I am hating my Shih Tzu...

kittenbitesOctober 19, 2009

Ok...not quite that bad yet but good grief!

My Shih Tzu is driving me nuts and my family has just about had it.

Our dog is a 3 year old Shih Tzu male. We have had him since he was 6 weeks old.

From the start I have worked with him on his behavior but I guess I must have done everything wrong because he just hasn't gotten the message.

He poops and pees wherever he wants, he is sneaky and always seems to be trying to 'get back at' members of our family. I don't want to attribute human behavior to him but he is very specific about his targets.

I have read about what the problem is...he thinks he is top dog although honestly, I do not understand how he could possibly believe this since I consistently correct his behavior. I have controlled his entertainment and food, I have controlled everything so that he would know he only gets what he gets when I allow him to have it. He has been loved and played with. He has premium foods, mostly grain free, raw and home cooked but even his kibble is grain free and top line. He is regularly groomed and attended to. He has plenty of toys to play with. He has kids to play with. He goes for walks although he would probably like more.

I just don't know what to do with him.

Here are two examples of his behavior:

Yesterday, my daughters and I got up to my mom's for dinner. She lives right behind us so it isn't like we were gone for a long period, about 1.5-2 hours total.

We come home to candy spread all over the house that he got from the top of my husband's computer desk (about 6' up), a brand new box of tea ripped open and scattered AND a soaked pee pad (he has a litter box with pee pads)that he specifically picked out of the trash without spreading trash everywhere. He then smashed the soaked pee pad onto my daughter's blanket.

Another example:

The other day my daughters and I were sitting around crocheting various things and just having a good time. Our dog never even asked for attention, he was contentedly (we thought) sleeping on his back most of the time.

The next day, I find a ball of our yarn dragged into a part of the house we have banned him from and barred off (so I have no idea how he even got in there) and he POOPED on the ball of YARN!

Another example:

Usually our dog is never alone but since my mother and I got into a car accident back in April, we have been going to the chiropractor and other therapists regularly throughout the week.

I was concerned about Ziggy (our dog) being unhappy so I began taking him with us since he has always been a good car dog.

In the approximately 45 seconds that it took us to go in and ask our chiropractor if Ziggy could come into the session with us (which he was allowed), he POOPED in the car!

Now he isn't allowed to go in any of our cars because he also pooped in my husband's car.

He has pooped and peed in our bed.

He is sneaky, always waiting to pull his bathroom behavior when we can't catch him.

He waits for us to go to bed and then rampages in my husband's computer desk.

BTW, he does use his pee pads as well so it isn't that he doesn't know how to use the appropriate place.

There are a lot more examples of his bad behavior I could list but it all ends the same...with Ziggy crapping somewhere he absolutely shouldn't...or peeing.

I cannot fathom what he is trying to tell me and it is getting to the point that none of us even want to know anymore.

Any ideas?

Please understand before posting, we have been very consistent with him. I have read reams of information about these issues and how to handle them and nothing has worked.

The only thing I have not done is actual crate training and that is what is next if for no other reason than I cannot trust him to be in the house alone or otherwise unless directly supervised.

Thank you for your help in advance.


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Crate training for these little guys is a must! I was not the best at it so I will let others here who can describe how to do it tell you :)

    Bookmark   October 19, 2009 at 3:18PM
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His problem could be the pee pads, which tells him he is allowed to go in the house. But he does seem to be doing things a bit spitefully. I don't care what people say dogs do think and do things for spite. My old bulldog was a sweeties...most times.....but I got her when I was in college and partying alot. One day when I was getting ready to go out she came into the bathroom right behind me (I was putting on Makeup) , looked at me, and peed on the floor right after she had gone out.

