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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.

Obesity.

Supplements and Table Scraps.

Special Diets.

All-Important Water.

Chapter 7: Grooming Your Shih Tzu.

Basic Grooming Supplies.

Basic Grooming Manners.

Brushing Techniques.

Topknots.

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.

Poisoning.

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.

Index.

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