Your Shih Tzu fits neatly in your hands. They were so small when they landed in your life and they’re not much bigger now! Life simply wouldn’t be as bright without them. But while taking them for walks and watching them explore is great fun, there are some issues at home. The major one is that they go to the toilet whenever and wherever they want. That means expensive couches, new floors, and favorite shoes are all in danger of being urinated on at some point, or worse.
Training your Shih Tzu to pee on a pad is important, therefore, if only to save those shiny shoes! But this training also means you’re not constantly cleaning up urine in your evenings. Instead, you can go back to drinks with friends or a family film and even take your pooch to friends’ houses without worrying about accidents.
You will use a ‘toilet’ command to help train your Shih Tzu to pee on a pad. Make it into a game and going to the toilet suddenly becomes fun and stress-free. Another major component of training will be getting the dog into a routine. All dogs need a schedule to lead a stable life, and Shih Tzus are no different. And although they’re small, Shih Tzus are like most dogs in their love for food. So a few yummy treats will definitely help training along.
Luckily, this is training that takes just a little practice, rather than intense doggie school. So you just need to commit a few weeks of getting your pup into their new pad routine. But if they’re older and been peeing wherever they like for many years, then it may take a couple of months before you put the lid on accidents.
You will probably see the quickest results if you incorporate food into training. Choose their favorite food or some yummy treats. You’ll need to take some with you each time they go for a pee. You’ll need a pee pad at the ready.
You’ll probably also want a secure leash to fit them to when you take them to go to the toilet. It’s probably a good idea to have some poo bags too in case a wee isn’t enough. Make sure you have some cleaning products to clean up any accidents as well!
Now you’ve got all you need, let’s dive in!
I just bought a shih tzu yesterday and i need to know if i can put a pee pad in my room where his cage is located and in my kitchen for when i am downstairs. I am new to house training a puppy and i want this to be as easy as possible for us both. I also put him in my downstairs bathroom today when doing chores since i couldn't watch him for an hour. Is house training going to take months or weeks?
Hello Samantha, First, you need to decide if you want Bentley to always pee inside the house on a pad, or if you want to transition him to peeing outside, or to peeing both inside and outside. What you decide will effect how you should train it and what you should use. If you want him to pee inside long term, then I suggest using the "Exercise Pen" method or the "Crate Training" method from the article that I have linked below. The article talks about litter box training, but you can use pee pads, disposable grass pads, fake grass pads, or a litter box with the method. Simply substitute whatever toilet you want to use for the litter box if not litter box training. Follow the article's method's instructions and it will make potty training a lot easier in the long run. https://wagwalking.com/training/litter-box-train-a-chihuahua-puppy The more accidents that you prevent, the quicker he will learn. The more accidents that he has, the longer it will take. If you are super consistent about following one or both of those methods, then most puppies are potty trained by five months of age. It is gradual though and not all at once - meaning that it will get easier as you go and he begins to learn the concept and is able to physically hold his bladder for longer as he gets older. During the day a puppy can only physically hold his bladder for the number of months that he is in age plus one - meaning that a three month old puppy cannot hold his bladder for longer than four hours during the day - no matter what. It is best to take him out halfway into that time or sooner though while training -meaning every two hours when you are at home. I suggest setting up an exercise pen like the article describes, in one or two locations. Both one or two locations are fine. You do not want to set up pads everywhere though and you want to train him to always go to the same location, not just a pad in general. Doing that will help him not to pee in other areas of the house and to remember exactly where to find a pad to go to. Picture the difference between going to a house where there are random toilets everywhere verses going to a house and there being two bathrooms. You know from experience that you should look for bathrooms and to go in there when you need to pee. An exercise pen with a pad inside is like a bathroom and a toilet to the puppy. If you plan to train the puppy to use the bathroom only outside in the future, then I suggest either starting crate training right now and avoiding the confusion of him peeing inside on a pad ever, or train him to use a real disposable grass pad inside when you are gone and take him outside when you are at home, starting now. To teach him to use a grass pad, set up an exercise pen in a room or bathroom that can be closed off so that you can keep him from going into it as an adult later if you don't want him peeing inside anymore, and putting a real grass pad in the exercise pen. Follow the "Crate Training" method from the "How to Train a German Shepherd Puppy to Poop Outside" article that I have linked below whenever you are at home. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside Put him into the exercise pen with the grass pad when you are NOT at home and you cannot take him outside to go potty. Do not put anything absorbent other than the grass pad in the exercise pen with him. You can purchase a PrimoPad from primopads.com if you need a durable puppy bed, and you can give him a dog-food-stuffed hollow chew toy, like a Kong, in the exercise pen. When you stuff the Kong, you can also put a little liver paste or peanut butter (avoid Xylitol - it's is toxic to dogs!) in the Kong to make it even more exciting. Honestly, I am a huge fan of disposable grass pads even for dogs that will use the bathroom inside long-term. They can be more expensive than pee pads but each one lasts much longer. They also help a dog learn how to go potty on grass outside - to make traveling easier. They tend to be easier to train a puppy or dog to use because they have a natural scent and feel. They are less confusing for the dog because they are not made out of fabric - many dogs confuse pee pads with rugs and carpet and will have accidents on rugs and carpet, especially when they cannot find a pee pad. A grass pad reduces the chances of that happening. Real-grass disposable pad: https://www.amazon.com/Fresh-Patch-Disposable-Potty-Grass/dp/B005G7S6UI/ref=asc_df_B005G7S6UI/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=309763115430&hvpos=1o2&hvnetw=g&hvrand=4628430177348674255&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=1015431&hvtargid=pla-568582223506&psc=1 A litter box is another great option for indoor potty training. You have to watch puppies in litter boxes at first though, because some puppies will try to eat the litter while young- not all do this but watch when you first use one. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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