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Post by Dollysmum on Mon Sep 24, 2012 12:03 am

Hello, I'm new and looking forward to meeting you all. Just rescued a beautiful 15 week old Shih Tzu from a rescue centre having lost my beautiful Shih Tzu boy, Teddy to CHF in July Sad. We were lucky to stumble upon Dolly and like to think that our Teddy may have had a part in it somehow

Anyway, I am looking for advice on food and housetraining. Dolly is certainly a handful at the moment - it's like having a new baby in the house Smile She is chasing the cats all over the shop - hopefully she will learn sooner than later not to do that Smile

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Post by sujay on Mon Sep 24, 2012 8:09 am

Hi Deb and welcome to the forum, it's great to have you here. Smile We are a very friendly bunch of shih tzu addicts so you should fit in very well! Sorry to hear you have just lost poor Teddy, but as you say I think he may have helped find Daisy for you.

There are a lot of posts in this section to help you with training Daisy

http://www.shihtzuwhispers.org.uk/f10-puppy-health-queries-training-and-advice

If there is something that isn't covered then please ask and we will try to help you.

It sounds like Daisy is having fun in her new home, and settling in very well, though I don't think the cats would agree with that at the minute. I am sure they will let her know when they have had enough. lol!

We love to see photos so please upload some of Daisy for us to see, she sounds like a typical fun loving shih tzu puppy to me. Smile

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Post by Mercedes55 on Mon Sep 24, 2012 11:09 am

Welcome from me too. Our shih tzu is now 24wks old and is getting there with the housetraining. When we got her 4wks ago she was peeing in the house most of the time and only doing her poos outside if we took her out. I now try to go out with her in the garden every few hours and just say 'go potty' to her and most of the time she is very good. Over the weekend she did one pee indoors and this morning did a poo, but I did manage to pick it up before she ate it! They do say they are a hard breed to housetrain but to be honest I've noticed no difference with her and our labrador Rolling Eyes

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Post by Dollysmum on Mon Sep 24, 2012 1:03 pm

Thanks for the welcome and info.
@Lyn Thats what Dolly does. She pees in the house a lot. I'm worried about using the puppy pads now because she rips them to shreds and Lord knows what would happen if she swallowed them. I've ordered a couple of those frame things that fix them to the floor - hopefully that will solve the problem.

Dolly also eats her own poo if we aren't quick enough in getting to it. scared 7 I'm going to try pineapple in her food. Is tinned ok does anyone know? (I was very busy reading through the very valuable info on this forum last night Smile ) The food issues are a real eye opener aren't they Shocked
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Post by Mercedes55 on Mon Sep 24, 2012 1:12 pm

Hi Dollysmum, I haven't used the puppy pads as I was reading up on the Victoria Stilwell forum and they don't seem to think they are a good idea as it encourages them to think it's 'okay' to pee indoors. I think as long as they are taken out every couple of hours, age dependant of course, then in theory they should begin to realise indoors is a no no. Daisy is dry all night and has been since we got her at 20wks.

I have read about the pineapple in their food to stop them eating their poo and I can't see any reason why tinned would be bad for them. I am still trying to pick it up as soon as I see Daisy doing it and touch wood it's been a little while now since she's eaten it, but the other week she was eating our labrador's poo too and that was really gross as her poos are so big Shocked

The food issues certainly are an eye opener. Having only had a labrador before Daisy we are used to a dog who will eat anything. Daisy never eats her food right away. We put her food and water in her crate and put her in there and let her get on with it and it usually takes her about 5mins before she starts to eat and she often leaves a bit which we tend to let our labrador finish off.

