Shih Tzu puppies and housebreaking
As for where you should set up this area for the dog, an ideal place is one that does not have any carpeting. Thus, a corner of the kitchen would be a good idea, since if the floors are tiled you can clean up any messes quickly.
Some new Shih Tzu puppy owners might become stressed out at the prospect of trying to figure out how large the size of the play corner should be. However, it all is self-explanatory, because the play corner should be able to fit in to everyone's living space comfortably.
If you have a large kitchen, you are, of course, at an advantage, because you can then purchase a larger puppy play fence, so that the puppy can play and exercise while you are not at home. Yet, at the same time, if the dog is not yet housebroken and happens to go to the bathroom in the playpen area, it can be easily cleaned up. It should be noted, however, that if you have a puppy, you should never leave it alone for long periods of time.
When you think about what you would want in your play area if you were a Shih Tzu puppy, you would probably want food, water, and a comfortable bed. While those are the basic necessities, they are also just one part of what will make things enjoyable for your Shih Tzu puppy.
However, while toys are always fun, they can also sometimes be very dangerous. As such, you will need to choose safe toys that cannot be easily torn apart and choked on. Ideas of safe toys include things like healthy dog treats and tennis balls.
Now for the most frustrating part: housebreaking. This is a process that is going to take some time, so be sure to be firm and say "No" when you catch the dog going to the bathroom where it should not. Alternatively, when you take the dog outside and place it on a schedule, you should reward it with a healthy treat or with a hug.
So, make sure that you take your Puppy to a professional, or train your puppy yourself with plenty of love and patience. And then, of course, is the choosing of your new puppy's name. Be creative and select something based on the puppy's personality. Or select a name that has a special meaning to you.