Young shih tzu puppies are like furry learning machines. Everything is new to them and they get curious in almost everything. They will either be a bad puppy or a well trained puppy depending on how the breeder will raise them. It is the responsibility of the breeder to train their puppies at an early age.
So when is the best time to train your puppy? I think the best time to train your puppies is from eight weeks to around 6 months. I sometimes hear from some people, especially those who are new to owning a shih tzu puppy, that they find it difficult to train their puppy. Now, the question is how do you train your shih tzu puppy?
Consistency is the answer. Consistency is the key to transforming your monster puppy to a well trained one. You can not teach your puppy what you want if you correct it today and permit it the next day.
Your family members should also use the same command and techniques when training your shih tzu puppy. You should all use the same word everytime. For example, if you use the NO word, make sure all of your family members are using it instead of other words.
It is also important not to repeat your commands many times. People tend to repeat the command several times when the puppy doesn’t compy with their command. For example, you want to train your puppy to sit. If the puppy doesn’t comply with the first command, people tend to repeat the word “Sit” several times and in different tones from low pitch to high pitch.This makes the puppy more confused. If your puppy doesn’t comply with your first command, go near your puppy and gently push down its rear with one hand while holding the puppy’s head with your other hand to make it look up. If he gets excited, stand up or step back. Then repeat the command again.
In case you get successful in making your puppy sit, always praise your puppy with a fun and energetic tone. You can also give your puppy a reward every time he successfully follows a command.
Remember, be easy when training your puppy. Patience is a virtue. Have fun with your puppies!