Your Shih Tzu, Luna is a breath of fresh air in your usually noisy household. Regardless of whether there is an argument, Luna brings you all together. Her wagging tail can’t help but deflate any tension. She is also a firm favorite when guests are over. But guests see the best side of Luna. You, unfortunately, also see some of the downsides. The main issue is her toilet habits. Your clean kitchen floors and even your carpets are often used as Luna’s personal toilet.
Training your Shih Tzu to pee and poop outside, therefore, will come with some well-needed benefits. Firstly, you won’t have to worry about the unpleasant spread of bacteria around your house. Neither will you have to come downstairs to the unpleasant aroma of Luna’s midnight pee. If you can tackle this problem you may be better equipped to tackle other issues too.
Thankfully, training Luna to pee and poop outside isn’t as complicated as you might think. The trick is getting her into a consistent routine of going in a specific spot. To get her into that routine, you need to find the right incentive. Food is often an effective motivator with Shih Tzus. You will also use a verbal command to give you greater control over Luna’s toilet habits.
If your Shih Tzu is just a puppy then training may take just a week or two. This is because they aren’t in a set habit yet and they should respond swiftly to training. If they have had years of going to the toilet wherever they like, however, then you may need up to six weeks. Stick to training and your floors and furniture will thank you. You also won’t have to worry your guests will tread in something unpleasant.
Before you start work, you will need to gather a few things. A training leash, treats or the dog's favorite food broken into small pieces will be needed. You will also need a clicker and a toy for one of the methods below. Some antibacterial or other cleaning spray will also be required.
Set aside a few minutes at several points through the day for training. In addition, the more you are around to clear up accidents, the sooner you will reach that end result.
Once you have all of that, just bring patience and some poo bags, then work can begin!