Saturday, March 25, 2006

Why Do Dogs Bark?

(Category: Animal Care)Why Do Dogs Bark?by Connie Limon (Email: Barking is probably one of the most negative qualities attributed to dogs and/or Shih Tzu. Incessant barking is always irritating to owners and anyone surrounding the incessant barking dog or Shih Tzu. Shih Tzu barks for a variety of reasons. Owners need to find out what is causing the barking before the problem can be successfully addressed. Some twelve thousand years ago primitive man and the domestic dog's ancestors coexisted rather than shared intimate relationships we enjoy today with their descendants. As dogs begin to show friendliness, playfulness and alarm barking humans began to domesticate them. As humans began to appreciate the dog's presence a bond was woven between humans and dog companions over time. Barking due to territoriality most likely served as an alarm function in days when it was even more important that it is today to know when someone or something was encroaching upon human territory. Another characteristic "some" dogs, and definitely includes our Shih Tzu is its appearance to the human eye. Dogs that are cute with infantile facial features which stimulate human parenting instincts provide additional bonding. All domestic dogs bark, including the Shih Tzu. Once a chorus starts every dog within hearing distance will join in. Soon you have a "barking" orchestra, and if you are lucky enough to be hard of hearing at that time wearing your hearing aids, just simply pull them out until the concert is over........ Barking is one way dogs and Shih Tzu communicates with each other and with their human companions. I have heard some of my Shih Tzu actually say words during their barking sessions. Duke will say: "I'm Mad." "I'm Mad," and at that time I am certain his barking is most definitely because he is mad about something. His word was toward one of his buddies. When Duke wants to be where I am and he is in a spot in which he feels "trapped," cannot get to me, his bark is much different. It is more like a "scream." He has not put words together yet, but I feel fairly certain he probably is saying to me: "let me come in there, I can't wait any longer, I want in there now!" Once I allow him his wishes, his barking stops. Owners need to find out the cause of their Shih Tzu's barking and then proceed with steps to solve the problem. There is no way around it. All dogs, including Shih Tzu, bark from time to time. Some are more vocal than others, just as humans, some humans talk more than others. I have Shih Tzu that rarely if ever bark for any reason. Connie Limon is a Shih Tzu breeder. She publishes a FREE weekly newsletter. Sign up at: This article is FREE to publish with resource box.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Teething Puppies

Teething Puppiesby Connie Limon (Email: Toy puppies will not be able to chew their way through a whole lot of surfaces, but they can chew at irreplaceable furniture and moldings enough to do quite a bit of damage. Be sure to puppy-proof your home before the curious, mischievous and "teething" toy puppy arrives. Electrical cords and wires are especially hazardous to teething toy puppies. They need to be out of reach or taped to walls. A puppy could electrocute himself while happily chewing away on an electrical cord. Regularly look for dropped pens, pencils, rubber bands, paper clips, and children's small toys on your floor. Teething puppies can be very mouthy, chewing on everything they can latch onto. Nylabones and other chew toys are an absolute must for your new teething toy puppy. You can also ask your vet for oral cleansing gel to apply topically for control of bacteria and aid in healing injured or sore gums while puppies are teething. Don't forget to keep your books, shoes and clothing out of harm's way of a teething puppy. Crate the puppy when you're out of the house or confine him in a safe area with all his appropriate chew bones and toys. If you catch your puppy chewing something inappropriate, sternly say "NO," and give your puppy an appropriate chew bone or toy. Praise him when he begins to chew on the appropriate item. Bitter-tasting liquids are very helpful to apply to your furniture and handy to use on a bandage after a veterinary procedure to keep dogs and puppies from chewing the bandage. When the permanent teeth begin to erupt, provide your toy puppy with an appropriate chew toy, something that is soft and that is not going to be swallowed and cause intestinal blockages. Choose an assortment of toys of all textures. In fact, dogs need to chew throughout their lives. It is wise to provide your adult toy dog with plenty of chew toys and bones that are soft and hard. Select items that are the right size for your toy breed puppy or dog. Choose carefully because some of the toys on the market might be just a little too hard for a toy breed. Avoid cow hooves with sharp edges. Broken teeth and sliced gums can be a real problem for dogs and puppies who chew on processed cow hooves. Some vet dental consultants think toys that look like stringy dental floss are like chewing on a rag and can be loaded with harmful bacteria when they get dirty. Wash your toy puppy's toys often in the washer along with their other belongings and use Clorox bleach in the wash. Also avoid rawhide strips or rawhide of any kind. Connie Limon raises Shih Tzu puppies and provides designer dog clothes made especially for all toy breeds at: This article is FREE to publish with resource box.

