Your spunky little Shih Tzu puppy is going to have lots of playful energy and be incredibly affectionate towards you and your family. A Shih Tzu is a great companion devoted to pleasing you. He will want to feel secure and comfortable, so crate training him for nighttime sleep is the perfect way to build his security as well as keep your house safe from the adventures of a bored puppy.
Night time crate training gives your Shih Tzu puppy a comfortable, safe place to sleep all night long for the years to come. When you crate train your puppy for nighttime sleep, you are teaching him to go into his personal bedroom space when it's time to go to bed. Your Shih Tzu will begin to see his little crate as his personal space and might even start going into his crate during the day when he's tired and nap.
Your Shih Tzu puppy will need a little extra time learning to sleep in the crate all night because, as a puppy, he's going to need to visit outside a few times during the night. Try to remember when your training your Shih Tzu puppy to sleep in the crate at night, he can hold his bladder for just about an hour for every month of his age. So if you are training your three-month-old Shih Tzu puppy, he might need to go potty every three to four hours, even in the middle of the night. Crate training a Shih Tzu puppy takes time and patience, but by the time your Shih Tzu puppy is potty trained, he will also have the understanding that his crate is a place for him to sleep with comfortable bedding every night when it's time to go to bed.
To prepare for crate training a Shih Tzu puppy at night you're going to need a small crate. Your puppy’s crate should be large enough for your adult Shih Tzu dog to stand up and turn around. Don't make it too large of a crate, as it will give him room to go potty. Be sure to fill the crate with lots of soft, comfortable bedding, a dog bed or blankets work just fine, and some safe chew toys for your Shih Tzu to chew on while he waits patiently awake for you to let him out of his crate. While your Shih Tzu is potty training, be prepared to let him out for those moments. Also, be sure to have lots of tasty treats on hand for night training your Shih Tzu puppy.
Bob is always under our feet. i'm afraid he's gonna get hurt.
Hello Ron, You can work on teaching Bob an "Out" command, and then tell him "Out" when he is too close to you. To teach him "Out", toss treats away from you, while pointing with your finger to where you are tossing the treats with your treat tossing hand, and saying "Out" at the same time. Practice this until he will go over to where you point before you have tossed the treat, and when he does that then praise him and toss the treat over to him as a reward. When he is underfoot you can also encourage him to give you more space by randomly tossing treats several feet away from your body, so that he starts to expect rewards to come from a certain distance away from you rather than right beside you, and stays at that distance in hopes of a treat. It also might be helpful to attach a small bell to his collar, to alert you to his presence so that you do not accidentally step on him because you were unaware that he was there. As he gets older he will likely follow you less closely as he gains more independence and becomes more confident and curious about the world around him. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Help! We just got our puppy 2 days ago. She had never been outside and was used to peepads. The first night and yesterday morning we used the peepads as she had already been through a lot of changes. She had roughly 50% success rate starting yesterday afternoon her first full day I have started taking her outside. We have snow here so it’s a difference world but she is doing quite well with it :). Where the problem lies is with her crate. I take her outside to do her business then put her in her crate with a nice comfy bed. She barks, howls & wines right thru the night. I took her out to potty and then put her back in and she continued. She only stopped for maybe an hour all told when she fell asleep from exhaustion. She is very young still and obviously is feeling some seperation anxiety from her sibling so she wants to be right where I am pretty much exclusively. She does explore a bit outside when go out for her to relieve herself and play. I need to go out and pick up a few things and will be putting her in her crate for that time. So far she does not seem to be adjusting and I am worried that it will make her even more anxious. Pleae help me to help her.
