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.
My dog has a hard time remembering outside is his potty. It’s especially hard when it’s raining outside. She immediately wants to go inside because it’s cold (Chicago cold). How do I help her go outside when it’s not favorable to do so?
Hello Michelle, First, it may be worth purchasing her a warm doggie jacket that has the right opening to let her go potty while wearing it. Check out the brand RuffWear. If she isn't as cold she is less likely to hate going. When you introduce the jacket to her make it really fun and give her lots of treats when you put it on so that she likes wearing the jacket. Second, when you take her potty, tell her to "Go Potty" and give her a treat right after she goes. Insist that she goes potty by walking her around slowly. With the jacket she should be able to stay outside for longer. Going potty quickly = her getting to go back inside sooner. If you let her decide when to go back inside she will probably avoiding pottying. If she has to wait to go inside after until after she goes potty she should learn to go faster because she doesn't want to stay outside any longer. Teaching her the "Go Potty" command should help her learn to focus on going potty. If you absolutely cannot get her to go potty sometimes, then when she comes inside she needs to go into the crate for 1-2 hours (or less if you need to leave before then), then be taken back outside. She only gets freedom inside when you know she needs to potty when her bladder is empty. Stay consistent and pay attention to what your actions are teaching her - whether good things or bad things you don't want her doing. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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