In regard to hypoglycemia, you will see other signs as well, predominantly severe weakness and dizziness, often manifesting as an inability to walk correctly.
Q- Is it normal for a Shih Tzu to sleep on his back?
A- Yes, a Shih Tzu may find any number of positions that he personally feels to be comfortable for a snooze. Whether he is upside down, on his back or curled in a cozy corner, as long as he is resting peacefully there is nothing wrong with this.
Q- Do Shih Tzu snore?
And should I be concerned with heavy snoring?
A- All dogs are capable of snoring. The Shih Tzu breed, being a brachycephalic breed, may indeed have some heavy snoring
going on, as well as some other noises.
Q- Can a Shih Tzu have Sleep Apnea?
A- Yes. Being a brachycephalic breed, the Shih Tzu breed may have sleep apnea which is a condition that causes repeated starts and stops of breathing
while sleeping. However, many owners will be relieved to know that this is not overly common and most of the time noises at night will be harmless (see above). Being overweight can be a contributing factor for sleep apnea. Do bring any concerns to the attention of your veterinarian. Standard treatment will involve medication to reduce inflammation. In some instances, an antihistamine may help. Only in rare and severe cases will surgery be recommended.
Q- How Can I Get My Shih Tzu To Stop Sleeping All Day?
A- Dogs will often nap if no other favorable options are available. Be proactive in engaging your Shih Tzu. Take 1 to 2 daily walks. Use that time to work on proper heeling. Schedule other training such as command training which is very important in having a well behaved, well trained dog. Additionally, set aside time for grooming, making sure to take proper care of the coat and teeth.
Play time is essential as well, as it promotes learning and bonding time - you can make homemade obstacle courses or obtain special games 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 and 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 nice 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 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?
A- Yes, absolutely. In multiple dog households with more than 1 Shih Tzu, it is quite common for the pack of dogs to all huddle together and aside from being unquestionably adorable, it serves to make the dogs feel secure. 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 she otherwise very well behaved Shih Tzu acted 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 the 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 more than 1 or 2 hours, bring along his/her doggie bed, favorite toy and food and your puppy or dog will thank you for it.