Hello Paula, Congratulations on the new puppy! Everything that you are experiencing is completely normal! It is only day two and it is completely normal for it to take a young puppy up to two weeks to adjust to a crate. Most will adjust within just a few days and you can speed up the process by doing what I will discuss below. Don't despair and don't give up! Instead, check out the article that I have linked below and practice the "Surprise" method. https://wagwalking.com/training/like-a-crate Also, check out this article that I have linked below, and follow the "Crate Training" method. This article will cover how to potty train using a crate, as well as get the puppy used to the crate. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside There will be times when you simply have to put her straight into the crate, without easing into it. Continue to practice the steps from the articles' methods to help her like it, like giving her a food-stuffed chew toy when you put her in and sprinkling the treats into the crate, but don't despair if she sometimes has to be put in there and simply cries. Most puppies will adjust. Doing it gradually just makes it easier on the puppy. Crate training puppies using food-stuffed chew toys also PREVENTS separation anxiety later on. Puppies need opportunities to practice self-soothing and self-entertainment to be able to handle being alone as needed when adults. Giving a food-stuffed chew toy and crate training paves the way for puppies to learn self-soothing and self-entertainment, which helps with Separation anxiety. My retriever had to ride in a crate for twelve hours spread out over two days when I first drove her home from another state. We had zero time to acclimate her. There was a lot of loud crying, but after a couple of days, and making the crate fun with treats once home, she did adjust. We just had a lot of crying the first three days. She now chooses to go into the crate on her own for a nap with the door open. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Help!we just got our first puppy.she sleeps in my daughter room.when it’s time to go to sleep and my daughter puts her in the create,she starts crying and whining.my daughter then takes her out and sleeps with her,I don’t want this every night.is there any tips on how to put her to sleep with out whining and crying?thank you!
Hello Yarglelin, I suggest having her sleep in another room in the crate for the first couple of weeks. You can put an audio baby monitor by her to wake you up when she cries to go potty at night if she is not in your room (it is alright for her to sleep in a room alone with a baby monitor). Check out the article that I have linked below and follow the "Surprise" method during the day. Most puppies will cry some at night during the first week or two...you need to ignore the crying and give her the opportunity to learn how to self-sooth and go to sleep. Once she can do that consistently, then you can move the crate into your daughter's room again (since the crying will keep her awake and be harder for her to ignore without giving in right now). This process isn't fun but doing the "Surprise" method from the article linked below during the day will help her adjust faster and not giving in by letting her out will make it go faster - every time you let her out the process takes twice as long as it probably would have because you are teaching her that cries is the way to get out - so she cries more persistently the next time. Being crated at night is essential for potty training and when she gets a little older, is less sleepy and her jaws are stronger she will be able to chew more - which is dangerous while no one is watching (because they are asleep). https://wagwalking.com/training/like-a-crate Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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We have had our puppy for 7 weeks and has been great sleeping through the night and going in his crate for few hours at a time. The last two nights he has been crying and whimpering all night and crying when we leave during the day. He doesn't need to eliminate. Do you have any suggestions on how to ease this rough patch?
Hello Christine, At his age he is probably waking up more because he is less sleepy now and also testing boundaries more. Five months is the beginning of puppy adolescents. Unfortunately, being form is usually what's needed. If it's been less than six-hours so you know it's not a potty issue, then you either need to ignore or discipline the crying. I highly suggest ignoring unless you are in a situation where you are not able to do that. If he is crated in your room, then moving him to another room, like a walk in closet, large bathroom, den, or guest bedroom often helps because the night time crying is likely for attention. Also, look at how much you are feeding him. At this age you might need to increase the amount again. He might be hungry if you find that you are now underfeeding him. When you leave him during the day, leave a food stuffed Kong or other food stuffed hollow chew toy in the crate with him. Now that he is less sleepy he is more likely to get bored. The food in the toy will also help him look forward to crate time more. At night only give him an empty toy though or the food might make him have to go potty. If you can't let him cry it out or move him, you can discipline the barking using a pet Convincer, which is a small canister of pressurized air. Tell him "Ah Ah" and spray a small puff of air at his side through the crate's holes (NOT his face!). This should surprise him but not harm him. After you spray the air, leave. If he stays quiet (practice this during the day first-don't feed him at night), after five minutes return to him and toss a couple of treats in his crate to reward his quietness. Practice correcting the crying and rewarding the quiet and giving him a food stuffed chew toy during the day. At night only ignore or correct. