I am thinking about getting a Shih Tzu puppy – off to look at a litter tomorrow. I have been reading about crate training and although at first i was a bit reluctant, it seems a good thing as there will be times my dog will be on his own in the house.
What size of crate would you recommend for a Shih Tzu? Im not sure of a typical size and would probably just look on ebay for a crate.
Thanks in advance!
shih tzus are very sweet. I too was reluctant when I first heard about crate training but after I learned more about it, it actually works very well for a lot of dogs and a lot of people.
My roommate has a pug and a shih tzu. When they are left alone the pug is crated and the shih tzu is left out. The pug LOVES it. All I have to do is say ":Kennel Time": in a happy voice and she Runs wide open to the kennel. At bedtime if she gets sleepy she goes in by herself and goes to bed in the crate.
The Crate needs to be large enough for her the stand up, turn around and stretch out in comfortably. You do not want to go TOO big, if you do your puppy might think that pooping in one part of the kennel and staying in the other is a great idea and then you have lost one of the most important kennel battles.
She may cry at first but make it comfortable ( a nice bed or blanket, a cool comfty toy and maybe one of your old t-shirts) will make it nice for her. Don’t use the crate as punishment time out. keep it a safe happy place.
the idea behind kennelling is that it is like a dog’s den.
the crate should only be big enough for the dog to stand up and turn around in, or the dog will potty in the crate. I used a small cat crate for my shih Tzu. I think it is about 2 feet long a foot wide and maybe two feet tall or two and a half.
First of all, you need to make the crate a positive place by using positive associations. I would put a treat inside the crate and let the pup go in and get it, and come back out, without doing anything with the door. I’d keep doing this until the pup gets comfortable going in. Then, put the treat in and when the pup goes in, shut the door gently and when the pup turns, open it right back up and give it a treat for exiting. Progress with the amount of time you leave the door closed, and when it seems to be no big deal, begin leaving the room for increasing amounts of time before letting it out. Again, start with very quick times and progress. If you want to use the crate easily, NEVER use it as punishment.
The ideal crate is one that’s big enough for an adult shih tzu and comes with a divider that you can use while he’s a puppy and is being crate trained.
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By their nature, dogs are pack animals with a well-defined social order. Through basic training, you need to consistently make sure your puppy understands that you are the leader, not him. So in teaching him the basic rules, you take on the role of pack leader.
To fit into the family circle, your dog must be taught to recognize his name and such commands as come, heel, lie down and sit.
Crate training is a great way, and the dog will soon get used to it, and it will like it, put some toys in with him to play with, then every so ofter take him from the cage to go to a place you want him to go to the toilet, play with him for a while to show how good he is, then put him back to the cage, he will soon learn when and where to go to toilet.
I trained all mine this way, good luck. Cage with plenty of room,
I have just brought my 9 week old puppy Shih Tzu a crate. I brought 2 from Ebay a 24inch one for now and a 30inch one for when she is fully grown.