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Dog Parks/Socialization

It would be awesome if a dog park were a safe place for your Shih Tzu puppy to socialize with other dogs. Unfortunately there are a lot of risks when it comes to taking your Shih Tzu to a dog park. First of all, puppies should never go to a dog park until their vaccine series is complete. Also, make sure you talk to your vet about how often to deworm your pet because parasites are probably more frequent in places where there a lot of dogs. The next concern I have is the possibility of your small breed Shih Tzu being attacked by another dog and possibly killed. There are stories on the news from time to time of these horrible encounters. If your pet were to survive an attack they would probably have long lasting fear set in because of the negative experience.

On a more positive note, there is another option besides a dog park for your little one! Invite a friend or family member over that owns a completely vaccinated dog that is known to have an even and friendly temperament. Most Shih Tzus are social creatures and will enjoy the company!🐶🐾