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The Shih Tzu, as the name suggests, is a Chinese breed and are known for their liveliness and loyalty to their owners. This breed is meant for enjoying a perfect companionship. They are highly adorable and cute to cuddle with and spend a lovely time. As soon as you bring him home, he will start following you from one room to another with his sweet, adorable stare. It is a highly affectionate dog.
Begin the training of your pet with “respect training”. In order to do this, the owners need to attain a leadership position. If they do not become a leader, their dogs will assume this position themselves and it will difficult to inculcate the feelings of respect in them. Many times, training this dog may turn out to be a frustrating experience. A lot of patience and perseverance are needed in order to make sure that your dog listens to you and follow your instructions. Also, if you try to be extra firm with him, he will look at your with an innocent expression that is enough to melt your heart. Without succumbing to the charms of your pet, you need to be firm to ensure the obedience of your dog.
2.Health & Nutrition
The Shih Tzu is also prone to several ailments and allergies. In order to ensure their good health, it is recommended to take them for a regular health checkup and vaccinations to a certified veterinarian. They may be allergic to flea powders, beddings, dog shampoos and many other things. Thus, the pet owners need to be very careful when using any new products for their pets. If their food contains excessive magnesium, protein and phosphorus, they may suffer from bladder stones. They may also get inflicted from viral or bacterial infections.
Shih Tzu’s look absolutely adorable with their long silky hair, falling in front of their eyes and covering their ears. It may turn out to be quite a demanding job keeping the cost of this dog shiny and silky. Unlike many other breeds, these dogs need regular brushing and combing to keep their hair tangle free and frequent bathing. Right from when your pet is just a puppy, introduce grooming sessions and ensure that your pet is comfortable in these sessions. Since the frequency of grooming is high as compared with other dogs, it is important that these puppies enjoy these sessions. Regular nail trimming is also required in these dogs, lest they may hurt themselves. Earns must be cleaned periodically using soft, damp, cotton cloth. These days, ear cleaners with pH balanced ingredients are available readily in the market. Some ideal grooming products for this dog breed are as follows:
These dogs must be fed twice in a day with half or a full cup of food that lasts the entire day. If your pet is highly active and energetic, it may need some extra food to ensure its energy levels. Do not overfeed your dog, as it may become obese and its energy levels may also deplete. Some good commercial foods for this breed are as follows:
The above tips can help in enjoying the pet to your heart’s content!