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Moody boys

Shih-Tzus, like people, can get moody. Usually our dogs are moody when they're left alone without human contact for too long. However, as I also discovered, they get very moody if they don't get enough sun.

In the winter I can't let them out. However, our front window has an eastern exposure and it's bright and sunny in the morning. So it doesn't matter how cold it is outside, we have a little indoor paradise.

The dogs love to find a ray of sunshine, stretch out and sun themselves.


Anonymous said…
Hello my name is vinny and im really having problems with my shih tzu ...he name is Justin i love him to death but theres one problem hes biting people outo of the ordinary.Example i cant even carry him and he bites agressively .When i leave the house and later come back he is really friendly but all i wanna do is pet him and love him but he does not give in.I would like to know how to solve this matter ....he never had a girlfriend maybe thats the problem i dont know but i want my old justin back just like when he was a puppy thank you very much.
ebony said…
Your blog has been so helpful. I am considering adopting my boss' shihtzu and don't know much about the breed cause I had a maltese that died 2 yrs ago of cancer. I have added your blog to my favorites.
moggy said…
I know I feel much better with a little bit of sun that it makes sense our dogs would too!
Anonymous said…
The shi-tzu's are kind of moody specially when they see little kids or when they see someone they don't like. Whenever they are annoyed by people, they hide and try to avoid them.
Anonymous said…
Sounds like you have an alpha dog.
We find that treats change the game completely. Also our shitzu love ❤ to fetch, over and over. He relaxes after that, but still opinionated.
If all else fails consult a trainer. Animal rescues know the good ones.
Good luck.
Anonymous said…
Thanks very interesting blog!

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