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Old 05-19-2017, 06:27 PM
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Hi everyone, I'm Nickie and I'm a newbie. Bentley is our first chihuahua and is 13 weeks. I'm just wondering how others are getting on with the house training? Also, how long did it take for others to house train their pups?
Bentley can be so good all day by using his mat but then he will just pee or poo anywhere. We are rewarding him with lots of praise and treats. Just when we think he's getting there he ends up back at square one. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Hi, Nickie!

Welcome! I'm a newbie to the forum too.

I haven't pad trained any small puppies before so I don't have a lot of personal experience, but from the reading I've been doing on all things dog since getting my own, I believe crate training might be something for you to look into to aid you with your training (if it's something you're not already implementing of course). Consistency and patience are the most important aspects (and sometimes the most difficult) of any training though I think, so don't get discouraged, I'm sure little Bentley will learn soon enough.
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To be honest my dogs aren't allowed to run around the house without supervision. I do let them follow me around the house but I keep an eye on them. Depending on the dog and who's inside the room at the time. They are allowed to run around in my room and I don't take care of them as closely.
I didn't get Buddy Bear or Sunshine as a puppy. So I didn't potty train them. But both were outside dogs when I got them. Buddy Bear has never peed inside the house just because he needs to go, he'll wait. Sunshine was the same.
Jojo and Jr on the other hand were much harder.
I would leave Jr in his crate with a pee pad. I didn't want none of my dogs to get use to peeing on a puppy pad (just the way I am) But I'd leave it in there because I know he'd have accidents. My method was more like take him out every couple of hours and tell him "go potty" Maybe because of this it took so long, who knows. But I definitely had my fair share of cleaning up urine in his crate. Eventually Jr stopped peeing in his crate on his own. He would wait until I took him out. Which was before his 1st birthday I believe.
Jojo was the same thing I'd leave a puppy pad in his kennel and I'd take him out every couple of hours saying "go potty" I personally believe as a puppy he was a bit "slow" He lasted well over a year going pee in his kennel. He now can literally go to bed for about 10 hours and won't pee in his kennel. I probably should have tried a different method with Jojo but I didn't.
I don't have advice. I'm sure others have great advice and tips.
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Hi there. I use an Iris pen with their crate/carrier/bed inside. They have a washable human grade pad down. (34x36") They have a chew toy/kong in there too. Water and food dish. That way they learn to potty on the pad, not in the bed. This also prevents accidents and bad habits. I don't like putting babies in a small crate/kennel as it sort of forces them to potty in them; when you are 13 weeks you don't have a lot of control. When you need to go, you go! Please don't let this pup develop bad potty habits by leaving him the run of the house! Unless you are watching him like a hawk, he needs to be confined.
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Thanks everyone for the replies.
We have a crate for him but have his bed, food and water in there as that's where he sleeps at night or where we put him if we pop out.

We let him run around the living room and hallway while we are downstairs. Because obviously he's so small it's hard to see him getting ready to poo or pee however when we take him out the rate we automatically put him on the pad, he will poo and pee but the minute we aren't paying attention he will pee or poo on the floor
He's been given treats for doing it on the pad and now and again he will use the pad himself but mostly he's doing it on the floor.

I've managed to get him walking on the lead now but he's just not learning to do his business outside....yet.

It's just so frustrating.
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I wonder if putting the pad in a holder would make a difference? It might make it more obvious to him as he is running around, which might help him remember to use it. My dog uses a Piddle Place most of the time, but when it is being cleaned or we are traveling, I use a pad holder that has raised sides all around and a piece of the fake turf from the PP. That is the only way he is interested in it.
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