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I have a Shitsu that spends a lot of the day in the house

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I have a Shitsu that spends a lot of the day in the house (apart from walks) but had started to bark at night when left alone downstairs. To resolve this I put her bed in our (timber) garden shed and put her in it at night-time. She does not seem to mind this routine and follows me down the garden without objecting every night at bed-time. However I'm a little concerned about doing this in winter. Leaving her in the house is impossible. Would a coat be sufficient to keep her comfortable in her bed in the garden shed?

Hi there and thank you for your question. My name is ***** ***** I am a licensed, internship-trained veterinarian with 10 years experience in general medicine and emergency and critical care medicine and I would be happy to assist you. Please be patient as there may be slight delays in responses as I research your pet's issue.

I am concerned about keeping a shih tsu outside at night in general. These are house dogs, companion dogs. I understand your dilemma, but I can assure you that a coat would NOT be enough to keep her warm out there. WHat about trying to treat the underlying cause, which is likely anxiety (separation anxiety)? I recommend having your vet prescribe Xanax and give it an hour before bedtime. If that doesn't help, or you do not want to try that, you can try purchasing a pheromone collar from a pet store that releases a pheromone that calms and soothes dogs and can help with anxiety. As a last resort, I would consider a shock collar that shocks her when she barks... she would learn very quickly not to bark, and that may solve your problem. I am sure she would much prefer to be a dog sleeping in the house wearing a shock collar than a dog sleeping outside in the bitter cold. Shih tsus are not built to withstand that kind of cold.

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