I wish someone had responded. I'm having the same issue with my female shih tzu who is now 8 years old. We've had her for 6 years and she came trained. We recently moved homes and changed our kids' bedroom. She adores my son and generally sleeps with him. The dog had one accident since we've been in the house so I chalked it up to marking territory. Within the last 2 weeks, my inlaws have moved into our home and they are home most of the day. Just yesterday the dog pooped and peed in my daughter's room and then peed on my couch this morning. I was outdone! She has never done that before and I'm trying to figure out what is going on? She is one bodily function away from being someone else's pet. I don't know if the disruption in the house with the new guests is causing her to make it known that she's in charge or what, but she's going back into the cage. We haven't used her cage in over 4 years and I'm sad to have to do it, but my furniture can not be destroyed over a dog's behavior.
Sometimes dogs will do something just because they know they can get away with it. Take them to the vet and see if something is.wrong, but it all boils down to dminance. Put your dogs in crates at night. Letting then sleep with you and your children is letting them feel as superior as you.. And there goes all your rules out the door. If they mess in their crate, well, then there must be something wrong or you're keeping them in there for too long. Do you take your dog to daycare? In most daycares they can pee and poop inside.. When i was working there i caught her peeing and pooping in there but didn't stop her because all the other dogs did it.. But then she started going in the house at home. She now sleeps in a crate every night and i have never had a dog that listen to my authority over hers well as she.
I hope you still have your shih tzus and the problem is solved, here's my advice, it's a myth that shih tzu's are difficult to housebreak, it's always inconsistent training, and the wrong kind of training.
Paper training is a bad idea if you never want your dog to go to the bathroom inside. These digs are small, they have small bladders, my male shih Tzu can hold his bladder for 9 hours, but he's a male dog. Spayed females usually experience weaker muscles and may only hold it half that long. If you work and can't let her out, it's your fault. Arrange for a dig walker or purchase wee wee pads and take your dog to the pad and give the same command "go potty". Give her a treat always for going potty where you want her to, and give her lots of praise and a treat. Negative behavior training doesn't work with shih tzu's. Sleeping with your dig is not causing your dig to be dominant over you. Allowing the dig to pester you for treats or attention is. You must teach your dig basic commands, sit, stay, lie down, go potty, no. Ignore bad behavior and the dig learns to respect you and learns that following you commands will result in positive things like treats and attention. If you must, re train your dog using a crate and let the dog go out to potty on command using the reward method. Be consistent your shih Tzu will learn if you take the time to teach. Eating poop is something many digs do. Clean up the dog poop in your yard. It's not a fertilizer, it breeds bacteria and disease and fly larvae. Clean it up problem solved. Dogs usually grow out of this as they age.
My 2.5 year old female shih tzu has started peeing on furniture. She just peed on my sofa and my child's bed in the last week. What is going on? How do you get the pee out of the furniture and stop her from doing it?
These dogs ALL need to be checked for UTIs or Bladder infections before you proceed with any kind of proper training....Urinary Tract Infections make it impossible for animals or humans (For that matter) to hold their urine.....
Also, Kidney/Bladder Stones are common in toy breeds.....
I don't understand the "Throwing your dog away Or Making it someone else's problem" because of a few accidents! Neither did anyone mention that they had seen a Vet before posting! So, I'll leave that one alone! Karla
I am having the same problem but has not manifested to beds and furniture. She is 5-6yrs old, a rescue, spayed, and sneaky about peeing in the house. I have blocked off carpeted areas, she has now started on the hardwood floor. I know she can hold it, she has gone from 9pm to 9am with no problems. She has never had an accident in the room where we sleep. I am beside myself. She has eaten her poop but has stopped for quite some time. I read that it is not uncommon for puppy mill dogs to do this. I work from home and take her out 4-6 times a day. I am ready to put a doggie diaper on her. This is totally stressing me out. Does anyone have any idea on how to remedy this? How many more years of this is to be expected?
I have recentry taken in 2 shih tzu they just turned 5 they are twins. The female for the 2nd time has wet the bed. Last time it happened we thought it was from New Years fireworks as she doesn't like they noise. We shrugged it off and continued life as usual, until last night it happened again. She wet the bed again. This time we had done all our usual night time readiness allowing them to lay in our bed for approximately an hour then last walk of the night and into the crate until morning. So after they came inside they both seemed frightened about coming up into the bed, then my husband noticed the bed was wet. Also so was the dog. She had laid right there and urinated without getting up. Wetting the bed again. We cleaned her and the bed up made no big deal out of it by telling her she was bad as this was unusual behavior for her. Then off to bed.
We will come Monday call our vet, as this is not her normal behavior for her. She has adjusted ino her new life here with us without much of a skipped beat in here life. She knew us as we were Grandma & Grandpa to her her whole life and we continued to remain that so not to conurse them. I just hope that it is not anything serious.