Your Shih Tzu puppy is soft cuddly and cute. They are also incredibly little and easy to train to go potty indoors. Even when your Shih Tzu puppy is an adult, he's not going to be very large so he can be litter box trained to go potty inside your house. Litter box training your dog is easy to do and is ideal for situations such as living in a high-rise apartment or in an area where winter weather can be extremely harsh. Your Shih Tzu puppy is so little, taking him outside during winter conditions can be so uncomfortable he could forget to go potty. Your Shih Tzu puppy is eager to please you. He will be your loyal companion and will likely want to participate in all of the training you provide for him.
When you decide to litter box train your Shih Tzu puppy, be prepared for him to spend a lifetime using a litter box inside your home instead of going outdoors to go potty. Litter box training your Shih Tzu puppy is not much different than house training your puppy. It will require lots of patience and commitment to watching the signs that your puppy needs to go. When litter box training, you will need to pay attention and be around to acknowledge when he typically needs to go potty. Remember, your Shih Tzu puppy can hold it for about an hour for every month he is old. During these early days of potty training, be available to get your pup to the litter box on time to avoid accidents in the house.
Your Shih Tzu puppy can be litter box trained with the right size litter box, lots of treats for rewards, and positive behavior training. Be prepared for repetitive training, acknowledging good behavior with treats, and verbal praise. Scheduling meals for your Shih Tzu puppy rather than letting him free feed will make after mealtime potty sessions easier to recognize.