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.
Milo whines all not! And he has to potty every 2hours please help it’s becoming difficult thought he would’ve settled down by 10month
Hello Barbara, If you have any reason to suspect he physically cannot hold his bladder for longer than 2 hours, I suggest a trip to your vet. At this age a healthy dog should be able to hold their bladder for longer. If there is something medical going on, you will need to address that first with your vet so that pup is physically capable of holding his bladder. If there isn't anything medically wrong, then this is probably an attention seeking behavior and not because he can't hold it overnight. To address this, remove all food and water 2 hours before his bedtime, don't give access to food or water during the night, take him potty right before bed and watch to make sure he actually goes, and crate him during the night. With the above addressed, its time to address the crying. First, work on teaching the Quiet command during the day using the Quiet method from the article linked below. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bark Second, during the day practice the Surprise method from the article linked below. Whenever pup stays quiet in the crate for 5 minutes, sprinkle some treats into the crate without opening it, then leave the room again. As he improves, only give the treats every 10 minutes, then 15 minutes, 20 minutes, 30 minutes, 45 minutes, 1 hour, 1.5 hour, 2, hour, 3 hour. Practice crating him during the day for 1-3 hours each day that you can. Whenever he cries in the crate, tell him "Quiet". If he gets quiet - Great! Sprinkle treats in after five minutes if he stays quiet. If he continues barking or stops and starts again, spray a quick puff of air from a pet convincer at his side through the crate while calmly saying "Ah Ah", then leave again. Only use unscented air canisters, DON'T use citronella! And avoid spraying in the face. surprise method: https://wagwalking.com/training/like-a-crate Repeat the rewards when quiet and the corrections whenever he cries. Practice for a few days until he is doing well during the day. Continue what you are currently doing at night during this process. Once he is doing well during the day, if he isn't already being crated at night, crate him. When he cries at night before it has been 8 hours, tell him Quiet, and correct with the pet convincer if he doesn't become quiet and stay quiet. Repeat the corrections every time he cries before 7-8 hours. Make sure there is nothing absorbent in the crate - use www.primopads.com or something similar if you want to give him padding. The crate should be just big enough for him to lie down, stand up, and turn around if he may have an accident. Some pups who aren't fully potty trained will have an accident in one end and stand in the opposite end to avoid it if it's too large and accidents are still an issue. If he is soiling himself in a correctly sized crate, free of absorbent material you may want to visit your vet to get things checked out. At first, he will may only be able to hold it for 7-8 hours if he wakes up a lot crying. After he stops waking for attention and sleeps through the night, he should be able to hold it for 10 hours if he stays asleep. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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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 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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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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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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My puppy was pretty good going to bed for three nights. But tonight he refuse to sleep and start barking. For the last nights he slept in my daughters room but he waked them up to go potty and later he wants to play. Tonight I put him in the basement because he wants to sleep in my daughters bed. The problem was last night in the middle of the night my oldest put him in her bed. Do you thing that was the problem? I put him alone tonight the basement But he cried got long time. I was tempted to bring him back and let him sleep on my daughters bed. What do you recommend me.
Hello Claudia, The more pup is freed when he barks (except when he needs to really go potty), the more he will learn to bark. The firmer you can stay and ignore the barking when he doesn't have to really go potty, the quicker he will learn to sleep better. At this age pup will need to go potty at night. Crate pup in the basement if it's safe and climate controlled down there. Set up an audio baby monitor to listen out for when pup barks needing to go potty - probably every 4-6 hours at night. If it's been less than 3 hours, you can ignore the barking. After that pup is probably barking because he really does need to potty though. When pup barks, take pup potty on a leash, keep the trip as boring as you can - no playing after, no treats, don't talk to pup much, then after pup finishes, put pup straight back in the crate and go back to bed. At first pup will bark when you put them back into the crate - ignore the barking so pup learns after a couple of nights that they should just go back to sleep when put back in the crate. Pup will probably need to go potty at least once per night for another month, but if you keep the trips really boring and ignore the barking when you put him back into his crate, he should start to sleep through the night all the way, on his own as soon as his bladder can hold it that long. I know its hard to loose sleep and be firm (I have been there with my own pups), but know that a couple of weeks of consistency can mean years of better behavior because potty training got off to the right start, destructive chewing was prevented, and pup is crate trained more quickly. Not sticking to it consistently can lead to months or years of playing catch up with behavior - so the work is far worth it in the end, and its a lot easier to be consistent for a couple of weeks at first than have to go back and train it later. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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I'm being proactive and asking this questions prior to actually purchasing the puppy we are looking at. I have never owned a dog but my husband has had 2 dogs (both Peek A Poos). We are doing a ton of research in advance. We are looking at an 8 week old Shih Tzu that would be about 10 weeks when we got her. I have two teenagers. We are all out of the house from 7:30-3. Is it feasible to crate a puppy that age for that many hours or do I need to hire someone to come in and let her out and if so would once a day be reasonable. I'm a bit uneducated in this area so I appreciate any advice. Thank you.
Hello Doreen, Unfortunately, bladder limits are the issue at that age. A puppy can only hold their bladder for the number of months they are in age plus one. Which would mean that a 2 month old puppy can't hold it for longer than 3 hours in a crate (or even less anywhere else), or a 3 month old puppy for 4 hours, ect... Once pup reaches 7-8 months, they can hold it for 8 hours- which is the maximum amount of time that an adult dog can hold it for. At night the numbers are a bit different because pup's bladder will essentially shut down during long sleep phases - allowing pup to hold it for longer - a 10 week old puppy will probably need to go potty 1-2 times during 10 hours overnight. At first you would likely need someone to come twice per day to let pup out. In a month or two, probably once in the middle of the day would be feasible, but then you would continue to need once in the middle of the day until pup was around 7 months old. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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