    Bookmark   October 19, 2009 at 3:56PM
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I absolutely 100% disagree with the first reponse.
First of Shih's can be hard to potty train - just to start off with. It is a known fact about the breed, and crating this dog is just going to end up with a dog with its hair full of poop.
These dogs can be tempramental and obstinate if there is not enough boundaries in its environment...
This dog needs EVERYONE in the house to be its Alpha leader or it wont take anyone seriously. Everyone needs to be involved in training, walking and playing with it. Everyday.
These little dogs Can be a handful, and thank god they are not as powerful as a pitt bull or more would be damaged.
So there is your validation that you absolutely have your hands full.
If you could let me know how long you have had the dog, where it came from and its daily routine, I can help with more information. The more detail you can write, the better I can help.
I suspect your dog needs more walking (as do you - from your post) and you might need to apply even more control measures, such as leashing the dog to you during the time you are in the house doing things around the house. More positive rewarding, by having the dog leashed to you it has no choice but to follow you around, and it also constantly reminds you of the dog. It will help to go out and get some Natural Balance meat sticks - dice it up and use a training pouch to be with you at all times. When you sit, you turn to your dog and say sit, use the meat stick as a reward, when you get up, turn to your dog and say sit, use the meat stick, when you get ready to walk to another room, tell your dog "Heal" or whatever you want and have your dog heal. This helps in a number of ways, it bonds the dog to you, improves communication between you and your dog, and increases training time.
Everyone in your home can do this.
For accidents - Before you go anywhere - take your dog out for a walk. A good 15 minute walk should do the trick. making the time to take the dog outside for a walk before you go anywhere will help break your dogs bad potty habits. By the way a walk is not a leisurely stroll up the block and back where your dog sniffs every blade of grass - a walk should be brisk, it should be a different path every couple of days.
Next trick - take the offending matter from inside your home and put it outside your home where you want your dog to use the toilet. This will help your dog too associate where you want it to go. Because Shih's are hard to housebreak dont just let the dog out in the backyard until it does its thing. It wont work, you actually have to walk these dogs briskly to help things MOVE ALONG.
I have some other training treats up my sleeve so if you will post more about your dogs daily routine, I can add more....PS - try not to interact with your dog when you are frustrated or angry, because when you approach a dog with these feelings, the dog can sense them and you end up being viewed by your dog as weaker than you really are. Be firm, but be kind. Good luck, hope to see another posting soon.

    Bookmark   October 19, 2009 at 4:09PM
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I have two shih-tzus and both trained very quickly. I did crate train them to start with. Seems to me those pee pads let the dogs think it's ok to go in house. We live on two acres but the girls are trained to go out in same spot away from house. Friend has a male shih-tzu and has had some problems with him. Daughter has a three yr.old golden retriever that sounds just like your dog. They can take her out and be there an hour and few minutes after coming in she decides to do her jobs. There also at there wits end.

    Bookmark   October 19, 2009 at 5:54PM
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I don't know if this would help, but you might want to consider boarding your dog for two weeks. We adopted a collie/St. Bernard mix, 6 mo. old, and he was the dog from Hades. He bit, he tore up furniture, and would not obey any command. We went on vacation and boarded him for two weeks. When we got him back, he was a different dog--gentle, obedient, and instantly housebroken. We figured after three months at a home, then to go to a cage with less attention, he figured he'd blown his big chance. When he got back home he decided to be ideal doggy. Might work for your dog (at least you'd get a break from his behaviour!).

    Bookmark   October 20, 2009 at 8:08AM
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I agree with the posters who said to crate him. This will keep him safe, as well as save your sanity. If he's randomly getting into trouble, you never know when he may decide to chew an electrical cord, eat something toxic, or eat something he could choke on. Really, I would find crating for him to be crucial.

He may have accidents in his crate at first, but eventually he'll figure out that the only one who truly suffers from that is him. If I were you, I'd much rather clean the crate and him than the whole house anyway.

If he cries in the crate, don't give in and let him out. It may help to sleep by the crate for the first couple of nights until he adjusts, but don't open that door while he's crying.

    Bookmark   October 20, 2009 at 9:37AM
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kittenbites, crate training in the begining would have made your life easier and you would be enjoying your dog now.
I would still consider it and start from scratch for housebreaking. Out of the crate to outside, crazy praise when they do go outside. Do not let the dog out of your site in the house. If you are to busy to watch, back in the crate until you can watch. No more pee pads unless you keep one down, not to use, just so when he goes near it you know to bring him out. Good luck.

