There are many reasons you might want your Chihuahua to learn how to use a pee pad in your house. Chihuahuas are little dogs, and they don't typically handle winter weather very well. Pee pads are perfect for little dogs to be able to use the potty in one area in your house, protecting your floors and furniture, curtains and walls from urine damage and marking. Training your Chihuahua to use a pee pad could occur because his little body is too small to handle the harsh winter cold and his little paws are too sensitive to handle cold or icy conditions. Many Chihuahua owners also train their dogs to use pee pads if they are living in apartments. High-rise buildings in the middle of concrete cities don't offer soft, comfortable grass and places for your dogs to go potty outside. For larger dogs, it might be worth walking to a dog park and getting exercise to find some grass. However, for small dogs like Chihuahuas, it makes sense if you are in an apartment in the middle of a concrete jungle to potty train your Chihuahua within your home.
Training your Chihuahua to use a pee pad is not much different than house training your dog. You were going to take him to the same place anytime you think he needs to go potty, so he knows exactly where to eliminate. You will need to keep pee pads clean and changed frequently so he has a clean, sanitary place to go each time he needs to go. Be patient while you're training your Chihuahua to use pee pads. He may have some accidents here and there in other places. Be sure the area where you keep your pee pads is accessible to your Chihuahua, not hard to get to, and a place he can visit on his own often. It's easy to train Chihuahua puppies to use pee pads, but you can train your older dog to use pee pads as well if you are rescuing or trying to change the potty behavior of your older Chihuahua.
Be prepared before you begin training your Chihuahua to use pee pads. Stock up on the pads you plan to use so you have plenty on hand while you're training your dog. Get some high-value treats for rewards to give to your Chihuahua each time he is successful using the pee pad instead of going elsewhere. Set aside space just for your dog. This space needs to be the same space each time. Do not confuse your dog by moving pee pads around your house. Before you begin training, scope out an area that you plan to use for your dog all the time. The space to be stocked with pee pads, and your dog needs to have access to it. Spaces many families use are bathrooms, utility rooms, closets, or unused rooms.
Just moved week ago Baxter will not go on his pee pads! What is going on with him was so good about it when I trained him initially. Help!!
Hello Diana, Baxter might be afraid of something in the area of the pee pad or he simply might view the pee pad as part of the rest of the house, and therefore be unwilling to go on it because he thinks it is not alright. To help him go, there are a couple of things that you can do. The simplest thing to try is to purchase a spray designed to encourage elimination from your local pet store or online. It goes by several different names such as "Hurry Spray", "Training Spray", "Puppy Training Spray", or something similar. It can usually be found in the training, house breaking, or cleaner department, but you can ask a store employee where to find it. Spray that spray onto the pee pad and bring Baxter over to the pad to go. Allow him to sniff the pad, and if he goes, praise him and give him a treat, to encourage future peeing and to let him know that it is acceptable to pee there. If that does not work, then purchase that same spray as well as an Exercise Pen. Set up the Exercise Pen in the area where you would like the Pee Pad to stay in the future, and place the pad inside the exercise pen. Do not place a bed, a food bowl, or anything else that is homey inside. You want this area to only be a toilet area. Place Baxter into a crate for several hours. Keep him there long enough that he will have to pee when you take him out but not so long that he will have an accident in the crate. Choose the amount of time based on Baxter's own bladder control. After he has been in the crate for several hours, then clip a leash onto him while he is still in the crate, and with the leash hurhim over to the Exercise Pen area. Lead him into the Exercise Pen and over to the Pee Pad that has been recently sprayed with the spray designed to encourage him to eliminate. Tell him to "Go Potty", take off the leash, and close the door to the Exercise Pen until he goes potty. At first it might take him a very long time to go, but eventually he will need to pee. Stay where you can see him if he goes, and if he goes, then immediately go over to him, praise him, give him a treat, and then let him out of the Exercise Pen. After he has been free for three hours, then crate him again until he needs to pee again, and then