Are you wondering how on earth you are going to train a stubborn Shih Tzu? Perhaps you feel that you have tried everything but you simply cannot even get that Shih Tzu to sit? If you are here to find out how to train a Shih Tzu that seems too stubborn for words read on, you’re in the right place.
First of all allow me to explain why your stubborn Shih Tzu may not be being obstructive at all. He may be worried, unmotivated or you may just not be training him in the way that he understands.
Many dog trainers will tell you that they know how to train a Shih Tzu yet simultaneously hand out all the wrong advice. Some dog trainers say you must “be the boss” whilst others will state that punishment is a valid part of training a stubborn Shih Tzu, when in all honesty Shih Tzu training is far more simple than that.
2 Stubborn Shih Tzu Training Secrets
The Shih Tzu needs certain things in order to become a willing student, if these things are not provided then the Shih Tzu will not be a happy participant in training sessions.
The good news is that when you follow these simple secrets when learning how to train a Shih Tzu, even the most stubborn dog, your training will fall into place. Training success is based upon a happy dog.
Take a look at these simple secrets that will send your stubborn Shih Tzu skipping into each and every training session with glee.
Secret One -Shih Tzu Motivation
First things first, when learning how to train a Shih Tzu, is to think about your dog’s motivation and how you can improve it. Many of this breed are highly motivated by tasty food, some like toys whilst some enjoy a good rub as a reward.
The mistake that many people make is not to motivate their Shih Tzu. Remember this is a companion dog that has genetically no need to work. He has no scholar’s mind. He would like some kind of idea what working will get him and it’s not his fault considering we made him that way.
Secret Two – Training in Easy Steps
This is another Shih Tzu training problem that I see time and again. People see that their dog has done something on command once or twice and expect the dog to know the command.
A similar act to this is the dog owner that expects the dog to take great leaps in learning. It’s an easy mistake to make because we know what we want the dog to do, yet we need to understand that the dog may not find our requests so obvious.
The trick here is to spell out exactly what you want from your Shih Tzu for at least five training sessions on any single command. Spend the next five training sessions gradually taking away your obvious help and by this point your Shih Tzu should know exactly what you are talking about.
When a Shih Tzu is confused the subsequent behavior can appear very much like stubbornness. The dog may scratch himself, sniff the floor around him, he may try to leave the situation or even just stare off into the distance. Take my word for it here, the Shih Tzu displaying these acts is not being stubborn at all, he is confused and probably quite stressed.
Setting him up to succeed by careful steps and high value motivation is exactly how to train a Shih Tzu for success, no matter how stubborn your little friend may seem.