Zuchon or Shichon

What to expect with a new Bichon Frise / Shih Tzu puppy!

So typically my blog is reserved for technology and home automation reviews, but our new puppy seems to have taken everything over. He is a welcome addition to the family, even if he has been waking me up at 5am! Meet Mylo!

Zuchon or Shichon
A Bichon Frise mixed with a Shih Tzu is often called a Zuchon or Shichon.

So if you are thinking of a new pupply, or possibly like me, decided one moring with little to no prep here are some tips that might help you get through the first couple weeks.

Mylo was 8 weeks old when we brought him home. He was pretty quiet the first day, cuddling and staying close the first day, I almost thought something was wrong as he was so quiet. If this is the case with your puppy too, don’t worry as he soon becomes acustom to the surroundings and the energy of a puppy kicks in.

His Crate

First thing I suggest is getting your new puppy a crate. Dogs are pack animals and they sleep in a den, in your home the crate now fills this need. Its important not to get a crate that is too big as your pupply should be able to stand up and turn around, but you don’t want it to be so big that he pees while in the crate. Dogs don’t like to soil where they sleep so they will try to hold it till they get out, and this is a good thing.

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What is he eating?

Our breeder provided us with a small bag of the food he had been eating, enough to last at least a week or so, this is important as you don’t want to disrupt anything more than nessesary at this point, your puppy is already confused to what is going on. You can continue with this brand, or you can choose to switch things up if you like but you should introduce the new food slowly along with the old to help transition him over. When selecting a new food look at the ingredients of the old one and see if you can find something with similar ingredients. Speaking of ingredients, try to stay away from the primary ingredient being anything called “meal”. The food will probably contain “meal”, but the first one or two on the list should be something pure like chicken or liver, you may need to experiment to see what your puppy likes.

Biting and Nipping, get him some toys!

Mylo was teething when we brought him home, small sharp pin like teeth and for something that weights less than 5 pounds they could hurt! He went for shoes, toes, pant legs pretty much anything he could so we quickly realized that he needed something to chew. We started with a small squeaky toy, and a pull rope which he quickly turned his attention too! Now keep in mind he still wanted the running shoes and toes, but when he did we quickly exchanged them for the rope and he would start to chew at that instead. After about a week or so he started to prefer the toys and our fingers and toes began to heal!

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Don’t pee on the rug! Potty Training

When it comes to potty training, you are going to want to get right on it, there is no time to waste. There are two main ways you can do this and I will start with what I believe is the best – taking him outside, and often! When ever Mylo wakes up, drinks water, eats food or after he has been playing I would take him outside and put him down on the grass and tell him to PEE! He usally would and I would praise him for doing so. In the even he did have an “accident” inside I would take him right outside and put him on the grass, even though he was often already done this helped drive home what he should be doing. Also don’t yell, or get mad at him as this will not help.

The other option is providing a place inside for your puppy to go, by using pee pads (essentially a big flat diaper pad) you can take him to this instead of the grass, this might be good for people in condos or places where its harder to find grass quick. Just be careful with this as it might be hard to change this behavour if you don’t plan to do this for ever!

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Also, as I mentioned above don’t put a pee pad in his crate as this will just encourage he to go there. Like I said you want him to learn to hold it until he is in the proper pace to relieve himeself! At first it might seem like a simple solution, but remember everything you do at this point is training him for a lifelong pattern of behaviour!

Also, just a side thought, this might be a good time to roll up any rugs that you can, Mylo seemed to want to mark his teritory on any area rug he could find, one put away he stopped doing this.

So thats it for now, I may post some more findings as I go, but if you have a new puppy or are thinking its time, good luck and hopefully this helps a little.