Shih Tzu Potty Training Complete Guide
Shih Tzu potty training is easy but usually takes longer. In this case, schedule training is the best and most effective housetraining method.
Even more importantly than how often you take your shih tzu is that you take her at the same time every day. This is the heart of schedule training, so make your schedule in whatever way works for you and your shih tzu, and then stick to it like glue.
If you are feeding your shih tzu 3 times a day, you will need to take your shih tzu out 15 to 30 minutes after the meal.
When shih tzu need potty break?
Shih Tzus need potty break after:
- Right after their first wake up
- After Eating
- After vigorous exercise and play time
- After a nap
- Before bed
If you aren’t available for all these potty breaks, find someone else who can be (another family member, a pet sitter, a dog walker, or a friend).
How to potty Train a Shih Tzu
During shih tzu potty training consistency is the key. Here is how to potty train your shih tzu.
- Take your shih tzu to her potty spot as soon as she wakes up in the morning. Is your shih tzu an early riser? If so, take her to her pee spot, and then go back to bed — she’ll probably be glad to join you.
- Take her to her potty spot again about 15 minutes after she’s eaten her first meal, snack, or treat of the day. If she doesn’t eat in the morning, take her about three hours after her first potty break.
- Go again midmorning, around the time when most people would have a coffee or bathroom break.
- Take her to the spot about 15 minutes after any midday meal, snack, or treat.
- Take her to potty in the mid-afternoon, after she’s had a nap.
- Head for a potty break 15 minutes after she’s eaten dinner.
- Take her after any particularly frisky play or training sessions.
- Make one last trip to the potty spot just before bed.
- If your shih tzu is still a puppy, plan to wake up once or twice during the night when she wakes up and starts stirring and whining.
Shih Tzu Paper or Litter Box Training
If you decide that your Shih Tzu’s potty spot should be indoors rather than out, you can paper or litter box train him pretty easily.
People paper or litter box train their shih tzus easily without using a crate, but you can still use the crate. If you’re paper or litter box training your Shih Tzu, especially in the beginning when you’re still teaching her where to go. Let her rest in the crate when you aren’t watching her, and then take her out and straight to her paper or litter box, on a leash, for her to “go.”
Some people have great success litter box training their Shih Tzu. Litter box training is especially useful if you live in high-rise apartments or condominiums and can’t quickly get outside or if you’re housebound. Litter boxes make clean-up easy, and although you can use a litter box made for a cat, some companies also make litter boxes for dogs. However, you don’t use the same litter as you would use for a cat. You can buy special dog litter that’s designed to absorb odor and wetness (like kitty litter), or you can also just line the litter box with newspaper.If your Shih Tzu has a long coat, newspaper works better than litter because the litter can get caught in the hair. You may end up spending extra grooming time just combing out the litter! If you can’t find dog litter boxes or litter in your local pet store, you can purchase one online. Here:
The following Shih Tzu potty training tips can help you with paper or litter training:
- Use pre-scented puppy pee pads because dogs tend to pee where they smell pee.
- If your dog has a favorite pee spot, move the paper to that spot. If the spot isn’t a good place, wait until your dog pees there reliably on the paper, then move the paper, one or two feet each day, to the place you want your dog to go. He should follow the potty spot.
- Always clean up any pee and poop in the house immediately and thoroughly. You don’t want you dog to smell her previous accident and continue to use the wrong spot.
- Never forget to praise your dog for going in the right spot, every time. Good pup!
Shih Tzu Potty Training Problems
Mostly Shih Tzu potty training problems occurs when you don’t know the right way of potty training a shih tzu. In this case most trainers suggests schedule training method. Another problem is people forget or ignore to take Shih Tzu out for a potty break.
Shih Tzu potty Training Tips
Here are extreme helpful Shih Tzu potty training tips. While shih tzu potty training you need to keeps few things in your mind.
