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Old 09-14-2012, 07:44 AM
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Default Help! I'm having trouble house training my chihuahua!!

I've had my chihuahua for 5 months now, he came to me at the age of 8 months. I am soon to have him neutured. I'm having a hard time house training him. My question is will his neuturing help with house training? .. he loves to lift his leg right now, and is using the washroom EVERYWHERE!! ... he came from a home, where the lady that had him drank and partied, had many people in her house when she did party, I'm sure the poor lil dog was teased a lot. He use to love biting our fingers when we first got him, but he's gotten better, that he's not attacking them as much! I doubt that the lady that did have him, tried very hard to potty train him, I had heard he was peeing in three different places in her apartment. I've got pee pads, but he won't use them!, he will go outside and do his job, but winter is coming, and I don't think he's going to want to go out in the cold cold winter. I need help!! I need some good tips to help me potty train my dog, or I'm affraid I will have to give him up to someone else, and I don't want to have to give him up, he's my wish come true! . If anyone can help! Please give me tips!! Thank you



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Old 09-14-2012, 04:20 PM
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Either do the tie to yourself method, which the dog has NO freedom at all. You have the dog leashed to yourself at all times. Go to the bathroom, dog goes too! You will then learn his 'signals'. Make sure that you wash the 'spots he has chosen' well with a good enzymatic cleaner. The other method is the playpen with a little hydrant or tree in the playpen. He is in the playpen unless supervised by you.
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Susan is right. Even though he is isn't so much of a puppy anymore, he has to go back to the beginning for training.

It will be hard because he is used to being free. But if you are persistant, he will succeed and be housebroken. It will be worth it in the end.
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Either do the tie to yourself method, which the dog has NO freedom at all. You have the dog leashed to yourself at all times. Go to the bathroom, dog goes too! You will then learn his 'signals'. Make sure that you wash the 'spots he has chosen' well with a good enzymatic cleaner. The other method is the playpen with a little hydrant or tree in the playpen. He is in the playpen unless supervised by you.
Agreed! We call it tether training; and is how I potty train any dog in my house. It's tedious at first, no doubt; but well worth it as they catch on quickly so fast. You simply immediately move the dog the moment he starts to have an accident, to the proper place (outdoors, pad, whatever you choose.) You're basically going to be preventing every accident from happening (at least that is the goal, which is why you'll have to supervise him diligently at first until he catches on). Some dogs are more stubborn than others; while others catch on right away as long as you make sure to stick to a schedule; primarily after meals, after waking up, and before bed. When he is outside, praise and give small tiny treats as he potties and use whatever your potty word is, i.e. "Good potty!" or "Good tinkle!" LOL. Dogs thrive on repetition; they love having a routine and you can take advantage of that by giving him plenty of opportunities to succeed; and redirecting every 'failure' =). Good luck and hope to see you around! Welcome!
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I reread this post. YES neutering will help! Get him done ASAP. This may be pure 'marking' his territory, not really the need to urinate. Once a dog is marking, it becomes a habit, so yes do 'snip' him asap.
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Is he marking or just having accidents? Neutering doesn't solve house accidents and only sometimes solves marking issues.

I like suggestions of the tether training. Also consider crating him when he's not with you. Make sure the crate is big enough for him to turn around and lay down in, but not much bigger than that. He won't be very apt to soil such a small space. (Do note that crates are not cruel. In fact, Stella LOVES her crate.)

Also, be consistent! Set a schedule to take him outside, and praise him when he does his business. If he doesn't go, put him back in the crate or on the tether and try again in 30 minutes.

And lastly, be patient. Some dogs are harder to train than others. My girl is an absolute nightmare. I've had her for over a year and she's still not fully there.

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We are still struggling with Cali, and she just had her first birthday. She can hold it all day while we are at work in a small room with one potty pad, but at night/weekends, barely 2 hours. Sometimes less. When we take her out, she pees and poops. She KNOWS what the grass is for.

For a while, we had a pretty good system down, we thought, even though she was consistent in needing the 2 hours potty run. Within the past week, for NO reason, suddenly sometimes it's only 1.5 hours. It's been a major step back. It's like we have to watch her every second we are home, and it's getting OLD. SO frustrating. Love her dearly, but I've never had a dog take this long to break.

Additionally, NO means absolutely 100% NOTHING to her. She's totally impervious to it no matter how harshly it's spoken.
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We are still struggling with Cali, and she just had her first birthday. She can hold it all day while we are at work in a small room with one potty pad, but at night/weekends, barely 2 hours. Sometimes less. When we take her out, she pees and poops. She KNOWS what the grass is for.

For a while, we had a pretty good system down, we thought, even though she was consistent in needing the 2 hours potty run. Within the past week, for NO reason, suddenly sometimes it's only 1.5 hours. It's been a major step back. It's like we have to watch her every second we are home, and it's getting OLD. SO frustrating. Love her dearly, but I've never had a dog take this long to break.

Additionally, NO means absolutely 100% NOTHING to her. She's totally impervious to it no matter how harshly it's spoken.
How old is she? When you say she holds it all day--How long is all day? Sounds like there could be more going on here--possibly UTI or confused depending on how old she is.
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