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Old 03-20-2014, 08:19 PM
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Sadie is 5 months old. I have had her for 3 months and been very consistent in taking her outside. I would say she is house broken except she won't let me know when she needs to go. She has very few accidents in the house. I ask her and she gets all excited wanting to go outside. If I fail to ask her, she potties inside. She is very smart, knows when she needs to go and knows she is dong wrong potting in the house. How can I get her to let me know when she needs to go??
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5 months is still young. Jaxx didn't start alerting us until he was probably 8 months old.

My best advice is routine, routine, routine. She will pick up on the routine and use it to let you know she has to go. For instance, we always took Jaxx to the same place to put his harness on before taking him out and always went out the same door. He picked up on the routine and now he goes to that spot and whines when he wants to go outside.
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I agree with Jaxx's mom on this one. That is one of the hardest parts of potty training children is getting them to recognize the feeling of needing to go. Give her a few more months but if the problem persists I would ask the veterinarian.
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She is probably giving some cues that she needs to go out but they are subtle and easily missed. Watch her carefully for sniffing, circling, restless behaviour etc then ask her if she needs to go out, she will make the connection eventually. It does sound like you are doing very well so far, so stick with it.
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Thanks for the encouragement. I feel better now tho I was getting frustrated. Sadie has whined a couple of times and I saw her sitting at the door once. I heard Chihuahuas could be very hard to housebreak. I thought she would be around 12 weeks instead of 20 weeks. Maybe soon. Thanks all.
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We have a 9 year old sheltie, that has never learned to 'ask' to go out. She is let out in the am, about 3-4 pm and 8pm and then just before bed. She frequently will use the potty pads for a BM at 7:30 and not ask to go out. Good luck to you.
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A vet once told me that I should decide on when they go out, not them. But I prefer they let me know!

Anyway, she is doing good for her age! My golden and sometimes my chi, will just sort of "hang around me" when they want out. Occasionally Angel will go to the door and bark! Yesterday at work, he kept jumping up at the door! Lol!
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Like the others said, 5 months is still young so she'll probably get there eventually. Something I did when my Lilo was younger was wait with her by the door when I knew she needed to go. I waited for her to whine and praised her and took her outside as soon as she did. She quickly learned that was the way to let me know. These days she can hold it and rarely asks to go out though. We have a routine and she just waits for me to decide when we go out.
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