Play time is essential as well, as it promotes learning and bonding time - you can make homemade obstacle courses or obtain fun toys
that promote bonding.
Lastly, take your Shih Tzu with you when at all possible; Well socialized dogs are dogs that are given the opportunity to see and interact with the world.
Where can you take your Tzu? The park, the beach, the local flea market, for a nice stroll downtown, or even to your nearby senior living center where residents would very much welcome a visit with an adorable Shih Tzu.
The bottom line is that a dog will sleep if he is not engaged (or he will be extremely bored at the very least) and while naps are normal and dogs do sleep much more than humans, keeping your Shih Tzu active is good for both physical and emotional health.
Q- Is it Okay to Let My Shih Tzu Sleep in My Bed?
A- Once your Shih Tzu is housebroken you may be tempted to have your Shih Tzu sleep in bed with you. After all, it provides a nice bonding experience and it is enjoyable to be able to cuddle with your Tzu in this way.
Do keep in mind that once you make this decision, there is no turning back. It really does only take 1 night for a dog to form the habit of sleeping in your bed. As long as you are in it for the long haul and take a few precautions, there is nothing wrong with this practice.
Due to his size, a Shih Tzu may be injured if he falls off of the bed; therefore, you may want to have your dog's "side" be against the wall.
In addition, take care to not have too many blankets that may smother him. One more tip: If you are a light sleeper and your Shih Tzu snores, makes other nighttime noises, or is prone to moving in his sleep you may want to reconsider.
Q- I have several Shih Tzu. Is it okay for them to all sleep together?
This is commonly referred to as a dog pile and as long as your Shih Tzu are not forced to be in a close, confined area for sleep and are choosing to pile up on top of each other, this is just fine. Do keep in mind that this behavior may change over time… An older dog may find that he prefers his own area, for example.
We had a reader send us an email, wondering why it was that her otherwise very well behaved Shih Tzu started to act up and seemed moody and restless when visiting with friends. It turns out, that the visits usually occurred during the time that her dog usually took a nap or at least rested and had down time.
This breed will not usually just flop down anywhere and feel at home, snoozing away as if all is fine. We recommended that next time she bring along her dog's doggie bed… And it resolved the problem.
So please remember that if you bring your Shih Tzu to another house for several hours, it can help to bring along his bed and a few favorite toys.