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Old 01-22-2016, 09:37 PM
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So I've read that if you say 'go potty' while they use the potty spot, they will eventually learn to go when you say 'go potty'. Is this correct?

We got a 10-month-old from a family friend recently who was not potty trained. The owner had not done it intentionally, but he had started the pup on the way to 'litterbox' training in a shallow tub with potty pads. We've decided to embrace this, especially given the nasty weather, and he's doing great.
But he doesn't go 'on command', and I'm not sure if this really comes so simply or if I need to do it a specific way.

I don't know if it's a chihuahua thing or what, but our boy doesn't lift his leg. He doesn't give any signs before just going. So to get started, I would just sit down in the bathroom floor with him and read a book while I waited for him to go. His potty trips are much shorter than the hours upon hours I once had to wait, but even now I have to wait 20 minutes or more before he'll stop snuffling, playing, looking for attention he's already had all day, and just go. I often have to remove his blanket and his toys and sometimes have to cut back on petting as well to encourage him to stop pursuing distractions and go. Sometimes sprinkling a few treat crumbs on the clean pad will get him to sniff the potty box, pick up the scent, and go; but other times he just gobbles them up and moves on. He often waits just because he can / doesn't feel the need urgently enough to go yet.

We've only been working with him for 2 weeks or a little less, so I know he may just not get the command yet... but do you guys have any thoughts?

He has routine feedings, but not routine potty breaks. Do you guys think scheduled times would be better? and what times would you suggest?

Tuesday and Thursday mornings are the worst, because I have to crate him for my classes and often he won't have gone beforehand even though he could've and was given a multitude of chances. Tuesdays and Thursdays I get up early with him, feed him, and then sit down and wait for about two hours, get a shower while hubby keeps him, and then sit another hourish with him-- but he still won't go!

I also know that he can hold it for at least 7-12 hours because of a brief span when he was afraid to go in front of us-- but he no longer is afraid to do so, and he also refuses to hold it when in his crate even though he could hold it and ends up having to deal with it while I'm in class.
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Old 01-22-2016, 10:08 PM
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It's correct for my four. They are litter trained. I never had an issue training any of them.

Yes. Scheduled feeding will give you a better handle on his potty habits in the long run. In a sense, having scheduled feeding means automatic elimination because naturally he will need to go after eating. So there you already have two potty breaks down. I feed my 4 twice a day. They maybe go two other times in between meals. I did use the crate training method when training each of mine, however, I did get them as pups. I've had nothing but success training my 4. Being that you've only had your guy for such a short time, it's important to be patient and give it time.

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Thanks! I just wanted to make sure I wasn't doing something wrong. He's my first older dog and my first litter-trained and my first that doesn't give potty signs, so the circumstances have been kindof odd for him and me both!

I was afraid I might be doing the potty style odd and making it hard for him to understand the value of potty time because it was available for him at such random and usually plenteous times.

I knew doing that with food could make them lose interest in it, so I wasn't sure if pottyiing might work the same. x:

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It sounds like you not only are on the right track, but are very patient. We, too, got our first chi as an adult and he wasn't really potty trained. A combination of things helped get him trained. He now goes 'on command' most of the time. I really didn't know what I was doing and he still learned. My second, I had a much better plan with a pen and all and turned out she was already quite reliable with pee pads. Good luck, it's worth the effort!
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All my dogs know the "piddle and potty' command. When we are traveling, they hold it until we get to the hotel/motel, and their potty pads are down. Sometimes 8 hours!! That traveling was by airplane then a 2+ hour drive. I stopped several times, and though they walked around and sniffed, they didn't go. Very frustrating! Oh well that is a dog for you.Lead them to water, but can't 'go' for them.
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You need to wait till he is in the act of peeing then say potty, then praise. That's how I've trained my chihuahua and my last dog. My last dog, a mix, would even squat and pretend if she didn't have to go.
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Thank-you for the feedback and encouragement all!! I'm so relieved.

@Lola's Mommy,that is precious! He made a pretty funny face at me this evening after he did his first potty and got his first treat, and then he made a big proud show of his next potty just seconds later, so I think he might be on the same track! They are so precious! ^^
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If you want him to poo at more convenient times definitely keep a food/elimination diary, there will be a pattern. Exercise moves the bowels so walk him when you need him to poo.
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