Tips to Housebreaking A Shih Tzu Puppy

House training a Shih Tzu puppy is very challenging, as Shih Tzu puppies are like most other dog breed, they have short attention span. In addition, Shih Tzu is a breed that is very stubborn in nature.

Here are some tips to housebreaking a puppy:

Designated areas

You need to set a designated area as “peeing areas” where your puppy can go. These areas will be marked off by where the pads or newspapers are. If they go off the “peeing areas”, you will need to redirect them and then praise them for going on the pads.

The main point here is to move your puppy to the “peeing area” whenever you notice them about to eliminate. You will need to watch closely when they are getting ready to go.

Once your lovely puppy adapted to using the pad or papers, you will need to move them closer to the door and subsequently put them outside of your house. Soon your puppy will know that outdoors are for potty.

Crate Training

Crate training is an important tool for potty training a Shih Tzu puppy. You need to know that no puppy wants to go to the bathroom in their crate, as this is their bed space and they will want it clean.

What you need to do is to get a crate that is only large enough to be their bed. A large kennel will only give them space to go to the bathroom in it.

Please do not use the crate as a punishment, because you want your puppy to enjoy being inside the crate, in order for you to have a good and safe place to leave them when you are busy or not at home.

Handling an accident

When your Shih Tzu puppy makes a mess or accident, please do not punish them. For the reason that puppy will not remember what you are punishing most of the time. Punishment will only confuse them and create anxieties and might create future behavior problems.

However, you must always remember to pet and praise your puppy every time they do the right thing. Giving the puppy treats and enthusiastic affection will encourage it to go potty where you desire. Shih Tzu response well to affection and the knowledge that they have pleased their owners and will likely do what they can to receive this type of treatment.

Housebreaking a puppy is not easy, but you will be surprised how fast your puppy will adapt. It will take very little time to let it be familiarized to going outside for elimination. Consistency, patience and persistence will definitely help in housebreaking a Shih Tzu puppy.

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