Once you see a Shih Tzu, the name Chrysanthemum dog makes complete sense. They have long, flowing locks and being on the planet would envy, scruffy faces, and an endearing yelp. They’re a medium sized dog, with some of them sporting the legs of a short dog. Shih Tzus are companion dogs to the core. It’s best to bring a little Shih Tzu puppy up with a consistent yet firm tone of voice. Many little companion dog breeds are attune to humans through the powers of breeding (and constantly being on people’s laps). Ergo, dog owners don’t need to lay punishment on too thick. They do need to be vigilant about discipline. If you reward your Shih Tzu for basic good behavior too often they can become slightly Napoleonic. It’s often referred to as “Small Dog Syndrome.”
Shih Tzus are very smart. They can enjoy performing tricks if motivated properly during training. Potty training your Shih Tzu may be difficult. A sure fire way to house train your puppy is to take them out no later than ten minutes after feeding and making sure your puppy can always see you keeping an eye on them at home. If they seem like they’re going to have an accident, take them outside.
If your Shih Tzu shampoo model is significantly more than 9-16 pounds, call or visit your veterinarian for advice. Your dog could be one of the Shih Tzus prone to hypothyroidism; an irregularity in the brain and glands which causes your dog to gain weight and seem lethargic along with cause complications in the future. It’s also important to keep your Shih Tzu svelte because a trim body can prevent joint and breathing issues from arising later on in life.
Grooming: Their long, double coat requires every-other-day to daily brushing. Also take special care to clear irritants from their sensitive yes. This breed can be prone to tear stains. Some owners chose to keep the hair over their eyes in a topknot to keep a Shih Tzu’s eyes from getting irritated (this breed really is all about the hair).