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Old 02-25-2010, 04:02 PM
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I have already asked once about everyone's ideas for potty training Zoey but we have just about reached out limit with her. I took everyone's advice and have tried everything with her. We go out every half an hour or after she has eaten, played, slept, blinked etc.. She REFUSES to go outside. We have gone for long walks, I have tried to catch her in the act and get her outside immediately, closed her off from her usual spots. I really do not know what else to do-she will go outside for a minute, sometimes she pees-sometimes not. She will not poo outside no matter what. I really have no idea what I am doing wrong here but getting tired of her ruining the house with her lack of potty manners. Any other suggestions?? I would like to say that I can blame it on the fact that it is freezing outside and the ground is covered in snow but it is not going to go away anytime soon so she needs to get over it-we have bought her coats, several sweaters to keep her warm and the minute we get outside she runs right back to the door to try and get back in.
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Old 02-25-2010, 04:12 PM
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awww she's still very much a baby.
you need to have a lot of patience with her.
if she's peeing outside sometimes, praise her, make a huge fuss everytime.
don't tell her off or punish her if she has an accident inside.
she'll get the hang of going potty outside in time, but that is the key word. time.
how about making her a little sheltered potty place?
somewhere that she can go without too much wind, snow and rain might make a whole load of difference.
also you can get potty training sticks. they're impregnated with a special smell that'll help Zoey know where she's supposed to go potty.
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Oh my goodness. Your pitapata says she is only 8 weeks old. She is a baby. You wouldn't expect to take the diapers off a one year old and have them go use the potty, would you? I think you are expecting WAYYYYYYYY too much out of her. Toy breeds can be hard to train. I think there are some folks who would say their dogs weren't reliably potty trained until 9-10 months of age. You have a long way to go and I think you need to lower your expectations considerably.
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hi, my chi boy is only 14 weeks old and he doesnt even go outside yet! im starting next week as he had his second vaccination a few days ago. I know it's not going to be easy as he is so used to going inside on paper and gets lots of praise for doing so!
so to change it again completely will take time, and perseverance. You'll get there in time im sure! Good luck !
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Oh Yeah.....way to young to catch on so well. Sounds to me like she will be on the right track though if you keep it up. I can't imagine the cold weather for her either. Mine are total wimps if even the wind is blowing outside.

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I agree with everyone above. She is still very much a baby (like a infant human baby) you are expecting way to much from her (way to soon) and she is after all a dog and has to be trained with patience and understanding. I know it must be confusing for her as she is feeding off of your frustration and doesnt understand what you want from her

I am not trying to be ugly at all but all this come's with having a pet, even fully potty trained she will still have accidents as she gets older. If this is frustrating you this bad right now then maybe a dog isnt for you? If this continues to upset you so, then maybe you should look into rehoming her while she is still young enough for it not to scar her emotionally. I know this doesnt sound good but sometimes we realize that we have our hands full and it is better not to let the puppy suffer. I am sure you will do the right thing, and if you feel the right thing is to rehome her then please do it where you really check out the home and make sure it will be a loving home for her. We are always here to help you but if you want to keep her and continue to train her then you need a different mind set and need to relax and realize she is a baby and not get so frustrated.

I like the idea given above maybe to build a outside box with tow or three walls and a cover over it then put some of her poo in it, this way she will be sheltered from the elements and smell her own poo. Remember Love, affection, praise and reward a reward are key to a happy, stable, housetrained puppy
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I can imagine her tiny body is reacting to the cold by just trying to stay warm not pottying. Sounds like she has not made the connection that when you go outside it's to go potty. It probably takes all she has to just shiver to stay warm. If she was mine...I would try paper training her for now, then when it warms up a bit take her out. Then do the whole move the paper closer to the door thing to gradually get her out. Most Chis stay with their mom past 8 weeks. A lot of folks don't get their Chi babies till they are 12 weeks or so and, if from a good breeder, they have started the paper training process.

As was said before. Patience is key. Don't make yourself crazy over this or you will miss all the fun of having a puppy around.

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Oh my goodness. Your pitapata says she is only 8 weeks old. She is a baby. You wouldn't expect to take the diapers off a one year old and have them go use the potty, would you? I think you are expecting WAYYYYYYYY too much out of her. Toy breeds can be hard to train. I think there are some folks who would say their dogs weren't reliably potty trained until 9-10 months of age. You have a long way to go and I think you need to lower your expectations considerably.
You are right and maybe I do need to use a lot more patience I am just trying to avoid it becoming habit for her and we never get her potty trained. Plus we are moving in with my MIL in the next month and I really don't want her making a mess over there and then risking having to get rid of her because of her potty issues. I will try and keep my cool a little longer-thanks for the reality check! Plus I think that our ticker is wrong she is closer to 10 weeks-I will have to change that. I would make a "potty house" for her but our HOA does not allow this. I in no way mean to come across as angry about this as I am not I am just frustrated but she is still a baby and I need to keep that in mind-we love her to pieces and enjoy having her around just not her poo! Thank you for all the great advice and getting my head back to where it is supposed to be.
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