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Why Is My Shih Tzu So Stubborn?

Uncover the reasons behind Shih Tzus' stubbornness and learn effective training tips to transform your stubborn companion into a well-mannered pet.

Keyana Beamon - Writer for DailyTails
By Keyana Beamon
Davor Štefanović - Editor for DailyTails
Edited by Davor Štefanović

Updated April 24, 2023.

Shih Tzus are perky, fun-loving dogs that get along with every family member. Bred to be small, indoor companions, they've not been selectively bred for traits like obedience, leading to a stubborn attitude.

How to Discipline a Stubborn Shih Tzu?

Although Shih Tzus make great companions, they can be a stubborn breed to train. Patience is necessary during the training process to ensure success and a well-behaved dog. Puppy classes and socialization can make the training process easier. Here are some tips on transforming your stubborn Shih Tzu into a well-mannered pet:

  • Teaching commands: Teach commands like sit, stay, down, come, or crate. Some owners may use a mechanism, such as a bell, to alert when their Shih Tzu needs to go potty.
  • Giving rewards and praise: Positive reinforcement is crucial. When your Shih Tzu obeys a command, follow up with a treat and praise. Using harsh correction can negatively impact training.
  • Establish hierarchy: Your Shih Tzu should see you as their leader. Failing to establish dominance may result in your Shih Tzu not listening and displaying destructive behavior.

Training Pays Off

Like any breed, Shih Tzus can be predisposed to diseases and conditions, so pet insurance is recommended to help cover any veterinarian costs. Regular 6-month to one-year visits with the veterinarian should be scheduled to track any changes in health.

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