    Bookmark   October 20, 2009 at 11:41AM
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Since he is allowed to go on pee pads in the house this allows no routine to his potty times. This is the reason you never know when, or where, he's going to poop.
If you intend to take him outside during his crate training, then do that and get rid of the pee pads. Also come up with a phrase each time he poops/pees. My dog will go on command with a 'do your business' or 'go tinkle' when we're outdoors.

If your mobility is limited, and you don't intend to train him to go outdoors, then buy a collapsible pen and keep him in it when you can't watch his every move. Keep his food/water and pee pads in the pen and praise him each time you see him use them. When he's outside the pen, keep a leash on him so he can't sneak off. Also watch for signs that he needs to do his business when he's on leash and place him back in the pen.

I'd also suggest you buy a pen large enough to keep a crate in (take the door off the crate) so he learns to make the crate his bed.
Put a pad or bedding in it so that he'll want to use it to sleep in. I say this because I know some people put nothing in the crate! Just be sure the pen is tall enough so that he can't jump out.

At this point, I think if you try to crate train him without taking him outdoors on a regular schedule, he's going to poop and pee in it.....and not give a d@#n.

Here is a link that might be useful: Pens

    Bookmark   October 20, 2009 at 12:24PM
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I bought a shih tzu pup just over a year ago and I had no idea what a handful they can be. They can be very wilful little dogs with lots of energy and a low boredom threshold IMO. I've found that one of the best ways to deal with some of my shih tzu's behaviour is just not give her the opportunity to do the millions of naughty things she will do if she has the chance to.

e.g. I would never leave food, wool etc anywhere she can reach it because she would definitely run off with it and make a mess. she is notorious in our house for sneaking off with thingsi it might be there one second and the next thing it's gone and ends up in another room often chewed or scattered around and we didnt even see her take it. I dont think it's vindictive just one of their quirks. I dont think we could ever train her not to do it, she just thinks she's so clever quietly sneaking off with things like that, so we've trained ourselves to keep things out of her reach especially anything valuable or anything she might eat or swallow so e.g if your husband often has candy on his desk I'd just get a jar to keep it in so your dog cant get at it.

I do agree with the above posters that the pee pads have taught him to go to the toilet in the house and on top of things (such as the wool, in the car etc) and you need to house train him properly and/or crate him when youre out. My dogs arent crated but when I go out they have the laundry and back room access only, I dont let them roam the house and it prevents a lot of problems like chewing things or going to the toilet inside.

I feel that shih tzus can be hard to train because they just arent that submissive and have a bit of an attitude :) and I know that if I tried to get mine to be a well behaved little angel I would go insane trying and she would still be a little devil at the end of it. Enjoy your dog, give him lots of attention and walks so he uses up some of that boundless energy and IMO deal with as many things as you can by not giving him the opportunity. I find with mine if I dont have time to her for a walk and she is getting bored or has too much energy, I get one of her toys or a ball and throw it up and down the hallway for her to fetch and she loves it. It's a really good quick fix when Im short on time.

    Bookmark   October 20, 2009 at 6:48PM
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I've had Shih Tzus all my life.

They are one of the easiest dogs to train.

All of my Shih Tzus were trained quickly. You must get all excited when they pee outside and give them a treat. When they pee in the house, crate or whatever, say a firm NO and take him immediately outside, so he knows he should go there. Crate him for a while. Make it a positive reinforcement. Don't make it like a punishment. They NEVER respond to being scolded. They get worse. Put some food and toys when you tell him to go into the crate. Praise him. He won't be happy with that arrangement, but it will work- Get ready for pouting, crying, pooping and peeing in the crate....but be patient.
I would never confuse a dog with pee pads.

Shih Tzus have "people" traits. They are different than other dogs. As soon as you learn they THEY are "in charge" the better you'll get a along ;)

You cannot control a Shih Tzu. The owner is lucky to serve them. I am not joking. That is their personality in a nutshell. They are very smart. They get a bad wrap from owners who don't understand them.

