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Question by jdgmusic
Submitted on 1/10/2004
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We had a 7 year old shi-tzu, Butch and a 14 year old chow chow.  A few months ago, we had to put our chow to sleep.  A few weeks ago, we purchased a 12 week old shi-tzu puppy.

The two of them are not getting along.  When the puppy gets near him he starts barking and snarling, but wags his tail at the same time.  He runs to one of his nearest "perches" and will bark at him until the little one leaves.

Is their a way I can get these two dogs to get along?

Answer by understand
Submitted on 6/19/2004
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Have them both in the same room you should maybe tie butch up with a Leash so he doesnt harm the baby one. they will bark and fight but soon enough they'll have to get along .


Answer by Rita Mc Donald
Submitted on 7/8/2006
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My Shi-Tzu will be 1 1/2 years in September and is Tan and White.  Precious!  I also have a Lab (dk. brown) about 3 years old.  Both females! Shi-Tzu is Fluffy. Lab is Keiko (sp)  I put them close to smell and say, "You have to be a good girl.  Good girls get TREAT, BISCUIT, COOKIE.  They listen, their ears go up, they look at you. Got to be GOOD, to get a treat, biscuit, cookie.  They behave and are good to each other.

I do a little of dog training and help them to accept each other, love each other, play just a little with each other.

Hope I have helped with your pets getting along with each other.


Answer by Dew
Submitted on 12/26/2006
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Please watch "Dog Whisperer" on the Discovery Channel - very useful for understanding dog psychology - a couple episodes may be all you need.


Answer by coley
Submitted on 1/3/2007
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are shi tzu,s ok around children


Answer by Robert C,
Submitted on 1/21/2007
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Two years ago we had to put to sleep our 14 and a half year old female Shi Tzu, we had two others Shi Tzus, a 14 year old male and a 3 year old female; we got a puppy girl Shi Tzu in and the two others reacted exactly the same way yours did, two weeks later they were the best of friends. Be loving and patient and your little family will find its harmony naturally. Shi Tzus are extremely intelligent and bred for the company of men and other Shi Tzus, they learn.


Answer by Michele B
Submitted on 2/18/2007
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When introducing a new pet, it is best to do it on neutral ground. The "older" pet will be territorial otherwise. On neutral ground allows both pets to become acquainted and hopefully best buds.


Answer by JTG
Submitted on 2/19/2007
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I had  a 7 year old male shi tzu and one day I have decided to buy a female because I felt that my dog was too  lonely.  It was a big mistake buying a puppy and it became a tragedy my oldest dog didn't want to see and be around of the female puppy, he kept himself away from her and me I couldn't put them together because he will  bark and snarl at her sometimes when the puppy tried to get near him, he will hurt her.
Within two weeks he didn't want to be near home and he kept him self apart from us.  One day I decided to go home earlier to spend more time with them and when I was driving into the driveway of my house my oldest dog run into the back of the tire of my car and he died little after.
It was  the worst thing ever happen to me.  It took me more than a year to feel better and I regret for not think of how he will feel having  a new dog in the house.  
Now I have 6 beautiful dogs and they are only 3 to 12 months apart. They get alone pretty well except for the 2 males that are very jealous when I am around.  


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