Teaching your Shih Tzu puppy the “place” command is beneficial for many reasons. First of all, the “place” command helps puppies learn self-control. Self-control is essential to any effective training program. Teaching “place’ also helps provide puppies with a place to go to when they need down time. Moreover, teaching the command may assist in eliminating undesirable behaviors like jumping on people.
The place command can be taught in a variety of ways. I like the method listed below.
1. Choose a Spot
Before you start teaching your Shih Tzu puppy the place command, it’s essential to look for an ideal spot in the house to conduct training. The spot should be easily accessible, free from distractions, and stress free for your puppy. If you have spare room that would be an ideal place for training a puppy. You can use a dog bed to serve as the “place” you want the puppy to go to when using the command. Once you’ve found your ideal spot, try to familiarize your Shih Tzu puppy with the new area by using treats and positive reinforcement.
2. Pick your Command Word
It’s critical to use a specific command word that you’ll use every time you want the puppies to go to their designated area. You can choose any command word you desire, but the most commonly used word is “place.” Whenever your puppy goes to the desired spot, simply say the word “place.”
3. Always be Positive
Positive reinforcement is the most efficient way to teach the “place” command to young puppies. Whenever your Shih Tzu puppy goes to the designated spot, give them a lot of praise, and reward them with a tasty treat. Over time, your puppy will begin to recognize that going to their designated spot when told comes with a reward.
4. Slowly Increase Training Sessions
Shih Tzu puppies don’t have a very big attention span, so when you first start teaching the “place” command, start with short training sessions. Initially, ask your Shih Tzu puppy to stay in place for only 15 to 30 seconds, and then gradually increase the time in place. If your puppy tries to leave before the desired time is up, gently guide him or her back to the spot. Use a treat if necessary and remember to say the command word “place.”
5. Be Consistent
Consistency is vital when it comes to teaching Shih Tzu puppies new commands. Ideally, you should practice the place command daily, gradually increasing the duration. The goal is to give the puppy a solid introduction to the command. But, if new owners don’t work on the command frequently it will fade from the puppy’s memory. Also, please remember to be patient and positive. Puppies thrive when their owners use positive reinforcement and are patient with training. Punishing a puppy for not getting it right is never a good idea!
In conclusion, the “place” command is an easy way to teach Shih Tzu puppies self-control while providing them with a safe spot for down time. Using positive reinforcement and remaining consistent during training sessions is key when it comes to teaching new commands. Gradually increasing the duration will ensure that your puppy masters the command over time. Following the above tips will help teach your Shih Tzu puppy the “place” command in a safe and positive manner.