Thursday, October 19, 2006

Shih Tzu essentials

Category: Animal Care)Shih Tzu Essentials

by Connie Limon (Email:

People use accessories to accentuate the beauty of a certain thing. There are also times that they buy accessories in order to protect the product against harmful elements in the environment. These concepts are also true when applied to taking care of their Shih Tzu. Shih Tzu owners tend to pamper their Shih Tzu and many Shih Tzu lovers even contend that buying dog accessories gives the same satisfaction as shopping for loved ones. Today, there are many dog accessories available on the market and choosing the best dog accessories can be challenging. Here are some tips on what to look for when buying accessories for your Shih Tzu: 1. Dog/Shih Tzu collars There are varieties of dog collars available in the market today, ranging from plain to fancy. Whatever type or design one may prefer, the most important thing to consider is that it should properly fit the Shih Tzu. It should never be too loose or too tight. Experts say that the ideal space between the Shih Tzu's neck and the collar should be two fingers wide. 2. Dog/Shih Tzu leash It is always best to buy a good leash and not scrimp on the price. There are many types available. The most important factor to keep in mind is the size of the leash. Depending on the size of your Shih Tzu, you want to make certain you buy one strong enough to hold him. If your Shih Tzu is smaller, you don't want to buy a leash that is too large. 3. Food and water bowls It's important to purchase food and water bowls that are not easily tipped over. Also, some people purchase those large watering systems that are similar to what some humans have bottled water delivered in. They are large and are supposed to keep your pet in drinking water for a longer period of time. Depending on the size of your Shih Tzu, make certain that the water will be consumed fairly quickly. Water for your Shih Tzu should be fresh and clean. Water that has been left standing isn't a good idea to feed your Shih Tzu. 4. Dog/Shih Tzu toys Most Shih Tzu are fond of playing, so, it's best to give them toys to gnash, chew, or bite with. Having his own things will make him more behaved instead of chewing slippers or shoes. Again, make certain that the toys are appropriate for the size of the Shih Tzu. Too small, and just like a child, they could choke. If the toy is too large for a smaller animal they won't be able to lift it. 5. Doghouses/Shih Tzu Houses When placed outside, Shih Tzu should have a place for shelter. This is to keep them away from direct sunlight or from the rain or snow. If your Shih Tzu is left alone for long periods of time, make certain that his "home" is the right size and will protect him from the elements. One last thought . . . never, never leave your Shih Tzu in a locked vehicle. It can be a death sentence.

Author: Connie Limon. I raise Shih Tzu puppies from top champion bloodlines in a variety of colors. We have the small AKC standards, imperials and teacups at reasonable prices. Puppies are sold with a Health Guarantee. We provide you with educational material, dog bows; fleece t-shirts, dog supplies and dog books. Visit us online at and sign up for our FREE Shih Tzu newsletter.

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