...how much time?

Philippines
November 7, 2012 4:20am CST
I had a new dog out of the blue and I am adjusting to life with this new little thing. However, I am also holding a job and running errands for the family and the house. In addition, I might go back to school. Anyway, How much time should I spent with the little thing is that it own;t be depressed or start on behavior problems. I wish I could be with him all day but that's impossible. Help! p.S. The dog is a Shh Tzu.
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@katie0 (5212)
• Japan
7 Nov 12
Try to not over excite him 10 minutes before and as soon as you come back or he'll miss you even more and be very tormented all the while you are gone. It's not bad: ignore him for 10 minutes before leaving and coming back. When you are indeed with him have some quality time and it'll all be fine. To spoil also will make him suffer because he becomes dependent. Also: think very well what you'll do and allow him while he's a baby. Most people are like this: when they are puppies and cute they hold them high and allow them in the bed, then they grow up and they are not allowed to that anymore or other things, people don't know but Dogs have a 2 year old human child's intelligence and will be depressed cause they remember and feel less loved so think really well and whatever you give him as a baby, give him as an adult as well please.
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• Philippines
8 Nov 12
Really grateful for the advice. I have been searching high and low for things like this. Thanks for putting the perspective when it comes to dealing with him. Um, do you know if mylot has an interest in dogs? Can you redirect?
@lizlee (208)
• Philippines
7 Nov 12
Hi! having a dog is a big responsibility. Especially shih tzu's From what I gathered, they need a regular grooming, haircut, nailcut and of course regular visits to the vet. Also, shih tzu's are a very loving and smart breed of dogs. My advise, spend time even for a few minutes before going to bed or in any time that you can squeeze him in your schedule to just pet him or feed him or even cuddle him for a few minutes. In that way, he would still feel loved. And you can actually talk to your dog, tell him that you really want to spend the whole day with him its just that there's a lot of things that you're doing. He would understand that
• Philippines
8 Nov 12
Thanks. I agree with the grooming. It's not that easy. He doesn't like and he's not amused when he gets his bath or being blow-dried. But he has to because of his fur. He's lovable but he has his mischievous moments.
• United States
8 Nov 12
The more he gets groomed the more he will get used to it. Over time it will get easier for him at bath time and that is with any animal.
• China
8 Nov 12
Many guys may meet the same situation like you. Of course a remedy will come floated sooner or later. So take it easy and be happy for this new buddy Here are my tips. You can take for reference if it's necessary. If you donot live alone by youself, you can just ask your family member take care of it when you are busy. And just take it over when in break. And if you live alone, you can send it to your friends or family when you are outside, and get it back after that. Or leaving it to your neigbour who also kept a dog is also one of the alternatives. I hope these tips can really give you a hand and eliminate your worrry!!
• Philippines
9 Nov 12
Thanks for the tips. I just hope my family don't get irritated because he's starting to chew on their toes (as he does to mine).
@dream_ozn (1758)
• Singapore
8 Nov 12
Hey jenneyvonne, how come you had a new dog suddenly? did you purchase the dog or someone had given it to you? It's really nice to hear that you are thinking of going back to school. I think that is a really nice idea and you should pursue it. You are right, no matter how much you love the dog, you cannot be with it all day because you still need to work, and need to run errands for the family. I think you need to try and organize your time and set certain timing for working and for running errands for your house and then you can leave the rest of the time your your cute little dog!
• Philippines
9 Nov 12
The pup was given to me by my brother. he was hinting to others that he will give me a dog but he never said a word to me. I'm trying to set up a good schedule and I hope the dog will also be able to pick it up. He's the lazy type (I guess because he loves lying on the floor) and sometime,s I think I am distracted when he's in the same room with me when I am working. I have good relatives that look after him and I have to socialize him with otehr dogs when he gets over 5months (as recommended by the vet). It's not easy learning to live with a pup but it also has its advantages Iguess.
• Vietnam
8 Nov 12
I am sure you love Shh Tzu very much. So you always want to be with him whenever. But that is impossible. As you know, everybody has 24 hours per day, we have to eat, drink, go to work, go to school etc... Therefore, we have to study the ways to balance them. Wish you find the best method !
• Philippines
9 Nov 12
I hope so too. I also hope that the pup will also learn to adjust.
@fatlex06 (895)
• Philippines
7 Nov 12
Hi there. I have heard that Shih Tzu is a lively dog and always need a companion and affection. So I think even if you are busy, there will always be someone who can look after your dog or just a company for your pet not to get bored. About the time? I think just spend some time with him/her for bout and hour or two. Anyways, I think you are not planning to spend your whole day with your pet. Just be productive on the hours that you will spend with him or her. Say hi to your dog
• Philippines
8 Nov 12
Well, I tihnk you are right. But this one is lazy. But he likes to be on my side and cuddle. Which makes me guilty when I try to do some work or leave him. I often ask my relatives to look after him and they are always happy to because they v can play with him. Thanks for the advice,appreciated it.