Today I was looking at my blog (because I’m the #1 fan of my own blog), and I saw a Google AdSense ad that got my attention:
“What?” I exclaimed to myself in my head (I said it with a British accent, it sounds more like Wort) “How can Shih Tzus be agressive?” Look at Sushi my little angel Shih Tzu… how can he raise a paw against anyone?
But then, I thought of a few incidents:
- He seems to have no mercy when playing with his plastic toy fish. He would hold it in his paws and keep chewing on the fish head.
- He used to have this pillow… Sushi will grab the pillow and try and tear out its guts. One day he did.
- Sushi would bark at strangers at our gate. Strangely he will then become their best friend once they come in to lull them into a false sense of security, then… lick them to death.
This prompted me to do a little Googling and I found out that:
- Shih Tzus can have agression problems, but it is not normal for the breed *phew*
- The agression may take the form of dominance behaviour towards people or other dogs.
- Abused puppies will also show agression triggered by fear.
- Shih Tzus will be territorial and will bark at strangers.
One tip I got to stop Shih Tzu agression: “Try not to spoil your Shih Tzu too much“. All Shih Tzu owners know that it’s hard not to spoil our cute little doggies. I try my best not to spoil him too much… the key word here is too much. He’s so manja sometimes that he refuses to eat unless I hand feed him.
Poey Chin will testify that I DO spoil Sushi too much. I miss Sushi…