A Shar Tzu, while quite rare, is a lovely mixed breed of dog consisting of a Chinese Shar-Pei and a Shih Tzu. They have a sweet nature, are small to medium in body size, and are protective of their owners. While they are not the most popular breed – for no reason in particular – you are sure to find they are more common in households with owners who don’t have a lot of time to spare. Shar Tzus are dogs that don’t require a lot of physical activity and are more than happy to hang out with you. However, given their high prey drive and need for stimulation, you may find that you need to have a few activity options in your repertoire to cure boredom. We have included a few activities below.
Shar Tzus never set out to be disobedient or hard to manage, but their high prey drive and stubbornness can mean they are more challenging to train than some other breeds. Therefore, the sooner you book them into obedience training, the sooner you can gain some of that much-needed control. While obedience training, and even puppy school, can be an expensive all-weather activity, it’s one that’s entirely worth it. It also challenges both you and your furry friend. Here, they can learn how to socialize with other dogs, curtail their prey drive, and master the commands of sit, stay, and come, as well.
One thing that Shar Tzus struggle with is dog socialization. If you don’t include it from a young age, you may run into problems with aggression and unsocial behavior later in their life. Even a dog walking past your property is enough to set off a Shar Tzu that has not been around dogs too often in their life. If you want to prevent such behavior, make a point of taking weekly visits to a nearby dog park for an hour at a time. Such a trip, with a leash and toy, can be more beneficial for your furry friend than you think.
One of the many benefits of owning a Shar Tzu, aside from how much joy they will bring to your life, is that they require minimal exercise. Therefore, even if you live in an apartment with little to no outdoor space, you could own a Shar Tzu without it having a negative impact on your dog. However, you will find that two half-hour walks can be sufficient to cater to their exercise and stimulation requirements. All you need is half an hour up your sleeve, a beautifully sunny day, and a leash and doggy bag.
If you live in an apartment or the rainy weather means you have to remain indoors, you need to have a plan B. While your pup is happy to hang out with you, they also need something to occupy their minds. Pay a visit to a pet store or your local vet clinic and select toys that will keep your pup occupied for hours.
Shar Tzus are intelligent dogs, which means that if you want something to occupy their time, a food puzzle is a great option. You can make one at home with a range of items such as muffin tins or PVC pipes, or you can buy food stuffer balls and other toys that require your pup to use their noggin. Food puzzles are also ideal for if you have a small or non-existent backyard and need more indoor play activities.
It would be a challenge to find a doggo more loyal and loving than a Shar Tzu. However, to keep them out of trouble, you need to put your best paw forward. Invest in chew toys and stimulating activities, and don’t be afraid to invest money in training. Before long, you will have a full repertoire of activities that will keep your pampered pooch entertained for hours!