Have you thought about getting dog leashes for training Shih Tzu? There are many different styles of dog training for Shih Tzu, and finding the one that works best for your Shih Tzu is important for creating a Shih Tzu that is a talented, loyal and faithful member of the family. All successful methods of dog training work to reinforce the relationship between dog and handler, and the foundation of any successful training program is getting the respect of the Shih Tzu. Fortunately, Shih Tzu is wired by nature to seek out leaders, and to follow the direction of those leaders.
This article focuses on one of the most popular methods of Shih Tzu dog training – the so-called leash/collar style of Shih Tzu training. Other articles will focus on the other popular style of training Shih Tzu, often called reward training or positive reinforcement.
Leash training / collar training is the best way to accomplish many types of dog training, particularly in situations where the Shih Tzu must have a high level of reliability. For instance, Shih Tzu that have an important job to do, such as therapy Shih Tzu dogs, generally benefit from leash and collar training. If trained properly, almost any Shih Tzu can work as a therapy dog.
Both leash training and reward training have been around for a very long time, and they have proven their effectiveness over time. The type of training that works best will vary from Shih Tzu to Shih Tzu. It is important to remember that each breed of dog has its own unique qualities, reinforced by hundreds of years of selective breeding.
In a collar and leash based Shih Tzu training program, first the Shih Tzu is taught a particular behavior, generally with the leash. After the Shih Tzu has demonstrated that it understands the command, the leash is then used to correct the Shih Tzu if it disobeys, or when it makes a mistake. The leash is the main form of controlling and communicating with the Shih Tzu in leash and collar training.
In leash Shih Tzu training, varying degrees of force can be used, ranging from slight prompts with the lead to very harsh corrections. The amount of correction used should be appropriate to the situation, since using too much correction, or too little, will be ineffective.
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