Onions, one of the most toxic foods to this breed, can be found in so many foods: Pizza, subs, you name it! While a small amount may not do much more than cause an upset stomach, for the Shih Tzu’s safely, no humans foods should be offered (other than those intentionally prepared via home cooking for your Tzu). Additionally, allowing a Tzu to have bites of your food leads to begging behavior
, which can take quite a while to reverse with intense training.
Have your children (or any visiting children) be very aware that the Tzu is an “under-the-foot” dog, meaning that he is small and quick…. This breed can quickly go from being across the room to being underfoot, where young children can trip over or accidentally step on the dog.
This can be one of the most challenging times when having children and a Shih Tzu. The urge to chew (and nip and tug) can be so strong and puppies, unless taught otherwise, will not know that your child’s hand cannot be used to relieve discomfort to his/her gums and erupting teeth.
Do let youngsters know that the pup is going through a difficult phase. During this time, it may be best to keep your Tzu puppy in a gated off area…Not isolated from the family, yet enclosed so that chewing
is kept toys. Do offer lots of chew toys…and ice cubes, either plain or flavored, can be of great help.
This breed can be: active, protective and curious. These 3 personality traits can cause a Tzu take the approach of a child with some caution, which can lead to barking or jumping on the child. The best approach to take so that a Tzu behaves well with not only children outside of the home, but strangers, other dogs and all situations, is to take time to offer Socialization Training. You may want to check out the AllShihTzu book
, now in both print & eBook, which offers a great 20 page chapter on this subject.