In this article we look at some positive ways for how to train your Shih Tzu. Positive reinforcement means you’re rewarding the behaviours you like, and discouraging the behaviours you don’t like. You can use treats, praise, or behavioural rewards such as a walk, a spur of the moment play time or a trip in the car to reward your Shih Tzu.  Shih Tzu clicker training is another way of using reinforcement to train your Shih Tzu, but it’s easy to use rewards without needing a clicker.


Positive reinforcement enables the whole family to get involved in training your Shih Tzu. For example, it may be harmful to allow your children to use some training methods. Things that need an adult hand are training like leash / lead corrections. With training that is rewards based, all members of the family can get involved no matter their age such as reinforcing good behaviour with doggie treats. With your guidance, your child can train your Shih Tzu exactly the same way you do. Positive reinforcement enables you to communicate clearly with your Shih Tzu, keep a clear, calm and level tone of voice. You choose what you want your Shih Tzu to do, and show them they’ve done well by giving a reward.

How To House Train Your Shih Tzu

For example, you can look at a prevalent problem that occurs when Shih Tzu are punished for potty training accidents. In this case, you catch your Shih Tzu peeing on your carpet and you reprimand him or resort to the age-old negative habit of rubbing his nose in it. Your intention is to tell your Shih Tzu that it’s not appropriate for him to relieve himself inside your house. The reality is your new pet won’t understand that what they have done is just in the wrong place. This is a primary reason why you may find that your Shih Tzu has mishaps when left alone, but you never seem to catch him in the act. There’s undoubtedly a communication problem here. With positive reinforcement, you can steer clear of this confusion.

Your Shih Tzu quickly learns that good things happen when he goes to the toilet outside, while nothing good happen when he goes indoors. Your pet will soon be taking themselves outside in order to reap the benefits. Using training approaches like leash corrections or other forms of punishment isn’t effective for any dogs, reward with love not punishment is always a good rule of thumb. To quote Cesar Milan, you need to be the pack leader.


In fact, in most instances, punishment can actually make a behaviour problem worse. A dog becoming aggressive is  one example of this. Or a terrified Shih Tzu may also not respond well to even the smallest punishment, this could be cowering or snapping in self-defence. A Shih Tzu who is frightened of certain people or situations can become even more frightened when punishment is utilized as a training method. Monotony is a major factor in many of Shih Tzu’ common behavior problems, like digging and excessive chewing. Training is an excellent way to help keep monotony at bay.

Training Sessions for your Shih Tzu

If you keep training sessions short and enjoyable, positive reinforcement training can be pleasurable for you and your Shih Tzu. Once your new family member is aware that training results in lots of good things for them, a lot of Shih Tzu’s start to look at training sessions as playtime.

For many people, their Shih Tzu’s are both their family and wonderful companions. Positive reinforcement methods of training will help strengthen the bond we have with our pets. While other training methods may teach your Shih Tzu how to act, positive reinforcement will help you lead your Shih Tzu while keeping his trust and building up your relationship.