repeat taking him over to the Exercise Pen to pee and not letting him out until he goes. Do all of this often and consistently until he begins to go over to the Exercise Pen on his own when he needs to eliminate. If he is having accidents in the house right now, then he needs to be either in the crate, in the Exercise Pen, or closely supervised and free for no longer than three hours to prevent accidents. The more accidents that he has in the house the harder training will be, so it is very important to prevent them while he is relearning potty training in the new location. This will make the process easier in the long run. Make sure that you are also cleaning up any accidents with a pet safe spray that contains Enzymes because the Enzymes will break down the pee and poop better than other sprays, to remove the smell. Most sprays will not remove the smell enough for your dog to not be able to smell it still, and the smell, if left, will encourage a dog to pee or poop in that same spot again. Also when Baxter is loose in your home keep the door to the Exercise Pen open so that he can get to the Pee Pad any time that he needs to go. When he will consistently go into the Exercise Pen and use the Pee Pad on his own when he needs to go, then you can remove the Exercise Pen, and simply leave the Pee Pad there by itself. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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how to pad train my chihuahuah
Hello Stacy, Below I have linked an article on how to potty train Sadie. This article talks about litter box training but it can easily be used for Pee Pad training also. Simply use Pee Pads in place of the litter box whenever a step mentions a litter box. There are three methods in that article to choose from. Read over each one and choose whichever one you can be the most consistent with and will work for your schedule. Here is the link to the article: https://wagwalking.com/training/litter-box-train-a-chihuahua-puppy Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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My puppy takes food to the training pads instead of peeing or pooping on it
Hello Pam, I suggest using the Crate Training method whenever you are home for a few days until puppy starts to potty on the pads regularly. Once puppy is pottying there regularly, then you can switch to the Exercise Pen method also found in the article I have linked below - if that's more convenient than the crate training method for you. Crate Training method first, transition to Exercise Pen method once pup is pottying on the pads consistently - the method mentions litter boxes but pee pads or real grass pads can also be used for the same training methods: https://wagwalking.com/training/litter-box-train-a-chihuahua-puppy Pee pads are made out of fabric, which can be confusing for many dogs. Another option is also to switch to a litter box, or real-grass pads. Real grass pads tend to be the least confusing for dogs throughout their lives because other things in your home aren't made out of grass. Real grass pad brands: www.doggielawn.com https://www.amazon.com/DoggieLawn-Disposable-Dog-Potty-Medium/dp/B00761ZXQW www.Freshpatch.com https://www.amazon.com/Fresh-Patch-Disposable-Potty-Grass/dp/B005G7S6UI/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_199_img_0?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=CAAQAS6TJV4NNRM5E7AB porchpotty.com Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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My chihuahua just tears up pee pads. He thinks its to drag around and eats pieces.
Hello Christina, I suggest switching to a real grass pad or dog litter box. They tend to lead to less confusion with other things like rugs and carpet later, are easier to transition to pottying outside with, and more natural to a dog-especially real grass pads. If you really prefer pee pads anyway, you can make the transition back to one once past the chewing phases. Exercise Pen or Crate Training methods: https://wagwalking.com/training/litter-box-train-a-chihuahua-puppy Real grass pads- make sure the pads are real grass and not astroturf - the first two brands listed below can also be purchased off of Amazon most of the time: www.doggielawn.com www.Freshpatch.com www.porchpotty.com Finally, if you are able to supervise pup all the time, you can use the Crate Training method I linked above for pee pad training instead of litter box training too, but this requires supervising pup around pee pads every time he goes potty - in which case training pup to potty outside would be easier in the long run. Best of luck training, Caitlin Critenden
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I just got her yesterday and she seems to kind of just go anywhere. I took her outside before bedtime but she went again In her cage in the middle of the night. What do I do?
