I have a 5-year-old male shih tzu, and I was recently given a 10-week-old female shih tzu puppy. My older dog does not like this puppy. What can I do to help them bond?
From the Editors of The Dog Daily
Shih tzu dogs are generally very friendly and open to making new connections. According to Eve Adamson, author of Shih Tzu for Dummies, it’s not uncommon for an owner to have three or more such dogs living happily together. “That doesn’t mean your resident dog won’t be jealous or a little put out by the presence of a new dog in the house,” says Adamson.
She advises that introductions be made slowly and under your supervision. Your adult dog may have to be on a leash, but keep it loose so he doesn’t feel too restricted. Hold the introductory get-together on neutral territory -- not where one or both dogs frequently hang out. Your male dog, in particular, may become more territorial if he is encountering the new puppy at his favorite special locations.
Dogs live in packs, so they need to work relationships out on their own terms. Your goal should be to minimize any aggression and scrapping during this relationship-building stage. Keep your new puppy’s food separate to ensure that she can eat it in peace, without having to worry about your adult dog “stealing” it. Finally, give both pets plenty of attention so that neither one feels left out.