Shih Tzu Temperament
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Shih Tzu Overview
Shih Tzu’s are known to be gentle, happy, lively, friendly, courageous, affectionate, and never afraid to provide their humans with licks of love.
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The Shih Tzu is best know to be the pet who wants to be a loyal companion to their home owners. They are essentially everything that you need a house pet to be. This is why the Shih Tzu Temperament is very happy, friendly, affectionate, outgoing and trusting. Even without such a Temperament, this small dog breed are the first to win our hearts with their adorable hair covered faces and fluffy bodies!
With the Shih Tzu Temperament being so centered around it’s owner, they can sometimes become obsessively possessive and need to be socialized early. This means that when they are young puppies, they need to be put in a healthy and loving environment. It is also essential to let them be with their breeder and mother for quite a couple of weeks before they are going to their forever home so that they have the strong social skills needed to be part of a family. Any good breeder who knows about the Shih Tzu Temperament will do this .
Are Shih Tzus Good Apartment Dogs?
Shih Tzu’s are known to the “little lions” and they for sure act their part. They are little love bugs who are great apartment dogs and can live in big homes since they are so small. The Shih Tzu Temperament is good enough to get along with any other pets. They are excellent for large families. The Shih Tzu Temperament is also well suited for single people and the elderly. They are very well behaved. They are also very adorable and loving looking with their under bite!
How Much Exercise Does a Shih Tzu Need?
The Shih Tzus do not need to be tamed with a huge amount of activities or things that keep them busy all day. The Shih Tzu is actually quite satisfied being a lap dog and they are by no means in need of tons of outdoorsy activities, such as, running, hiking, biking and climbing. They would actually rather be the clown of the neighborhood and romp around the backyard and the nearby park. They can be happy being anywhere as long as they are with their humans.
Given that the Shih Tzu is a very small dog, some of them suffer from the small dog syndrome which means they can sometime be aggressive. This means that even though they are small, they try to pack in a punch in those small bodies. Often times they are unaware of their size and can be stubborn with an independent streak. This makes them a little harder to train, but there’s nothing more than a treat that is needed to get them to come around quickly! They will not do anything if you are harsh with them or if you appear to be stressed. The best way, then, to train your Shih Tzu is by making sure you are calm and strict. Try to train your Shih Tzu earlier in the day when they have not had too many things already consumer all their energy. Also, it will be helpful to keep the training sessions short to keep the Shih Tzu from getting too tired or anxious. Finally, it is very important to vary training to keep your Shih Tzu from getting bored. There is a need for compassion and consistency while training the Shih Tzu Temperament. While training the Shih Tzus, it is important to provide a lot of praise to the dog so that they can feel rewarded and do even better!
Is a Shih Tzu Easy to Train?
Because of the same stubbornness present in the Shih Tzu Temperament, housebreaking a Shih Tzu can take between six and eight months. It is important during this time to train them to go outside by using a variety of items, such as commands, clickers, reward treats, etc. Finally, it might even be possible to ask a breeder to do the house training for you. Even then, dogs act differently in different environments and so you will need to provide the Shih Tzu with some training for your house.
The Shih Tzu can be a very excellent watchdog. They are very alert and vigilant. They will bark when someone approaches the house. The same alertness makes it important to train your Shih Tzu, to make sure that the barking does not get out of hand. Training them can include commands that will keep them from barking or stop them from barking once they start.
In conclusion, the Shih Tzu Temperament makes them the perfect house pet. They need to be trained to not bark excessively because they are excellent watchdogs. They are suitable for all kinds of families (even the ones with little babies) and for human beings, who work long, hours, are elderly, do not have much time and do not like to do much activity. Their sweet yet stubborn temperament makes them their owner’s loyal little friend!