Advice for a new (and first) Shih Tzu owner?
We have never had two dogs at the same time and we have only had labradors.
We decided to get a shih Tzu because our lab is 9 years old and we would like some fresh blood in the house - our labs have always been extremely good natured, sweet and very easy to train. We crate trained this last one and I swear by it, she still sleeps in her soft bed stuffed crate every night.
We do't have a large home so when we decided upon a second dog, we decided on a very small one, two big dogs would simply be too much.
She is due to come home next week at aroudn 11 weeks of age.
Could you tell me what I can expect from this breed as far as young puppyhood goes, and if you have any hints to help to make her feel comfortable and part of our family?
Our lab puppies did all this just naturally, including in a way house breaking - but we were extremely consistent and have always been on a routine we stuck to.
I will be home all day with this new dog as I am retired.
Any advice is greatly appreciated.