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However, you'll be amazed at how much dogs love this. Go for a walk on a completely new route. Bring your Shih Tzu to a dog friendly store.
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Many do, the only rule is that they must be one leash, placed in the shopping cart, in a carrier a sling is a great choice for this or in a canine stroller. As of this writing, dog friendly stores include: Bring your Shih Tzu for a picnic. Pack up a super yummy lunch for both of you and a large blanket and you are both ready to enjoy some outdoor time and new experience. Go to a shoreline. Has it been a while since your Shih Tzu has been to a beach, lake, or riverside park?
Why not go today weather permitting? Most dogs love to explore a new area and water can add a new element that makes the time exciting. Just be sure to keep your Shih Tzu on leash and harness. If the water is safe, let him splash at the shoreline and investigate the new setting.
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Treat both you and your Shih Tzu to a spa day. Spas meant for both owner and dog to enjoy together are popping up all over cities and towns. There are some that offer fun things like Jacuzzi tubs for owners to pamper their pets or the facility will wash your dog while you relax.
Go on a hike. Most Shih Tzu do well with a 1 to 3 mile trail, with breaks to rest and hydrate. Prepare by bringing along a backpack with food and water and be sure to keep your Shih Tzu on harness. Plan for the hike to take about twice as long as you expect so that you are finished long before dark. Most dogs love being outdoors in nature, hearing new sounds and experiencing new scents.
And of course, moderate exercise helps keep a Shih Tzu healthy. Visit a farm or orchard. Depending on the season, it can be a great time to go strawberry picking, apple picking or even explore a pumpkin patch. Often, apple orchards also have peach trees and other fruit trees to fill in between apple season. It can be a great way to do something new with your Shih Tzu and afterward or during , you can sample the fruit.
Strawberries are one of the fruits safe for dogs to eat. Peach and apple can be given to dogs if you cut out pieces only the core, seeds and pits are toxic. Take your Shih Tzu out to eat at a dog-friendly restaurant. S ome have menu items for dogs. At the Laughing Dog Brewing Co.
Romeo and Redford, p hoto courtesy of Deborah Singley. Visit a museum, historical or tourist site. To phase out the treat lure, hide the treat and give her the verbal command, then wait seven seconds before luring her into the position. Repeat this until she will do the behavior in response to just your verbal command. The seven seconds in between the verbal command and the lure give her time to think and to listen to the command, so that she will learn the verbal command better.
The first time that your pup does the behavior in response to just your verbal command, give her five treats, one at a time. Give her just one treat at all other times.
After she has done the behavior in response to your verbal command, continue to practice, until she will do the command consistently. When she can do the command consistently, then gradually decrease the frequency of your treat rewards, until you have replaced them with just life rewards, such as going for a walk, being fed dinner, being petted, being thrown a toy, and being allowed to greet other dogs or people.
Continue to practice often and in new locations. To begin, choose what command you would like to teach your puppy. Fill a small Ziploc bag or treat pouch with treats or kibble, and place the bag into your pocket or hook the treat pouch onto yourself, so that your rewards will stay close by. Watch your puppy throughout the day.
Anytime that he begins to do the behavior that you are trying to teach, tell him the verbal command for that behavior while he is doing it. For example, if you are trying to teach Fido the 'down' command, then as soon as he begins to lay down, tell him "Down" in a calm voice.
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Right when your puppy completes the behavior that you are trying to teach, praise him and offer him a treat. For example, if you are teaching him the 'down' command, then as soon as his chest touches the floor and he relaxes into the 'down' position, praise him and give him a treat. Look for opportunities to catch and reward your puppy for doing the behavior that you are trying to train.
Remember to tell him the verbal command while he is doing the behavior every time that you catch him. Do this until you have caught your pup doing the behavior at least thirty times. After you have caught your puppy doing the behavior at least thirty times, test whether or not your puppy has learned the command by calling him over to you and giving him the verbal command. Repeat the command up to five times in a row, waiting ten seconds between each command. If your puppy does the behavior that you have been training in response to your verbal command one of the times, then praise him and give him five treats, one at a time, the first time that he does it.
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If your puppy does not do the behavior when you tell him to, then go back to catching him doing it for longer. After you have caught and rewarded him for doing the behavior at least ten more times, test him again. Repeat testing him and practicing until your puppy will do the command when you tell him to.
When your puppy will do the behavior that you are trying to train in response to your verbal command, then practice the command with him until he can do it consistently, and remember to have fun with your puppy! To begin, choose what command you would like to teach your Bichon Shih Tzu puppy.
Gently move your puppy into the position that you are teaching him, or show him how to do the behavior by offering him physical assistance. For example, if you are teaching your puppy how to 'touch' a bell to alert you when he needs to go outside, then gently lift his paw while telling him "Touch", and ring the bell with his paw. As soon as your pup does the behavior that you are teaching, with your assistance, praise him and offer him a treat. Repeat assisting him in doing the behavior until he begins to do the behavior on his own when you reach for him, tell him the verbal command, or show him a prop that you are using.
Hold off giving the treat until he has been in the position for a count of 3. You may need to do it on several different occasions until the dog figures out what you expect. Get the latest on everything Shih Tzu.
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