Shih Tzu is one of the most ancient dog breeds that are still present in this world. This is basically a Chinese breed and also bred by the Tibetan monks at the monasteries. To the monks, this dog breed was famous as ‘little lion’ with all its fluffy and furry body. This was actually the dog breed that accompanied the Chinese Royalty. Many centuries have gone by, but these little lions have remained royal in their look and temperament. Having a Shih Tzu at home is also a status symbol to the owners. Training your Shih Tzu won’t be a messy task if you start it early.
Why Training Shih Tzu is Different
Actually, the training process of each dog is different from the other and the trainer or the owner must have ideas about that. The process you are using for your German shepherd won’t be applicable to your Shih Tzu, right? Basically, Shih Tzu is quite trouble-free dog and they can become very good companions for your kids and other dogs. They have also a trait to please their owners. Besides these, they are highly trainable, intelligent and have superior energy level. They are quite obedient dog and known for their agility.
Still, you should start training your Shih Tzu puppy early so that it grows up into a well-behaved dog. Along with training it, you should play with the puppy and check its ears and mouths so that it gets used to your handling as it grows older.
Socialize your dog with your other pets and family members of yours faster so that they can stay happily, surrounded by people and other animals. This will help them to get accustomed with common sights, sounds, voices, etc. around it. While commanding your Shih Tzu, you should use simple and single words so that they can recognize the tone. Remember, the tone you are using for ‘sit’ must be different when you are commanding ‘fetch’. As they go with the tone, it becomes easier for them to follow and obey it.
House and Crate Training Shih Tzu
Shih Tzu don’t like getting wet, so potty training is very difficult. They don’t like to go to toilet. If you want to paper train them, then place the paper on a fixed place always and train it to go there. As Shih Tzu is a very small breed, they don’t have the capacity to hold their bladder for longer; so accidents can happen. Punishment is the not the way to make them learn; they will fear you instead of obeying. Always take it outside after playing and having meal. Look for symptoms like sniffing ground or moving in circles.
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