As pawrents, you may already know by now that petting your dog has plenty of benefits. Because of that, you will surely try to grab every opportunity to pet him and show him how much you love him. We know that Shih Tzus are social creatures and that they love being touched and hugged all the time. But they do really? Are you really petting your dog right? Does she feel loved by what you are doing? Or is she being annoyed by it?
To make sure that you are showing love for your dog the right way, you should be aware of the fact that there are many things that you should avoid doing. Here are some of them:
- You do not wait for him to initiate the contact.
Keep in mind that while petting is beneficial for your dog, it does not mean that your dog will be receptive and open to petting all the time. If the dog will not initiate the contact, then you are invading his personal space and he hates that.
- You go on full petting mode right away.
When the dog initiates contact, pet him gently on the chest or in the ear that is nearest to you and wait for him to react before you launch your full petting mode. If he nudges you, paws you, look at you or lean into you when you stop, it means that she wants for more.
- You ignore the red flags.
In addition to looking for signs that he wants more, you should also be on the lookout for signs that he no longer wants to be petted. You need to stop petting him when he yawns, moves away and turns his head away from you.
Avoid doing the things mentioned above and you will surely have a harmonious and loving relationship with your Shih Tzu.