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Question by Vickie
Submitted on 3/7/2004
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We recently purchased a 12 week old Shih Tsu. We have had her for three weeksShe is now 3 1/2 mts/ and are trying without any success to train her to potty outside. I take her out every hour or so, first thing in the morning and after she eats.  Sometimes she goes but I think it is just by chance. She pees in her crate, on the wood floor, carpet and even on my car seat. Any suggestions I am at my wits end and don't know what to do. thank you

Answer by Lisa W.
Submitted on 3/30/2004
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I recently purchased a 10 month old male Shih Tzu and he was not house broke.  Every dog I have had I teach to ring a bell to go out.  We hang a bell on the door knob (at a length that the dog can reach), take the dog to the door, take its paw and hit the bell and ask "do you need to go potty" and then put it out for at least 10 minutes. When he comes in we reward him with a dog treat. We do this every half hour and make sure it is the same door every time. He was trained in less than two days.


Answer by Joanna C
Submitted on 7/9/2004
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I have a 7 month old shih tsu who was trained by taking her outside every 20 minutes or after she played or ate.  I was sure to make sure that she did her business and the command was "hurry up".  I was told not to reward her lavishly, but to simply say "good girl" and bring her in.  She had a few accidents in her crate but now that she's older, that's over.  Consistency!


Answer by Brenda
Submitted on 9/29/2004
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I just got a male... He is so cool!  I love him..  he never barks and gets along with my 3 cats!  They are all born within 4 days of each other!  I love my Shih tsu  I will never own another dog, unless it's a dhih tsu!!


Answer by irene
Submitted on 12/30/2004
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We have a pup which is now 7 months old and we had a major problem trying to housetrain. The answer was to reward her with a little piece of cheese when she performed outside and she was trained within 1 week. No more accidents! Once trained - praise and remove the reward.


Answer by Jessica
Submitted on 4/29/2005
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I just recently purchased an 8 week shih tsu and I am not sure really what the best way of potty training such a small dog like that


Answer by jade
Submitted on 9/13/2005
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I have a shih tsu and she is about 14 months old.  We had a really hard time training her. I'm told females are worse than males.  She was finally doing well at about 10 months old or so.  This wasn't my first time training a dog, she was just tough to train, because she would be playing and not want to go out or she would play outside and wait until she came back in to go.


Answer by mgaskins1
Submitted on 3/4/2006
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i have a question
my 2year shih tsu has never liked even premium dry food.she does however LOVE frozen carrets,peas and fruits i think she would gladly live on them.is there someone who has fed a simular diet and are
there any physical problems associated with it? thank you....marion gaskins


Answer by lisat
Submitted on 3/30/2006
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Be patient. My male is now almost 11 months and he is housebroken. It really does take up to 6/7 months because their bladder just aren't developed enough. Also, I never used paper only crate trained. I remembered feeling frustrated and never thought for a minute he could go 8-10 hours...he can now.
Just continue to be really consistent and it will come together. Yours is still just a baby and for some little dogs it can even take longer.


Answer by jolly
Submitted on 4/16/2006
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io ho 1 shih-tzu, bravissimo!! molto obbediente ...siamo grandi amici..sapete sa saltare sulla mie spalle e sa giocare a pallavolo nero agile e salta molto in alto fortissimo!!Ma vorrei un consiglio come faccio a farlo stare a pancia in su?


Answer by cherryhill
Submitted on 5/23/2006
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We have 15 little dogs running around and they have all been housebroken. It really takes consistency and love.  When they were little we would take them outside with their mom a little while just to get used to something other than their bed and as they got older we would put paper outside their bed and they got used to going there but we would try to catch them before they used the paper and sometimes it worked and meanwhile still taking them outside to visit and as they got a little older we would take them outside right when they got up, played and before they went to bed for the night.  There were a few little accidents but
paying attention to them and knowing their habits helps.   We never gave them treats for going potty... just lots of praise and hugs and made them think they did the best thing ever!! Of course its work but they are all worth it.


Answer by Sandra
Submitted on 2/13/2007
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I took my baby Shih Tzu and locked her outside alone for 15 minutes every time she was caught going in the house. Once she started go to the door to go, it was just a matter of paying attention and letting her out. We now live in a pee free home.


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