hi, I have a 3 months old shih tzu (boy) we have him in the house, we used to put him in the xpen but he hated and went crazy in it so we started letting him free in the house. fortunately, he only pees and poops on the pee pads so he enjoys his time exploring the house. we got rid of any electrical cords so it's a pretty safe environment for him.
he's been with my family for almost a month and half now. his first month and a half, he was constantly with people, at least one family member. he hates to be alone, he barks whenever we leave him alone, gets really anxious when people get home from work, bites and acts up. a friend of mine is a breeder and she told me that it's because we baby him too much. (she came to my house a couple times and my whole family adores him. especially on the weekends when everyone is home, we play with him all day, constantly. I commit my weekend and free time for my puppy, so does my sister. )
starting this week, everyone's been very busy. my sister got a new job where she has work longer hrs, my parents are starting a new business and I have school from 8-5. he was home alone from maybe 10 to 5 yesterday. when my mom got home, he was agressive, very mouthy, and won't listen to her! (he responds really well when my mom tells him to come here, eat this, stuff like that). he made a mess out of his food and water, didn't eat any of it. (he ate in the morning, gave him some snacks as well). he kept scratching our fireplace (which is stone) and didn't want to play with anyone last night.
I know it's not good for a puppy to stay alone long hours, but we can't not goto work or goto school. we try to play with him a lot in the evening, try to take him to walk (he is still not done with his vaccinations, so we play with him on our deck)but didn't seem to do that last night, acted very disturbed. he's very playful but overall a happy puppy when someone's home. this week is going to be hard for him because he has to be alone the same hours until this friday. we've arranged our friend to come over during the day to play with him after next week.
is there anything I can do to make him a little less agitated? I know it's hard for him. we leave him a plenty of food, water, toys *about 5, 6 different toys to chew and play with*, leave TV for backgound noise and AC so he won't be hot while we are gone. is he going to grow out of this or how do other people deal with their puppy when they have work all day? please help me, thanks
Hi, My Shih Tzu is now 11 months old, but when I got him he was 4 months old, so I can relate. It doesn't sound to me like you are babying him, just giving him lots of attention- which is good. I have discovered that this breed really gets attached to thier humans and like to be with you all the time. It sounds like your puppy is reacting to a big change in his routine, and he is confused. He needs to learn that no matter how long you're gone, you WILL always come back. It would have been a good idea to leave him alone for short periods and work up slowly to the 5 hours, but... I think you are on the right track with getting a neighbor to come over during the day. When he gets a little older and has all his immunizations, you may want to think about doggie day care once or twice a week. Another idea: Since it's summer, maybe you can find a reliable teenager to come over and puppy-sit. The good news is that your puppy will grow up and get used to your family routine. It sounds like you love him and have his best interest at heart-that's the most important thing. Good luck with your baby...I bet he's adorable!