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Shih Tzu: Your Happy Healthy PetTM, 2nd Edition

Shih Tzu: Your Happy Healthy PetTM, 2nd Edition

Jo Ann White

ISBN: 978-0-764-58384-1

Apr 2005

144 pages

Select type: Hardcover

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Your Happy Healthy Pet

The authoritative information and advice you need, illustrated throughout with full-color photographs--now revised and redesigned to be even more reader-friendly!

Once the favorite pet of the Chinese imperial court, the Shih Tzu today is a perennially popular companion dog--playful, affectionate, and irresistibly cuddly. This updated guide gives you all the information you need to understand, select, train, and care for a Shih Tzu, including:
* An in-depth look at the Shih Tzu temperament
* The fascinating history of the breed
* Tips for selecting a Shih Tzu puppy or adult dog
* Pointers on feeding, grooming, and health
* Savvy advice on housebreaking and basic training
* Bonus chapters available on companion Web site
Part I: The World of the Shih Tzu.

Chapter 1: What Is a Shih Tzu?

The Shih Tzu Head.

A Small but Solid Dog.

The Shih Tzu’s Coat.

A Rainbow of Colors.

What the Standard Means for You.

Chapter 2: The Shih Tzu’s Ancestors.

Little Lion Dogs.

Out of the Far East.

The Shih Tzu in America.

Top Dogs.

Shih Tzu in Other Countries.

Chapter 3: What Do You Get With a Shih Tzu?

Hairy Fellows.

Temperament Differences.

Self-Sufficient and Playful.

Set Limits.

Training Tactics.

That Shih Tzu Charm.

Chapter 4: Choosing Your Shih Tzu.

Beginning Your Search.

Finding a Responsible Breeder.

The Adult Dog.

What Your Veterinarian Should Know About Your Shih Tzu.

Part II: Caring for Your Shih Tzu.

Chapter 5: Bringing Your Shih Tzu Home.

Preparing for Your Puppy.

Food and Water Bowls.

Leash and Collar.

Puppy-Proofing Your Home.

Puppy Essentials.

Your Puppy’s Crate and Bed.

Limit Your Pup’s Freedom.

Keeping to a Schedule.

Socializing Your New Shih Tzu.

Chapter 6: Feeding Your Shih Tzu.

Understanding Dog Food Ingredients.

Reading Dog Food Labels.

When and How Much to Feed.


Supplements and Table Scraps.

Special Diets.

All-Important Water.

Chapter 7: Grooming Your Shih Tzu.

Basic Grooming Supplies.

Basic Grooming Manners.

Brushing Techniques.


Grooming and Health Care.

Bathing Your Dog.

Drying and Combing Out Your Dog.

Cutting Your Dog Down.

Choosing a Groomer.

Fleas and Ticks.

Making Your Environment Flea Free.

Other Itchies.

Chapter 8: Keeping Your Shih Tzu Healthy.

Finding the Right Veterinarian.

Routine Health Care.

Common Health Problems.

When to Call the Veterinarian.

Internal Parasites.

Inherited Disorders.


How to Make a Canine First-Aid Kit.

Emergency First Aid.

Why It’s Best Not to Breed Your Dog.

Caring for Your Older Shih Tzu.

Part III: Enjoying Your Shih Tzu.

Chapter 9: Training Your Shih Tzu.

Understanding Builds the Bond.

Practical Commands for Family Pets.

Training for Attention.

Teaching Cooperation.

Chapter 10: Housetraining Your Shih Tzu.

Your Housetraining Shopping List.

The First Day.

Confine Your Pup.

Watch Your Pup.

Accidents Happen.

Scheduling Basics.

Appendix: Learning More About Your Shih Tzu.


Bonus Chapter 1: Your Shih Tzu and Your Family
Bonus Chapter 2: Getting Active With Your Dog
Bonus Chapter 3: Additional Housetraining Schedules
Bonus Chapter 4: Emergency First Aid for Your Shih Tzu