In your situation it sounds as though your Shih Tzu needs additional training and crating for a while. He sounds stubborn (which they are)and it's been going on for 3 years, so you need to start from the beginning. Good luck and let us know how you make out.

    Bookmark   October 21, 2009 at 6:37AM
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As others said crate him when you are not with him. Our peke is generally a good little guy but if we leave he is put in his kennel. The peke we had last was able to be left to roam the house without chewing up stuff.

    Bookmark   October 21, 2009 at 6:12PM
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Btw- the behavior you are describing seems to be two-fold: wanting more attention, and nervousness (some separation anxiety, too). Some of the pooping incidents point to being scared or upset to be left alone. The others seem spiteful that you are "busy" with other things rather than doding in him.

Finding a good trainer in addition to crating him may help.
Don't be surprised if he gets resentful when you start crating him. These dogs are very manipulative-lol

I wonder if taking him away from his mother at 6 weeks was way too early. She would have taught him some lessons, if he had been with his mother another 2-4 weeks. You got him before she could scold him and teach him to listen, or she would have yanked on him.

Another thing: when he does these pooping behaviors don't give him more attention. He IS getting more attention when he does something wrong (ex. You were quietly doing something. He wasn't getting any attention then. When you found his poop, you probably got upset. Finally, he got a reaction out of you). Just clean up and say nothing as though it's not bothering you. If you catch him in the act, say a firm NO and take him outside. Obviously he's not going to do anything outside. Let him stand there for a couple of minutes then take him in like nothing happened.

    Bookmark   October 22, 2009 at 7:28AM
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I have a 7 month old Bischon that I got when he was 12 weeks old. I have been at my wit's end trying to potty train him. Crating does the trick, I just wasn't using the crate during the day when I left him for an hour or two or when I was in the shower. Be sure you get a crate that your dog can only stand up in and turn around. If the crate is too big, the dog can poop or pee in it and not be bothered. Your dog needs to be taken out to potty every 2-3 hours. Bring a treat outside with you and reward him when he goes. I also have bell tied to the back door and am trying to train my dog to "ring the potty bell" when he needs to go out. My dog has a dominant personality even though my Lab dominates him. I also enrolled in a beginner's dog training class and that has helped him. The trainer's there give me better potty training advice than others have. If I take my dog out after he eats and he doesn't poop he goes right back in the crate for 30-45 minutes until I take him out again.

    Bookmark   October 22, 2009 at 4:23PM
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Looks like you need to start from zero.

1) Get a crate and some baby gates. Crate him when you can't watch him. Use the baby gates to restrict him to only one room at a time during training. Depending on how training goes, he may never graduate to "run-of-the-house".

2) Put him on a feeding schedule. If you are free-feeding (leaving food out all day) - stop it. Feed him on a set schedule and take the food away after eating.

3) Put him on a go-out-to-potty schedule. Go out at the same time, every time, with him on leash. Go to the same place. Keep repeating "go-potty" or something like that. When he potties do a loud "gooood boy!!!" and throw him a small treat.

4) Stop using the pee pads. I think they should only be used (if at all) during first-time training and if you live in a high-rise apartment.

5) Give him enough exercise every day. Wear him out. He has too much pent up energy. A tired dog is a good dog. A good long walk at least once a day.

6) Don't get angry. Stay focused on what your job is every day (giving him exercise, taking him out to potty).

    Bookmark   October 22, 2009 at 5:07PM
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I admit i did not read this entire thread, but frankly, i stopped after "i have had him since he was six weeks old". WHO SELLS dogs at 6 wks old? and WHY? THAT IS just wrong! Dogs are NOT ready to leave their litter at 6 wks. I hope anyone who reads this thread would NEVER EVER buy or accept a pup who was not ready to leave its litter at such a young age. It just is not RIGHT, and it just BEGS for some of the problems described above.

Some of the most critical training a pup receives is from its mother and litter mates between the ages of 6 wks and 8 wks. It is just wrong for someone to let a pup go before or AT the age of 6 wks. They totally do the new owner and the pup a total disservice. That includes bite-pulling and many other behaviors.

