i have a two year old male shih-tzu who has a real bad attitude problem.......he has in the past been huert by a groomers rouhgness and wont forget.......he is very agressive in trying to handle him ,he has issues with hands in his face he has bitten several times...when people come to the door he is like the taz.he goes nuts.i keep him leashed when people come cuz i am afraid he will bite if you try to control him or repremand him he will bite you.if you try to pull him away.....he will bite you when he is sweet i love him to death.he is my company ..i spend alot of time alone due to chronic illness so its not separation .i dont know whats wrong are there just some bad dogs????????
Shih-tzus are very sensitive so if you treat them rough, they remember it. So if the groomer hurt him, he's going to feel threatened every time someone tries to handle him. I would suggest that when you need to handle him, give him a treat first. Practice handling him for a few seconds and treat him if he is calm. As he becomes used to it, increase the time. It's like starting over from when he was born, the mother will teach her pups what is appropriate behaviour. Good luck
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Its really not as easy as saying the groomer did this, and I do know some groomers that would be better suited to work at something else, Most times it starts at the beginning of the dogs life, they don't get the socialization and handling training they are supposed to get at the 8 to 16 week ages, some owners of shih Tzu's (or any breed) think that grooming can be held off till the puppy is older, by waiting the puppy doesn't get that exposure to easy grooming. So what happens the owner waits till the puppy is older and now has Matting, so now the groomer doesn't get that easy grooming session, now its a dematt session and some owners insist that matting be combed out.That is abuse to me putting a dog through this procedure. Its the owners responsibility to ensure the puppy never gets any matts.NOT THE DOGS. So now the puppy associates the groomers with pain. Also the puppy may try to bite and now he may get hit, now he will associate hands causeing him pain, So he becomes a biter. Many owners of small breeds also do not train their puppies, basically the puppy is running the show and makes them miserable dogs. Spoiling a dog isn't good for them, it makes them unhappy. Spoiling a dog is not about buying him to many coats or toys. The dog needs a new routine, more control over daily activities, scheduled meals, Start useing the NILIF rules big time, and stop all attention unless earned. For the groming part, find a groomer that is gentler, take the dog more often to be groomed, that consists of less things for now, go like once a week for a brushing, make it a pleasant experience, then after a while, everyother week, do a little more. Most Groomers will adjust the costs for you. When you get people at the door relax!, put the dog in a crate, and answer the door. NOT ON A LEASH-This casues the dog to become fustrated, which the dog is now acting out (aggression-lunging, barking) Let the guest in, after they have been there for a bit let the dog out, (If hes not going to bite)Otherwise crate in another room) Ask your guest to ignore the dog, be sure the dog has it own place to go lay down, bring out that special bone when you have guests. Theres a good association there, guest comes over I get a bone, hmm, I will start to like guests maybe.
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Simply put, he is spoiled rotten. You have the right idea with the keeping him on a lead.
When people come inside, don't make eye contact with him and when he starts to wig out, distract him and redirect his attention by removing him as fast as you can (without making a big deal or saying a word to him) from the situation out of sight and make him sit until he calms down. When he does, treat him. Bring him back out and keep doing this. You have to keep consistent, no matter how frustrating it seems and it will take a little time for him to put it together, there is no instant fix.
Same for when he tries to attack people, quickly as you can whisk him away into a sit somewhere with no distractions, then reward with little pieces of treats. Then head back to what you were doing until he tries it again... Watch his body language. If he starts to stiffen, low growls, his eyes start to get shifty or it appears he is going to lunge, remove him.
Grooming is another issues all together. He should have been handled and touched all over from the time he was a puppy to trust it and except that sort of touch. You may need to bring him to the vet to be groomed properly to keep yourself safe.
Keep in mind, if you are making a big deal and yelling at him when he is acting out, it only adds to the chaos, excitement and stress of it all. Keep your movements and tone normal and very matter of fact.
If he is a barker, get yourself a squirt bottle and fill it with water. Dog trainers will tell you, "I don't train dogs, I train owners."