Wednesday, January 26, 2011

muzzle to stop a shih tzu puppy barking?

On Wed, Jan 26, 2011 at 1:33 PM, Ang soon Lee wrote:

Hi Judy,
I am wondering whether i can buy and collect the cloth muzzle for my two month shih tzu puppy today? Can you call me on my handphone:xxx
Look forward to your reply soon.
Cheer



E-MAIL REPLY FROM DR SING DATED JAN 27, 2011

I am Dr Sing. We spoke. A muzzle is not suitable for Shih Tzu's puppy or any dog for long periods of time. They may suffocate. You will need to train him from barking for attention and this takes practice (e.g. reward with treats, time-out system) and a "bossy" command of "no barking". I hope my advice will work. Some owners grip the puppy's muzzle when it barks and say firmly "no barking". You may find this approach useful if you are the "bossy" type as the puppy soon respects you. One working lady told me she has great success in using this approach and I believe it is her strong personality that helps too.

Best wishes.

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