Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The Shih Tzu and Training - 5 Top Tips

A Shih Tzu is an energetic little inside dog. To be an integral part of your family, your dog deserves some basic training so your pet knows what you expect. Consider these 5 tips for training a Shih Tzu.

1. Define your dog training goals.

Know what you expect from your Shih Tzu and training. Please do not start training a puppy until the puppy is mature enough to understand the training. Be realistic. Different dogs have different capabilities and you should not expect results faster than your dog is capable of performing. Have a plan in mind as to how you will work toward your goals.

2. Your dog deserves consistency from you.

Be gentle with all training, but be consistent. Know what you expect from your dog and patiently work toward those goals. Only expect what is reasonable for your dog to perform. Would you expect early in training that your dog would come when called if your dog is running full speed away from you? No! Right? So don't ask something that isn't going to happen.

3. Patience.

Nobody likes getting fussed at and neither does your dog. Emphasize reward for desired behavior. Find a way to link negative consequences with undesired behavior. Always train with kindness and patience. Firm insistence can be kind and patient too!

4. Training for the trainer?

Do you know what to expect from your dog and what is realistic? Do you know how to communicate what you want to your dog? If not, the best place to start training your dog is with some training for yourself. You can get personal training or use one of many good courses available in books or on video.

Any dog will benefit from basic training. With training your dog can live a safer and happier life as an important part of your family.

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