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    Hey I'm getting a Maltese ****zu pup soon and am just a bit worried because I work from 9 til 5 30 and it'll b home by itself. I've got it a kong thing and heaps of other toys but will it be ok. I've read heaps of places that say u shouldn't get a dog if ur not going to be home but seriously who is home all day and doesnt work? My other dog died a couple of months ago that lived with my parents so I really want a new companion. I will try and come home thru the day but does anyone else have any tips to keeping her happy thru the day? I'll b keeping her outside in her kennel thru the day until she is toilet trained but she'll be inside all other times and sleep inside too. Plz don't tell me not to get a dog because I am going to but just need advice.

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    Ok let me start by saying its spelt 'Shih Tzu' and a 'Maltese Shih Tzu' is a cross breed. Not pure. You will find heaps and heaps of Maltese X Shih Tzus in shelters.

    To teach her to be toilet trained is something that requires a lot of supervision. You can't just say you'll 'leave her outside' until she's toilet trained.
    Im sorry but owning a puppy takes a lot of time and effort, an adult however, not so much.
    Have you considered adopting an adult? A 'breeder' that sells "Maltese Shih Tzu's" are known as backyard breeders. And are not someone you want to support.
    I adopted a 1 year old Kelpie X Border Collie from a shelter 7 years ago and she is just the best thing.
    Heres a list to all the dogs up for adoption in every RSPCA shelter all over the country. 38 pages of homeless dogs and puppies.
    If you skip to page 21 and 22, you will see all the Maltese X's awaiting homes(and yes there are puppies and Maltese X Shih Tzus) and then if you skip to page 29 you will see all the Shih Tzu X's awaiting homes.
    http://www.adoptapet.com.au/search/s...yes&statusid=3

    Im sorry, I know this isn't what you were asking, but I felt it was necessary.
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    Indeed lt wasnt what i was asking. I did actually want a pure bred Maltese bit being in tas it is impossible because there r no breeders and I do not have the money to spend hundreds more having one shipped to me or paying to go over and choose one. Yes I have looked at shelters and there aren't any malteae x near me
    And I want a puppy. Also I obviously don't expect it to toilet train itself and when I am home I will endevour to toilet train it but whilst I am not home I
    Am not going to let her inside by herself at least until she is
    Toilet trained. I do not want a lecture all I want is info to help me keep her occupied through the day.

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    "Backyard breeding is a term used to describe irresponsible breeding of animals. Often this is due to ignorance or nelect where a dog or cat accidentally becomes pregnant because the owner has failed to have them desexed. In other cases animals are deliberately bred so the animals can be sold to pet shops or new owners. When such breeding is carried out on a large scale, the term puppy mill or puppy farm is used.
    What distinguishes backyard breeders from responsible breeders are the standards that the breeder meets and whether there is a known demand for puppies before they are bred.
    Backyard breeding contributes to the overpopulation of animals of animals in the community. Uncontrolled breeding and overpopulation ultimately leads to the euthanasia of fit and healthy unwanted animals every year."

    What is a backyard breeder? - RSPCA Australia knowledgebase

    Here, I just found a registered breeder in Beaconsfield Maltese Breeders, Australia

    And indeed, there are no Maltese or Shih Tzu's awaiting homes in Tasmania...right now anyway.

    Look, im a vet nurse and put down at least 3 dogs a week simply because they don't have a home. Its something thats very very close to my heart. The forum has shelter volunteers and workers that deal with the abused, neglected and abandoned regurly. And the rest of the forum are just dog lovers. Please think about the dogs and not just your situation...
    Im sorry about the hijacking.
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    That breeder isnt having any more litters I have tried. I understand that lots of people don't look after their pets and I am an animal lover I have a few other Pets already. The pup I have lined up isn't born yet and before I commit I am
    Going to view the pups and parents and see what they are like. This is not an impulse decision I have wanted a pup for almost a year and we have just bought our house so the time is right for us. My previous dog was part of our family. He was like our brother and I miss the friendship that I got from him. I am very caring for pets and would NEVER buy a pup from a puppy farm. I am sorry if I am being rude but i do take offense to what you are saying. I know there are stupid pet owners out there but I am not one of them.

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    Good luck getting your cross breed dog I hope you don't mind a trashed house

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    First of all,

    I have known many s/tzu x maltese dogs and they are quite ok by themselves if you train your dog that way.

    If you can, take two weeks off for toilet training and training for minimising separation anxiety etc. You will find a lot of resources from this forum and over internet. You just have to fit into your life style.

    Will you pup stay outside while you work, in and out, or completely inside?
    I love cooking but I love eating even more.

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    It'll be outside to begin with until it's toilet trained then it'll be in and out. I am unable to take time off work because it's the busiest time at my
    Job but I'm sure well be fine. Thanks for your positive feedback. Do u have any hints to keep it ocupied?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Court View Post
    It'll be outside to begin with until it's toilet trained then it'll be in and out. I am unable to take time off work because it's the busiest time at my
    Job but I'm sure well be fine. Thanks for your positive feedback. Do u have any hints to keep it ocupied?
    Well one of my cats nursed the puppy....Toys....especially those ones you can stuff the food. You put them different places every day-hide and seek. I gave also big raw bones in the morning. As you know mini schnauzers are pigs in german.
    I love cooking but I love eating even more.

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    I'd never leave any dog unsupervised with a kong toy. I've heard of a few dogs getting them stuck in their mouths and needing vet assisstance to have them removed.

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