Puppy Training Your Shih Tzu

Learn to train your Shih Tzu puppy.

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Put your Shih Tzu in his crate at night. He will learn to sleep in his crate once he discovers that his whining and carrying-on lead to nothing. During the day, your Shih Tzu will use his crate for naps and playtime. Some trainers recommend feeding the dog in the crate so that he associates it with happy times, but keep your potty-training goals in mind. Give him one small biscuit when he goes into his crate. One! Don't think you're doing him any favors by giving him a dozen treats, because he'll have to relieve himself and, thus, you're defeating your purposes of using the crate.

Every time you release the puppy from his crate, bring him outside to his potty area (or to the newspaper, if you live in a high-rise apartment or don't have a convenient outdoor area). Praise him for every drop! He'll understand and want to please you.

Remember that puppies need to go out much more frequently than adult animals, certainly immediately after waking and meals. In fact, to take your pup outside every hour while he is awake is not a bad idea at all. Always keep your eyes and ears open, for a youngster will not be able to wait those extra two or three minutes until it is convenient for you to let him out. If you delay, accidents will certainly happen, so be warned!

It surely sounds like half of your day will be spent leading your Shih Tzu outside for his potty trips. Welcome to dog ownership—it's not all glamor owning a Shih Tzu.

Next step: Basic Obedience for Shih Tzu Puppies

Reprinted from Breeders Best: Shih Tzu © 2004. Permission granted by Kennel Club Books, an imprint of BowTie Press.

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Dawn D   Baltimore, MD

7/11/2011 7:20:38 PM

My Shih Tzu is about 14 weeks old and want to let you know it does get better with the potty training. He has accidents if we miss seeing him sniff around but never has a #2 in the house. It takes lots of patience and if your pet does not have accidents while you are holding him and most of the accidents happen taking him to the door my suggestion is hold and love them all the way to the door. These puppies are sooooo lovable and I never thought of me as a dog person but I definkeately am totally in love with this puppy. :)

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Anna   Martinsburg, WV

4/4/2011 6:45:25 AM

If your puppy is soiling his crate, then the crate is too big.

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DIONDRE   CHICAGO, IL

10/3/2008 2:31:38 PM

i HAVE A 6 WEEK OLD SHIH TZU PUPPY. THIS IS MY FIRST DOG. I AM TRYING TO HOUSE TRAIN HER =, IS IT A GOOD IDEA FOR HER TO BE OUT SIDE ALREADY.

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Lisa   Blanco, TX

8/1/2008 10:47:32 AM

I have a precious 8 week old femail Shih Tzu puppy. She is doing pretty well with the potty training but when we put her in the crate for 2 hours a day she almost always urinates in the crate. I dont want her to get in that habit. Is 8 weeks too young to crate train?

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