows her there is more to life than hanging out and being cuddled. Playtime also means exercise and that will allow her to burn energy and let off some steam.
Toys also give your puppy time to be just a dog. Her natural survival instincts will develop as she takes ownership of her toys as prey and ‘hunts’ it.
Giving you hours of entertainment as well! Chew toys are very important. Especially if you don’t want your shoe collection to be destroyed or books, or furniture, or clothing. Squeaky toys add another dimension to chew toys and chew toys that taste good are always a winner.
Remember to buy toys that are suitable for a little dog. Never give her anything that is made from soft wood, anything painted, varnished, or made from toxic materials.
Get creative with your toys. A tennis ball, a paper bag, a box. Try not to go down the route of anything that resembles your shoes, slippers, clothes, or furniture. Therefore, she doesn’t get confused with the ones she isn’t allowed to destroy.