The Shih Tzu is a regal dog breed that dates back centuries where it was once one of the Tibet lion dogs. Active, alert and outgoing, the Shih therefore makes a good choice as a pet or smaller watchdog. However this breed can become easily spoiled and uncooperative when it comes to good behavior.
Basic Shih Tzu training should begin as soon as you bring your puppy home especially when you want to solve behavior problems such as socializing. By doing this, your Shih Tzu will soon get used to other dogs, children, and even strangers. It will also eliminate the two most nasty habits that this dog breed can develop, and that is barking too much, and becoming snappy.
Housebreaking Your Shih Tzu
Housebreaking your Shih is also essential and should begin as soon you bring your puppy home too. The key to successful housebreaking your Shih Tzu is training yourself, which will in turn train your puppy.
You should take your puppy outside after eating or drinking, when he/she wakes up, before bedtime, and every two hours throughout the day. Taking your puppy to the same spot every time, helps them make the association that this is where they should do their business, because their scent is there. Diligence will reward you with a puppy that is house broken in no time at all.
Because the Shih Tzu is such an intelligent dog, basic obedience training can be accomplished with little stress.
When it comes to obedience training the basic “Sit”, “Stay” and “Come” commands can be a life saver. When your dog knows these basic commands, they will help you train your dog to be well-mannered and also improve your relationship with your pet.
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All Shih Tzu training should use positive reinforcement, which consists of praise, pats, and treats. Never use negative reinforcement, which includes, yelling, slapping, and scolding. Negative reinforcement will cause your dog to obey out of fear, but when you use positive reinforcement, your dog will obey because he/she loves and trusts you.
Once your basic Shih Tzu training is complete, you can move on to other commands and you might even include some tricks. This dog breed loves to perform and show off so make sure you keep the training process fun and interesting.
Proper training of your Shih Tzu will result in your dog instantly responding to your commands. The sooner this is accomplished the better. The first obedience training will be basic but essential. Once this training is successful, your dog will obey commands even when he/she is off leash.
Once you have completed your basic Shih Tzu training, you’ll discover why this dog breed is such a popular pet and wonderful companion over the years.