Your Chihuahua puppy might be strong-willed, but before he leaves his litter he has already begun to separate his potty areas from his sleeping and playing areas. Your Chihuahua is small enough that he can be potty trained to go inside your house in the same place on puppy pee pads if you would like.
Training your Chihuahua to go on pee pads in your house makes for easy cleanup and is helpful for Chihuahua owners who don't want to go for walks outdoors or require their tiny little Chihuahua to walk in the snow and cold. This puppy pee pad potty training is also great for Chihuahuas who live in high rise apartment buildings or in the middle of concrete jungles. If you plan to have your Chihuahua in places other than inside your home, you may want to consider training your Chihuahua for outdoor potty as well as pee pads so he knows he can go elsewhere should that need arise.
Training your Chihuahua puppy to use pee pads when he goes potty will require dedication and understanding from you. You will need to be around often to pay attention to the signs that your little buddy needs to go potty and be committed enough to help him succeed. To do this you will need to understand when your dog typically needs to go. Once you have that understanding of his potty patterns down, taking him to his puppy pee pads, waiting for him to go, and rewarding him for good behavior is basically condition training. This will be repetitive training and will require having someone home during the common times your Chihuahua may need to go potty. Rewards based potty training tends to work better than punishment for poor behavior. To reward your Chihuahua, you will need to catch him doing a good job recognizing appropriate places to go potty.
Before you get started potty training your Chihuahua to use puppy pads, pick out an area in your home where you plan to keep the pee pads. This area shouldn't change and should be easy for your pup to get to. This might be a bedroom you don't use often, a bathroom, or even a utility room. You will need to have plenty of pee pads to lie down on the floor for training and enough for replacing dirty pads over the course of your training as well. Your Chihuahua will require rewards for good behavior and you may decide you would like to have your dog on a leash when you begin to take him to his pee pee pads to go potty. Avoid carrying your Chihuahua to his potty area or he will expect this all the time.
I have had my puppy for about 1 month and a half, he learned to pee and poop in the right area, and showed signs that he was able to do so independently. However, there are time where he still makes accidents. So I was wondering how long do I have to continue to pick him up and take him to the pee pee pad?
Hello Maddie, He will need for you to lead him over to the Pee Pad until he is no longer having accidents in the house and is going over to the pee pads on his own when he needs to pee. Exactly how long that takes will depend on him. There is not a set amount of time. When you take him over to the pee pads, lead him over to the pee pads while he is walking on the ground. Do not carry him. You want him to learn how to get to the pee pads so that he will begin going there on his own. Walking there will help him to remember how to get there and will create a habit of going to them. If he will not follow you there quickly, then attach a leash to him and lead him over to the pee pad with the leash. If he is still having accidents regularly in three months, then his routine will need to be examined more closely. There might be something that is delaying his potty training that needs to be address. One and a half months is probably not enough time for him to learn where to go potty and where not to. On average it takes three months, but every dog is a bit different and it can take longer. If he is regularly having accidents only on rugs and carpet and not hard surfaces, then we might need to switch to litter box training. He might be confusing the pee pads with other soft fabric areas in your home. This can sometimes happen with pee pads. If he is having accidents on hard surfaces too, then the issue is probably just not enough practice yet. Make sure that you are cleaning up any accidents with a pet safe cleaner that contains enzymes to break down the smell fully, so that he will not be encouraged to eliminate in the same area again by the smell. Dogs' noses are better than ours and only enzymes will break down the proteins enough to remove the smell fully. You can also give him a treat every time that he eliminates on the pee pad, so that he will want to go there instead of other locations. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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