Do Shih Tzus Bark?

Barking is a dog’s way of communicating with its owner.

While some bark excessively and loudly, there are those whose barking is minimum and less frequent.

When choosing one among many dog breeds, you may wonder, do Shih Tzus bark?

Yes, Shih Tzus bark.

They bark excessively and repeatedly for lengthy periods, unlike other dogs.

Besides security reasons, a Shih Tzu can bark when lonely, hungry, fearful, or uncomfortable.

If you own a Shih Tzu or are planning to get one, knowing why it barks will help you solve the issues at hand.

This article covers those reasons and ways to control your Shih Tzu from excessive barking.

Do Shih Tzus bark

What makes Shih Tzus bark a lot?

Excessive barking is common with Shih Tzus, and it’s a huge concern for most pet owners.

Let’s look at the possible causes for this.

Separation anxiety: This can result from your dog’s physical urge to be around familiar people.

You may have moved to a new area, and your dog hasn’t adjusted to the new environment.

It will become aggressive, leading to excessive barking.

Fear: Your Shih Tru can bark because of fear caused by threat, danger, or injury.

It may have seen something strange or heard unfamiliar noises such as gunshots, thunder, fireworks, or loud arguments.

This could be your dog’s way of informing you of approaching danger.

Attention seeking: When a Shiz Tzu lacks attention, it barks uncontrollably.

This dog breed was bred to act as a companion; it, therefore, spent most of its time with its owners.

For this reason, a Shiz Tzu relies on its owner for all things, including affection and attention.

Excessive energy: Shiz Tzus are energetic dogs who need regular physical activities to burn their high energy.

Lack of regular exercise causes destructive behaviors in Shiz Trust, including excessive barking.

Medication: Your dog may bark if it’s under long-term medication because of the adverse side effects.

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How do you stop a Shih Tzu from barking?

When your Shih Tzu barks uncontrollably, there are measures you can take to minimize it.

These include:

Spend more time with it: Spare some time daily for your Shih Tzu.

Engage in playing fetch, jogging, running, or cuddling to strengthen your bond. 

Regular exercises: A Shih Tzu needs about 30 minutes of exercise every day.

This helps it burn off its high energy and prevent restlessness, especially at night.

Eliminate fear causes: Find out your dog’s fears and help it overcome them.

If, for example, your dog is afraid of other pets, allow it to play with them occasionally.

What can make Shih Tzus bark at night?

Although barking is natural for dogs, if your Shih Tzu barks excessively at night, it could be a nuisance to neighbors.

Below are the reasons that could make your Shih Tzu bark at night.

  • Burglary threats
  • Discomfort due to hunger, boredom, need to pee or poop, and loneliness.
  • Scary animals or rodents
  • Loud noises 
  • Pain

When your Shih Tzu barks at night, don’t ignore it because it could be a way of alerting you of oncoming danger.

Other times, your dog may be in pain from injuries and sickness and need medical care.

How can you prevent a Shih Tzu from barking at night?

Controlling and stopping your dog’s barking at night means dealing with the reasons that trigger it to bark.

These are:

  • If your dog sleeps alone:
    • Invite it to sleep in your bedroom
    • Cuddle your dog until it dozes off
  • If noises cause the barking:
    • Introduce your dog to noises from when it’s a puppy
    • Play loud music, games, and movies while with your dog
    • Let your dog accompany you to loud gatherings
  • Barking from other dogs:
    • Let your dog socialize and play with other dogs occasionally.
    • Introduce your dog to local dog sports where it can interact with other dogs.
  • Too much energy:
    • Exercise your dog before bedtime to make it tired
    • Introduce regular exercises every day to help your dog utilize its energy

If your Shih Tzu continues the barking after taking all the above measures, seek professional help from a veterinarian.

In some cases, dogs may be barking to express pain from physical injuries or underlying health issues.

By seeking veterinary help, you can eliminate the doubt of possible health issues or injuries.

Do Shih Tzus bark at other dogs?

It’s typical behavior for dogs to bark whenever they encounter other dogs.

You may be curious if this is the case with Shih Tzus.

When Shih Tzus meet other dogs, especially if it’s their first encounter, they bark at them excessively.

This is because of excitement, fear, anger, poor socialization skills, or territorial purposes.

Work on improving your dog’s socialization to prevent it from barking at other dogs.

To do this, introduce it to other dogs and reward them for any good behavior during the socialization.

This way, your dog’s socialization skills will improve, and it will be comfortable around other dogs, thus minimizing its barking.


At what age do Shih Tzus start barking?

Shih Tzus start barking between 7 and 8 months, but others take longer.

Below this age, they make whines, grunts, and chirp noises. 

Can you shout at a Shih Tzu to stop barking?

You shouldn’t use harsh methods like shouting to stop your dog from barking.

The best solutions involve positive training sessions. Your goal is to find out the cause of the barking and not to frighten them.


Now that you know all there’s to know about a Shih Tzu’s barking, when you get one you’ll be able to look out for the causes behind its excessive barks.

While some reasons for the barks are controllable, others require professional help or training. 

You can tame your Shih Tzu’s barking with frequent physical activities, socialization with other dogs, and adequate attention.

Sometimes, they could be signs of underlying health conditions or physical injuries.

For this reason, it’s always a good idea to seek veterinary help if the barks become untamable.

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