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Help Name Our New Shih Tzu Puppy!

January 04, 2010 By: admin Category: All Sick Dog Blog Posts, Sick Dog Blog Polls

As many may know, I spent Christmas 2009 partaking in a very interesting activity: I delivered my neighbor’s (surprise) puppies.  It was a really wonderful holiday surprise.

After much debate, we have decided to take in one of the babies! Mom is a Shih Tzu (purebred, it appears.)  The puppy that we’re adopting is mostly white, with a bit of black on the head and an adorable pink nose with black speckles (a Shih Tzu that complies with breed standard should have an all-black nose – no show rings for this little guy!) He will be ready to come home in February.

Skip to the end of this post to vote in our Puppy Name Poll – we need help picking a name for baby Shih Tzu!

Momma Dog Lacey and our soon-to-be Shih Tzu puppy! Take our poll to help us pick a name! (Better photo coming soon!)

The Story Behind Our New Shih Tzu Puppy

This is a particularly exciting event because, for the first time ever, I will own a completely healthy puppy! We’ve taken in dozens of puppies in the past as fosters, but I’ve never kept a healthy baby (we always keep the sick, the disabled, the deformed, the behaviorally-challenged – the puppies that nobody wants.)

And while we will continue to take in any dog who needs help, I look forward to the experience of owning a puppy without the constant worry that’s associated with a special needs puppy.

This little dog is special. He was the third born in his litter of five and he simply did not want to breathe. He kept giving up. I worked on this little guy for nearly an hour before he decided to breathe properly.

This experience will also be wonderful because I have an opportunity to work with this puppy – the best breeders work with the puppies from day one, handling them, socializing them and preparing them for life.  So many dogs’ behavioral problems could be avoided if they had someone to work with them from day one. For instance, if you perform an exercise where you flip a young puppy on his back, the dog will learn a submissive role and this can ultimately prevent dominance and even aggression as an adult. So while I’ve worked with many puppies (born to foster dogs in my care and ultimately adopted into loving homes) this will be the first time that I can reap the rewards of my work!

Pick a Male Dog Name for Our Puppy!

That said, we need help to decide on a name! So take our Puppy Name Poll to help us pick a name!

Or, you have a suggestion for a good Shih Tzu puppy name, please add a comment to this post!! For the most part, we like names that sound like last names and names that end with “well,” “ton,” or “tin.” There should also be good nickname potential – we’re big on nicknames!  I’d also enjoy an Asian name. I had a friend with a Shih Tzu named Ming Li and I thought that was so cute and fitting for the breed. We do not like non-human names – Snowball, Fluffy, Fido, etc.

Our current animal’s names include: Cooper, Kota, Colby, Sasha-Simone, Gus, J.J., Baxter, Madigan, Tobin, Benjamin, Tilly, Bixby, Alvin, Templeton and Henri (French pronunciation of Henry).

If it helps to have a visual, as an adult, he’ll wear his hair long and flowy (like a Shih Tzu show dog) and we’ll put his bangs into a topknot. I’ve never owned a dog with long hair, so I’m looking forward to doggy hairstyling! (Here’s hoping he got the long hair gene, since he may very well be a mix!)

Here is The Sick Dog Blog’s poll; you can vote for multiple names.

Help us pick a Shih Tzu puppy name for a male (born 12/25/09). He's mostly white with a little black.

  • Arthur (17%, 1 Votes)
  • Oliver (17%, 1 Votes)
  • Nifkin (17%, 1 Votes)
  • Lex (17%, 1 Votes)
  • Bruno (17%, 1 Votes)
  • Elroy (17%, 1 Votes)
  • Wellington (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Calloway (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Cadbury (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Leroy (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Kermit (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Chutney (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Bertrand (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Bernard (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Otis (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Cordwell (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 6

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How to Give a Pill to a Dog Who Bites

January 03, 2010 By: admin Category: All Sick Dog Blog Posts, General Dog Health, Greenies Pill Pockets for Dogs, Pet Medications, Pet Pill Shooters

Learn tips and tricks to give a pill to a dog who bites and nips. (Daniel Andres Forero Photo)

Some dogs will do anything to avoid taking a pill. Some dogs will bite when the owner tries to give a pill. These dogs will often struggle violently and in the process, some dogs will spit out the pill, bringing the pet owner back to square one.

For these resistant dogs, there are a few tricks for giving a pill to the dog.

Giving a Pill to a Dog Who Bites

If your dog bites when you try to give a pill, there are a few solutions that pet owners can try. If possible, get the dog to take the pill voluntarily. If this is not possible, the key is to avoid placing fingers or hands inside the dog’s mouth when giving a dose of medicine.

  • Use a Pet Pill Gun – Also known as a pet pill shooter, pill guns enable the owner to place the pill inside the dog’s mouth without losing a finger. Read this article on The Sick Dog Blog to learn more.
  • Hide the Dog’s Pill in a Treat – Pet owners can get the dog to eat the pill voluntarily by placing it inside a food like cheese or a bit of hot dog. Read this article on The Sick Dog Blog to learn more.
  • Hide the Pet Medication in a Greenies Pill Pocket – Get the dog to take the pill voluntarily by using a Greenies Pill Pocket for Dogs.
  • Use Peanut Butter and a Spoon to Give Pet Medication – Place the pill in peanut butter or cream cheese, then place the dab on the tip of a butter knife (or on the tip of the handle). Open the dogs mouth and place the peanut butter/cream cheese (containing the pill) onto the roof of the dog’s mouth (just behind the dog’s upper front teeth). Using the cutlery will help owners avoid placing a finger inside a nippy dog’s mouth. This method is also effective for dogs who spit out pills.

Notably, when a dog bites an owner, this suggests a very serious underlying behavioral problem. A dog who bites his owner does not view the human as the alpha. So the human must make some immediate changes with the assistance of an experienced dog trainer. The dog owner must begin acting and speaking like an alpha and he must work to reclaim his role as the pack leader. Once the dog owner reclaims his rightful role as the alpha, behaviors like biting will disappear.

Preventing a Struggle When Giving a Pill to a Dog Who Bites

Preventing a struggle is key when trying to give pet medication to a dog who bites. Dog bites occur when the pet becomes agitated and the situation becomes chaotic. So by keeping the dog calm, the owner can maintain control over the situation (and the dog.)

To learn more about how to prevent a dog from struggling when giving pet medication, read The Sick Dog Blog’s article titled Pet Medication Tips – How to Prevent a Struggle When Giving a Pill to a Dog.

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