    Bookmark   October 23, 2009 at 2:48AM
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while I dont agree with letting pups be sold so young, I dont believe thats the problem here because my shih tzu was 12 weeks when I bought her from a reputable breeder (this breeder does not sell any pups before 10 weeks) and I can see a lot of similarities in some of the behaviours.

I actually think part of the problem is the OP has expectations of her dog that dont work with shih tzus, as someone said above they cant be controlled (they're a bit like cats in that way) and they are high energy dogs that really need lots of exercise and to have their energy channelled so they dont get bored. If they dont get enough of your time and are not kept busy, they will find something to do and get up to mischief. I've owned dogs all my life, I worked with dogs for a number of years and even I wasn't prepared for owning one of these little rascals but once you understand the breed you realise what great little pets they make. They are little party animals always on the lookout for fun and a bored restless shih tzu is going be a problem no matter what.

    Bookmark   October 23, 2009 at 10:58AM
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You can substitute any dog for the shih tzu as far as being bored and restless leading to problems. And most dogs take and need a lot more exercise than they are getting in the average household - just like people.

    Bookmark   October 23, 2009 at 4:13PM
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I haven't posted here in a while, but have been a regular reader here. I've gotten great advice on this forum, but I just had to speak up and mention one thing: you've been advised to tie your dog to you as you go about your daily chores, this being part of the dog's training process. I was advised this, too, with our latest rescue dog, Ronin. But, this became a huge problem, as he was tripping me while were tied together. I fell over him three times in the course of that week. The last time, I chipped my right patella (kneecap). It took 7 months before I could kneel again. I'm not considered old, but I darn well could have used all the exercise that I had to forgo for those long months of recouperation. It really affected my health and well being. And, thank goodness that Ronin was large enough so that my fall over him didn't injure him, as well.

My point is, this kind of training can be dangerous for you. For a small dog that you might trip over, it can be dangerous for him/her, as well. Please think seriously before trying this yourself.

Just a FYI to think about.
Lynn (mom to furkids Chloe & Ronin . . .
and a couple human kids, too)

    Bookmark   October 26, 2009 at 5:23PM
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We have a three year old male shih tzu, and he is very well trained. We did use a crate early on, but no longer do, or need to. DH was pretty obsessive about getting our pup on a schedule of feeding, and then 20 minutes later, walking him outside and directing him to do his stuff. And then taking him out on intervals during the day.We initially used newspaper when he was a tiny pup, but stopped as soon as we could. I would imagine that the pee pads could be confusing him.

Shih tzus are very smart. And yes "party animal" is an apt description. We rarely take our pup for long walks, but we have a yard that we let him run in, and he does fly around the yard like a bat out of h#$%. It is so much fun to watch.

I hope you can get on better terms with your tzu. I know they have a reputation as being difficult to train, but we didn't find that, but again, DH was very consistent, and rather obsessive about getting him out for walks on a schedule, and we haven't had any problems. Good luck.

    Bookmark   October 30, 2009 at 9:38PM
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I also have a 3 1/2 year old shihtzu and from beginning has been very well trained. But I was very persistant in training him. Never let him out of my sight until I was sure he was potty trained. Took him on short walks always after feeding. I agree that they are very smart animals and mine thinks he is my youngest ,
He brings a lot of joy to our home and I / we do not know what we would do without him.

just my 2 cents

    Bookmark   November 5, 2009 at 2:05PM
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I have 2 Shih Tzus and they both were very easy to house train. One thing about these little rascals is that they do not sit and admire you for doing things for them. In their mind that is your duty and you must at all times remember that.That is their role in life ---- as far as they are concerned.

    Bookmark   November 5, 2009 at 6:15PM
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when i crated my shih-tzu's at night i would put a light sheet completely over cage and they knew it was time for sleep. Never heard anything out of them. They love long walks. We live five miles from town and they also like to ride to town in my bicycle basket. They remind us dailey they own us. :>)

    Bookmark   November 11, 2009 at 6:44PM
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Wonder what happened to kittenbites???

