If you have a new Shih Tzu puppy or even a dog without proper training, perhaps you've already thought about crate training. If not, now is the time to start. Crate training is a great way to eliminate bad behaviors, all while providing your pet with a space of his or her own.
Consider a crate as a dog's own personal space. If he or she feels overwhelmed, a crate is a sort of sanctuary. In addition to that, a crate is a great tool when housebreaking a dog. Since dogs don't want to use the bathroom where they sleep, this can help them learn how to go outdoors to use the bathroom. A crate is also great for when you leave the house, whether it's to separate dogs or simply to keep your dog out of harm's way and to prevent behaviors including tearing up the furniture or other items in your home.
A crate isn't just a magical solution, though. Your dog will have to be properly trained to use the crate in order for it to be effective and for your pet to view the crate as its safe haven. It doesn't have to be difficult, and with these tips, you can have a greater change for crate training success.