Crate Training your Shih-Tzu puppy

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  1. Occasionally throughout the day, drop small pieces of kibble or dog biscuits in the crate. While investigating his new crate, the pup will discover edible treasures, thereby reinforcing his positive associations with the crate. You may also feed him in the crate to create the same effect. If the dog hesitates, it often works to feed him in front of the crate, then right inside the doorway and then, finally, in the back of the crate.
  2. In the beginning, praise and pet your pup when he enters. Do not try to push, pull or force the puppy into the crate. At this early stage of introduction only inducive methods are suggested. Overnight exception: You may need to place your pup in his crate and shut the door upon retiring. (In most cases, the crate should be placed next to your bed overnight. If this is not possible, the crate can be placed in the kitchen, bathroom or living room.)
  3. You may also play this enjoyable and educational game with your pup or dog: without alerting your puppy, drop a small dog biscuit into the crate. Then call your puppy and say to him, “Where’s the biscuit? It’s in your room.” Using only a friendly, encouraging voice, direct your pup toward his crate. When the puppy discovers the treat, give enthusiastic praise. The biscuit will automatically serve as a primary reward. Your pup should be free to leave its crate at all times during this game. Later on, your puppy’s toy or ball can be substituted for the treat.
  4. It is advisable first to crate your pup for short periods of time while you are home with him. In fact, crate training is best accomplished while you are in the room with your dog. Getting him used to your absence from the room in which he is crated is a good first step. This prevents an association being made with the crate and your leaving him/her alone.

Potty training a Shih-Tzu puppy

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Potty Training Your Puppy

Potty training is, to most owners, the first and most important kind of training a puppy needs. When it comes to potty training, all pups are not created equal. Some breeds are known for being easy to potty train while others are more difficult—this should be one of the things you look into as you explore different breeds.

Individual puppies also vary. Be patient. A puppy is a baby, and babies need time to master acceptable potty procedures. Young puppies don’t have complete control of their bladders or bowels, and sometimes by the time they realize they have to go, they simply can’t hold it any longer. It’s your job to keep your puppy off your carpets until he’s reliably trained, to teach him where he should go, and to be patient when he has an accident. At least your puppy doesn’t wear diapers!

Here are some guidelines to help you potty train your puppy. These procedures will work whether you’re training your puppy to go outdoors or to go in a litter box indoors (which many toy dogs are trained to do). I don’t advocate paper training, especially with a dog that you will eventually want to potty outdoors. If you paper train him to go indoors, you’ll just have to retrain him later to go outdoors. Why not start by training for what you really want?

  • If you buy a puppy, buy from a responsible breeder who has already started potty training.
  • Crate or confine your puppy when you can’t watch him—always. Train other family members to do the same.
  • If you feed your puppy a commercial dog food, feed dry food. It will keep his stools more solid.
  • Confine your puppy to rooms with tile or other washable flooring so mistakes don’t ruin carpets.
  • Keep your puppy on a schedule. Feed him at the same time every day, and try to get up and go to bed close to the same time every day while he’s being potty trained.
  • Puppies need lots of water, especially if they eat dry dog food. However, while you’re potty training, feed your pup at least four hours before bedtime, and remove his water two hours before bedtime.
  • Take your puppy to potty after every meal as well as the first thing in the morning, the last thing at night, every time he wakes up from a nap, after an active play session, and in the wee hours of the morning if you hear him moving around. Take him on a leash to the place you want him to use—that will teach him to use that spot, and also teach him that he can go even on leash with you standing right there. That can be important if you’re away from home.
  • When you take your puppy to potty, don’t play with him until after he does his business. If he doesn’t go within 10 minutes, put him in his crate for 10 to 15 minutes, then take him to potty again. When he potties, praise him and reward him with a treat or short playtime. Wait a few minutes before you take him in—sometimes puppies don’t finish on the first try, so give him time to be sure he won’t have to go again in three minutes.
  • Keep your puppy’s potty place clean—pick up feces every day. You don’t like to step in it, and neither does he.
  • If you don’t have the time or patience to potty train a puppy, then adopt or buy an older puppy or adult dog that is already potty trained.

Most puppies will signal that they’re about to potty. When your pup is loose in the house, keep a close eye on him. If he starts to turn in circles, sniff the floor, or arch his back while walking, pick him up and take him out. Once a baby starts to go, he can’t stop if he’s on his own feet. Help him get to the right place; then praise and reward him with play or a treat when he finishes.

