anyone know someone great who can handle a difficult 15 lb shih tzu on Long Island?

asked 2017-01-10 15:23:26 -0500

He's a tough little guy. Beaten, left on the streets when he was a pup.

the only two adults who can reach for him are the two adults who picked him up at the shelter when he was 1.

he's okay with kids (as long as he is not overstimulated)

He's now 5 and it would be great to have someone else he'd go to. He's made so many strides over the years...very obedient to the two who'd picked him up. But still unwilling to be handled by other adults.

We tried pet behavior specialists and maybe we just were unlucky....but they weren't very good. any and all suggestions, referrals welcome. thanks

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answered 2017-02-23 20:31:28 -0500

Where on Long Island? I am living in Brooklyn now but go back home to Patchogue and West Hampton about once a month. I don't have vast experience with shihtzu but I usually do ok with difficult dogs. For instance I'm watching a chihuahua mix at the moment who apparently only was nice to his owner, but now he doesn't leave my side haha. What I do is take my time with them (even if it takes hours/days) and spend time with them down at their level. This tends to just make them more at ease and feel less like they have something to prove. Hope this helps :)

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answered 2017-02-23 20:59:19 -0500

Are you looking for someone to help with his behavior? Or a sitter? www.facebook.com/thefamilydogNY is my training page, I also do sitting and walking on a case by case basis

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answered 2017-02-23 15:04:01 -0500

Hello there,

This is a large-scale forum where individuals are asking questions from across the United States. It may be best to use Rover to do a local search from providers around your area and to specifically ask individuals if they have experience with your breed and challenges. Thank you,

Marie S., M.S.Ed

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