Hello Salombria, If you want to teach pup to go potty outside, I highly recommend following the Crate Training method from the article I have linked below and removing all pee pads immediately. Since she is older, you can adjust the times in the method, to take pup potty every 3 hours when you are home, give her 1.5-2 hours of freedom out of the crate after pottying outside before returning to the crate until the next potty trip, and can leave pup in the crate for up to 7 hours when you must leave the house - ideally only 4 though. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside If you wish to pee pad train pup, I highly suggest following the Exercise Pen method from the article linked below. You can also use a real grass pad or a litter box in place of a pee pad if pup is confusing pee pads with carpeting or rugs: Exercise Pen method: https://wagwalking.com/training/litter-box-train-a-chihuahua-puppy Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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I just got her and started potty skills,how long does it usually take for a pup to catch on and walk to it herself and me not taking her and using the pew pads on her own?
Hello! I am going to give you some training information on how to work with your dog to use a potty pad. She should be using it on her own within about a week. Choose Your Spot Pick a space in your house where you want your dog to go. Obviously, you’ll want this spot to be a low-traffic area. Make sure this spot is easily accessible to your dog, and make sure the floor surface is linoleum or tile, as opposed to carpet. If your dog “misses,” it will be easier to clean up. If the only spot you can put the pee pad is a carpet, you might consider getting a small tarp to put underneath the puppy pee pad to guard against spillage. Choose a spot that is outside of your “smell zone.” An important tip to remember is to make sure not to let your dog decide the spot he likes. Not only might he pick an area you won’t like, but he’ll learn that he is in charge – not you – which can cause a host of problems down the line. Monitor Your Dog When you are potty training your dog, full-time monitoring is an absolute necessity. It’s impossible to correct bad behaviors if you don’t see them happen. Dogs have very short memories. It is important to catch your dog in the act. If your dog goes on the floor, and you try to correct him hours after the fact, he will be confused and upset, not knowing what he did wrong. This can hinder training and your relationship with your dog. Puppies, in particular, must be watched constantly. They have less control over their bowels and will go when they have to go. If you miss these moments, you lose precious training opportunities. Of course, it’s nearly impossible to be with your dog 24 hours a day, but try to spend more time at home during the weeks you are potty training – it will pay off in the long run. Learn Your Dog’s Schedule Dogs, for the most part, are predictable. They will go to the bathroom at predictable times. You should be able to learn when your dog has to go based on timing as much as on his signals. Take some time to study your dog’s bathroom habits. You’ll learn the amount of time after he eats or drinks that he has to go, and you’ll get in rhythm with his daily bathroom schedule. This will help you reduce accidents and speed up the potty training process. Studying your dog’s habits can also help you identify his bathroom “triggers” – like having to go after a certain amount of playtime. Once you learn your dog’s schedule, use it to your advantage in potty training. Bring him to the pee pad a few minutes before he normally goes, and encourage him. This will help him get used to going in the right spot, and help you establish repetition in your training. Choose a Command Word Dogs have keen senses – they respond to sight, smell, and sound. When you begin pee pad training, choose a command word and use it every time you take your dog to the pad. Just about any word will work. The tone of your voice is more important than the actual word. Try phrases like “go on” or “go potty” in a slightly elevated, encouraging tone. Make sure to repeat this same command, in the same tone, every time you take your dog to the pee pad. Avoid Punishment When your dog has an accident, it’s just that – an accident. When you punish your dog during potty training, he will become confused and scared. He doesn’t know what he’s done wrong, and can’t understand why the person he loves most is mad at him. Most importantly, it will not help his potty training. Positive Reinforcement Both human and dog behavior is largely based on incentives. Dogs’ incentives are very simple – they want to eat when they are hungry, play when they are excited, and sleep when they are tired. But the most important thing your dog wants in life is to please you. Use this to your advantage. Whenever your dog goes on his potty training pad, shower him with lots of praise. If he sees that he gets praise for doing his business on the pad, he will be incentivized to keep going on the pad – and he’ll be excited to do it! Potty training – whether it’s a pee pad or going outside – will take time, but if you do it right, can take less time. Many dogs are potty trained in less than two weeks. Just remember that you and your dog are partners. Do everything you can to help him learn the proper etiquette, and you will enjoy a long, quality relationship together. Please let me know if you have any additional questions. Thank you for writing in.
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