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Old 06-02-2011, 11:48 AM
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Question Pee pad training HELP!!

I have 7 month old male chihuahua named Cheeko and we need help! I have had him since Febuary when I started pee pad training him right away. Needless to say its not working..... and its 4 months later. I have spent hours upon hours sitting with him at the pee pad getting him to pee or poop and than always rewarding him with a treat. I asked the vet and she said he is fine just to be patient because they are hard to potty train. Most of the time he will just pee wherever he wants to right in front of us, its getting to be a huge problem because he has completly ruined most of the carpet. Everytime he pees/poops we take him right back to the pee pad and tell him "bad dog you need to pee here!!!!" I have never had a chihuahua before only bigger dogs that have gone outside to pee and they whine and whine at the door to get out. Another thing I have been doing is "crate training" I have a small crate that use to have a pillow inside it but yet again he just peeed all over it and it was beyond the point of washing it so i threw it but he will pee in there and just lay in it...... this is strange and i need help im at my witts end with this dog!
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Old 06-02-2011, 02:17 PM
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Is he fixed?
Have you tried umbilicording him and training him outside for the summer. I know how you feel as I have only had big dogs who never went in the house.There was a month that I was pulling out my hair over our chi.

Mine is 9 months old and started on the pads cause it was winter but as soon as spring was here he was put outside and treated everytime he went. He was fixed but went through a period of peeing on everything. We also put in a dog door.

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Maybe taking him to the pee pad and saying bad dog,he thinks he can't go there??? When you see him doing a pee then say NO in a stern voice so he knows that second what he's doing is wrong, then take him over to the pad.Next time he does it on your carpet wipe a bit of the pee onto the pad and leave that down ,it will have his scent on it,this may help ???? Good luck
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Thanks guys!! We live in an appt that has quite a few doors to get out of before we get outside and we tried that but he's peed in the hallway a few times.... he isn't fixed but needs to get neutered soon, planning on July to get that done. ---What is umbillicording him?
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True, Dogs don't think like humans. If you scold him on the pee pad he will think the pee pad is the bad place to potty.

Like Michele said, startle him with a NO when you see him pee in a bad place, pick him up and put him on the pee pad to finish his business. Once he is done, praise him like it's the best thing he's ever done!
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Thanks guys!! We live in an appt that has quite a few doors to get out of before we get outside and we tried that but he's peed in the hallway a few times.... he isn't fixed but needs to get neutered soon, planning on July to get that done. ---What is umbillicording him?
Its when you leash yourself to the dog, so when your dog needs to go you take him to the pee pad.Its so they dont have free roam of your house.Its alot of work but it does pay off big time.

I agree lots of praise!

Yeah living in an apartment and peeing in hallways not so good. How about the deck?? or is it not secure enough. I know thats where mine will be going when its full blown winter and they only want to be out for a secondLOL

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You might want to buy a potty patch fake grass,comes in a kit,only $40. I have been told by friends with small male dogs its much easier than the potty pads I use for Sparkles. Good luck!
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I 2nd the potty patch idea. Instead of a small crate where he has to pee on himself if he does need to go; set up a playpen divided in 2 sections; bed and pee area (grass patch or pad.) ANY time you can't watch him like a hawk; he MUST be in here. A dogs natural aversion to soiling it's bedding will cause him to go as far from the bed as possible, the other side (the pee pad!) I've used this method for all my dogs and they housebreak themselves. After a while even when they are running around the house (me supervising of course) they will seek out the pee pad to go. It's still important to praise a lot when they do go on the pad; and as soon as you notice him peeing you must move him there immediately. As long as you literally never let him out of you sight you will notice every time he pees. It sounds like a LOT of work but like others said it really pays off. You just have to be very diligent WATCHING him and not LETTING him have an accident. (Thats where the leash or 'umbilical' training comes in handy; if you actually have stuff to do and can't just watch him. This way he has to follow you and be everywhere you are; which makes it a lot easier to catch him.) And any time that you can't watch him he HAS to be in his pen. This is the setup we're using for Tequila and have used to train every dog before her.:
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