Originally Posted by Coco Pouff
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.
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
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!