Thursday, July 23, 2009

We Feed Our Shih Tzu Eagle Pack Holistic Select

Here at Chenille we love to feed our Shih Tzu adults and puppies Eagle Pack Holistic Select Dog Food ( Chicken & Rice Formula ) I really like how this dog food makes our puppies so strong and healthy, and the coats are just gorgeous. We highly recommend that our new puppy owners keep feeding Eagle Pack Dog Food, for a healthy pet. I have noticed that in few weeks when the puppies are weaned off the mother and started on Eagle Pack Puppy Food around the fourth week of age. That is when we see our puppies thrive, full energy and building healthy structure. At eight weeks of age, we look at the conformation of the puppy. This is the best time to see what the puppy will grow into as an adult. Feeding quality dog food is a must, from our show prospects and whelping females to growing healthy Chenille shih tzu puppies. It does matter what you feed, I have seen so many other breeds suffering from skin problems and poor health. Most of the time these problems can be cleared just by changing to quality food. With Eagle Pack we always have had wonderful results and it shows.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Crate Training Your Puppy

One of the most dog friendly methods of training your pet is crate training. The process is very natural and uses the den instincts of the puppy or dog to help them understand where a safe place in the house is for them as well as giving them their own space and area. Since dogs naturally do not want to soil this area they are less likely to mess in the crate leading to faster and more efficient housebreaking.

Crate training works in conjunction with a puppies body functions. Establishing a routine with the puppy will help with the process and will avoid any unnecessary accidents. To use crate training techniques follow the steps outlined below:
• Feed and water your puppy at the same times (or as close to the same times as possible) each day. Most puppies are fed at least two to four times per day depending on their age.
• When the puppy has finished eating place them in their crate with some toys and soft bedding material. The crate should be where the puppy can still see people and feel part of the family, not where they feel that they are being isolated or punished for bad behavior.
• Approximately 15 minutes after placing the puppy in the crate take them outside or to the area that you wish them to use a bathroom. If you puppy has spoiled the crate prior to this 15 minute mark don’t punish them, simply clean the crate and plan the next time to take them out 5 minutes earlier. This is a process of trial and error but you will eventually find out just when the little puppy will go to the bathroom after eating.
• Have the puppy walk with you to the outside area or toilet area. Praise them when they go. If they are outside for more than 3-5 minutes and are showing no signs of relieving themselves simply place them back in the crate and try again in no more than 5 minutes. Don’t scold or pay undo attention to them until the go outside and eliminate. Immediately give lots of praise and attention and return them to the house for further attention and socialization.
• Puppies quickly learn that by going outside and relieving themselves they will get lots of positive attention and will come back into the house and play with or be around the family.
Cautions with Crate Training
To be sure that crate training is completed correctly make sure that the following occurs:
• Make the crate comfortable with toys, soft, washable bedding and lots of ventilation. It is to be a positive place that is the puppies “den”.
• Never use the crate as a punishment or isolation area. If your puppy begins to associate the crate with being ignored or punished they will quickly stop wanting to go to the crate.
• Keep the crate somewhere that is part of the activity centers of the house so that the puppy can still see people and be in a familiar area.
• Do not keep the puppy in the crate for prolonged periods of time. Confining your puppy to the crate is a form of punishment to the puppy and will make the crate a negative place to be.
There are many resources and books about crate training that provide additional information. Crate training your puppy makes it easy to travel with the dog as they are always at home in their crate no matter where you are or what type of transportation you use.

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Monday, July 6, 2009

"Allan" & " Sansha"

We are getting very excited about Sansha and Allan's Shih Tzu Puppies. Chenille's Sansha is our foundation female, she produces outstanding shih tzu puppies. This planned breeding with "Allan" Ch Yingsu's Hav'n A Good Time at Amitzu, owned and shown by Therese Forman. Allan's father CH Bar-Lar's Maybe It Could Be ROM "Coby" is the AKC Top Producing Stud Dog of 13 Champions for 2005, with 18 champions to date. Allan is truely a outstanding Shih Tzu, I fell in love with this boy when I first saw him. His first weekend out showing he took a 3 point major. Sansha first litter produced three outstanding show prospects. Chenille's "Myles" & "CeCe" & "Tia" all have done extraordinary in the ring.