Rumor has it that the Chihuahua is ridiculously difficult to housebreak. Those who say this simply don't understand their Chi very well. The Chihuahua is, in fact, a highly intelligent breed and can be trained to obey an incredible number of commands and learn even more tricks. Once you put your mind to ending the constant landmines in the house, you can train your Chi to poop outside in just a few weeks as long as you are ready to put in the time.
The hardest part of potty training a Chi is that they are so small it's hard to catch them in the act. It's no good trying to admonish him after the fact, he won't have a clue what you are mad about. The most important part of this training is that you remain consistent with your pup's training. This is the only way he will learn what you want of him.
In this particular case, you will be training your pup not to leave you those wonderful little surprises in the most awkward of places. Along with teaching your dog the importance of waiting until he is outside to do his business, you will be teaching him to let you know that he needs to go. In most cases, he will find his own way of notifying you, but you can also teach him to bark at the door or offer another type of signal.
The good news is that as long as you keep an eye on your pup and take him out on a regular basis and at any sign he needs to go, your Chi can learn to poop outside where he is supposed to. The best part is that you will finally be able to walk across your floor barefoot again.
You can start working on potty training your pup at a very early age, even before you start working on basic commands. The younger you start the better, as puppies learn far faster than adult dogs. Bear in mind that puppies, especially Chis, have very small bowels and will need to go potty far more frequently than a bigger dog. There are a few things you might need along the way such as:
The rest is all about patience and taking the time to work with your Chi constantly. Remember that Rome wasn't built in a day, it is going to take time for your Chi to master this very important skill. Even after he has mastered it, there will be the occasional accident until your pup matures.
my dog is outside pee trained but will go poop outside and will not go on a pad inside.
Hello Teri, It sounds like you are saying that your dog is trained to go potty both outside and inside - on a pee pad, but will only poop while outside. If that's the case, many dogs associate pee pads with other household items like carpet and rugs. Those dogs will often either have accidents inside often or will avoid going potty inside completely because they view it as unacceptable. I typically don't recommend forcing the issue with these dogs because if there is confusion, them finally pottying on the pads could result in them having accidents in other areas too. For those dogs I usually recommend switching from pee pads to real-grass pads. Real grass pads are usually less confusing for dogs and not as likely to be confused with any other area of your house. Check out the Exercise or Crate Training method from the article linked below and use a real grass pad in place of the litter box mentioned in the article: Exercise Pen or Crate Training method for indoor potty training: https://wagwalking.com/training/litter-box-train-a-chihuahua-puppy Real grass pad brands - be sure to sure real-grass and not astroturf pads: www.freshpatch.com www.doggielawn.com www.porchpotty.com Freshpatch and doggielawn can also be found on Amazon.com If I miss understood and the issue is that pup will not poop OUTSIDE, then check out the article linked below and the Crate Training method or Tethering method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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