Potty Training Your Shih Tzu

So you got a new little Shih Tzu puppy you went out and got all the necessary needs for it, you have been giving it love and food, well there is still one hurdle to go, potty training. Potty training is, to most owners, the first kind of training your brand new puppy needs. These little guys are not really hard to train, Shih Tzu’s are actually pretty smart, but you are going to need patience because this won’t happen overnight.

First, take your little one outside first thing, give them a simple command, I use “Wanna go potty?” the more you say the phrase they will start to associate that with going outside and start to become familiar with it. It is important to not play with them until after they do their business, give them about 15 min, take them back inside, praise them, and give them a treat. If you find they are not going with in 15 minutes, take them back inside, wait about 10 min and try again.

You will need to do this every single day, usually it helps to do it around the same time every morning so they get familiar with what is going on. Consistency is a must.

If you see her going to potty in the house, grab her and take her outside to the same place and tell her “Wanna go potty’? Once they go, praise them and give them a treat. Make sure to keep their potty spot clean. If they do go inside your house, the best cleanser I have found is Vinegar and water. I use 50% of white vinegar and 50% water. I keep a spray bottle around for when my little one has an accident. These little guys are not doing this on purpose, you didn’t get a defected doggie, They do it because they haven’t learned yet. Remember, he’s a puppy. you can yell and talk to them all you want but they still won’t understand why you are so upset at them.

It will take a while to get it down, don’t get discouraged all it takes is a little time and patience, make sure they go in the morning, at night, after each meal and when they wake up from a nap until they learn to do it on their own and before you know it your little one has done it!