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    Hi guys,

    I am wondering if you guys can help me with my ****zu. I just got him from a breeder and he's loved and very spoiled. He's one year old and looks very healthy and pretty active indoor.

    Got him into my unit and its been day 2 now. I tried to walk him with collar and rope, to go outside the park for 2 days now he doesn't wanna move at all.
    I've tried to lure him with treats so that he'll walk side by side with me but he is not even excited with food?

    Can anyone help me and tell me why this happens?
    Maybe he doesn't like to wear a collar?
    I know he follows me wherever I go at home but I'm afraid that he'll run away if i unleash him outside.

    Also I bought a bedding for him and I made it very comfy. Tried so many times to keep him inside the warm bedding in this cold night but kept on coming n reaching to me. Last night I couldn't sleep because he kept scratching on my door so I just accompanied him to sleep on the couch.

    Maybe I should just leave him be crying and scratching on my door to settle in a new home? I just don't have the heart to listening him crying non-stop at night if i leave him.

    Thank you I appreciate it!

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    Hi,

    First of all, welcome! I love to see more small dog owners coming in this forum.

    I think you can try front attach harness. I use sense-ible front attach harness for s/tzu. There are a few different brands and I am sure you can investigate further.

    Also I bought a bedding for him and I made it very comfy. Tried so many times to keep him inside the warm bedding in this cold night but kept on coming n reaching to me. Last night I couldn't sleep because he kept scratching on my door so I just accompanied him to sleep on the couch.

    Maybe I should just leave him be crying and scratching on my door to settle in a new home? I just don't have the heart to listening him crying non-stop at night if i leave him.
    It sounds to me that your dog is developing a bit of separation anxiety. S/tzu dogs are tough little buggers and they can get you under their thumb very quickly if you baby them too much imo. I think you need to exercise your tzu daily and work on leaving the dog short period time and gradually increase time alone. There are many resources available re separation anxiety on web (perhaps other members with faster fingers and more knowledge will assist you in this), and I am sure you can investigate further.
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    I agree with Hachna - I would try with a harness first. I got my dog from a breeder at 3 years old, and she hadn't really been on walks before, so walking on a leash was new to her. So was walking outside the garden really, and she was really timid and terrified of the lead. I don't think she'd ever really worn a collar either, or not for like.. extended periods.

    I got a puppia harness which was soft and didn't pull at her neck and scare her, and got her used to walking with me with that. I now walk her with a normal lead and she's fine, but to start off with, the harness was really a life saver. She's now perfectly happy wearing her collar all the time and sits nicely when I get the lead out, waiting for me to clip it on to her.



    I'm really no good at separation anxiety - I'm terrible at ignoring crying puppies too! I let my girl sleep on my bed and thankfully haven't really had to deal wtih it. But others will probably have some good advice.

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    I have a foxy.shih tzu x and like others say, I walk her on a harness. However, she will walk on a collar.

    Perhaps the breeder didnt walk the dog very much and its just not used to it.

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    Thanks very much guys for the quick responses and the welcoming! Really appreciate it.

    Hey guys u know what!
    I tried to walk him to the vet nearby this afternoon. And I really took the time of waiting for him to settle eventhough the way he settles is to sit there doing but looking at the ground.

    Finally he walks after 30 secs or something. Got me walking side by side and my girlfriend in the front to lead. works perfectly eventho i have to keep controlling her to go sideways.

    I will keep you guys updated regarding sleeping on his own bed tonight. Hopefully I can sneak out to my room without him noticing.
    Now, any suggestion of teaching the shih tzu to do basic training?
    I think he knows his present name now. I get him treats "sweet potato" but he doesnt like it. Any good, but cheap, treats i can get him off supermarket or something? I don't wanna buy the whole bag of treats if he keeps on ignoring them ><

    Thanks guys!
    Denny

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    I haven't met a dog yet that didn't love liver treats. My older dog (in my avatar) is completely uninterested in food, but even SHE likes them. You can find them in the supermarket in relatively small bags, so I'd give them a go

    When I first got my little dog (the one with the harness), she was much happier walking in between me and my boyfriend too - I imagine that with your girlfriend walking in front your little guy feels a bit protected in the same way my dog did. That's my assumption of why Maggie liked doing it, anyway. She was less jumpy and wouldn't jerk away from things if she was walking between us. The only problem is that at first, she would only walk on my right side, and for obedience etc, dogs need to walk on your left. She can do both now, but still gravitates to my right. On one hand I wish I'd sorted it at first, but at hte time I was conscious of it and decided that I was more concerned about her building her confidence outside and walking on the lead, than being on my left. *shrug*

    As for basic training, Dog Star Daily is a great site - covers the training philosophy of Ian Dunbar. I have one of his books which I really like, it's all about positive reinforcement. But you might also want to look into obedience school. I have been taking my little girl for a few weeks and it's done SO much for her confidence, particularly around dogs. For us it wasn't the obedience/training side that mattered as she's pretty obedient and well mannered, but just being calm around big dogs. I'd highly recommend that, adn someone from here should be able to recommend one near you, I'd imagine?

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    More spam.

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    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    Nearly got them all

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    What am I missing here?
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    Quote Originally Posted by hachna View Post
    What am I missing here?
    There was a spam post between.. yours and mine, I think. It's been deleted though. ACTUAL spam, like random words and links

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