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Old 12-05-2009, 01:32 PM
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Hi, all! I am a new member and I want to talk about housebreaking Chi's. Who hasn't heard this before? OK, I bought my female long-haired Chi when she was 9 months old. She was only 3 pounds. I let her sleep in the bed with me and my male Chi and toy poodle. She peed on the bed. I've tried again - after washing my bed clothes only to conclude she cannot hold it. Her last owner told me she cannot hold it (the dog - not the previous owner ). Anyway - I got a kennel for her large enough so her bed is in the back and a pee pee pad is in the front. If she can't hold it at night or while I am at work, she uses it. I also have a pee pee pad on the floor in my living room (tiled). A lot of the time she does not use the pee pee pad while in her kennel. She does use the one on the floor quite often and uses it to poop also. She likes to eat her poop . Anyway - she is 14 months old now and is 4 pounds or maybe a little more. Is a dog this small who has no health problems able to be housebroken? If yes, how do I do it! I would like to have everyone in the bed with me again so they do not have to spend so much time in their kennels. Thanks!
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Hi and welcome to the forum!

Yes chis under 4 lbs can be housetrained successfully, I wonder though at her previous owner saying she can't hold it, I presume she tried housetraining her and failed.

So if you have ruled out medical problems, maybe it means going back to basics with her. If it is only at night time she is having problems, it would be a good idea to give her last feed early and making sure she has plenty of time before bed to go to the loo.

I am sure you will get lots of suggestions and help here!!
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Thanks for your help. She also poops on the pee pee pad in the living room and eats it! I thought she was getting better because she does poop and pee outside but, with the rain we are getting in Central Florida, she has gone back to her old ways. Should I not give her the option of a pee pee pad in her kennel? She does pee in her bed if she has to which isn't good.
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Anyway - she is 14 months old now and is 4 pounds or maybe a little more. Is a dog this small who has no health problems able to be housebroken? If yes, how do I do it! I would like to have everyone in the bed with me again so they do not have to spend so much time in their kennels. Thanks!
First of all, absolutely yes she can be housebroken. That tiny dogs can't be potty trained is just a myth, an urban legend, probably perpetuated by some lazy toy dog owner who wanted to shift the responsibility for his dog not being house trained onto the poor dog, rather than it remaining with the owner where it rightfully belongs!

She is more than old enough to be able to hold her pee for the night.

Here's the thing. If her crate is large enough that she can sleep AND pee in it, then that won't do anything towards training her to better bladder control. Most dogs instinctively abhor soiling their "dens" or beds, or anywhere they consider their place. So if you crate or pen her such that she feels like she can have her "den" AND a separate pee place in the same crate, then you're not establishing much of a training base from which to work.

Here are a couple examples. (Both my dogs are trained to pee pads, they don't go outside to potty) My female Jazz is 5 months old and 2.13 lbs. She's crated during the day while I'm at work. She's able to hold her pee and poop routinely for 7 hours, because I'm often away from her for that long. There have been a couple of times recently that she's been crated for 10 hours! Not on purpose mind you, but because once my car broke down and I couldn't get home, and once because of a minor emergency having to do with one of my kids. She was able to hold her pee and poop all that time!

Tango is 2 1/2 and 3.9 lbs. I rescued him at 7 months, 2.4 lbs, and he was not housebroken at ALL. I used the crate training method to housebreak him, and though he's not crated any more during the day, he can go for as long as 12 hours without peeing or pooping! When I know I'm going to have to be away from home for a long time, I put Jazz in her playpen where she has a bed, toys, food and water, and a pee pad, so she doesn't have to hold it for that long, but Tango stays out. He just sleeps the day away I guess, because when I come home after that long, his pee pad's dry, though it gets wet pretty quickly as soon as he hears me come in lol!

I've really gone on here! Sorry. But I wanted to make the point that these little guys can hold their business for extended periods of time if they're trained to. On the other hand, if they're allowed to pee and poop randomly, whenever THEY feel like it, then they are never given the opportunity to gain some kind of control.

I've found crate training to be the best method to housetrain a dog, though there are plenty of other methods out there. If you google "crate training" you'll get every bit of information you ever wanted to know about the method.

If you have any further questions, speak up! We love to talk about our dogs and our experiences.....well, I guess it's obvious *I* love to talk lol!
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My two were fairly easily housetrained - but the younger little one is a real character and really tries to please us.

I did notice that after he pooed inside a few times - one of us would say - Oh no!! and go clean it, after that he started eating his poops - I then figured out that he was actually trying to eat the evidence - so from then on, nothing was said, it was just quietly picked up and no comment was made and he never ate it again.

A lot of people here swear by giving a little bit of pineapple in the food which they love but which apparently tastes horrible when it comes out the other end!
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Thanks so much for your help! I guess I will go ahead and put a divider in her kennel so she has no pee pee pad to use during the night. Now, my living and dining room is one big rectangle. I usually sit at my dining room table and the pee pee pad is in the living room. Perhaps, I need to cut her off from the living room so she can stay closer to me? I think it is interesting that you said she may be eating her poop to "hide the evidence." However, when my other dogs poop outside, she tries to eat theirs also! I am glad I am getting such great responses because I thought she could be housebroken but, I wasn't sure! Sherry
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