The Shih-Mo is a small to average size dog, full of life and loving attention. A combination of the American Eskimo Dog and the Shih Tzu, they sport soft fluffy coats and are usually calm and gentle by nature. But don't think that a quick pat and chat will keep your Shih-Mo happy! Like most dogs they enjoy a variety of activities, and a bored Shih-Mo will start getting into trouble. Training requires patience but is well worth it. Make it fun by adding in some different things for them to learn. They can learn tricks like crawling along on their tummy, rolling over, or even balancing tricks. You can hide their food so that they have to follow their nose and work out where you hid their meal. Use your imagination to vary your dog's routine and make life a bit more fun and unpredictable.
Take your dog out on a windy day to enjoy a walk and play in the fallen leaves. There is something about dogs and wind in their ears that makes them pawsitively nutty. Encourage them to attack a pile of leaves by tossing a ball into them - your dog will soon follow! Try burying your dog in the leaves, you will be hard pressed to keep them still long enough to cover them. Crackly leaves and the wind make for a fun encounter.
The Shih-Mo loves to be the center of attention. And with their gorgeous looks, why shouldn't they be? We all love photos of our dog, so why not plan a special photo shoot with your dog dressed up as a princess, a warrior, or maybe even as one of Santa's elves! Or you could tie their long hair into ponytails complete with ribbons or bows. Use props such as having them sit at your computer wearing glasses. Or dressed for going to school? Use your imagination for some original and funny memories.
Why not make time to just sit and chill with your beautiful Shih-Mo? This can be valuable time to work on your special bond and enjoy each other's company. Invite your dog to snuggle up and read them a story as you pat them, or maybe give them a manipaw by filing their nails. Dogs are often nervous about having their paws touched, so this will build trust if you do it gently and lovingly. Watch a movie together, or just sit in the sun and snooze. Slow down a bit and enjoy the day.