Its very important to know the basics of Shih Tzu Training. Shih Tzus are sturdy, lively and outgoing dogs. They are not the delicate little dog that some people would believe them to be and they look to be. The Shih Tzu is a rare breed which has been developed in Tibet. In earlier years, Shih Tzu was the favorite dog of many Chinese Emperors. They fell for their dog’s affectionate nature and also the keen watchdog abilities of this breed. As years passed by, the Shih Tzu got synonyms for themselves like, Chinese Lion and Chrysanthemum Dog.
The most important Shih Tzu Information:
Shih Tzus are the best family companion dog. Every one would just fall head over heels in love with this breed. They are a small toy breed and who is full of fun and joy. They love to lord the place they live in. They move around the house with their head held high, wagging their tail as if they are the owners of the place. Shih Tzus love the companionship of their human family and they love being pampered to the hilt (important to remembr for shih tzu training).
The temperament of a Shih Tzu can vary widely from individual to individual. Two dogs of the same clan and breed can display different streaks. You can not describe something as a typical Shih Tzu. Some are calm, gentle and quiet. While a puppy from the very same litter could be feisty, dominant and partial. This is a social breed. If trained properly in socialization, Shih Tzu is excellent with other dogs, animals and friendly to all people. They are a great company, extremely playful and at the end of the day, they love to just curl up and fall asleep on your lap.
Shih Tzu training should commence as soon as you bring the puppy to your place. Its very important to remember the above mentioned Shih Tzu information. You’ll find your new arrival to be an intelligent and capable student. They love being stimulated and challenged. They behave like a obedient student and absorb the training provided by you very easily. On top of this, they also appreciate the time spent with you.
Some of the traits your Shih Tzu can display are:
- One common trait of this breed is that they believe everybody should give them full attention. They love someone making a fuss over them and treating them as their close friend.
- Even though the Shih Tzu is said to have an independent streak about them, they crave human attention. They love to be followed and adore all the attention they get from their human family.
- They love being pampered and treat the children as their competitors. Hence they can snap easily if provoked by small children.
Health Care of Shih Tzu (Important Shih Tzu Information)
Shih Tzus are generally very healthy breed who mostly live happy and long lives. But there are some general health problems which you should be aware of. They are:
- Shih Tzus have naturally big protruding eyes which can be highly sensitive. Any mess accumulated near their eyes or the build up around the eyes should be wiped off immediately. They have very sensitive eyes and any mess near their eyes can be harmful.
- Shih Tzu have short snub nose. This can lead to various breathing difficulties. Due to this they indulge in snoring wheezing and snuffling. We should train ourselves to live with this.
- Over the years, a genetic defect of the kidneys called renal dysplasia, has been a concern for Shih Tzu breeders. Till date, no cure has been found for this. Your dog has to live with this.
- Shi Tzu can not adapt them to hot climate. If you live in a hot climate area, ensure that you do everything in your power to keep your Shih Tzu at a comfortable temperature. Your Shi Tzu loves your AC room.
- One of the biggest health concerns is brought on when a Shih Tzu is allowed to put on weight. As they tend to put on weight easily, you should keep a dietary tab on your dog.
- Coprophagia (poop eating) is a common habit which the Shih Tzu develop easily. They love to indulge in this. Keep a check on this or you may have to regret once it becomes a habit.
Training Schedule For A Shih Tzu
As mentioned earlier, Shih Tzus are very intelligent, acceptable and generally prove to be good students who are eager to please their teacher. With consistency, patience, repetition and positive approach, your Shih Tzu puppy can be easily trained in all the basic obedience training commands such as sit, down, come, stay etc. They are fast learners and you’ll be glad to find a superb student in your puppy.
Some times Shih Tzu’s can be a little stubborn and can get easily distracted. You have to simply stop the training session immediately on such occasions. You can start again a little later after a short break. Potty Training is the hardest chapter to teach them. It can prove to be frustrating and time consuming. But this is quickly achievable if a good potty training schedule is followed.
Remember, your Shi Tzu is a peace loving creature and loves being pampered. Shih Tzus respond best to positive, non violent dog training methods. Try to keep your training sessions fun, full of enthusiasm, encouragement, rewards and praise. Best motivator for your Shih Tzu is food. Treat your Shih Tzu with his most loved delicacies and you’ll find a fully trained dog in your prized possession.
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