Shih Tzu bonding....I am an owner of a male shih tzu. He is 3 years old. I have found that he has only bonded to me (his mommy). I have 3 children and no matter how much they play with him. He loves only me. He is very jealous of my youngest. Whenever I play or spend some time with my children then there is our loving dog. He knows when he should be getting some attention. It is just like having another child. The sibling rivalry and all. Since we are dealing with the jealousy aspect with him. Then I have the kids do things like hold his leash when we go for walks, and have the kids give him treats. That way he is thankful to them and not to me. I couldn't ask for a better dog. He is loving and playful. He appreciates his treats. I am thinking of getting him a friend. I'm not sure if I should get him a female companion or a male buddy. He's not great around other dogs. But that's probably only because he's not used to being around them yet. He is our first dog of the family so we are still learning about how dogs have different temperments and needs.
Corpus Christi, TX