Shih Tzu Puppy Potty Training Tips That Work

Potty training a Shih Tzu puppy can be a challenge, especially if you’re new to raising this small dog breed. You cant punish this kind of dog as you would ‘normal’ sized dogs, it just doesn’t work. Perhaps this owes to the Shih Tzu’s personality, but punishing it may result in its shutting down and being less sociable. It could, as has been reported by some owners, simply do the opposite of what you expect it to.

As with any puppy prior to house-training, the new Shih Tzu puppy you bring home will simply pee or poop when it feels like it. You’d better prepare and area in your home as the designated potty area or station, because that’s where your going to bring your pup the moment up sense it preparing to poop or pee. You’re going to have to do a lot of fire-fighting in the beginning, as this puppy tends to do its business every few hours. We can’t always be there watching it forever, so keeping it confined in an area with newspapers is the next best thing.

When you do watch over your pup, you need to look for some signs it’s about to go. The signs include walking in circles, sniffing the floor, whining, crying, and a general anxiousness. So should you spot those signs, quickly bring your pup to the prepared potty area, or bring it outdoors.

It’s also possible to note the times when it does do it’s business and make it a point to bring it outdoors or to the potty station. After a nap and after they eat are two of the usual times when you can expect it to relieve itself. If you can accustom it to being brought out after a nap or after eating, it may soon want to do exactly that. That of course is the goal. So should you see your pup making an effort to hold its pee or poop in until it makes it to the potty area, you want to praise your pup to let it know you want to keep seeing the same thing next time.

It needs to be said again, praise it for the poop effort, otherwise the pup might slide back to his unpredictable ways. Mind you, the Shih Tzu is known for its bratty persona, owing in part to how gorgeous its coat can be; the dogs of this breed will also try to make you do what it wants. A dog like that is known for being difficult to train by punishment, instead it has to want to keep doing what it likes to do, so that means positive reinforcement for when it pees and poops in the right spot.

The moment you see your pup trying to move to the spot where newspapers are, trying to hold it in as long as it can, that’s a good sign. But don’t expect this to happen overnight. Establishing an environment that motivates the pup to relieve itself, and afterwards be praised, is what’s needed.

It’s a mix of pride, joy, and exasperation raising a Shih Tzu puppy. That’s because this breed is know for health problems and a certain bratty persona. Training a Shih Tzu puppy may be challenging since it may shut down when punished.

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