SHIH TZU KENNELS:
you are away from home or for sleeping you may want to keep your Shih Tzu
in a small area (bathroom, utility room or other) or else a kennel where they
can be safe and not get into trouble. I have puppy playpens and they are great
to keep one in during these times. If you order one, be sure and get the
one inch (not half inch) grid flooring. As there is a chance of their paw
getting caught in the half inch. I like the 24 x 36
pen as it is adequate size for one Shih Tzu and there is only one
Ex-pens are also an option for keeping one in an area as needed.
The only consideration is that some Shih Tzu are climbers/jumpers and will top an ex-pen if they so choose. That is when something such as a playpen with the lid is needed. If one is not a jumper then the top can be left open.
SHIH TZU HOUSE
Training your Shih Tzu puppy to go outside shouldn’t be too difficult if you are persistent and do not expect the puppy to hold it too long. You will want to take a young Shih Tzu puppy out 3 or 4 times throughout the day. When they get older 2-3 should be enough. You should crate it at night and then always begin the day with taking it out first thing. When it has been out and pottied then you can bring it in and give it some liberty in the house and then crate it for rest time. Continue to repeat this cycle until the routine of going out to potty is established and you see you are able to trust them to not potty in the house. If you are gone several hours during the day, it may take longer to achieve 100%. Punishment isn’t the way to train a Shih Tzu puppy. Praise and treats for when they go in the right place should help achieve results pretty quick as your Shih Tzu puppy really wants to please you. The crate should not be used as a punishment and toys should always be present in its crate. Also have a water bottle attached so your Shih Tzu puppy can have water.
(I strongly advise waiting until 2 weeks after the second puppy shot is given (given @12 wks) before taking them on to grounds other than your own. This gives the system time to develop antigens to protect against the diseases the shot was given to protect against. And still avoid given them access to grounds that has been frequented by unknown animals. It takes a while for a young puppy to develop full immunity. Never take them where any unknown dogs have been until 18 weeks of age which is 2 weeks after that last puppy shot. The exposure can be deadly to a puppy whose immune system is not mature.)
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