Some people believe that crate training dogs is a cruel and unfair way of teaching them good household manners. However, there are at least as many, and likely more, who have used this method and believe that it is the single best way to teach a new puppy how to keep their new home clean and not chew on anything they should avoid.
It is a time-consuming yet rewarding process. It restricts the new puppy’s access to parts of the house where a mistake could damage expensive carpet, or where a poorly placed chew could destroy valuable family items. Crates are also great when your dog is already house-trained and wants a place they can call their own.
The best type of crate to choose is one of the plastic ones. They are lightweight, easy to keep clean, and are a means to transport a dog to the vet and on long trips.
These crates, sometimes called flight kennels, are available in a variety of sizes to suit your Shih Tzu. When crate training, the crate you choose must be big enough for the dog when they reach adult size.
Unless you want to keep upgrading, it is better to buy a large one, to begin with instead of starting small and working your way up. Dog crates can be costly, therefore, one is all you will want to buy.
When beginning the training process, patience is critical. Find the right place for the crate where your Shih Tzu will not be alone but with the family that is now theirs.
Put something in the bottom, an old blanket, a sheet, or something that can be comfortable for your companion. Also, it’s a good practice to give your Shih Tzu her meals next to the crate.
The more your dog feels the crate is their space, the less likely that she will use it as a bathroom. Build up slowly to the time your dog can spend in the crate while remaining relaxed without you or a family member around.
As time increases, leave your Shih Tzu in the crate for more extended periods. This method of crate training dogs teaches them to keep their area clean; therefore, keeping your house clean.