Glory Ridge Shih-Tzu

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​Quality Shih-Tzu Breeder since 1986 for
Pet and Therapy Dogs. 

For those who want more than "just a dog"!

Shih Tzu PUPPY GROWTH and Development

People often what to know what kind of personality their puppy has.
This is the developmental chart of our HOW PUPPY SOCIALIZATION goes at Glory Ridge.
-NEONATAL PERIOD 1-14 Days old
*Main concern is warmth and nursing
*Limited interaction with littermates, unless cold, then huddle. Our whelping pens are very warm and they tend not to huddle at all.
*Pups are blind and deaf, but their smell is good and they find mom through the endorphins she puts off to draw them to the tit.
*all social interactions are care seeking only
*no control of excretion, mom must induce through licking
*Start of independence
*Eyes and ears become functional
*Stand, walk, chews, very active.
*Wags tail, plays with litter mates-biting, chewing, pawing
* Self-control of urination/defecation
-SOCIALIZATION PERIOD 4-12 weeks of age
*Pup acquires almost all sensory, motor and learning abilities.
*Teeth erupt
*Starts eating solid food at 4 weeks and drinks from bowl or lickit.
**4th week socialization period: mainly interacts with Dam,
learns caregiving behavior, limited interaction with littermates,
reacts to emotional and social stresses with long-term lasting effects.
* Pups scream when held at 4 weeks with strong maternal attachment, but by 6 weeks are used to human handling
**5-7 Weeks is sensitive socialization period.
*Increase litter mate interaction.
* Pup learns it is a dog
*Isolation from littermates (singletons also) may cause abnormal adult sexual behavior and difficulty socializing with other dogs.
* Pups cry when isolated from the litter.
**6-8 Weeks of Age
*Maximum capacity for socialization to humans
* MOM weans pups naturally. I have seen moms attack pups left on them after 8 weeks. THIS is normal.
*Nervous system reaches adult capacity
*Learns readily: Will paper train at 6 weeks, but not housebreak until 10 weeks
"Bonds to humans. We play radio constantly to get pups used to all kinds of human voices
* Puppies are played with by children after 42 days Parvo shot.
* Fear response to strange objects and people until about 6 weeks.
*Pecking Order established 5-7 weeks
*Pack behavior begins exploring the environment and decides elimination area outside of sleeping area about 5-6 weeks.
**12 weeks to Maturity
* Our puppies MOLD to their master 8-12 weeks. This is why we feel adamant the pup be placed with you at 8 weeks. You MUST establish YOU are the leader of the pack. YOU MUST discipline and spend 2 solid weeks (10-12 weeks) on housebreaking to be successful. You MUST discipline inappropriate biting on objects and people. CONSTANT discipline is a MUST. Using a rolled up newspaper to swat the dog or next to the dog with a loud wack is a painless deterrent we find very effective for disciplining negative behavior. Dogs are NOT children and MUST receive training to become socially acceptable in a home environment. Many dogs are dumped in pounds due to the OWNER NOT training the dog and poor breeding practices. Going to a well-known good breeder is the first step to good dog ownership!

This is how a puppy grows from 3 oz to an adult...Named "HUNY BEAR"
 Born 10/30/2000. 
Pups are born blind and deaf and ugly...except to the breeder :)
Note: nose is pink and so is muzzle.
UGLY DUCKLING turns into....
11 Days old 
Eyes open 10-14 days old, but eyes are cloudy and can have weak muscle alignment.
This is when people drive me nuts the most, worrying their "kid" is "goo-goo" eyed. 
Normal vision takes 3-4 weeks.
Ears open 14-17 days.
Why does it take 21 years for human kids ears to open? :)
Nose may start to darken on some babies now, others later.
Some noses turn brown, which is called "liver".
Some noses have little white spots.
Show breeders dab them with marker to fill them in. Just sayin' :)

3 Weeks old
Play Time!
I play and wag my little tail to my brothers and sisters!
I notice my breeder, but I'm not too thrilled with being handled to much yet.
I have to LEARN to walk and get strong on my little legs. I like to sleep, A LOT!
15-21 Days=Transition Period
Start of Independence
Eyes and Ears Functional
Stands, walks, chews.
Develops adult social behavior patterns-
wags tail, plays with litter mates: bites, chews, paws
Control of elimination processes


