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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