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      Alamo123
      Alamo123
      Since planning to get a Shi Tzu and doing a lot of reading it all becomes very confusing,there are several things I would appreciate your thoughts on! can you recommend a pet insurance?and what to look out for when buying it ? is it better to feed a pup 2 or 3 small amounts a day?is it better to feed the dog before his/her walk or after?. Just lately there has been averts for Shi Tzu some from family homes where you can see the parents, the going price is from 400 pounds to 750, and a couple of adds say DNA tested of course they are at the high end bracket!is this necessary?  I do understand that the Shi Szu breed comes with some issues as most of us do!, breathing/ eye's ect,.  Please tell me your views,or is it best to stick with the KC members? Richard   
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      2. Alamo123
        Alamo123
        Many thanks and yes very informative  :)  and I'm quiet aware of the low life BYB's, I have also thought about a rescue dog! but the books that I have read say more often than not they may come with some bad habits also not knowing there origin I will be getting in touch with the Shih tzu club soon you get hopefully what you pay for! ,sorry I forgot to ask about training treats is it best to make them yourself or what is recommended brand.

        Thank-you Richard. 
        Jun 6, 2017
      3. JoanneF
        JoanneF
        You are welcome. I use normal food (Gentle) for training but I also have liver cake for better rewards, like a super fast recall or a recall from something that is really interesting and therefore a bigger ask from me.

        My recipe is -

        A pack of liver (supermarket packs are usually about 500 grams)
        About 250 grams of flour - I use gluten free as some dogs are gluten intolerant
        1 egg
        A slosh of olive oil or salmon oil for a glossy coat (optional)

        Cut the liver into pieces and use a hand blender to blitz it with the egg until it's a sloppy mess. Stir in the oil if using and the flour. It still should be a sloppy mess.

        Turn into a parchment lined baking tray measuring about 6"x9". It should be about an inch deep.

        Bake at 170 degrees for about 15 minutes until a knife comes out clean.

        When it's cold, cut into kit kat finger sized pieces - half them again for a smaller dog - and freeze them in a freezer bag. They freeze in separate pieces so you can take out one at a time and break into smaller pieces for training.

        Dogs love it, it has no sugar, salt or other nasties and lasts for weeks. It also is cheap to make - a recent survey showed some dog treats to be more epensive, ounce for ounce, than fillet steak!
        Jun 6, 2017
      4. Alamo123
        Alamo123
        Many thanks and yes very informative  :)  and I'm quiet aware of the low life BYB's, I have also thought about a rescue dog! but the books that I have read say more often than not they may come with some bad habits also not knowing there origin I will be getting in touch with the Shih tzu club soon you get hopefully what you pay for! ,sorry I forgot to ask about training treats is it best to make them yourself or what is recommended brand.

        Thank-you Richard. 
        Jun 6, 2017
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