It's hard to say which is worse, having your Chihuahua peeing on the floor or stepping in a puddle of ice cold pee. However, potty training is one of the most important skills you can teach your pup, that is unless you plan to keep your pup outside at all times (which is not a humane option). While Chihuahuas are notoriously hard to potty train, all it really takes is plenty of time and patience to succeed.
A Chihuahua of any age can be housebroken as long as you are willing to put in the time and effort needed. If your goal is to have your pooch pee strictly outside, avoid using "pee pads" sold in pet stores, as they may reinforce that it's quite okay for your pup to to pee in the house. Definitely not the results you are looking for. You need to teach your pup that the only place he is allowed to pee is outside.
The task at hand is one of the most basic behaviors you need to teach your pup. No one wants to have a dog who constantly thinks the house is his bathroom. While you can potty train any age Chihuahua, the sooner you start training your pup the better. Between the ages of 6 and 12 months, the Chihuahua's brain is developing quickly, making it much easier for them to learn new skills.
The most important part of training your Chihuahua to pee outside is to be patient. This skill will take a while for your pup to master. Remember that these amazing little dogs are pretty darn stubborn, which can make training them more difficult than other dogs. Bear in mind Chihuahuas do not respond well to being punished or scolded, it hurts their feelings and can slow down progress.
One of the first steps in potty training your Chihuahua is to start picking up the signs that he needs to go outside and pee. This can be hard to do since they are so small and low to the ground. But, in the early days, learning to spot the signs will help you help your pup to go pee outside where he should. You will need a few supplies to make the training go a little more smoothly, including:
The rest is all about having the time and patience to keep working with your pup until he finally masters the fine art of peeing outside like the rest of the dogs. Take your time, there is no point in trying to rush your pup as this will only make him more stubborn and leave you with even more messes to clean up.