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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My boyfriend and I just recently moved into our new apartment. Brutus previously was sleeping in our bed with us at night, with no issues, but we had discussed crate training after we had settled in. Well, we are now on day 6 in our new apartment, and tonight we decided to start him back on the crate training (as he'd previously been crated during the night by his previous owner). He has his bed in the crate with a few small chew toys without any treats in them, and he was placed in the crate around 9 PM (our normal bedtime). He will quiet down and go to sleep for about an hour, but will wake up and start incessantly barking/whining/crying. He is fully trained in not needing to go potty during the night, as he has been able to sleep the entire night with us with no issues. I make sure that he gets fed the proper portions and that he has enough water during the day and that he goes on walks that are at least 15=20 minutes every time we go out. My boyfriend and I are reaching our breaking point tonight as I work early morning hours and he works night shifts, so he gets home late and would like to be able to get to sleep. Both of us have had dogs in the past, and we have both had success in crate training without this much of an issue. The other reason for crate training, is his excessive urinating and pooping in the house. Again, he does usually tell us when he has to go and we will respond right away with taking him outside, but then there are times where we will go out for walks and he wont do anything and when we come back in he will poop all over the house 5 minutes later. So we have decided that crate training for night time and during the day when neither of us are home, would be the best option, but we have reached a point where we don't know what to do. Help???
Hello Miranda, Since you can't ignore the crying until he gives up, I suggest taking a firmer approach and correcting the crying. Teach him the Quiet command using the Quiet command from the article linked below. Work on this command during the day so that he will understand what Quiet means: Quiet method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bark Next, purchase a Pet Convincer, which is a small canister of pressurized air. When he barks at night and you feel confident that he does not need to go potty, tell him "Quiet", then leave again - If it has been less than 5-6 hours since he last peed, he should be able to hold it. If he stays asleep he will be able to hold it for longer, once awake his bladder control will decrease. After telling him Quiet, if he stays quiet, great!! Celebrate and continue practicing quiet during the day too to reinforce that lesson. If he continues barking (which he probably will at first), then tell him "Ah Ah" in a calm tone of voice, and spray a spray of unscented air from the Pet Convincer at his side through the crate wires (Do NOT spray him in the face). After spraying him, leave again. Repeat your Quiet command, followed by a correction for barking if he doesn't get quiet, whenever he barks. During the day when you practice this also return after 5-10 minutes of him staying quiet and sprinkle treats into the crate to reward his quietness - only give treats during the day though. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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It will be his first night home with me I have bed and new crate ready...what's the best food for him and can he drink spring water...his cage will be in bedroom with me. How often should I feed him and how much exercise...I work for call Center from home
Hello Beverly, Look for a food formulated for puppies or all life stages - ideally puppies. Nature's variety and Fromm both have a puppy formula. Check out dog food advisor. You can look up foods there to get an idea of quality. Puppy foods have different mineral ratios and calorie contents to meet puppies' specific needs. https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/ Once you have chosen a food, look on that food bag or on that brands website and many will provide recommended feeding amounts based on either puppy's current size or expected adult size. You can start by feeding pup that amount, but then watch their weight to see if your own pup needs the amount adjusted since he could have a faster or slower metabolism. His belly should tuck up at the waist (not be pot bellied or straight across) and you should be able to feel his ribs without too much effort. His hip bones, spine and ribs should not be obviously protruding out though, and the tuck up should not be extreme. You want just a slight amount of padding over ribs (once you get past fur haha). Spring water should be fine as long as there are not too many additives. Most puppies need to eat three times a day. Look at the recommended feeding amounts and divide that into three meals a day. You can also feed puppies entire meals as food stuffed chew toys and treats for being social and learning commands spread throughout the day. Puppies this age don't need hard exercise, but several 15-30 minute training sessions, short walks and games. There isn't a specific amount since puppies are different from each other but at least 3 a day would be good. Puppy in general needs time to rest quietly in crate and chew on a chew toy, time to be stimulated mentally through training and play, and moderate exercise through play, training or walks. You can download a free PDF e-book on puppies at: www.lifedogtraining.com/freedownloads Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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