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How are Shih Tzu’s with Kids

Lots of Shih Tzu breeders, and other small dog breeders in general, don’t want to sell a small puppy to a family that has children who are in pre-school. Other breeders want to meet the whole family before they make a final decision on whether or not they want to sell to the family. This isn’t owed to the fact that the breeder is an unreasonable person. It’s not because the Shih Tzu doesn’t like children, and they really do like children. The adult Shih Tzu are muscular, well-boned, and sturdy for their compact size. Shih Tzu puppies happen to be a completely different matter. So are obedient, well-behaved, and older children instead of those children who are in their early tot years.

It’s difficult for an adult to not trip over a Shih Tzu puppy and fall all over it, so imagine how hard it must be for a child to not injure it. Shih Tzu puppies like to chew on toes or shoelaces, tug on pant legs, or dart near as you attempt to walk around the room. Even smart people who slide around the puppy with their feet dragging on the floor instead of lifting each foot one at a time between steps, find it difficult to keep pace with them. Furthermore, children sometimes dart in and out in random ways. Just like puppies, children move more and get riled up the more excited they become. They start to get less cautious and sensible. If a child accidentally trips over a puppy or steps on one, both could be injured in a fall. More than likely, the puppy will be injured, because it’s a lot smaller. This is one of the reasons that breeders who do give a puppy to a family with little children want the children to sit on the floor while they’re handling the puppies. The other purpose for this that if the kid is on the floor, and the puppy gets free of its arms, it won’t fall too far.

Children shouldn’t be able to play with the puppy without supervision. There might be some problem that could crop up unexpected in a second. A little childish excitement, along with startling noises and squeals, and maybe some quick movements, can scare a little puppy. It could get scared, or too excited, and it could nip. It could also chew and nip just because it’s teething. Children sometimes find it hard to comprehend why a puppy doesn’t want to play. A puppy doesn’t have many methods to express its wants, so a puppy in a corner could nip if it’s given the chance so it can take a break when it’s worn out. Puppies have needle-point teeth, and nipping when they’re puppies can turn into big problems in later life. Playtime that’s too excited, particularly with games like king-of-the-mountain and tug-of-war can finally have the effect of a puppy that decides it should take over the rest of the household, and not the humans. That’s a bad habit to teach to a puppy. The dominant dog in thoughtless playtime can snap at a later date if you try to take away its food or toy, brush tangles out of its coat, or just do anything it doesn’t like. That kind of behavior has to be nipped right out, but you shouldn’t just swat at a dog like a kid might do, because then the dog will become fearful of hands.

Young kids sometimes pull and poke when they’re playing with a puppy. This can cause joint or eye injuries in a little dog, separately from its temperament effects. So, if you have little kids and want to get a Shih Tzu, you had better get a dog that’s older, or a bigger breed, or wait until your kids age a little bit themselves. Your little child may be well-behaved, and it could work out for you, though. However, if you get a Shih Tzu puppy, then be sure to carry out reasonable rules, and do not leave the puppy and child alone together. In the long0term, your whole family, human and go, will benefit as a result.

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