May 19, 2006

Shih Tzu – New Puppies and Older Dogs

Introducing a new puppy to an older dog can be trickey! Newpuppies often want to play. Old dogs usually don’t and may notlike puppies at all. A new puppy in the house is a big change toan older dog’s life. You can help your older dog adjust to thenew puppy. When you begin your training, be consistent and keeprepeating the same steps over and over. Shih Tzu puppies andShih Tzu dogs learn better from consistency and repetition.Unless your shih tzu has some kind of severe behavior problem,he will learn what you expect of him and will be glad to provideyou with that behavior. Shih Tzu want to please their people,but you have to show your shih tzu what types of behaviorpleases you.

Puppies require a lot of attention and without you even knowingit you will be giving your new puppy a lot of attention, atleast in the eyes of your older dog, it may seem this way. Theolder dog has no idea this new puppy just requires a lot ofattention just because he is a puppy and not because this newpuppy is “favored.” Then when people visit, they probably pay alot of attention to the puppy, which makes it even harder on theolder dog’s self esteem. Right off the bat, the older dog mayfeel like this new puppy is taking his place in your home, inthis older dog’s home.

What you can do is keep your older dog on the same schedule hehas been use to. Don’t change anything with the older dog.Protect the older shih tzu from the shih tzu puppy. For example,if the shih tzu puppy starts to play rough with or around theolder shih tzu dog, then show protection toward the older shihtzu dog. Keep them separated if you have to. Unless of course ifthe older shih tzu does wants to roughhouse with the new shihtzu puppy, then in that case, don’t disturb things. But if theolder shih tzu shows signs of dislike to the playful antics of anew shih tzu puppy, then always protect and shield the oldershih tzu from the shih tzu puppy.

Spend some time alone with the older shih tzu in another area ofyour home, and have someone else to bring in the new shih tzupuppy. You stay with the older shih tzu and with an acceptingtone of voice to the new shih tzu puppy, greet the new shih tzupuppy and act as if this is a very pleasant thing to happen -that the new shih tzu puppy came into the room where you and theolder shih tzu are having a chit-chat together. Keep petting theolder shih tzu to reassure the older shih tzu that this new shihtzu puppy is not more important than he is (the older shih tzu)to you. This is a very pleasant situation to have a new shih tzupuppy in the house and is nothing for the older shih tzu to”frown” about at all. Things have not changed between you andthe older shih tzu. You just both now have a new family member.Give the older shih tzu some treats.

In this exercise the goal is to try and associate a pleasantexperience (you in a chit-chat, petting the older dog and givingthe older dog treats) while in the presence of the new puppy.The new puppy is just in the room. The older dog is the starhere. Try doing this exercise several times a day for severaldays until the two seem to have made an adjustment to each other.

One way to keep the shih tzu off “your” furniture is to providethe shih tzu with a comfortable bed of his own. Encourage him touse his own bed and reward him for it if this is indeed whereyou want your shih tzu to sleep. Shih Tzu have a way of choosingtheir places to sit and their places to sleep and if you are notcareful, you will look around, and it will be the very chair yousit in the most or the bed you sleep in. If this is not adesirable thing for you in your house with your shih tzu, thentry to find furniture that the shih tzu will enjoy lounging andsleeping upon and when you find them in the right place, praiseand reward them. When you find them in the wrong place, justgive a firm “No” and take them to the place that is appropriatefor them to sit on and to sleep in.

Two words that are good to keep remembering when you are tryingto teach your shih tzu the rules of your house: Consistency andRepetition. Don’t set a rule today and then tomorrow not enforcethat rule. Consistent instructions and repetitions are the keysto successful puppy training.

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Connie Limon, Breeder of the Shih Tzu Austin, Indiana StainGlass Shih Tzu IndependentField Rep HealthyPetNet Field Rep for ZoneNet ZoneNet Home BusinessOpportunity:

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