Mar 21, 2003, 7:51 AM
Post #2 of 17
Re: [ally_py] How norty Shih Tzu will be???
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i don't own a shih tzu, but i used to live with someone who had one. in my opinion, shih tzu's are not the most intelligent of dog breeds. your little story makes me reminisce of the times when i lived with a shih tzu (Abe) not unlike your own. biting this and biting that (especially when you leave them alone in the house). Abe used to do her business everywhere in the house and we had to change our carpet numerous times because of the stains and those nasty smells. eewee. but that's over now. all because we don't live together anymore. hehehe.
just remember that your shih tzu is still a pup. and as you know, pups can be pretty "NORTY" and will stay that way until it's over a year old. i have a labrador pup (jiggles) now and she's been really good. i've come to the conclusion that the best way to avoid having your pup chew on forbidden items such as your $200 birkenstocks, or your phone charger, etc, is to not give your pup the chance to get to those items. keep your shoes in closets, wires safely tucked away (dun want your dog to get electrocuted), and other items out of your dog's reach. another important step to take is to buy your dog a number of toys (a Kong, rope bones, raw hide bones, etc) to play with. make sure FreeWay is given lots of hugs and kisses when she plays with those toys. that way, he'll learn only to play with toys YOU give to him.
if your pup so happens to sink her teeth into anything you don;t want him to bite, straight away point at the item and say "NO!!!!!" (dun hit your dog ar) until he releases it. then just give him the dog toy to play with instead. but you have to catch him in the act. otherwise, he won't know what he's doing wrong.
so basically, i think the best solution here is prevention. and also lots of doggy toys. it worked for me.