Contact me if you have any questions about how to reserve one of my Shih Tzu puppies for sale. If you would like to own a Shih Tzu puppy from my responsible breeding program please complete the application by clicking here in order to be redirected to the GoodDog Application Link. Or if you prefer not to use GoodDog, you may fill out the application by clicking here. Make sure to text or call me at (480) 645-5553 if you don’t hear back from me within 2 business days of filling out the application. I almost always respond within a day unless I somehow don’t receive the application. This is why it is important to follow up with me after submitting the document.
If you apply through GoodDog they require that you pay through GoodDog. GoodDog is a trusted, secure reputable breeder platform that guarantees safe transactions for both the client and the breeder. I highly recommend that you pay through GoodDog unless you will be paying with cash on pick up day. I don’t accept Zelle, Venmo, cashier’s checks, etc. I only accept GoodDog and cash for final payment methods.This is the safest route for both the puppy buyer and the breeder. I will consider other payment forms for the reservation fee if you will be paying in cash on pick up day. If I don’t have any available Shih Tzu puppies, I’d be happy to hold your application on file for consideration for a future litter.
Getting to Know You
Once I have the opportunity to review the application, I usually set up a phone call and/or a video conference call in order to get to know clients on a more personal level. This is also a great time for me to give you a video tour of my home. I know a lot of clients like to see where their puppy will be raised. I love when potential clients give me a live tour of their home environment as well. I like to see where my puppies will be spending their future!
Being on the interest list doesn’t guarantee a puppy! I still reserve the right to vet potential candidates to make sure puppies go to homes that are ideal for their temperament. The questionnaire and Interest list simply begin the process of getting to know one another! If I don’t have any available Shih Tzu puppies, I’d be happy to add your name to the interest list for future litters once I have your application on file.
More Specific Details
When the Shih Tzu puppies are approximately 8 to 9 weeks of age they will receive their first set of vaccinations by a veterinarian. Temperament testing will take place during week 9. I will contact families that will be receiving a puppy from the litter after evaluations so we can discuss temperament testing results before choosing a specific puppy. This way clients have have all the information they need before picking their puppy. Clients that have been matched with a puppy are welcome to pay cash on pick up day or they can apply and pay through GoodDog a reputable puppy advertising platform. GoodDog payments need to be paid out two full weeks before pick up. If you would like to use the GoodDog option simply click here: GoodDog Application Link.
Many clients ask if they can meet the puppies. This is a reasonable request. Clients that have paid a deposit and are on the litter list are welcome to meet the puppies one week after the first set of puppy vaccinations. If there is a current canine viral outbreak in Arizona the visit will have to be done virtually for safety reasons. Also, If I have another litter of puppies in my home that is still waiting to receive their first set of vaccinations or a pregnant mom, the visit may take place virtually or at a safe meet up location. I apologize for the inconvenience but I don’t operate a kennel. I don’t have the space to keep my dogs completely separate from one another.
All adult dogs and puppies are brought up in my living room alongside my family. As a result, It is my job to have a biosafety protocol in place that will protect all the puppies I care for. Every time I invite someone into my home, I risk bringing something in that could potentially harm the puppies. A lot of breeders quarantine puppies after visits for several days to be sure they don’t bring any pathogens back into common areas. I don’t feel this is fair to the puppies. If clients are curious about my home environment, I’m more than happy to set up a video conference call where I can give a live tour of my home inside and out!
I wait until after the first set of vaccinations for the visit because puppies have a very vulnerable immune system. Puppies receive a series of puppy booster shots for this very reason. Nobody is certain when the antibodies from their mother’s breast milk leaves their system and allows the vaccine to offer full protection. Hence, puppies receive a shot every 3 to 4 weeks until they reach a certain age.
Parvovirus is a virus that is especially lethal to young puppies. I know Shih Tzu breeders and families that have lost puppies due to Parvovirus. It’s a very resistant virus that can survive on almost anything for a very long time. If you come to my home for the puppy visit then we will set up a meet up location for puppy drop off day. I like to stick to one home visit to reduce the chances of bringing in pathogens. I am happy to bring your puppy to your place of residence if you live within one hour of my home and my schedule is free. Check out my Transportation page for more specifics in regards to puppy go home day.
Choosing Your Puppy
Individuals that will be receiving a Shih Tzu puppy from the litter may choose a specific puppy after temperament testing. As a Shih Tzu breeder, I don’t choose specific puppies for families. I simply work with families to help them find the puppy that is most fit for their lifestyle. I also take into account the individual needs of the puppy. I do reserve the right to refuse to sell a puppy to a family if I feel it wouldn’t be in the best interest of the puppy or the family.
Clients will choose their puppy after temperament testing. Once clients and I discuss temperament testing results, a puppy must be chosen within 24 hours. This rule is put in place to be fair to clients still waiting to choose. Breeder reserves the right to first pick! Breeder may choose to forfeit, auction off or reassign the top pick spot.
If a family decides to pass on a litter because they don’t feel any of the puppies will meet their needs they are welcome to wait for a future litter. Once I receive and approve an application the pick spot number is written down. I prefer not to tell clients their place in line until they’re going to receive a puppy from a specific litter. Applicants often change their mind or move to a different litter.
Go home day will start when puppies are 11 weeks old. I try my best to only send home one puppy per day. This makes the transition easier on mom and littermates. I’ll send clients pick up day and time options right after puppy pick day.
one of the main goals as a responsible Shih Tzu breeder is correct puppy placement. I do everything in my power to ensure both the Shih Tzu puppy and the family are compatible. The puppies don’t have a voice. It is my duty to try and place puppies in homes where they will thrive and live up to their full potential. Follow along on Instagram, Facebook or my blog for puppy updates. I post the most content on Instagram!