    Bookmark   November 11, 2009 at 9:51PM
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Hey I have a 4 month Shih Tzu and he had to be kept inside for the first three months since he got a respiratory disease. Because of this we had to use pads inside the house and in the laundry area. When we finally were able to take him out it was hard to potty train him not to pee in the carpet, but the only thing that worked was to throw a big celebration and give him a treat every time he did outside or in the only pad we left in the laundry area. For two weeks, we sclded him but it did not seem to work. So right after waking up we would take him to the laundry area or outside and as son as he is finishing the pee we would clap tell him "good boy" almost jumping and run to the fridge for his treat. After doing this for two weeks he would go exactly there and then come running to show us and the run to the fridge!! Sometimes I think he even takes Little pees just to get his treat (Chopped meat). But we are so glad our carpet was saved!! He would go every 3 to 4 hours or 20 minutes after eating or drinking so try to pay attention and show him.

    Bookmark   February 21, 2014 at 1:05PM
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IRIS makes an Indoor/Outdoor Plastic Pet Pen for $45 at Amazon. You can also get two add-on panels for $22. Light weight and come apart by just removing corner plastic pins. Just picked up a set for our new pup. The extra panels allow the pen to go from 3x3 to 3x6. We ended up using the two panels to block off a separate pee pad area. (Too much snow outside for us to take her out each time.) Once snow is gone, it's outside and no pee pads!!
If your dog circles she may be telling you that she has to go.

    Bookmark   February 21, 2014 at 1:26PM
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I love my shih tzu but I find myself really angry at him when he poops and pees in my house! He is 2 years old and when I bought him from his family (the mom just had a new baby and had two toddlers and her hands full), they said he was potty trained. Well, barely. We learned quickly that if he walked to my bedroom door, either inside my room, or in the hall to come in to my room, he would leave a pool of pee on the carpet. He has pooped in every room in the house. I thought at first it was just the new family, new environment, new home, new routine, etc., a lot for him to adjust to. He is an angel, sweet, excited to see you, very interested in every new person he can meet, social. Everyone in the family took to him immediately and raves about what a sweet nature he has. BUT, he gets into the cat litter and eats or plays with the cat poop, which smells much much worse than dog poop I promise you! Now I have to get a dog gate to keep him out of the laundry room. I've had to put the cat food really high out of his reach because he got to it even at two different heights. He has consistently pooped in my kids' nintendo game area of our basement so I put up a dog gate to keep him out of the basement. Now that I have him limited to the upstairs I can keep a better eye on him and most of the time he is either with me or with my 9-year-old daughter. When he is with us, we can notice if he gets restless, wanders, sniffs the carpet, and we take him outside. We had a cocker spaniel about 20 years ago when my 2nd child was born and my child had severe allergies, and broke into hives whenever the dog licked him, so we gave him away. My son still lives with us but is an adult now and will likely be on his own in another year or so. I specifically looked for a dog that would be one of the breeds less likely to cause a severe allergic response and my son has been fine with him. I also didn't want a snippy, biting or temperamental dog because of my 9 year old or little grandchildren. I have had a cat for 4 years and he's a diva, but it is so nice to have an animal that cleans himself and goes to the bathroom in a litter box. Our Shih Tzu is a challenge. I work full time, my husband works full time, my kids either work or are in school full time, so there is almost always someone home but on a rotating basis and only my husband, my 9 year old and I are really attentive to taking him outside. He's 'my' dog, my husband said when I got him, because he didn't feel we had time to deal with a dog on top of everything and now I'm at my wit's end. if I can't get him potty trained I can't keep him. I tried crate training and it was a horrible experience. This dog never barks (except when my daughter hugs him and wrestles with him and it's for play). He is quiet all the time. When I got the crate and put him inside, he bawled and cried and howled and barked and barked and barked the entire time he was in it and then he pooped on himself and smashed it all over himself. My husband called me at work and told me it was not an option. My husband has a home office - he is MOSTLY gone on appointments but when he's home he's on the phone with clients so the howling and barking was awful but the worst was the poop. He cleaned him all up, even though I told him to leave him be, let me stay in it till I got home to clean it myself and he might learn how unpleasant it is. It should be at least as unpleasant for him to poop on himself and sit in it for several hours as it is for us to clean it up I would think! I don't know. We got him at 2 years old so again, I have no idea what his previous life was like or how he was trained or what bad experiences he may have had. Maybe he had a very traumatic experience with crate training. Maybe he's just throwing a massive tantrum and he's now taught us we can't ever do the crate again. Additionally his face stinks so that it's hard to want to cuddle him and love on him. We cut his face hair back and keep it trimmed but we have to wash his face almost daily. My husband says it's the dog's tears that smell, or the dog is eating poop. If I let him into the backyard to run around, is he playing in poop that I may not have picked up since the last time he went out? Ugh. I appreciate any feedback or recommendations. I'm sorry I don't have any suggestions for the initial post. I am really glad that my shih tzu isn't a holy terror tearing things apart or getting into our garbage. Good luck, hope you find the resources you need!

