Rehoming Your Shih Tzu Dog by Karol King |Updated 06-14-2022
It is never easy to say goodbye to a loved family pet, but unfortunately, there are times when it becomes necessary.
Your life changes and your dog can no longer be a part of it. Perhaps a child develops a severe allergy, or your work schedule changes dramatically leaving little time for a dog.
There are many reasons why we end up needing to rehome our dogs, and while the task is not fun, it can be accomplished easier than you think.
1.5 million shelter pets are euthanized every year in the US; this has declined by 2.6 million since the year 2006.
What’s changed since the early 2000s?
Mobile worldwide connection and information via the internet have only become more popular and readily available.
This has enabled people to use online tools to find a safe and loving home for their pet, instead of merely relinquishing them to a shelter.
This is the ideal situation for any rehomed pet, but it’s even more critical for high-demands breeds like the Shih Tzu.
‘Marketing’ your dog sounds awful; it’s really not what it seems, but rather just terminology.
Of course, your dog is precious and not just a piece of property to be owned, and that’s why you should find it the perfect new person through proper ‘marketing.’ You can apply many of the same business or campaign marketing guidelines to gain the interest of people looking for a new furry family member.
Use the wealth of information online to effectively write and communicate your goal, details about your dog, and other pertinent info that appeals to a potential new home. People need to know what makes your dog special to see if they’re right for their family.
Market your dog to reliable pet parents and supporters by posting your rehoming advertisement on reputable websites to spread the word of availability, instead of using a broad-spectrum site like Facebook or CraigsList.
Be totally honest in your description of your dog’s habits and personality. Most people are not going to be turned away by little quirks, and if there are major behavioral issues, they need to know what they are getting themselves into.
Sometimes a problem for one person is an opportunity or challenge for another. It is always better to be forthcoming with your information even if it means that it will take a bit longer to find the best home.
For example, if you know your dog does not do well with other dogs, provide this information upfront.
Likewise, there is no reason to hide the fact that your dog really doesn’t like children. If you are rehoming your Shih Tzu due to some more serious behavioral problems, (i.e. aggression, barking, separation anxiety) it is in your best interest to disclosure what you know.
All of your hard investigative work will pay off by finding the perfect family for your dog.
Finding a loving and reliable new pet parent for your dog is probably your biggest concern. After advertising on a reputable platform, there are a few more things you can do to ensure your dog isn’t being claimed into a dangerous or unstable environment.
Start by enforcing a rehoming fee. This isn’t to make a profit on your part, but to make sure that the person interested in adopting your dog sees it as necessary, and are willing to make an investment as a result. This helps to weed out individuals that aren’t serious about the commitment.
If you prefer not to go through the motions of finding a home, a breed specific rescue organization might be your next best bet. They will do all the work for you, fostering your dog, finding a new home, and investigating perspective new dog parents.
There may or may not be a fee for this service but it is usually nominal, and if you are unsure how to find the best new owners this is another option.
Another critical component is getting to know the potential new owner, to ensure you’re rehoming to a safe and caring place.
Running a full background check is costly and challenging, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use your online access and savvy investigative skills to check out new people.
Have interested parties fill out an adoption application, including their first and last name, address, and at least two valid contact numbers. Use these online social networks and other tools to verify their information.
You can also ask for the name of their veterinarian for a reference check also.
Request information about family structure such as the number and ages of the children if any, and other pets that reside in the home. Another big question concerns the experience level of the new owners.
Are they familiar with the breed and all it’s needs or is this the first Shih Tzu they’ve ever owned? Ask them to tell you what prompted them to choose a Shih Tzu dog.
Here are a couple of questions to ask anyone interested in your dog. Their answers can become enlightening.
There are many ways to get to know the person you are considering for your dog. You could invite them to your home or plan to visit their home.
The latter is the preferred method because you can see for yourself, where your dog will live and how the new owner will react to your dog.
As a last bit of advice to your endeavors, never make an on-the-spot or rash decision. Meet the person or people, spend some time talking to them, and tell them you’ll be in touch so that you have time to think things over.
Rehoming your dog shouldn’t be taken lightly. Dedicate a lot of time and effort to ensure your dog is well taken care of; your dog would do the same for you!
You may want to agree to stay in touch, at least initially so you can check up and see that all is going well. Make yourself available for questions the new owners may have.
Remember that this process is difficult and often painful for you, but it is equally tough for your dog. It will take time for your dog to grieve and heal in their new home.
If you’ve made a good decision about the new owners, this process should go swiftly, and your Shih Tzu will adapt quickly to their new home. If this happens, it is a win-win situation for everyone.
Saying Goodbye to Clifford was very difficult. He was my baby and friend first and foremost. But I found a wonderful home for him and now he's "Charlie" and the happiest dog ever.
Karol King "Karol is an animal lover who has dedicated her life to helping dogs to find a safe and happy home. She now works as a freelance writer, which is her passion, and has the freedom to spend more time at home with her wonderful family."