Top Tips for Potty Training Shih Tzus

Hello everyone!

It’s your favorite doggy reporter Sterling, back to help Shih Tzu owners with house training! Shih Tzu’s are one of the most popular small dog breeds and also amongst the top breeds that use our Doggy Bathroom. They are known to be independent and a bit stubborn, which can make it harder for them to learn house breaking rules. However, once you get to know your Shih Tzu’s quirks and patterns, it can be much easier to potty train them!

To do this, I’ve enlisted our special Shih Tzu friend Oreo (@thatshihtzuoreo on Instagram) for his insights on his house training experience!

Tip 1: Our Quirks

Oreo: Understand our picky ways of saying “we need to go”. Whether we stare into your soul or are vocal, we are all unique and you need to pay attention!

Once you learn your dog’s special quirks, you can use those cues as important moments to train them!

Tip 2: Timing is Key

Oreo: Keep a consistent schedule. We are definitely fans of a routine and will be cooperative if you are.

Shih Tzu puppies are able to hold their bladders for the number of hours corresponding to their age in months. This can give you an idea of how to schedule their routines, starting with after they wake up and after their meals!

Tip 3: Patience and Avoid Scolding

Oreo: Be forgiving if we make a mistake, we’re only human. I mean… Shih Tzus.

Since shih tzus can be stubborn, punishments can have a counterproductive effect on training! If your dog is urinating in the wrong spot, interrupt with a sound such as a clap and bring them to the correct area. 


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