Shih tzu puppy …getting started right!

1. Gentle Shih Tzu Puppy Training.

Be gentle and consistent with your Shih Tzu puppy and you will train a happy well-balanced dog. Now gentle doesn’t mean weak. You must decide the behavior you desire from your dog and consistently work toward your goals. Negative behavior must be dealt with in a consistent and kind manner, not by slapping, hitting and kicking. Reward positive behavior both with praise and with treats. Lots of verbal praise does wonders.

It’s much better to guide your dog in correct behavior patterns as a small puppy, rather than waiting to fix problems. It’s not fair to the animal or the owner to ignore problems. Behavior problems lead to frustration for puppy and puppy owner.

2. House Training Your Shih Tzu Puppy.

House training your Shih Tzu puppy is almost essential. It isn’t that messing up the house is such a pain, which it is! But if the puppy is not house trained fairly quickly, the dog ends up either at another home or outside. Proper house training is very important.

One of several methods of training your puppy is the crate method. Confine your puppy in a crate or a small area. Puppies usually will not soil their sleeping area. Closely supervise the confinement. Provide frequent breaks for young puppies. Very often remove the puppy to an area for waste elimination. But, remember, accidents will happen and do be patient and consistent.

3. Biting, Mouthing, And Chewing.

Your Shih Tzu puppy will bite and chew on most everything. That’s what puppies do. However early on this painful and destructive behavior must stop. Adult dogs who bite and chew are a big problem.

If your puppy can play with other puppies, the playing will naturally teach restraint in biting. Without this interaction with other dogs, you must handle the behavior yourself. One approach is to say “oooww” , which should be easy to do, in response to puppy bites. Use a pained expression in your voice(!), but not yelling. Maybe leave the room for a short time.

4. Socializing.

A properly socialized pup is well adjusted and a pleasant and valuable companion. Socialization is easiest before the puppy is 3 months old. Make sure early experiences are not frightening or painful but positive. Try the following.

Invite friends to meet your puppy.

Invite other pets if possible.

Carry your puppy to places where there are crowds of people.

Take your puppy for short car rides.

Acquaint your puppy with being bathed and brushed.

Introduce your puppy to whatever you wish them to be around.

5. Barking or Whining.

Is there a good reason for the barking or whining? Are they uncomfortable or in pain? Can you find out why? There may be a good reason for this behavior. Or is this blackmail?? Teach your pup to handle isolation and separation. He must not expect to get everything he desires.

Spend plenty of time with your puppy so he feels secure. But do not accept excessive noise that is irritating to your family (and the neighbors).

Your Shih Tzu Puppy will soon be a valuable part of your family. Do your part by always dealing with your pet in a gentle but consistent manner.

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