Your level of consistency is up to you. As long as you realize that housetraining takes longer when you mess up, and that housetraining mistakes are usually your mistakes, you won’t feel so compelled to yell at your shih tzu because you forgot to take her out or didn’t notice that she was circling and sniffing or staring mournfully at the back door (see “Watching for warning signs”). You’re in charge, so be a good manager. The more consistent you are, the faster your shih tzu will be housetrained, and you’ll completely forget how much time it took.
Shih Tzu potty Training Schedule
Usually Shih Tzu and other small breeds need to go for bath every 3 to 4 hours at night. Adult or older shih tzus need to potty at other predictable times (mentioned above). So, you will need to set up a schedule if you haven’t potty train your shih tzu yet.
Shih Tzu Potty accidents
Sometimes, a perfectly housetrained Shih Tzu suddenly begins having accidents in the house. You may catch little shih tzu taking a piddle right there in your living room for no apparent reason. But he was housetrained! What gives?
This article will you deal with setbacks in a relaxed and calm manner, measure whether your shih tzu is really trained, especially if he’s gone a few days without a setback See “Why Your Shih Tzu Had An Accident”.
Cleaning up Shih Tzu Accidents
Accidents happen. Sometimes, you forget to take the Shih Tzu outside. Sometimes you just can’t bear to get up in the morning when your Shih Tzu does. Or you got delayed coming home and your Shih Tzu left you a little present on your rug. Lucky for you, your Shih Tzu is tiny and leaves tiny messes. Not to worry. Here is how to clean up Shih Tzu accidents and remove the mess and odor and which cleaning products to use.
When your Shih Tzu has an accident, you must clean it thoroughly so no lingering odor remains, which would signal to your shih tzu that this spot is okay for future bathroom use. To do so, you need a product that removes the scent completely. Many odor-removing products exist; some are more effective than others, so you may have to experiment to find one that works. Ask your local pet store employees for a recommendation, or look online. Just search pet odor remover.
For messes on hard surfaces like tile, wipe and spray with a deodorizing cleaner. For messes on wood, you can buy special products that penetrate the grain. For messes on carpet or fabric, get a product that penetrates down through all the layers. Look for a product that removes both the odor and the stain.
Catching your Shih Tzu in the Act
If you catch your dog in a piddle, how you respond can make all the difference. If you see your Shih Tzu doing her business, follow these steps:
- Clap your hands once or say, “No.” Don’t shout. You just want to get the dog’s attention. You don’t want to scold or give a lecture; you just want to remind him of the proper spot.
- Pick him up and take him to the designated bathroom area. When he goes, praise him.
- Make sure to thoroughly clean the mess up off the floor. Old stains can lead to new accidents. Check out “Cleaning Up after Your Shih Tzu” later in this chapter for ways to clean properly.
When your shih tzu forgets his potty training, you feel frustrated, but don’t take it out on your dog. He isn’t peeing and pooping in the house to get back at you (even if it seems like that). Your Shih Tzu really is having a problem, and even if you don’t know exactly what the problem is, your Shih Tzu needs your help, your gentle reminders, and your leadership – not your wrath.
Potty Training Senior Shih Tzu
Adopting an older Shih Tzu comes with many joys, one of which is that older dogs are usually potty trained. However, sometimes a rescued Shih Tzu never really grasped house training because no one ever communicated the concept correctly. In other cases, a formerly house trained Shih Tzu has endured so much stress from losing his home and family that his house training may have lapsed, or he may not be sure what the new rules are in this new situation with you.
The best way to potty train an older Shih Tzu is to do exactly the same thing you would potty train a puppy. When you bring a Shih Tzu into a new home, start a new potty training schedule right away. Your dog will more readily accept any new routines you set up.
Senior Shih Tzu potty Training Problems
Shih Tzu Potty Training problems are more likely to arise when you bring home an older Shih Tzu and wait to start the routine, hoping to let him get settled. He wants to know what’s what right off the bat, so don’t delay. If your older Shih Tzu has trouble understanding, just proceed with potty training as if he was a puppy. You can teach an old shih potty training, but remember to be patient, consistent, and gentle.
See: “Shih Tzu Training” for more shih tzu training guides and tips.