When he came into rescue, he was suffering from allergies, bacterial and yeast infections on his face, and ear infections, which also contributed to his not wanting to be touched. His allergies are now under control by medication and the infections have cleared with treatment, and he is quite healthy now. He is currently taking one pill a day for his skin allergies, and will need to take the medication for the rest of his life.
Barney loves to play outside and go for walks with his foster mom and two Shih Tzu foster siblings. He isn't bothered by people or other dogs on the walks, and if someone approaches to pet him he often allows it without any trouble. But his foster mom always advises strangers to proceed slowly and with caution to allow Barney to be comfortable with being touched. His adopter(s) will need to understand fear aggression in dogs and continue reinforcing his training for his anxiety with being touched. In spite of some of his fears, Barney is a joy to have, and he sleeps in bed with his foster family and travels well. He is a sweet, fun-loving boy who wants to always be close by and is a constant shadow to his foster mom, who he will not allow out of his sight for a moment.
The ideal home for Barney would be a quiet home where someone is home most of the day and one without a lot of people coming and going. His new family must understand how to calm an anxious dog like Barney by letting him be and allowing him to adjust to them at his pace.
Barney is neutered, current on vaccinations, microchipped, and on heartworm and flea/tick preventive. His adoption fee is $170.00 plus $12.37 sales tax for a total of $182.37. His foster family would like his adopters to live within the Twin Cities and hope that they will come to the Shih Tzu Rescue Reunion held in September every year.
To meet Barney, please complete an adoption application. Or you can also see him and the other dogs available for adoption from Shih Tzu Rescue of Minnesota by visiting with us from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Minnetonka Petco near Ridgedale the first Saturday of every month.
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