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Question by Lynn
Submitted on 12/11/2003
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I am getting my first shih tzu, 12 week old male.  This puppy is "paper trained", and has never been in a crate.  Will crate training be difficult, considering the dog is already 3 months old and is used to having full reign of a large area of the house?  My ultimate goal would be to have the pup potty outside on a routine schedule, so I had origionally thought I would crate train.  Advice?

Answer by SR
Submitted on 1/16/2005
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Lynn: Crate training is hard. For the first couple of nights, he will whine and bark to go potty, so for the first cpuple of nights you will have to sleep by him and let him out to go on the paper. Gradually ignore is whines and let him out only 1 or twice. sooner or later he will get use to it. and for potty outside. all u have to do is move the paper every day about a few steps ahead and soon put it outside the door and he will then scratch the door when he needs to go.


Answer by Julia
Submitted on 7/3/2007
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No, I had a shih-tzu. All you really have to do is put him in a crate 2 times a day for 30 minutes. (he might pee in there) You keep on doing this untill he doesn't pee any more. Shih-tzu are really smart. Once you teach them that they can't pee in their crate, they listen. Trust me it works.


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