Shih Tzus are gorgeous, fluffy and cute. They are a great addition to any family home, but are perfect for first-time dog owners or those with a young family. They require less exercise than some breeds, and in general are pretty obedient companions. But you already know this, because you’ve got yourself a new Shih Tzu friend, and now you’re looking to get some awesome training under your belt.
Whether its control of behavior before mealtime, or to help you out when you’re scrambling with the leash trying to get that harness on, you need a command that will grab their attention. ‘Sit’ is every dog owner's best friend – it’s the perfect way to get your canine buddy to respect you’re the Alpha, and to gain control in the relationship. So get yourself ready, you and your Shih Tzu pal are about to get ahold of the basics.
‘Sit’ is the most basic command out there – it does what it says on the tin. It’s often the first lesson pups have to learn. It is a quick and easy little trick that even the most inexperienced dog owners are more than capable of achieving. In puppies, ‘sit’ may only take a couple of days to learn, and anywhere up to two weeks to reinforce. In older Shih Tzus, it could take a little longer to get the hang of it.
Puppies’ brains are like sponges, they can suck in information and learn from it super fast. But you’ve heard the expression ‘you can’t teach an old dog new tricks’ and while not completely truthful, there is good reasoning behind it. Sometimes adult dogs can be easier to train because they can be a little more focused, but in general, it will probably take a little longer. But don’t worry, with a little perseverance you’ll definitely be able to teach your adult dog to sit. Just bring a little patience and a lot of love!
In order to get started with these methods, you’ll need to use a reward. Treats are a great option because, like most breeds, Shih Tzus love food! However, in general, they aren’t so enthused about exercise, so it’s important to control how much food they are receiving and try to wean them off treat training as soon as possible.
Other options for rewards are toys they love, verbal and physical praise, or get them used to a clicker. A clicker acts as a signal that the behavior has been successfully completed. It’s not a reward in itself, so you’ll still need to give them lots of love and start by initially using other rewards to reinforce it.