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Sunday, March 19, 2006

Learning to Recognize Canine Aggression

Generally speaking Shih Tzu should not be aggressive at all. However, with any breed of dog aggressive behaviors can and do occur. Do you understand what it means if a Shih Tzu bares its teeth at you? Is your Shih Tzu warning you to back off or is your Shih Tzu simply smiling? If your Shih Tzu suddenly snaps at you - is this a failed bite or a warning that a bite might be coming next? The truth is these are typically aggressive behaviors that can range from visual warnings to postural or symbolic threats. Every dog owner needs to learn these subtle or not so subtle warnings of aggression, whether it be with a Shih Tzu or a Pit Bull. Any dog breed can exhibit aggression. Dog aggression is often meant primarily not to harm so much as to alter the behavior of another creature, human or animal. Dogs and Shih Tzu included communicate their aggressive intentions through changes in expression, posturing, and maneuvering, some so subtle as to be easily missed or misunderstood by a passerby or even the owner. A dog's communication system is quite different from a human's communication system. It is important that every dog owner, whether it be a Shih Tzu or a Pit Bull, or a tiny teacup poodle, learn the dog's basic communication system expressing aggression. Read on at: Stain Glass Shih Tzu

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Dogs with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

The same tensions that occur in people with obsessive-compulsive disorder occur in dogs and Shih Tzu occasionally. Arising out of stress and conflict the obsessive-compulsive behaviors have some soothing effects on mood. Prevention of dogs from engaging in their particular compulsions can create anxiety in its own right. There are two factors that seem to be necessary for the development of compulsive behaviors in dogs and Shih Tzu occasionally. Obsessive-compulsive behaviors are more often seen in the larger breed of dogs.

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Monday, March 13, 2006

Dog Treats

Dog Treats - 50 delicious homemade treats for your dog. Peanut Butter Treats, Chicken and Sweet Potato Drop Cookies, Liver Cube Treats, Gravy Cookies, Pineapple Cookies and many, many more.
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Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Shih Tzu Shows

Shih Tzu dog shows and Shih Tzu dog breeding attracts the interest of people from all walks of life ranging from royalty to the lady next door. Ordinary family folk attend dog shows and compete successfully with top-quality dogs they have bred themselves. A good dog show judge will disregard all but the dogs themselves when making a final decision. Who you are or where you come from does not matter in good show dog judging. The Shih Tzu dogs have to prove themselves, not the people. The dog game is simply a love of dogs. Most of the people you will meet at a Shih Tzu dog show share an appreciation for their dogs. As with any hobby or profession, however, there are many different opinions as to what a dog show truly is. You might hear things like: "it's a cult." You will definitely hear about the politics and the enormous amounts of money people spend on the dogs and how much the dogs hate it.

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Monday, March 06, 2006

Your Shih Tzu Puppy's First Bath

Do not wait too long to start grooming your Shih Tzu. It is hard to make brushing a positive experience if you wait until your Shih Tzu is matted and start by yanking out the mats and tangles. If this becomes necessary, carefully clip out mats, then begin working with your mat-free Shih Tzu to acclimate it to grooming. When you use scissors to remove mats, snip a few hairs at a time. Be sure you have clearance between the mat and the skin. If your Shih Tzu puppy is too wiggly to do this safely, please seek the help of a professional groomer. Do not bathe your Shih Tzu puppy too frequently. You will risk drying out its skin and coat. Bathe your Shih Tzu puppy no more than once weekly and every two weeks if possible.

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Sunday, March 05, 2006

Breeding a Shih Tzu Puppy Litter E-book: $7.95

Information and guidance on breeding Shih Tzu puppies. 30 pages. 613 KB file size

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Saturday, March 04, 2006

Shih Tzu ebook: A Little Dog with a Big Story to Tell

Shih Tzu e-book containing History of the breed, training techniques, grooming and much more. 168 Pages Many Pictures of Stain Glass Shih Tzu dogs and puppies.

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Friday, March 03, 2006

Learn How to Groom Your Shih Tzu at Home

Learning how to groom your Shih Tzu at home is not difficult. If you learn to groom well enough, it can save you a lot of money, or.....if you just want your Shih Tzu to stay looking nice in between professional grooms, this is the e-book for you. I feel certain you will learn how to groom your Shih Tzu at home by using the information in this e-book.
29 pages.

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Thursday, March 02, 2006


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Inspect your dog's toys often. If there are pieces bit off the toy, discard it. Usually small pieces of a toy or chew will pass through a dog's system, but they could end up causing an intestinal blockage instead.
Flimsy vinyl or plastic toys or balls with squeakers and bells in them usually don't hold up. Some shih tzu will just tear at the toy until they get the squeaker out. The squeakers and bells also pose a problem of your shih tzu choking on them if he tries to swallow the objects.

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Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Have You Heard Of Life's Abundance Dog Food?

If you have not heard of Life's Abundance All Natural Premium Dog Food the reason is NOT because Life's Abundance is a NO GOOD dog food. The reason is that it is ONE OF THE BEST Dog Foods on the market today, and one of the most unique. Large supermarkets and even national-chain pet supply stores don't sell THE BEST OF DOG FOOD ON THE MARKET. They rely on lower-cost, lower-quality products from gigantic national food makers. The benefits to the supermarkets and large chain pet supply stores....

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