Praise and 2)
If you are not enthusiastic to train your Shih Tzu, your puppy or dog will not eager all on his own.
The strong human-to-canine bond ensures that your kind, happy words of praise drive home the importance of following a command or performing a certain action. It's best to include the desired action within the phrase you use to offer praise.
For example, 'Good sit, good!' or 'Good pitty-potty, Good girl!'
There are a couple of treat tips that will help increase training success:
Always have treats within a zipped plastic bag and either in your pocket or very easily accessible. If you need to go searching for the reward treat it will not have as much of an effect.
The training treat should be a treat that is not given out as a normal snack. If you've found a great brand of snacks that you like, you can stick with the brand, but only offer one certain flavor for training. For example, bacon & apple for training and other flavor options for in between meals.
The training treat should be appropriate sized. This is not meant to be a snack that a Shih Tzu munches on as a meal supplement. Rather, it should be sized relatively small to offer a quick burst of yummy flavor to mark an action.
In addition, large training treats will fill a Shih Tzu up and can interfere with meal time.
An example of how this works:
You are house training your Shih Tzu. You have your chosen treats in a small zipped plastic on the counter near the exit door.
You bring your Shih Tzu outside to the designated area. As you are leaving, you say 'Let's go pitty potty!'
You stand in the center of the area, and allow your puppy to choose the perfect spot.
Your Shih Tzu pees... Great job! But, now you must immediately make sure that your dog know this.
As soon as your male places his leg back down or your girl stands up, you use a super-happy voice to say, "Good pitty-potty, that's so good!' while bringing the treat to his/her mouth.
Now, both your words and the reward have sent a strong message. Each time this is done, you are one step closer to success.
Recommended training treats are below.
These are sized perfectly for Shih Tzu, are all-natural, and are made in the USA. If you do not see the images, try a refresh. On mobile, you may need to turn your screen horizontally to see all 4.