Shih Tzu Day 210

I brought Candy up to sleep with us last night. She curled up on the bed and didn’t peep all through the night. How­ever, at 6 o’clock, we heard her retch­ing. She vom­ited bile on the bed and on the floor. I haven’t noticed the dogs doing that lately, since I read they some­times do that if they go to bed on an empty stom­ach and have been try­ing to give them a lit­tle food before bed­time. She seemed okay through­out the day, though.

Flower fol­lows me down to the base­ment when­ever I go to put any­thing in the wash. She sniffs around the exer­cise room and the spare room. I haven’t caught her pee­ing on the car­pet again, but I do try to keep an eye on her when she wan­ders into a dif­fer­ent room. I am glad that she is becom­ing more com­fort­able with the dif­fer­ent areas of the house and doesn’t seem as fear­ful as she did a few months ago.

Crazy shih tzus

The dogs have seemed a lit­tle lack­lus­ter lately, but today, all four of them were jump­ing each other. Flower was being a lit­tle too aggres­sive with Candy. She acted like she was mad at her. Candy was stand­ing up to her, but I finally said Flower’s name firmly and when she looked up, told her “No!” She came up to me shak­ing her head from side to side, and I shook my fin­ger at her. She came up fur­ther and put it in her mouth, backed away and then came back and put her mouth on my fin­ger again. It was more like gum­ming than bit­ing. They are way too cute.

Nigel decided it was her turn to be picked on, and tore after her, so she went run­ning. They are get­ting a lit­tle crazy these days. They ran too close to the TV tray stand hold­ing my water and knocked the water on the floor. Thank­fully, it was a plas­tic Star­bucks glass with a tight lid.

Later, Flower jumped up on the couch, pawed at me, and then cocked her head back towards the din­ing room, as if to say, “This way. We need a treat!”

I got my lap­top back after being with­out it for three weeks! Now that I won’t be using a loaner lap­top, I need to trans­fer pic­tures to it and start putting them up with my posts again. I know they have been very bare with­out any.

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2 thoughts on “Shih Tzu Day 210

  1. Happy new year shih tzu gang and human fam­ily! Ein­ste­ing still does that every once and awhile also, he has this ten­dancy to i think deal with his anx­i­ety by lick­ing him­slef to the point where he cre­ates all this acid build up and of course we are half asleep but as long as it is on the duvet cover, well it is all good since i can wash it. But you are right we also were told to give him a small snack before bed so we usu­ally give him his all nat­ural peanut but­ter treat or all nat­ural “cookie” or just a few morsels of his food that way it is healthy for him and he does not gain extra weight from treats. Also we were told by the behav­iourlist to only give him a treat if he earns it, so typ­i­cally when he fol­lows com­mands such as sit, down, stay, speak etc. At first we would give him treats for just being [a human behav­iour] but after speak­ing to the vet and behav­iourlist we wanted to make sure he would not get over­weight and not just give him empty calo­ries that had no nutri­tional ben­e­fits, i think it is this human instinct to treat them like humans but they need boudaries and really they define love with exer­cise, food and then affec­tion. We also are still work­ing on the indoor acci­dents, and we have had ein­stein for a year, so i can’t imag­ine four einstein’s!!! lot’s of car­pet and floor cleaner and time out’s in his ken­nel for half an hour fol­lowed by an imme­di­ate okay let’s go out­side to pee and then encour­ag­ment and a small treat once he does pee. just when you think the barff­ing and pee­ing and poohing inside is all done, think again. but he is well worth it as your gang of shih tzu’s are as well.

    • Hello! I am so sorry it took me so long to reply. I hadn’t thought of the fact that it could be caused by bile. That could be the case. I have tried to give the dogs some of those nat­ural cook­ies and peanut but­ter treats and they didn’t like them. Can you sug­gest a brand? We try to feed them treats that appear healthy, but I am sure we could do bet­ter. I have to admit that we haven’t yet tried to teach them com­mands, which is bad! I intend to take Nigel to a dog train­ing class, and use him as my guinea pig so I learn how to teach them. Jan­u­ary was a dis­as­ter in try­ing to teach them any­thing, espe­cially since I got behind because of com­puter issues and have been rac­ing to catch up, but you are an inspi­ra­tion for me to get on the ball! And we def­i­nitely have made strides. 😉

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