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Five Things That Shih-Tzus Love!

Have you ever wondered what makes these adorable little creatures really happy? Here's a quick list of what our dogs (and their brothers and sisters) really enjoy.

1. A big blanket/comforter/afghan draped off the side of a couch or chair. They love sleeping on it, and often like to hide behind it between the blanket and couch and snooze (so watch where you're stepping!).

2. Side scratches. Not unlike the tummy scratch, they will lay on their back and contort themselves slightly sideways so you can scratch the side of their head, ears and body all the way down to their legs.

3. A big cushion. I bought a body cushion for the cottage but ended up bringing it home when we redecorated. It's got a velvet like cover and is approximately 4 feet long. They love to sleep on it - one on either end - at night. But not on top of it...they sleep like we do on their backs with their bodies on their sheepskin rugs and their heads and necks on the pillow. They also love to scratch at it, fight with it, drag it around and, at times, it can serve as the barrier when they're chasing each other in circles. Overall, an excellent $14.99 investment.

4. Sitting at the highest point of a chair or couch. Our little guys love being up high and have made the top of the couch's back cushion a favorite resting place. I put a blanket there and they both park themselves side by side and gaze out the window, watching people and dogs go by, storms, birds, bugs and, sometimes, absolutely nothing at all.

5. Music. Our little guys love soft, easy-listening music. We have a channel on TV that just shows continous weather information and in the background they play relaxing music. I often leave that on for them when we go out and often, when I'm doing housework and don't want them in the way, I'll put it on and they automatically wander over to their cushion and settle in for a nap.

These are just a few things that we've noticed, and I'm sure the list will grow over time. But if you're wondering how to make your Shih-Tzu happy, give some of thse things a try.


Anonymous said…
well we have a shih-tzu over a year and i'm going crazy about her bad habits like eating her own poop.
Also is not way that a dog still hasn been trained I am about to give it away please HELPPPPPPPPPPPPPP!
C.J. Denis said…
The poop eating is a phase. Our oldest, in his first year, used to gobble up goose poop like he'd never seen food! The easiest way to get them off that habit is to put a few drops of tabasco or other hot sauce on the poop.

For training, the quick answer is persistence. Lots of praise for doing it angry tone when they've messed in the house. Do not yell (even though we feel like screaming) because this makes them very nervous and chances are good they'll go again in the house. Hope this helps.

Anonymous said…
i have a shih tzu and he used to eat his poop, the vet has this powder to sprinkle on the food that will make her not eat her poop, it takes like a couple weeks to work.
as for the training, persistance, if you start yelling they are not going to stop, and never hit your dog, if yuo get to the point where you cant handle it take her to obidence school

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