How To "Deactivate" My Shih-tzu?

Balto With Angel - Balto, our super-active shih-tzu, tugging a rope with our 5-year old Angel.
@mjmlagat (3171)
Philippines
May 20, 2008 3:23am CST
Our shih-tzu, Balto is very hyperactive..from chasing balls and chickens, chewing toys and slippers, to climbing up our window sill and slide down the curtains! Please help me, anyone, how to minimize his hyperactivity.
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2 responses
• United States
6 Jun 08
This was written a while back, so not sure if you're still looking at this conversation. I'm wondering how old your shih tzu is? Mine is 9 years old, she has outgrown *some* of her energy, though she does like to romp around. One of the things that I like to do with her is play a "chase" game. My partner and I stand really far apart from each other and just get her to run back and forth between us - she seems to really enjoy that and just goes and goes - she loves it! She eventually tires of it, stops somewhere between us and then meanders over to her water bowl. She usually sleeps pretty well that night. I like to do this game when she is particularly wound up. Let me know if this is something that would work for you. :-)
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@mjmlagat (3171)
• Philippines
6 Jun 08
Hello there! Thanks for responding to an old discussion of mine. Nevertheless, I really appreciate you suggestion. Balto is still 1.5 yrs old and maybe this is the reason why he is that hyperactive. I'll try to do your chase game with him every day, I'm sure this would deviate his attention from munching and eating things. Have a great day and Happy posting!
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@saundyl (9789)
• Canada
2 Jul 08
Get him a Kong toy....I got mine a kong and you stuff it with "treats" (i use peanut butter or cheesewiz and some begging strips) and they literally spend hours trying to get the treats out. Otherwise lots of walks and runs and such. My Shih Tzu - Bischon Cross started settling down when she was about a year and a half old. Before that she would bounce like crazy if you even breathed in her direction. Now shes not as hyper and we can even allow her to play with my young cousin (shes Three) without worrying shes going to get too hyper and knock katie on her butt.
@mjmlagat (3171)
• Philippines
2 Jul 08
I wish I could find such toy here in my place.... Thanks for responding and Happy posting!
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@saundyl (9789)
• Canada
2 Jul 08
I purchased mine in pet supply store. It cost about $20 but its been so worth it and VERY durable I've had it for her for 2 years now.