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Post by Dollysmum on Mon Sep 24, 2012 1:41 pm

Mercedes does she give you that look 'Don't knock it until you try it..' when you catch her eating it? I either have an over active imagination, need to get out more or have a scheming madam on my hands Smile

Ted would snaffle the odd cat poo if I wasn't quick enough emptying the litter trays (covered ones) I have learned to be super fast, uber efficient mum to furriness. Just beginning to wonder if it is me that has been house trained in this instance. Smile
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Post by sujay on Mon Sep 24, 2012 2:04 pm

Shih tzu are hoovers and will gobble anything as long as it isn't their own food. lol! Poo, be it their own or other dogs and cats is a favourite, maybe it is because we all react so quickly when we see them do it? Only kidding, I know it isn't! Just be ultra quick at cleaning up and she should eventually grow out of it Lyn. It took Simba a long time to get the message, but he hasn't tried any for a long time now thank goodness. Smile
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Post by sands-62 on Mon Sep 24, 2012 3:55 pm

Fortunately neither of mine have eaten their poo. Except when we take them on the mountain walk where there are a lot of sheep Mali has eaten sheeps poo. But I have been told it is very good for them -sheeps poo that is.
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Post by Dollysmum on Mon Sep 24, 2012 4:10 pm

Dolly ♡


See our sad attempt at blocking off the garden Smile ^^^




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Post by Liz b on Mon Sep 24, 2012 4:38 pm

She is so cute they always know how to climb and wiggle there way over our blockades I love the black mask shih tzu if I had one more I would get this colour
As for the poo munching Maggie and Henry used to do it an sometimes still do they will grow out of it or learn not to do it after a while I know what time of day mags normally goes so can just be around then so not always waiting I am sure when they get the hang off house training u will find this to ! Mags used to bring it in horrible monkey !
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Post by simbalove on Mon Sep 24, 2012 4:55 pm

Hi Dollysmum and welcome Smile

It is great fun (or maybe NOT) having a new puppy in the house lol! I am sure Teddy was there guiding you to Dolly.

As for puppy pads I used them with Josh and he NEVER goes in the house at all so it does not encourage them to pee in the house. isabella on the other hand used to chew up the pads so I gave up with them and did my usual house training (on the forum somewhere). However it was different for Josh as I had him in work with me so needed to make sure he had somewhere to go Very Happy

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Post by Mercedes55 on Mon Sep 24, 2012 7:56 pm

Dollysmum wrote:Mercedes does she give you that look 'Don't knock it until you try it..' when you catch her eating it? I either have an over active imagination, need to get out more or have a scheming madam on my hands Smile

Ted would snaffle the odd cat poo if I wasn't quick enough emptying the litter trays (covered ones) I have learned to be super fast, uber efficient mum to furriness. Just beginning to wonder if it is me that has been house trained in this instance. Smile

She gives me a guilty look, least that is how I see it. We walked both dogs tonight, came home and I took Daisy into the garden as she had only done a poo on her walk so I knew she would need to pee too. She then rushed off and next thing I knew she had picked up a bit of our labradors poo that I hadn't even noticed was there. She only managed to get a bit of it but she did seem to have a guilty look on her face, or maybe like you I just have an over active imagination with it all.

One other thing I had noticed today was that even though Daisy got soaking wet this morning she didn't seem to have that 'doggy' smell on her that our labrador has when she gets wet. Is this because they have hair and not fur or did I just imagine she didn't have any smell to her lol!

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Post by Dollysmum on Mon Sep 24, 2012 9:00 pm

Ah so thats the reason. lol!

Here she is with one of our lads, Will. Poor Will, she torments him and he just takes it Smile
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Post by Mercedes55 on Mon Sep 24, 2012 9:08 pm

Dollysmum wrote:Ah so thats the reason. lol!

Here she is with one of our lads, Will. Poor Will, she torments him and he just takes it Smile

I'm amazed the cat stands it! Mishka our labrador won't let Daisy anywhere near her bed when she is in it!

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Post by sujay on Mon Sep 24, 2012 9:58 pm

It looks to me as if you are going to have to be more inventive to stop her getting into the garden!!! I love that photo of her with the poor Will, who says dogs and cats don't get along? lol!

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