As Alfie’s stress levels rise, his aggression towards the other dogs escalates.

Dear little Shih Tzu Archie currently lives with five more Shih Tzus, two of which are fosters like himself. The other three are the family’s own dogs.[

Kicked and thrown against a wall

Stress levels rise and aggression increasesArchie came from a home of domestic violence, was kicked and thrown against a wall.

It’s no wonder that when his stress levels rise, his insecurity increases.

With love and hard work the family have already transformed him over the last few months. Unsurprisingly, though, he still has some worrying behaviour, some of which is getting worse. (more…)

Puppies’ Fear of Other Dogs

I have had a lovely visit with five-month-old Shih Tzu female litter-mates Hattie and PJ and their delightful family, starting my ‘puppy parenting’ with them. This initial visit is to make sure the basics are in place, plan the way forward and pre-empt potential future problems. Potential problems with littermates are well documented but not inevitable. These Read more…