This post was edited by GBatch2 on Sun, Nov 30, 14 at 13:30

    Bookmark   November 30, 2014 at 1:23PM
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Hi everyone, first time posting on the pet forum.so I also have a Shih Tzu mix and he's getting me really upset.hes four months old, I got him from a family member.i walk to work every morning and back home every evening and nd I take him with me (self employed).I take him out first thing in the morning to pee and did last thing in the night. And he still poops in my kids room.Now at first I thought this was an accident but he has done it a bout five times now and I can't seem to figure out how because whenever I am home he's always where I am.i don't know how to get him to stop it, and my kids are really upset about it.he has a specific spot in my yard where I take him each time and he always goes, he also goes when I walk him.this is just so frustrating.Velleta

    Bookmark   December 1, 2014 at 10:38AM
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philpet, get a crate and crate train the dog. You can Google on how to do that exactly. Do not allow him into your kids' room again.

Do some submission training with him as well. When he misbehaves, get down on the floor with him, get him flat on the floor, including his chin, then climb on top of him and use your body like a straight jacket for him, do not let him move. Hold him down like that until you feel him submit (you'll feel him relax), and then stay there for another minute.

He needs to learn that you're the boss, not him.

And keep in mind that he's only four months old That is very young. Don'w show your or your kids upset about the pooping to the dog. That might e encouraging him. Instead, ignore it and don't say a word to him about it. If it gets no reaction, he might come to feel it's not an effective way of getting attention.

    Bookmark   December 1, 2014 at 4:22PM
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Thanks Tibbrix, it's the first time I am owning a dog like this and I really would love for my family to be happy with him.Velleta

    Bookmark   December 2, 2014 at 10:29AM
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get a cat

    Bookmark   December 2, 2014 at 10:38AM
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If your advising me to get a cat, thats a big NO!!!!!, i love them but the husband dosnt:) .Velleta

    Bookmark   December 3, 2014 at 10:21PM
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I admire my Shih-tzu Tina (1 yo) - clever as she is, she was house trained in a snap and she's never seen a pad or a crate! Just consistent taking her out on a schedule and praise when she did what she was supposed to. Never use aggression (even vocal) or submission methods described earlier on a delicate breed like a Tzu! I Would never do it to mine and she knows cues such as: sit / stay / lay down / wait / come / sit pretty / roll over / high five / paw / speak). In spite of her stubborn streak, it takes only a couple of minutes to teach her new tricks. She also knows the name of every family member and places in our apartment (ex. 'go to the kitchen / bathroom / your place / my room'). Of course, I talk to her. I ask her about things (and get a head tilt / murmur / bark), sometimes tell her to show me what she wants (rarely now - I figured out most signals). All this with only positive methods.

She's a true joy to play and cuddle with. Friendly and personable, she would greet almost every stranger (kids especially) and dog during our walks. All I have to do is ask her to 'go say hi'. She befriended an autistic girl from our neighbourhood and seems to act like a therapy dog around her and also tries to play with my youngest cousin suffering from cerebral palsy .

She knows how to ask if she wants to get on the couch and gets off it immediately when asked. She doesn't sleep in my bed and she's not a picky eater. Just a fun little dog with an unspoiled personality.

    Bookmark   December 4, 2014 at 11:48AM
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