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Old 06-04-2013, 02:36 AM
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Hello everyone. Since I got no responses to my other post, I'm trying again You seem like very nice people. Your babies are gorgeous! All my research about this leads me to posts on this forum so...

I know you like pictures, but sorry I don't have any I can post right now

I posted about litter box training, but I'm really having second thoughts on that. Basically because the litter pieces are huge (for my little girl anyway). Almost the size of her poop, and very hard. I just don't see how this would be comfortable for her to potty on.

I really would like for her to somehow let me know when she has to go. Outside, on a pad, in a box, whatever.

We are in Texas. It's fairly nice. Winter can be difficult, but currently here, it is very nice and warm outside. Bella spends a lot of time outside. So she goes potty outside, but I'm not constantly out there watching her to praise and treat. She is secure, no worries, we have a fenced yard with the bottom of the fence all secure with bricks and or boards to block her from taking a fun adventure

I love the idea of the bells. But I am totally clueless as to how to get her to use them to tell me she needs to go outside.

I had a pomeranian years ago that would spin in circles when she needed to go out, so therefore I knew when she needed to go.

I just need some advice on training older dogs. Best way to do it. I don't mind using puppy pads, but are those just for puppies? Like I said, main thing I want is to train her to tell me when she needs to go. I let her out plenty. Or take her to the pad. I will put her back on it continually (having no idea whether she needs to go at the time or not), until finally she sits or lies down on the pad, which is not what I'm trying to teach. Potty pad is a potty not a bed

So .... anyone?

Also, I do know I have not been consistent and due to my mistakes, she has turned my son's room into her personal potty place. Will be thoroughly cleaning carpets, and currently I'm keeping all bedroom doors closed, watching Bella completely, and not giving her free reign of the house as she had before. We keep her in a larger cage/crate when away from home (not often, I work at home and am here all day except when taking kids to school etc.), and in a smaller crate by our bed at night to sleep.

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Rushell and Bella (1.5 yr old Long Haired Tri Colored Chi)
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I read online about someone using some sort of kitty litter instead of dog litter because the dog litter was too big. It seemed to work perfect for her and her dogs. Just a thought I'm new to owning a puppy so I don't have much advise, I'm sorry!


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That is okay! Thanks for replying

I actually heard that some litter (or maybe all, don't know) if the dogs eat it (which you never know I guess) it could make their stomach explode or something - or otherwise harmful. So not gonna try that I don't think.

THank you though. Good luck with your new pup!!

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Do NOT use a clumping cat litter. The regular clay litter is OK I believe. I would not let this little girl have the run of the area UNLESS you are watching her. I would use the tether method so you can bring her outside, and watch her go. I would bring her out to potty about 4 times a day. Otherwise she is attached to you, or a tether attached to a wall maybe. This will go on, until she is reliable. If it is pouring rain, maybe you can put a large pee pad down by the door? or porch? Good luck. Use a word, like 'hurry up' or go potty when you see her start to circle or squat.
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My best recommendation is routine, routine, routine and more routine. When we got Jaxx he was pee pad trained and I did not want to deal with pee pads. I started taking Jaxx out every 2 hours and doing the exact same thing every time we took him out. For instance we always put him on the back of the recliner in order to put his harness and leash on him. We never took him out another door or put him in another place in order to get him ready to take him outside. Jaxx got used to this routine and now he gets on the recliner in order to tell us he has to go outside. If we do not notice him he will whine a little bit in order to get our attention. Chihuahuas love routine and will adapt well if they are trained with the same routine. I would choose either pee pads or outside and stick with one or the other. There are a lot of chihuahuas that understand to use a pee pad inside and go outside when they are out there but since she is having trouble with training I would pick one or the other. She needs to be watched all the time. If you catch her going potty in the house say no or make a loud noise and carry her outside/to the pee pad. You are basically just treating her like a puppy.

You also need to make sure you are using a good enzymatic cleaner in order to clean any spots where she has used the bathroom inside. We use Natures Miracle Enzymatic cleaner which can be found at Petsmart or at almost any pet store. Just regular soap and water does not take the scent of urine out of the carpet.

She will get it but remember if she has an accident it is not her fault and she just needs more training. Give her lots of praise or treats when she goes potty where you want her to go.

I personally would not let her outside on her own. Chihuahuas are so little that anything can happen outside and a lot of chihuahuas have been stolen because they are so small. Make sure if you do let her out on her own that she always has plenty of clean water available especially with the hot Texas weather.
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Thanks Maybe we need to do the tether thing. She is always with me in my lap or outside or in her cage. Yes, she as plenty of water, goodpoint . TX does get hot.

routine - ok, that seems important. I wonder if I could add a bell to that? A bell by the back door, we ring the bell and then go out and try to do the potty thing. I was also thinking about confining her to a certain area of the yard (not sure exactly how). she also plays and lounges out there. I want her to get the idea that it is potty time.

What if she just goes to potty area and lies down? How long should I be giving her? Also, if she potties WAY on the other side of the yard, will she understand my praises and giving a treat on the porch or should I go to her? sorry, I know that is very picky, maybe a stupid question, but I want to do it right this time.

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Will she 'go' when she is on leash? Maybe you could take her out, tell her go potty or whatever word you decide on. Walk her in the area YOU want her to go on. Back and forth. Keep on walking around the area. It helps if you know she should have to go. Like after breakfast or dinner. I have walked a dog around its 'area' for 45 minutes before it finally went!! Patience patience! Always praise like mad, act like she just delievered gold!!! It does take alot of time, so don't do it if you have to rush off to work or something like that.
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I agree with Susan and would take her out on a leash so that you are there to give praises and she is used to the routine of being taken out.
A lot of people have had great success with bells but I have never tried it. It makes sense though that you could install a bell and ring it whenever you take her out to go potty and eventually with routine she would get the point. Jaxx is just very good at being patient and waiting until we notice him in his go potty spot. If we do not notice him though he has a routine of he will sit in the chair and whine. If we still do not notice he will come over to me and nibble softly on my finger which is the only time he does this so I know it is potty time.
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