When it comes to dogs, training is need for all of them. When you take the time to train, you help the dog to know what you expect from them and it creates harmony in your home and within your dog. Setting boundaries and rules lets your dog understand how the pack members work and how they should act. The Shih Tzu is often not easy, but in the end, it is work your time in investment.
First, you need to think about the temperament of the Shih Tzu before you take on training. The Shih Tzu is a naturally friendly breed that is always cheerful and quickly picks up on the mood of the members of their household. Never attempt harsh training when you make commands because the Shit Tzu is quite sensitive. If the dog sees you as being too harsh, he or she will ignore anything that you command of them. For this reason, always treat the Shih Tzu as you would like to be treated for optimal training success.
Positive reinforcement is truly the only way to receive good results from training a Shih Tzu. The Shih Tzu has a need to be the center of attention and you can use this aspect of their personality by showing them an abundance of praise when they do what you want them to do. The Shih Tzu is like a child in that they seek attention and if you pour is onto them and tell them what a great job they did, they want to do the same thing more often. The Shih Tzus want to please you and therefore, you need to show them what you like rather than pointing out what mistakes they are making.
There are different types of Shih Tzu training, which include obedience and behavioral. It doesn’t matter the type you choose since they are interrelated in many ways. How your dog behaves is an important aspect to the obedience of your dog. This is why you can work on how your Shih Tzu needs to behave but at the same time teach him or her obedience. Patience foes a long way when training and constantly praising them you will find that both the behavioral and the obedient training improve.
The best way to have a better behaved Shih Tzu is to make sure he or she knows you are the pack leader. You want him to know that you rule the roost, not the dog. Once you have shown your dog that you are the ruler, your dog learns to quickly accept it and it is easier to train. Remember to stay in control during the training sessions and all the decisions. Your dog needs to quickly learn what is and what is not acceptable, but you need to remain calm. If you show aggression, that does not let him know you are the pack leader, but rather it creates more problems.
While training a Shih Tzu is not always a picnic, in the end you will have a well-behaved four-legged friend that creates harmony in the household, but this can only be achieved with kindness and patience.