What are some tips to potty training a shih tzu puppy?

I am thinking of getting a shih tzu puppy from my friend who is going to be breeding two pure breds and I already have a private trainer for obedience but I am worried about potty training! SOMEONE HELP PLEASE!!!

If you are getting a puppy from a backyard breeder (yes, that is exactly what your friend is) then you’ll need a good relationship with a veterinarian. You already know you’ll get zero support from your friend the BYB, so we’ll be seeing you on here often.
Here’s the method use for puppies and dogs. I’ll add a link so you can see the difference between a responsible breeder and your friend.
Schedule-Confine-Supervise
Schedule- the feeding and potty times. An adult is fed twice a day. A puppy is fed four times a day up to 10 or 12 weeks, then three times a day through adolescence. They need to potty first thing in the morning, last thing at night, within a few minutes of every meal, and every few hours in between. The “in between” hours are calculated by their age in months: 1 month = 1 hour, up to 6 months/hours. So, a three month old puppy should be taken to potty every three hours in between the other scheduled times. When the dog/puppy is taken to potty, wait with him as he ‘does his business’ and then praise like crazy. The neighbors should be able to hear you.

Confine- the puppy or dog whenever it is not being watched. Confinement can be in a crate (especially at night), an exercise pen, or behind a baby gate in a very small and puppy-proofed room.

Supervise- the puppy or dog whenever it is loose in the home. This means having eyes on it, not on the TV. Play with the puppy, do a five minute training session, groom it, or just let it lie at your feet with a safe chew, but have it within sight at all times. If it squats then give a loud “NO” or “ACK” as you scoop and run to the appropriate potty spot.

Do not let the dog return to the accident spot until it has been thoroughly cleaned and wiped with vinegar or a commercial enzyme product to remove all urine odor.

7 Responses to “What are some tips to potty training a shih tzu puppy?”

  1. Kevin says:

    i didnt know dogs took a dump in the toilet
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    you said potty training and a potty is a toilet

  2. Casey says:

    Training a dog . of any age, to go outside is initially very time consuming. that is why so many don’t get trained.

    A dog is a creature of habit.
    Whatever it does over and over again becomes a habit for the dog.

    So how do you make going outside a habit?

    You take it outside every hour until the dog starts showing you in some way that it wants to go outside.

    How long this takes depends on the dog.
    I take mine to the same spot outside where he smells the pee. I say ‘ "hurry up" - or some cue word
    Now, whenever I say ‘ Hurry up ", he goes.

    There may sometimes when dog comes in and pees - especially in the winter_ but you stick to the plan.
    The plan sometimes fails because owners are in too big a hurry to get inside.

    Walking fast down a block will also cause a dog to poo/pee.

    PS Puppy pads teach a dog to go inside. When he get big it isa hard habit to break.

    A dog will do anything he can to avoid messing in his crate, HOWEVER he has a limit. A puppy pees every hour. An older dog still needs to get out and pee every 4-5 hours, depending on the dog.
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  3. Amy Kat says:

    first buy a training pad so the dog can poo on it and each times its about to poo or peee pick it up and put it on the training pad and give it a treat and soon it will be trained and when it doesnt go on yell at it and lock her up for at least 5 minutes
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  4. verteres says:

    Adopt from a rescue or shelter as they are already house-trained. Problem solved!!

    http://www.petfinder.com

    Don’t breed or buy while shelter pets die!
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  5. Michaela Ward says:

    i have an 8 wk old and if she pees on the carpet then we put her paws and scratch her paws on the door we take her out. we take her out the same door to the same spot every time.
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  6. Labman says:

    See my answer at http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20110321204022AAOaU3P I skip pads. theyonly create problems.
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    21 puppies since 1991

  7. TK says:

    If you are getting a puppy from a backyard breeder (yes, that is exactly what your friend is) then you’ll need a good relationship with a veterinarian. You already know you’ll get zero support from your friend the BYB, so we’ll be seeing you on here often.
    Here’s the method use for puppies and dogs. I’ll add a link so you can see the difference between a responsible breeder and your friend.
    Schedule-Confine-Supervise
    Schedule- the feeding and potty times. An adult is fed twice a day. A puppy is fed four times a day up to 10 or 12 weeks, then three times a day through adolescence. They need to potty first thing in the morning, last thing at night, within a few minutes of every meal, and every few hours in between. The “in between” hours are calculated by their age in months: 1 month = 1 hour, up to 6 months/hours. So, a three month old puppy should be taken to potty every three hours in between the other scheduled times. When the dog/puppy is taken to potty, wait with him as he ‘does his business’ and then praise like crazy. The neighbors should be able to hear you.

    Confine- the puppy or dog whenever it is not being watched. Confinement can be in a crate (especially at night), an exercise pen, or behind a baby gate in a very small and puppy-proofed room.

    Supervise- the puppy or dog whenever it is loose in the home. This means having eyes on it, not on the TV. Play with the puppy, do a five minute training session, groom it, or just let it lie at your feet with a safe chew, but have it within sight at all times. If it squats then give a loud “NO” or “ACK” as you scoop and run to the appropriate potty spot.

    Do not let the dog return to the accident spot until it has been thoroughly cleaned and wiped with vinegar or a commercial enzyme product to remove all urine odor.
    References :
    http://www.lhasaapso.org/owners/Comparison_Ethical_BYB.html

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