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Old 09-26-2014, 09:04 AM
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I'm new here, and I have a problem. This is a lengthy post... I apologize. My husband and I have an adorable chihuahua/terrier mix named Lady Bella. She knows basic commands, and she's been potty training on a pee pad since she was 8weeks old. She is almost 7months old, and she still isn't grasping the concept.

I put her in her crate shortly after she drinks water or eats, and a few times throughout the day. I'm home all the time, and I monitor her constantly. She knows that she needs to potty in her crate- but refuses to. She's peed on the couch, and in the hallway MANY times. I've tried several method to encourage her, and one of them worked for two weeks.

What really concerns me about Lady Bella's bad potty habits, is how she does it. She pee's when she isn't getting attention, or poo's on the clothes we are trying to fold. She's also began to bark at us, as if she is trying to get our attention because she wants it. It's like she CONSTANTLY needs attention, and we give it to her- but it we take our eyes off of her for a moment she feels the need to do something naughty to attract attention? Does that make sense?

Along with that...We have two cats, and she plays with them both. This morning one of our cats (Lord Hank) jumped onto the bed to tell us good morning as usual, and Lady Bella went to bite his leg (in a territorial manner). She also started pulling a dominance posture with our other sweet kitty Sir Sameow. All of the animals get along, but when we give the cats attention Bella lashes out.


So I really need advice and tips as to why she won't respond to potty training, and the sudden territorial stance she's taken on. We've invested a lot into our baby Bella... We love her dearly, and we need help fast...
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When you say you put her in her crate to pee,is that also where her bed is ? is she getting lots of walks ?dogs usually sniff and if a dogs been there before they will pee I took mine out every couple of hours into the garden with lots of treats in my pocket and as soon as they did a wee,lots of praise and what a good girl she was,they soon got the idea.
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Old 09-26-2014, 03:54 PM
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some dogs will NOT potty where they sleep or eat. I suggest that you provide another pad somewhere else. A bathroom maybe, or out of the way somewhere. Mine will potty in their crates, but I also have 2 other pads down in the house. One is behind/beside the couch, and another one way off in the dining room against one wall.
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Her crate is just for potty use, she has her own pillow to sleep on and her food and water are away from her crate. If I put multiple pee pads down throughout the house would that help her? Or encourage her to pee on the floor? I've been told leaving too many pee pads out can be counterproductive..I suppose I can begin training her to use the potty outdoors instead, she may respond to potty training better that way
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I wouldn't put more than two or three pads down. Does she have a place where she prefers? Put one down where she is 'going' and see what happens. I also do not give a puppy freedom in the house to wander around. They have to 'earn' that right. As soon as they wake up in the playpen, they are let out to use the pad outside the pen, if they haven't used the one in the playpen. You can confine her, or use the tether method. Tether her to you, or somewhere you can watch .
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Bella sounds confused! It seems like she doesn't have any clear "doggy" rules (rules that make sense to her) so she is beginning to make her own! Lady Bella needs some clear boundaries (places she understands the meaning of) so she can navigate around them and be rewarded for doing it right!

You're absolutely correct in your assumption that "bad attention" is just as good as "good attention!" (in some dog's minds when they form habits like it sounds like she's forming.) Bella is most definitely doing those things to get reactions. Chihuahuas are INCREDIBLY intelligent and so so eager to please and be rewarded, and when they are not "challenged" they will do anything and everything for attention and direction... and usually that means making up their own rules!

Using the crate as a potty area is confusing her. When you put her in a crate, that is working on your dog's instinctual notion of a "den." And a den is not where we potty. A den is for safety and relaxation. Putting out too many pee pads will also confuse her. Dogs are territorial and understand their surroundings based on "there is a place for everything." If you give her too much, she will be confused and say to herself, "Well, these humans are just letting me have everything! I need to know where exactly I'm supposed to do things, so I guess I'll just decide myself!" (this is where the aggression/territorialness is coming from.) Potty training is especially difficult for a small dog because our house is SO LARGE, when they potty in a corner or in a bathroom they feel like that's OK because it is FAR away from their food and our communal space.

First of all: STOP WORRYING! The last thing you want is anxiety about training or what habits she's forming. The most wonderful thing about chihuahuas is: They don't do a lot of damage! When miscommunications, bad habits or accidents happen they're usually so small and minimal that it's very easy to fix them, so the added stress and anxiety is not needed. Lady Bella is a smart and observant little girl, and she'll absolutely flourish if you start giving her some outlets to release her energy! She wants to please you and be a part of the family!

I am also a stay-at-home wife with 3 dogs and it's so wonderful to be able to give them the time they need to be fulfilled.

If you don't already have 20-30 minutes of training time (a time where she can learn new tricks, brush up on her old ones, and make you happy) please start. It's important that every day you give her a place so all her "I WANT TO PLEASE YOU!!!" energy is put in it's proper place... instead of "Pay attention to meeeeee!" which is what happens when she lashes out. I have 3 dogs:



... and I have to work with them every single day for at LEAST 30 minutes, and help them know that they have a "job" and a place in the family. Dogs have to work. We brought them into our homes because we needed them to do something, and if a dog doesn't have a job... well, then you're going to have all sorts of problems. Take 30-40 minutes a day with Lady Bella to show her that she is acknowledged, she has to work for affection (honestly, receiving something you worked for feels way better than just a "gift," right?) and that you are the person she needs to trust and respect. The territorial habits Lady Bella is forming are not good for her because she feels like she needs to tell everyone what to do. And what does that do? Causes stress. It would be like you going into a job and everyone saying, "Well, what do YOU want to do?" You wouldn't have the first clue! Working on Lady Bella's training each and every day will lessen her stress and her need to set the rules. You set the rules. You're the human! You know about doorbells, cars, mailmen, telephones and strangers. You know those things way better than Lady Bella ever will. And she needs to know that.

As for the potty training, I always suggest a strict "outside is for potty, inside is not" rule. This has just always been the most direct and clear way (for me) to communicate to my dogs that I don't want them to potty inside. At all. BUT... I do have a pine shavings litter box in my garage for my chi because I live in Colorado, USA and in the winter there's upwards of 3' of snow... impossible for my chi to potty in!

Hope this helped! Good luck!
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Also, have you considered getting her a travel bag and taking her places? That's my chihuahua's job! Travel in the bag! I trained her to come to me, put her harness on, jump in the bag, be zipped in the bag, be quiet in the bag, and jump out!

If you train her around a bag not only will she LOVE IT because she goes on adventures, but it's an important challenge for them!

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v...type=3&theater

That's a link to when I first started training Ponyo to get in her bag. Now, she LOVES it! That's a really good job for our little dogs to fill that has relevance in our every day lives.
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Default Na crate is not a bathroom

Dogs are very clean animals and will,rarely poop or pee in their Den (crate).
Try taking her out 1/2 hr after each feeding. If a dog won"t do their business after 15 minutes outside, go back in. Many people don't like to or won't walk their Chi's. If this is you, get wee wee pads and train on them. As I see it, my Jesse is a stranger in a strange land with new rules, and it will take time for me to get him trained. Even then, I do expect accidents to happen. heck! I have accidents too on occasion.

Good luck to you.
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