so i have a 3 month old shih tzu and she sleeps alone downstairs in a gated area. I put a training pad just in case she really needs to go during the night. but the pad does not seem to attract her. i put them everywhere but she ended up peeing in the only little spot that wasnt covered. help?
and an extra question. Many nights and recently every night, she wakes up around 1 ish and cries for hours! i dont know what to do.


  1. lil' G

    okay for the peeing part put a pee pad in a litter box and put fake grass on it then she will be used to peeing in that spot dogs like to mark territory you will have to change out lots of pads to keep her peeing there! if you keep doing that for about 7 days then she will be used to it and you can take away the litter box and fake grass.
    the whining part is probably and obviously because she is either lonely or has to pee that may be the reason she may think the pee pads are carpeting and thinks she will be in trouble. and she may need to have a toy with her that she has really bonded with.
    ********Hope this helps!******** i really do actually im not just sayin that.

  2. Psychic Readings by phone by an experienced Psychic

    Start crate training. She has too much room in her gated area, and wittles there because of that room. Get a crate that is just big enough for her to turn around and lay down in…no larger. I never believe in wee wee pad training….its not a good idea to encourage a pup to wittle anywhere in your house if your ultimate goal is to have her toilet outside. Also, limit liquids after 6pm and don’t crate her for the night until its time for you to go to bed. If she wakes at 1am and cries take her outside to do her business and then right back to the crate. She may be trying to tell you she has to go to the bathroom. If the crying continues, let it….eventually your dog will understand that its time to sleep. They feel secure in a crate. Hope this helps.

  3. retro sh!t

    I have a 4 month old shitzu too.
    What I did was everytime he had to use the bathroom,
    I took him to the mat instead of outside & when he used the mat I praised him (give him a treat, or a belly rub). He eventually got used to it.
    She wakes up & cries is probably cause she is lonely & wants someone to play with her, or has to pee.
    My puppy sits by the door & cries when he has to go, or when no one plays him, he cries & grabs a toy out of his toy box & sits on us.

  4. Brittany

    omg u should not let her rome around in an eara put her in a crate and dont use pads.ok this is wat u do u feed her once in the morning and 1 at night.u out the food down for 10 min.becuz if u leave it down she will have to go to the bathroom and wait about 20 min to 1hr and take her out and every 1 hr to 2 hr take her out no matter wat and that should help some of the whining problems

  5. Jessica M

    okay you have to discipline and train her..
    when she pees on the floor then give her a stern straightfoward mad look and abrubtly say NO! and then show her the peepee pad and say yes pee goes here.
    keep reinforcing, it will take a lil time thats what my dog did, and aw really? then maybe she gets hungry, you should try letting her sleep with you somoetimes, like get a nice basket bed and put it on the floor but thats just an option.

  6. Anya D

    it could be that she has too big of an area to roam. i’d get a good crate and put her there. normally dogs wont soil the areas they sleep/live in. maybe at 1am she needs to go out. i’d let her out as close to 1am as possible before you go to bed and make sure she goes. feed her earlier in the evening too.

  7. Sarawr <3 ilu

    you need to tell her no, i have to doggie one was a puppy when we got him, his a mix , and his one part of your doggie. and for him, you need to show him where to go.. alot. besides that, they also think its cute. probably. so you have to show here where to go alot, if she goes in the wrong spot.
    and as for the last one, she could be hunry or lonly. my puppy used to do taht around 3 in the moring and he would just cry. its because they usally are missing you, because your not with them.. there kind like kids you know? ^^

  8. Rayven ~ Life's a B

    She’s whining because she has to go to the bathroom. Get up and take her outside. When she goes bring her back in. ditch the training pads and the gated area and get her a crate and start crate training her. There is NO point in teaching her to go on them.

  9. fourpaws

    Chances are she needs to go outside to potty at night. Or she is very Lonely, or both.
    Question for you? Why is your Shih-tzu so far away from you at night?
    These are little Chinese dogs that where bred to be always in the company of Emporers of China. Try getting a crate for her and put it beside you bed at night so she feels close to you.
    The Shih Tzu is a friendly lap dog that at one time was bred to be a companion dog for Chinese royalty. Some say living in the imperial palace gave the Shih Tzu an arrogant quality, although they also display qualities of devotion and adaptability. They are not afraid to stand up for themselves. They tend to be sweet, playful, and trusting as well. It ranks 70th in Stanley Coren’s The Intelligence of Dogs, considered one of the lowest degree of working/obedience intelligence (trainability). They don’t need as much exercise as larger dog breeds, but do suffer from the same difficulties as most small breed dogs due to having a smaller bladder.
    Right Breed for You?
    As the sole purpose of the Shih Tzu is companion and house pet, he should be lively, alert, friendly and trusting towards all. He requires minimal exercise, but his long, luxurious coat needs daily brushing and maintenance.
    You should read this site as it may contain a lot of answers for you and your shih tzu:
    “A Look Back”
    Cherished by Chinese royals as prized house pets for over a thousand years, it is believed to have descended from crossing the Lhasa Apso or Tibetan mountain dog and Pekingese. The Shih Tzu was the house pet for most of the Ming Dynasty and was discovered by soldiers in England during World War II.

  10. Aluka

    I’ll just tell you now, potty “training” pads are crap. They only ever confuse the dog and they do not help in potty training. So get rid of them. They tell the dog that it can pee in the house and not just on the pads, but anywhere.
    Start by putting her on a schedule. Take her out to where she is supposed to pee, whether that means taking her out on a walk or taking her to the backyard in the place you want her to potty every hour or so and immediately after she eats.Start getting her used to it. At night, instead of putting ten potty pads down just for her to pee in an unprotected spot and still leave you with a mess, set a couple alarms to get up and actually take her out. I also recommend putting her in a crate during the night so that she is not free to move around during the night.
    I know it’s probably annoying, but you obviously wanted to puppy so you must do what is needed to properly house train her. Plus, this technique will train her much quicker than what you are doing now, so you won’t have to do it for months and months on end.
    During the day, while you are around, always keep an eye on her. If she makes any movements that might mean she has to potty, take her out. When she pees outside, praise her and make it seem like the best thing in the world.
    About her crying, well she’s a baby. She’s all alone in a dark house by herself. She’s scared and lonely. Also, I bet this is about the time that she gets up to pee. After she pees, she doesn’t go back to sleep immediately and realizes she’s alone. Maybe try taking her crate up into your room and let her sleep in there with you. It may also make getting up to take her out easier.

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