My Shih Tzu Dogs Are Driving Me Insane!! Help?

Here’s some backround on my situation, this is the first time i’ve had TWO dogs at the same time, and the first time i’ve had Shih Tzu’s. They are great dogs, don’t get me wrong, I think they are more loyal than girl dogs, but they are more stubborn then the Beagle dog that I had. I take them out to go potty in the spot we want them to go in, but theres absolutely nothing I can do to get them to pay attention and go. Buster, one of the dogs, just goes pee and listens most of the time, but Cooper, he holds his pee for like 5 hours! He doesn’t have a bladder infection or anything, and we take them out to go potty often enough! They are almost 8 months old, and I’m so lost. I’ve had dogs before, but i’m at my breaking point with them. I don’t know what to do anymore. And my Mom still thinks that there should be Puppy Pads in the little waiting area for them before they go out the dog door. (The waiting area is not in the house, the garage.) They are 8months old for crying out loud!
Oh my gosh. Anyway, any tips would be greatly appriciated.
Thanks. :/

The puppy pads, if you’re still using them, is what is confusing him, he still thinks the indoors is where he goes and the outside isn’t. I suggest you remove the pads, take him out alone on a leash walk him around and say go potty go potty and wait for him to pee, even if he doesn’t reward him with a treat for going outside. Bring back inside if he doesn’t go and take outside in 10-15 minutes, meanwhile keep him confined so he doesn’t find a hiding spot to potty. If he does go outside, praise him and give him a treat say good potty and bring back inside.

If you take two dogs out off leash they will spend their time playing or wandering around and not really know why they are outside defeating the purpose, this is why going out on a leash individually so you can make them focus on why they are outside is important.

Focus on the one that is giving you the most problem (Buster) and work on getting him outside every two hours to potty, if you are patient, do not punish or yell when he has an accident inside, and you get him outside alone on leash regularly to potty he will eventually be successful.

9 Responses to “My Shih Tzu Dogs Are Driving Me Insane!! Help?”

  1. Mitch Allan says:

    leave him outside on a leash in some shade untill he goes potty and when he does realease hime anf give him a treat
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  2. bluebonnetgranny says:

    The puppy pad is your problem. You have taught the dogs that going in the house is OK. You should never have started the potty pad thing.

    Now you are upset that they go in the house, but who taught them that? You may have to start from scratch like the dog never learned to go out side. & train it like you would if it was 12 weeks old.

    It is ALL in the training. But keep in mind that what works on one dog may not work with another. There are lots of ways to potty train a dog you just have to find the one that works for you.

    Look up ‘potty training a puppy’ & ‘house breaking a puppy’. Go through the sites & find a method that will work for you & your dog.
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  3. PitGirl says:

    First, regardless of what your mother thinks…those pads need to go because whether they are inside the house or not; they will confuse your dog on where they are supposed to go. Second, you take the dogs out one at a time until they are completely housebroken, and stay out there with them until they do their business. If they don’t do their business within a reasonable amount of time (15-30 min.) then take the dog back inside, and crate the dog… wait around 10 to 15 min. then take the dog back out. Repeat this process until the dog does his business outside then praise the dickens out of him.
    If your dog isn’t 100% housebroken…you need to take things back to square one and train the dog like it is a puppy.
    Don’t tie your dog up outside, and leave it because you won’t be there to praise the dog immediately after it does it’s business so it knows THAT is what you want it to do.
    Shih tzus are notoriously stubborn, and difficult to housebreak. You just have to be patient, and more stubborn than they are. Try hanging bells around the door, and teach them to ring the bells when they want to go outside. Regardless of why they ring the bells at first, whenever they ring the bells get happy and say "wanna go out go potty?" or something along that line, and take the dogs out. Let them go, and praise them for doing their business. Sometimes seeing another dog getting praise and attention for a job well done can encourage another dog to do the same thing; keep that in mind here too.
    References :
    Dog Trainer who specializes in aggression, Owner, Shelter Worker

  4. Shauntayia says:

    First, I have a multi-dog household and I have raised many dogs in my lifetime. I too, had a Yorkie that was very stubborn, so I had to find a alternative solution. I started crate training her when she was six months old. Believe me, I wasn’t a fan of this type of training prior. But believe me it helped and she was completely trained in less than two months. She stayed in her crate a couple of hours and when I let her out she was made to go right outside. If she didn’t go potty she went back in the crate for another hour. When she did potty she was allowed to roam free. Eventually she learned the correlation. It worked great. Good luck
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  5. munchkin says:

    the pee pads have to go … and you made the worst mistake out there, buying two puppies at the same time … studies have been done that two pups raised together bond with each other and not so much concern for the owner … lose the pee pads and walk the dogs to get them to go … don’t come turn back from walking until they have done what you want them to do … you are going to have to work harder to get these dogs to respect you because they have already bonded with one another, you are merely there for food … if you bought one puppy, that pup would be bonded to you, more likely to listen to you, and not just cuz you hold the food …

    "1. It’s hard enough to raise one pup and give it the socialization that it needs, much less two. Pups end up only getting 1/2 of the amount of time they need to be properly socialized.

    2. Dogs are pack animals. This is a much stronger drive than the average pet owner understands. People think that their little puppy comes from an animal that has been socialized for thousands of years, so how could this have any negative effect on them.

    3- When puppies are raised together they become what we call DOGGY. This means they look at the other dog as their buddy and not the human that owns it. Dogs that are raised to run together NEVER develop the kind of human bond that they would have had if they had been raised in a one dog family.

    4- These dogs are more difficult to train. Because they don’t have the strong human bond, they don’t have the desire to please. In fact they often become stubborn."
    References :
    https://www.leerburg.com/2dogs.htm

  6. Jerry says:

    Bears mark their own territory by leaving claw marks on trees. So they would want it to be somewhere they like. Just like bears, dogs also would mark their territory somewhere they like.
    But dogs mark their territory by peeing. Hope you get it now!
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  7. Margo Smith says:

    Putting the potty pads in the house means to your dog that it is ok to pee in the house put the potty pads outside and he will smell his scent outside and he will pee outside that simple.
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  8. Weimaraner Mom says:

    The puppy pads, if you’re still using them, is what is confusing him, he still thinks the indoors is where he goes and the outside isn’t. I suggest you remove the pads, take him out alone on a leash walk him around and say go potty go potty and wait for him to pee, even if he doesn’t reward him with a treat for going outside. Bring back inside if he doesn’t go and take outside in 10-15 minutes, meanwhile keep him confined so he doesn’t find a hiding spot to potty. If he does go outside, praise him and give him a treat say good potty and bring back inside.

    If you take two dogs out off leash they will spend their time playing or wandering around and not really know why they are outside defeating the purpose, this is why going out on a leash individually so you can make them focus on why they are outside is important.

    Focus on the one that is giving you the most problem (Buster) and work on getting him outside every two hours to potty, if you are patient, do not punish or yell when he has an accident inside, and you get him outside alone on leash regularly to potty he will eventually be successful.
    References :
    http://www.loveyourdog.com/housebreaking.html

  9. Alan Lethers says:

    My experience with male dogs is that they like to sniff around the neighborhood and to mark particular spots with their urine. Perhaps you should try walking him and see if he doesn’t do the same. Regards, Alan Lethers
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