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.