24 Days old
Here I am...shy to people.
1 Month old
Ok, you can pick me up without me screaming for Moma!
Milk teeth are coming in. 
Mom may begin to wean, so we have to be sure pup wants solid food!
4-12 Weeks Socialization Period
Acquires almost all of adult sensory, motor and learning abilities
Most dramatic effect on adult behavior
Strong attachment to dam
Distress cry when isolated
Fear response to strange objects and people
Starts eating solids and drinking liquids
Teeth erupt
Week 4 Learns care giving behavior, limited interaction with littermates,
reacts to emotional and social stresses.

5-7 weeks Pecking order established
Pack behavior- exploration of environment and elimination area
Pup learns he is a dog.
To isolate him from littermates during this time may cause 
abnormal sexual development and difficulty socializing with other dogs.


                       5 Weeks old
I am still a baby. Don't ask my breeder what kind of personality I have yet!
I wabble around like a drunken sailor yet, especially if I'm TOO FAT.
By 6 weeks we nip, chew and fight littermates.
About 70% of adult brain mass present and we get socialized by Karen and the kids! 
Maxium capacity for socialization to humans.
Mom naturally weans pups. She may hurt them if she can't get away!
Pups nervous system reaches adult capacity.
Learns quickly and bonds to humans.

8 Weeks old
I have become a social butterfly in the past 2 weeks.
I run and play and fall often, as my feet go faster than my body!
This is a great time to take me home and get me acquainted with my new family and other pets!

At his new home, 10 weeks old
All settled in and ready to 
potty break with GOOD results!

       11 week old shih tzu puppy
"THIS is THE Life! I KNEW I was meant for Royalty." 
11 weeks (12 weeks: About 90% of my brain mass is developing and 
I need good food to help be smart. Karen endorses Eukanuba with DHA or Nutrisourse dog food and Nuvet Vitamens).
4 months Get last shot for a year. Don't forget the rabies



7 months
Females can have their 1st heat.
Males are Mr. Love-wanna-be's if not neutered well before now!
Females are usually full grown.
Males not until a year-18 months old.
Milk teeth are lost and permanent teeth are in.
8 Months I can be expected to "hold" elimination for about 8 hours.
9 months Puppy classes finish.
9-12 months you can switch me to "Adult" food.

Oct. 2001
1 year Old:
[Image of 1 year old shih tzu]
I am beautiful, smart and loving.

March 2002, 1 1/2 years old...topped out at 10 lbs
Approaching social maturity, adult behavior. >

The owner  of  Huny Bear wrote in June 2001: 
"He is absolutely gorgeous Karen. He has perfect teeth too!!! 
He is even more beautiful in person and remains little. 
He is not growing much now and is just at 10 lbs. 
He may gain a lb or two. He such a clown he has us laughing all the time. Huny has a perfect silky coat. 
Thanks for such a pretty boy, we just love him!
Lynne and Sugar Bear

Here is Huny age 3.
He turned silver!

​​Age 5
As dogs get older, Age 6, they loose 2/3 of their fertility. We usually retire them to pet homes at this time.
 Some dogs develop cataracts like some people at various ages. 
They can be removed, but it is expensive.
Arthritis may set in, but glucosamine can help!
Watch the diet, not too much fat! I would put on a Senior Diet Food at age 7.

The oldest Glory Ridge Shih-Tzu on record, lived to be 17 with EXCELLENT LOVING CARE. From Huny's owner 9/1/2016:
Huny will be 16  October 30, 2016. He is out of A. May Zing "Zinger" and Chili Pepper. He has never had any health problems although at his age now he is getting weak in the back legs and has dry eye syndrome. He is still 12 lbs he has been that weight all his life. I don't expect to have him much longer, but he has had a very healthy and happy life and I have enjoyed loving him more than I can say. He will always be my little huny bear. -LM
  3/21/2017 A Sad day as Huny bear
​has passed away and he will forever be 
​in our hearts. 

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