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
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
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
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.