Shih Tzu Day 209: Old Shih Tzu Habits

Old shih tzu habits die hard

Candy started bark­ing at 4. John turned the flash­light on and pointed it down the stairs to get her to stop. She started again about 5. I ignored it and stayed in bed until 6, when Dot­tie started whining.

I am learn­ing that just because the shih tzus are get­ting bet­ter, it doesn’t mean that old habits won’t resur­face. Flower, Dot­tie and Nigel often go into the spare room with me when I have to use my backup PC. They wan­der around, try to find things to chew on, or just sit there and wait for me. No one had been poop­ing or pee­ing on the car­pet, so I stopped bar­ri­cad­ing the door dur­ing other times of the day. But this morn­ing when I glanced in the room, I saw that some­one had done num­ber one and num­ber two. The bar­ri­cade has gone up again.

When I went down­stairs to get laun­dry, I heard Flower com­ing down the stairs. I walked out of the laun­dry room and started to cheer­ily say, “Hello, Flower!” but then saw her squat­ting on the floor. She was mid-stream when I hollered her name! Sigh.

shih tzus in need of grooming

I hate to admit it, but the dogs haven’t been groomed since the end of Decem­ber. We have to catch up, so we decided to bathe one dog and do some groom­ing on as many as we could. John groomed Nigel’s face and trimmed up his paws and cut his toe nails. He did the same with Dot­tie and Flower. He was hav­ing trou­ble with the clip­pers, and I think that’s why he cut one of Flower’s toe nails too short. She was being very good, but that fright­ened her. Still, she was so much bet­ter than the days when she would poop on the table when­ever we sat her on it. She just pulled her paw away, but then let us do the groom­ing on her face.

Dot­tie wasn’t quite as good, but, again, not nearly as bad as she used to be. I noticed this morn­ing that she appears to have dog dan­druff, so we decided she would be the one to get bathed. I have to keep an eye on that and fig­ure out if some­thing is caus­ing it, besides the fact that she hadn’t had a bath for a few weeks.

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