As with any new addition to the family, you will need to prepare your home and your life for your new Shih Tzu. In the best of circumstances, every member of your family is as thrilled about the prospect of a new pet joining the household as you are.  We are biased but it’s even more exciting when that new pet is a Shih Tzu!  However, in order to make this great event as thrilling as it can be, it does require some advance preparation. Preparing your home for your new Shih Tzu’s grand entrance can be an adventure in itself.  You want to be sure that your home is safe and comfortable for your new Shih Tzu, as well as reducing the risk of damage to your home from your new canine family member.  Neither of these aspects of pet ownership are difficult, but they do take some time, effort, and sensibility.


A good way to begin preparing your home is similar to readying it for a small child.  Starting on the floor, and working upward, check for anything which could potentially harm your new Shih Tzu, or which they could damage.  If you have numerous appliance cords or electrical wires that could easily be chewed, they should be moved to where they cannot be reached or made inaccessible.  If you have objects which could be easily broken or shattered, these too should be moved to where your Shih Tzu cannot reach them.  These precautions need to apply to every room in your home where your new pet will be spending time. Children need to be cautioned to not leave their toys and other personal items where the Shih Tzu can get a hold of them.  This is to ensure that their property will not be destroyed, as well as your new pet not being harmed by chewing up or swallowing objects.

Puppies and adult Shih Tzu’s alike can choke on foreign objects, and many have the tendency to chew on anything that is available. When you are preparing your home for the Shih Tzu you are adopting, it is a good idea to focus on a special area just for them.  A new pet will feel at home much quicker if they know where everything of their own is located.  Their food and water dishes, toys, and paper or puppy pads if they are to be paper or pupply pad trained, are best placed in one specific location and left there.  They will soon learn that these items belong to them, and where they can always find them.  This basic sense of routine will give your new Shih Tzu comfort and stability, even during their first days in your home.


Preparing your family for the Shih Tzu you are adopting can also be exciting.  When every member of your family is included, your new Shih Tzu will be well-received as a new member of the family. It is a good idea to give children plenty of advance preparation for your new dog.  While information about what to expect, what the Shih Tzu will be like, and other pieces of interest will increase your children’s anticipation, they also need to be educated on the proper care and treatment of the Shih Tzu before they move into your home.  Small children, especially, must be instructed on such factors as not being overly boisterous around the new Shih Tzu, to not pull his tail, and to be gentle with them.  This is for the safety of the children as well as for the Shih Tzu. If your children are old enough, giving them a small amount of responsibility for the Shih Tzu’s everyday care can also be beneficial.

They will know they are contributing something worthwhile to their pet’s upkeep.  Something as basic as filling the Shih Tzu’s food bowl, even with your supervision, increases children’s enjoyment of owning a pet. Determining in advance, and discussing with the whole family, who will be responsible for the majority of the Shih Tzu’s daily care and maintenance can prevent forgetfulness and arguments later on.  Perhaps each member of the family can be assigned a task, or perhaps you choose to deal with most of it yourself.  Whichever arrangement is best for your family, making the decisions ahead of time is preferable.


When should you begin preparing your home and family for the new Shih Tzu?  The sooner the better is a good way to look at it!  This way, you will not risk being caught off guard from forgetting something important about readying your home, nor the problems which could occur from having a new pet move in before your family is ready for them. In contrast, the better prepared you are for the arrival of your new Shih Tzu, the more exciting the entire experience will be for everyone in your family.  They will be ready to greet their new pet, help them to feel at home, and enjoy every minute of Shih Tzu ownership. Enjoy some fun play time at home with your new Shih Tzu puppy – watch this adorable video!