Shih Tzu Training Clearly and Simply Explained
Shih Tzu puppies are incredibly adorable, but one mistake most new owners make is thinking these puppies are like most other breeds of dog in terms of training.
They are extremely eager to please their owner and can be heartbroken when they think they have failed.
Another aspect about training Shih Tzu puppies is their inability to control their bladder until they are 10 to 12 weeks old.
Until such time, attempting to potty train them will only create anxiety in your pet and frustration in you. Cover the floor area they live in with newspaper and spend lots of time playing with them.
It will mean a fair amount of clean up until they are ready to learn, but if you wait until they are ready, they will learn quickly!
Putting them on a feeding schedule can help control when they need to go. After 12 weeks you should find they will defecate first thing in the morning and then again right after eating their morning meal.
You may also find they will want to urinate within minutes after drinking water. Being aware of this can save you frustration in caring for your puppy.
If you need to leave your Shih Tzu unattended, put up a child safety gate. This will allow them to see more than just their room and yet keep them from getting into trouble.
Never allow your puppy free rein of the house until they are at least a year old. They are very curious and can be highly destructive by chewing on table legs, shoes, or the carpet.
If you do catch your puppy doing something you don’t want startle them with a loud noise. Eventually with training you can cure your puppy’s desire to chew, but that takes time.
Although Shih Tzu puppies are comfortable in cages, you may find them whimpering the first couple of nights.
This is not because of the cage, but due to loneliness for their siblings. Putting a warm water bottle and a ticking clock in their cage with them should help.