Bringing Shih Tzu to Another House
With the holidays coming up, there'll be several visits to other people's homes. I don't want to leave my Shih Tzu home alone, but she always seems to get antsy at another person's house. And it might be even worse with lots of people around. I hate to leave her at home while I'm out spending the entire day with family. Any ideas?
This is a common dilemma. While leaving a Shih Tzu home alone
isn't fun for the dog (especially if they suffer from separation anxiety), it can be equally bad to bring the puppy or dog into a situation that is stressful and overwhelming.
While the choice must be done on a case-by-case basis, depending on the severity of how the dog is when alone VS how she does in loud, large gatherings, if you do take her with you, here are some tips that can help:
If possible, bring along a portable canine playpen. While you won't want to sequester your Shih Tzu the whole time, it will be comforting for her to have a quiet area to rest if things seem to be too much.
Whether or not you can do that, bring along your Shih Tzu's favorite toys, a favorite blanket and her food and water bowls. Dogs can be funny about eating and drinking from anything other than their own bowls
and to be hungry or thirsty when visiting another house, only adds to the stress.
Familiar toys and a blanket can help a puppy or dog feel relaxed when they are worn out.
Take care that the dog is not stepped on. The Shih Tzu is considered to be an 'under the foot' dog. Trauma is the among the leading causes of death for both puppies and adults. With lots of people at a holiday party, this is a real concern. And another reason to bring along a playpen.
Every few hours, take your Shih Tzu out for a walk (weather permitting). Do keep in mind that part of winter care
is to have the right doggie clothes
so that your Shih Tzu can be exercised in cold weather. This can help a dog release excess energy that may have built up being in a new situation and also tire her out a bit, making her more prone to nap or at least stay calmer once back inside.