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Old 10-11-2012, 09:41 AM
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I will be bringing home my new Chi puppy in 2 weeks.....
I have had only yorkies in the past and they always were just trained to potty outside....but since my new Chi is sooo small....I would love to have her trained to do both....since we live in mighty cold Maine....it would be great to have her pee pad trained too.....
When I bring her home, and introduce her to our home, she will be in a playpen area some time, once I see she has gone, I will let her out -supervised, and she will have a crate for at night she can come out of to pee n her pad if needed....my question is should I pick the perfect spot then for her pee pad inside so she won;t get confused later? I don;t want her to think she can just pee ANYWHERE.......and when should I also introduce outside as an option too>>>>>?
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Old 10-11-2012, 09:54 AM

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Welcome.I used to put the pee pad next to the door they would use to go outside ,then when i wanted her to go out and pee i would watch her and if she went towards the door,pick her up and take her into the garden
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I would introduce both the peepad and outdoor training at the same time. First, talk to the breeder and find out if she's done any housetraining already. You may find some of the work has already been done for you! If not, try this: When you have her in a playpen while unsupervised, with a crate she can sleep in, start by covering all of the floor, to the edges of the playpen, in peepads. Then, no matter where she goes, she's using the "right" spot. If you see her using the peepad, throw a little puppy party, pet and play with her and give her some tiny, tasty treats (though wait until she finishes, or you may cut her off 'midstream' ). When you have her out with you, pick up all mats and area rugs off the floor, as to a learning puppy, pee pads and small rugs can seem VERY similar. Young pups usually need to pee or poop every couple hours or so, so about an hour after you took her out of her playpen, ask if she wants to go out and then carry her outside. Reward and treat her if she potties.

After a couple days, begin to slowly remove a few peepads from the playpen. Start by removing the ones closest to her crate, first. A couple days later, remove the ones that line the edge of the playpen. A couple days later, remove half of whatever # of peepads are left. Just keep doing this until there is only 1 peepad remaining in her pen. Go slowly at first, and watch to make sure she's still aiming for the pads and choosing them over the exposed floor. If you go too quickly and find you need to backtrack a step, that's okay. Keep rewarding her each time she does it right, and every time she's outside of her pen, reward her when you take her outdoors to potty.

When she's using her peepad in her pen every time, place a peedpad down when she's out with you, too, and reward her for using it. Also continue to take her out and reward her for outdoor potties. When she's using both the pads and outdoors reliably, start to put your area rugs back down and WATCH HER LIKE A HAWK. She is going to try to pee on those rugs. As soon as you see her start to squat on one, clap your hands, get her attention and place her gently on her peepad. When she uses it, reward as usual.

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Thank you, Smith, for the detailed description! I have only ever had dogs go outside or use a dog door, I am really not wanting Indoor potty situations but a lot of what I am reading points to it needing to be an option.

Does anyone have strictly outdoor pottying dogs or is this a requirement of Chis to have an indoor potty spot? I will do it if absolutely necessary, of course.

Not trying to hijack the thread, hope you don't mind me asking.


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Old 10-11-2012, 03:39 PM
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Chis can absolutely be outside potty only dogs. Toby is indoor and outdoor trained because I am gone sometimes at school for longer than he should be expected to hold it. That's the key: don't expect a chi to hold it for 8 hours. They have little bladders and often can't do it. If you are gone for too long, they may need to be pad trained as well. But they can be trained to go outside only if they are let out often enough. The only difference with Chis is that they can't hold it as long as larger breeds. They are still dogs and most love being outside. I don't know what Toby would do without his walks!


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Old 10-11-2012, 04:07 PM
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I think where you decide to train your pup is personal choice. My chi is an outside pottying dog in rain, shine, snow or hail and has been since the day we got her at 8 weeks, she didnt always like it but I was determined I did not want puppy pads in my home. Perseverence paid off and now she's a very brave girl and knows its outside to toilet whatever the weather.
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Old 10-11-2012, 04:14 PM
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We too are an outside only for potty and we live in Chicago. My little guy just turned 3 months and so far we have endured heat, cold, and rain. But I am a meany and make him go out even in bad weather. I too think it is a personal choice, but if you want outdoors only it can be done.
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Thanks so much "Smith"
helps me understand what I should be doing soon much better.....thanks
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