How Long Can a Shih Tzu Be Left Alone For?

Im thinking of buying a shih tzu but ive heard they are a real yap when left alone for too long. If I left a shih tzu with another dog would they still cry for company?

I have a crate trained shih and we both work outside the home. We have had to leave her at times for at least 8 hours and she is FINE. No bolting to get out, no messes ( yes we leave her food and water) no barking, no excessive hyperness. She is 11 months. Yes I want another pup and will get one as soon as I find the right one I can afford. Not everyone who wants a pet can stay at home all day. Pets are able to entertain themselves when needed and if trained . She is only in the crate while we are at work . She sleeps with us and will go in the crate when we are home if she wants to . Sometimes just to chill and sometimes to sleep ( just because) We never use it as punishment and she is fine. Very social , good with other dogs and cats. Likes kids

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  • Belie

    It really depends on the specific dog, you can’t generalize.
    But if you’re not going to be able to devote enough time to your dog that you’re worried it’ll yap too much if you’re away for too long then maybe a dog isn’t right for you. Dogs need attention and playtime. They’re not fish. They’re not just there to be stared at and to make you personally feel less alone when you ARE home.
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  • Simonise

    Very Zen question. If you leave a Shih Tzu alone and there’s nobody to hear it does it still yap?

    They’re very social dogs and hate being left alone for any time at all.
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  • Deborah

    I have a shih tzu/ maltese mix and he does really good left alone. we also have 4 other dogs so he has company. about the only time he yaps is when we first come home and that is to scold us because we left him behind and he needs to go out now. after that he is very quiet unless someone comes to the house but then he is only doing his job by barking to let us know some one is here. they do enjoy their people.If one of us is gone and the other stays home he will mope around and want to lay in your lap until the other gets home.
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  • LRonCupboard

    If you were locked up for most of the day in an enclosed space with nothing to occupy you…. need I go on.
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  • triciamcpartlin

    I have a yorkie which needs company just like your dog, they all like company but I need to work so do l keave her for around 5 hours a day, she knows when I am going as she waits for her treats, I wouyld like another to keep her company but cannot down to the cost, her insurance is expensive even though she doesnt eat much she still need vets, boosters and the like so keeping two dogs for me is not an option but I would get one for company for yours if you can, at least it will have comapny when you are not there
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  • Joyce D

    I have a crate trained shih and we both work outside the home. We have had to leave her at times for at least 8 hours and she is FINE. No bolting to get out, no messes ( yes we leave her food and water) no barking, no excessive hyperness. She is 11 months. Yes I want another pup and will get one as soon as I find the right one I can afford. Not everyone who wants a pet can stay at home all day. Pets are able to entertain themselves when needed and if trained . She is only in the crate while we are at work . She sleeps with us and will go in the crate when we are home if she wants to . Sometimes just to chill and sometimes to sleep ( just because) We never use it as punishment and she is fine. Very social , good with other dogs and cats. Likes kids
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    Owner of a shih tzu

  • Ritchellei

    Since canines are highly social creatures, being alone can be quite stressful for them. Fortunately, you can teach your pup to enjoy his alone time, or at least tolerate it.

    Check these links for more info.
    http://lnk.nu/dogtime.com/vid.html
    http://lnk.nu/dogtime.com/t4o.html
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