How to Help a Shih Tzu Learn to Bark
As we discussed, most cases of a Shih Tzu not barking will be a matter of a puppy needing to find his voice and in other cases, a need for a reason to actually bark.
Before you continue on, please be aware that having a quiet dog that does not bark is often seen as a good thing. You may regret encouraging your Shih Tzu to bark. So, think about it, and proceed with caution.
While you do not want to do anything to upset the dog, there is some things you can do to bring about healthy stimuli:
1) Walks -
If you always go on the same route and that route is quiet and without much to trigger his senses, your dog may remain very quiet. And again, there is nothing wrong with this. You might be surprised by the number of owners who write to us, asking for help for a dog that barks constantly when taken for walks. However, to socialize a pup to things that might trigger a vocal response, you may want to vary your route. With him nice and safe on harness and leash, choose a more interesting place to visit. This may be a doggie park or a neighborhood with more children.