How to Train a Shih Tzu

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How to Train a Shih Tzu

Shih Tzus are cute dogs that are so jolly and playful. With the right training, these kinds of dogs are great companions at home. Without it, expect your house to be messy, filthy and chaotic – although their energy level is low, they are curious long-haired dogs. How to train a Shih Tzu is crucial to creating a harmonious life in your private place among all the members of the family. A sociable Shih Tzu is a family’s pride. Start training it by doing these:

  1. Toileting is one of the basic dog training regimens that you should prioritize. Use command words in signaling to the dog when you are about to take it outside to urinate. Set the same warning words, exit point, potty place and end with a good doggie treat. Do this procedure many times daily until your dog does it on its own.

  2. Teach your dog the meaning of each command by associating the action with the words. When your dog is doing the action, utter the appropriate command word like ‘sit,’ ‘stay’ or ‘stand.’ Every time your Shih Tzu gets it right, never fail to reward it by playing with it or giving it its favorite treat.

  3. The more active Shi Tzus are the ones that can learn tricks fast. When the dog is intellectually idle, it will be a loner and will not want to socialize. It would rather chew or scratch your things than be with people. You don’t have to think of very fancy tricks just to make the dog preoccupied. If it attempts to climb on the furniture, gesture for it to get off by simply uttering the words “get off” firmly. Give it praises like “good dog” and pet it by patting and stroking its back.

  4. Give your Shih Tzu positive experiences. Since they love tricks and children, create wholesome bonding with children in the house and your Shih Tzu pet. Do not leave them by themselves because children can be out of control and might hurt the dog. The children can be injured also by the animal’s defense mechanisms. You may ask a child to throw the ball at a distance and command the dog to “get it” and “give back.”

  5. Do not confine your dog in the house. Take it out when visiting friends who are animal lovers. This will help the dog to be more sociable. Do this only when your Shih Tzu seems to be getting along with all the members of your household. Be ready always with treats to make it please you and your audience more.

Be observant to your dog’s health condition when facilitating how to train a Shih Tzu. Sick dogs may find it hard to concentrate on the training when they are in pain. Caring for your Shih Tzu with the supervision of a trusted veterinarian can be very beneficial for you and your dog.

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