Puppies do have accidents. It’s very important to remove all trace of odor from any place your pup potties. Regular cleansers won’t do it—you may not smell urine or feces after washing the area with soap and water, but your pup has a much more sensitive nose than you have. If he smells waste odors, he’ll think he’s found the toilet. Pet supply stores sell several types of special cleansers designed to eliminate odors. An inexpensive alternative for urine odors (but not feces) is a 50-50 mixture of white vinegar and water. I keep a spray bottle full when I expect puppy messes to clean up.

If you see your puppy start to go in the house, say “No” or “Anh!” pick him up, and take him out. When he’s finished, put him somewhere safe and clean up the mess. Don’t yell at your puppy or punish him for accidents. Don’t rub his nose in it. If you don’t see him start to go but find an accident later (a minute later is later), just clean it up and scold yourself for giving him the opportunity to make a mistake. Puppies don’t go in the house to be mean or to “get you.” They do it because they haven’t learned where they should go. Remember, he’s a puppy, not a child. You can talk until you’re blue in the face and he still won’t understand why you’re upset about the peepee on the rug.

If your puppy is still having regular accidents in the house at four months or older, talk to your veterinarian. Some medical problems can interfere with housebreaking.


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Top 20 Boy and Girl Dog Names

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Top 20 Boy and Girl Dog Names

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The Top Twenty female dog’s names in the USA

1. Maggie
Derivative: Margaret
Means: A pearl
Inspired by: Rod Stewart’s song ‘Maggie May’.

2. Bear
Means: Large mammal
Inspired by: Bear Bryant, football coach

3. MollyDog pic
Derivative: Mollie
Means: Irish for Mary
Inspired by: Molly, a white horse in Animal Farm by George Orwell (1945).
Famous because of
actress Molly Ringwald.
Films: The Breakfast Club, Betsy’s Wedding and Pretty in Pink.

4. Shadow
Means: A dark image cast by something blocking light.
Famous because of
a Golden Retriever in Film, “The Incredible Journey” (1993).

5. Lady
Means: Elegant female or nobility.
Inspired by: Cocker Spaniel in Disney’s 1956
“Lady and the Tramp”.
Famous because of
Catch phrase “I’m A Lady”
from British TV Comedy series ‘Little Britain’.

6. Sadie
Derivative: Sarah, Sally
Means: From Sarah – Princess, one of royal
Famous because of
Sadie Frost – Ex-wife of actor Jude Law.
Actress and fashion designer.

7. Lucky
Information about this name:
Means: Having good luck.
Inspired by:
President Ronald Reagan’s dog.
Lucky Man – A Memoir by Michael J. Fox
Lucky – A Memoir by Alice Sebold.

8. Lucy
Derivative: Lucia
Means: Light
Famous because of
‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds’ the Beatles song.
Character from “Peanuts” comic strip.
Lucille Ball, star of 1950’s sit-com ‘I Love Lucy’
Actress, Lucy Liu

9. Daisy
Derivative: Daisy Mae
Means: The eye of the day. Also flower.
Inspired by: Daisy Miller, novel by Henry James (1879).
Famous because of
Girlfriend of Donald Duck

10. Brandy
Derivative: Brandi, Brandee, Brandie
Means: An alcoholic drink distilled from wine
Inspired by: Brandy the American R ‘n’ B pop star.
Brandy used to flavour Christmas Cakes, Puddings and Custard.

11. Bandit
Means: robber
Famous because of
Smokey and the Bandit movie

12. Ginger
Derivative: Virginia
Means: A spice
Famous because of
Dancing partner of Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers (1911-1997)
Geri Halliwell, ‘Ginger Spice’ in the Spice Girls band

13. Abby
Derivative: Abbie, Abbey,Abigail, Abbi
Means: From Abigail – Father’s happiness

14. Sasha
Derivative: Sacha, Sascha
Means: Helpmate

15. Sandy
Derivative: Sandi, Sandra
Means: The helper of mankind
Famous because of
Sandy played by Olivia Newton John in film, Grease
Actress, Sandra Bullock

16. Murphy
Means: Sea warrior
Inspired by: Murphy’s Law, that anything can happen.
Famous because of
US sit-com “Murphy Brown”

17. Pepper
Information about this name:
Means: A spice or condiment.

18. Dakota
Means: Friends
Inspired by: A State, USA
The Dakota building in New York where musician John Lennon was murdered.
Famous because of
Dakota, daughter of Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith.
Young actress, Dakota Fanning.

