How do I make my Shih-tzu friendlier towards dogs and humans?

My dog is very shy and mean towards people and dogs when thay sniff or come near her. She is in obedience school right now and she already bit the trainer and when the other dogs come near her she growls and when people come near her she bites. How do i make her be playful and love people? Oh btw shes 2.

well my dog had the same problem she would growl bark and bite other humans because she was scared. What I did to get her to be friendly is I took her to petsmart I brought treats and I bought a Click-R, then i walked her around the store. When she barked growled or tried to bite I scolded her and walked away. When she was good and sat quietly i clicked the Click-r and gave her a treat. I repeated that about 2 to 3 times a week. Now she knows if shes friendly she gets a treat and so now she never barks bites or growls you can also use this same tactic with being friendlier to other dogs

5 Responses to “How do I make my Shih-tzu friendlier towards dogs and humans?”

  1. mauveme49 says:

    The people at the obedience school should be able to give you help with this, if not then they don’t really know what they are doing.
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  2. Odd Job says:

    Best thing to do is to shoot it and get a labrador retriever.
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  3. Luv is Never Ugly Backup Account says:

    She was not properly socialized as a pup. No changing that now
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  4. Clair Shiley says:

    well my dog had the same problem she would growl bark and bite other humans because she was scared. What I did to get her to be friendly is I took her to petsmart I brought treats and I bought a Click-R, then i walked her around the store. When she barked growled or tried to bite I scolded her and walked away. When she was good and sat quietly i clicked the Click-r and gave her a treat. I repeated that about 2 to 3 times a week. Now she knows if shes friendly she gets a treat and so now she never barks bites or growls you can also use this same tactic with being friendlier to other dogs
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  5. eharri3 says:

    Dogs like this need to be trained to ignore other dogs and humans and always focus on their handler when they feel uncomfortable. She may or may not ever eventually learn to be friendly towards strangers. That’s something you can experiment with much later on once you’ve taught her to be calm around new people and animals. It will involve introducing her to people who will ignore her and not invade her space until she makes the first approach, and balanced dogs who can be around her without paying her any mind. She could eventually become accepting, but you can’t force a dog to be playful and affectionate with strangers if the instinct isn’t there.

    Putting her in an obedience class with other dogs isn’t helping. The common, and faulty rational here is if a dog is uncomfortable around other people and animals, if you put them into situations where they have to be close to other people and dogs more often they will eventually see that nobody intends to do them any harm and calm down. What is more than likely to happen is the bad behavior will continue to reinforce itself. The owner keeps introducing the dog to situations that make them uncomfortable, and the dog keeps relieving the stress this causes by snapping, growling, snarling, and biting.

    Her problem is a socialization issue and a dominance issue, not an obedience issue. She will continue to resort to the same tactics in this class that normally cause the offending party to back off and give her a wide berth. When she sees that those tactics continue to have their desired effect of getting her out of uncomfortable situations, she’ll just keep doing it. This will only be fixed when you create a scenario where she always feels she has something more important and rewarding to do than worry about other dogs and people in the environment. You haven’t mentioned what obedience class she’s in but I’m gonna go out on a limb and say a Petsmart obedience trainer will not know how to teach this.
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