When it comes to house training your Shih Tzu no one ‘likes’ to do it, but it has to be done. On the plus side, all dogs are born and raised in a ‘nest’ environment, meaning that given the choice, they will chose to mess away from their living/nesting areas.
All good housebreaking takes time, patience and perseverance and done well need not be stressful for owner or dog. Of course we can discuss the finer points of housebreaking at great length with you before you take your bundle of joy home with you (or over the phone if you’re experiencing problems) but here are a few key tips to keep in mind:
Always reinforce positive behaviour a opposed to punishing bad behaviours – this is likely to be ineffective and course unnecessary stress to your dog
Timing is everything; be sure your Shih Tzu understands you are praising actually doing his business outside (praise during the act) rather than simply for coming indoors having done it
Remember they are creatures of habit – schedule regular outside time, up to 6 times a day for puppies. Plus initiating regular feeding times will help establish regular motions!
Use positive word association (remember to use words you are happy to say out loud in public)
These are intelligent dogs who are very eager to please, therefore with a little time it is very possible you can teach them to ‘go’ with the right command / positive association.