19. Katie
Derivative: Katherine, Kate, Katy
Means: Pure maiden
Inspired by: British Super Model, Kate Moss -.
Famous because of
Actress, Kate Hudson, daughter of Goldie Hawn.
Actress, Katie Holmes, partner of Tom Cruise.
Actress Kate Beckinsale

20. Annie
Derivative: Anne
Means: Full of grace
Inspired by: Annie Oakley.
Famous because of
Musical, ‘Annie’
Actress, Annie Potts

The Top Twenty boy dog names in the USA

1. Max
Derivative: Maxwell, Maximillian
Means: Large spring
Inspired by: Max Mara – fashion designer label.
Famous because of
The German Shepherd dog of ‘The Bionic Woman’.

2. Jake
Derivative: Jacob
Means: To fill the place of another
Inspired by: Boxer, Jake La Motta
Famous because of
Character in “Melrose Place”
Jake – one of the Blues Brothers
Actor, Jake Gyllenhaal

3. Buddy
Derivative: Bud, Budd, Buddie
Means: The welcome messenger.
Inspired by: Singer Buddy Holly (1938-1959)
Famous because of
Story of a New Yorker who raised a gorilla called “Buddy”
(1997 film).

4. Bear
Means: Large mammal
Inspired by: Bear Bryant, football coach

5. Bailey
Derivative: Bailie
Means: A trusted guardian of other peoples’ property
Inspired by: The Old Bailey, a criminal court in London.

6. Shadow
Means: A dark image cast by something blocking light.
Famous because of
a Golden Retriever in Film, “The Incredible Journey” (1993).

7. Sam
Derivative: Samuel, Samson, Sambo
Means: Heard by God

8. Lucky
Means: Having good luck.
Inspired by: Dog of President Ronald Reagan.

9. Rocky
Means: An area with lots of rocks
Famous because of
Films of the same name with actor, Sylvester Stallone.
Rocky the Flying Squirrel in the cartoon “Rocky and Bullwinkle”.

10. Buster
Derivative: Busta
Means: Extraordinary one
Famous because of
Actor, Buster Keaton (1895-1966)

11. Casey
Derivative: Cassey, Caysi, Kasey
Means: The brave and watchful warrior who never slept
Inspired by:
Australian country singer, Kasey Chambers –
Baseball player and manager, Casey Stengel –
Song Casey Jones about the engineer of the Cannon Ball Express.

12. Cody
Derivative: Codi, Codie,
Means: A cushion
Inspired by: Buffalo Bill, Wild West pioneer, born William Cody
Famous because of Cody – actor Robin William’s son.

13. Brandy
Derivative: Brandi, Brandee, Brandie
Means: An alcoholic drink distilled from wine
Inspired by: Brandy the American R ‘n’ B pop star.
Brandy used to flavour Christmas Cakes, Puddings and Custard.

14. Duke
Means: Leader or highest nobleman
Inspired by: Duke Ellington, jazz pianist.
Famous because of
Nickname of actor John Wayne (1907-1979)
Dog in “The Beverley Hillbillies” (1962-71).

15. Charlie
Derivative: Charles
Means: Strong and manly
Inspired by: Charlie Watts – drummer from The Rolling Stones.
Famous because of
Lead character Charlie Brown from “Peanuts”
Actor Charlie Sheen.
Actor, Charlie Chaplin.
Prince Charles, heir to the throne.

16. Bandit
Means: An outlaw or robber
Famous because of
Movie – Smokey and the Bandit.

17. Jack
Derivative: John, Jacko
Means: God’s gracious gift
Inspired by: Fairy story, Jack and the Beanstalk –
Actor, Jack Nicholson.
Actor, Jack Palance.
Jack Osbourne – son of Sharon and Ozzy.
Actor, Jack Lemmon.

18. Harley
Means: From the meadow of the hares
Inspired by: Harley Davidson motorcycle.
Harley Street, street of private Doctors in London.

19. Rusty
Derivative: Rusti
Means: Covered in rust
Famous because of
The cat belonging to Elly May in “The Beverley Hillbillies” (1962-71).

20. Winston
From a surname derived from an English place name, which was
in turn derived from the Old English given name Wynnstan
meaning “joy stone”.
Famous because of Winston Churchill (British prime minister
during World War II).

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