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We just adopted this cute 2.5 year old chihuahua. Iggy is 9lbs and he is a short coat black and tan chihuahua and he sleeps all the time loves to cuddle... Iggy can be playful at times but most of the day he likes to lay back and sleep I am not sure if it is becuase it is quiet in our house or if it is the cold weather making him tired but I just wanted to know if it was normal...

We are also having a problem with his housetraining the people we got him from said they simply didn't have enough time for him and I don't think he was ever potty trained... I take him outside every couple of hours but he hesitates to go potty becuase it is so cold here... I try to get him to go on newsprint in the house but he wont do it instead he will go on things that are left on the floor so I try my hardest to pick everything up we keep a pretty close on this guy but for some reason he wont potty on the paper if any one can help with potty training tips or give me ideas on what I should do it would be greatly appreciated we have all the time in the world to teach Iggy where and where not to go he is a part of our family and loved very much so any help would be good I will consider any suggestions.

Thanks for everyones help...

Doug N Coriena
 

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as far as the housetraining my guys use wee wee pads, you might want to try those instead of newsprint. they are treated with something that is suppose to attract dogs/puppies to the pads :)
 

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Mine is 9 month old and he sleep alot too. if they are eating, drinking, and play sometime then you shouldn't worry.

About housebreaking, i rather use a puppy pad instead of newspaper b/c newspaper don't absorb as well. also the puppy pad has a smell that atract the animal to potty there. TOfu was a little hard to housetrained at first. he would peed next or half way from the pad. also he doesn't like his paws wet so i constantly has to replace the pad (what a divo), but whenever he did it right i praise him lavishly and give him treat. be patient and consistant and your baby will catch on. also you can try buying a spray that you spray a little on the pad to train him. i personally don't like it too much b/c it has a strong smell and doesn't always work. what i did was i dabbed a little of his peed from the old pad onto the new pad. that seemt to be better for him and doesn't smell as bad. I hope thing will work out for you both :)
 

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Hi! My Tucker is a rescue. We adopted him this past April. As for the potty problems, Tuckie was doing the same exact thing as your Iggy. We now use the wee wee pads and he always goes on them. Apparently, he was pad trained and not outdoor trained. If I take him outside, he may or may not go. When he does go, it's sometimes not much and he may go again when he comes in. You might want to block Iggy into the kitchen until you know his potty habits, that way he won't be tempted to go elsewhere. It took Tucker about 6 weeks to adjust to a new home etc.

As for laying around and sleeping, they do like to do that. Then, they get a burst of energy and zoom around like crazy.

There are lots of people here with years of experience who can help you, so good luck!
 

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I just wanted to say "Thanks" for rescuing Iggy! I have a rescued chi myself and we just adore her beyond belief.

The above advice is good, but you might consider crate training as well. The advantage to that, if you can be home a LOT, is that when you are not actively watching him, he will be in a crate and not going on whatever is left on the floor. It's a bit tricky since he is older and possibly would hate the crate...you would want one that is cozy for him with quilts and toys in it, (we have ours in a secluded part of the house...it's nice for napping). I crate-trained Dolly and she was extremely successful with it.

I wouldn't want him to be upset though, so it's your judgement call. The good thing is that you have time for him and wouldn't have to put him in there for hours.

Dogs will NOT go in their crate, unless they have room to make a "potty" in a corner of it, so make sure it's not too big. The routine is to have him sleep in there at night, then take him straight from the crate to outside. He will HAVE to potty, so you will be sure of "catching him being good". You can praise and dance and even give a bit of cheese (have it handy, because early morning is a great time to know he'll perform for you). Then bring him in, feed him, snuggle and if you can't watch him (say, you're doing dishes, or whatnot), put him in the crate again. After about an hour, take him out and back outside. Since he will have eaten, he'll have to go again, and once more, you can catch him being good. After a couple of weeks, if you want, he certainly wouldn't have to sleep in it, but don't let him have free rein in the house...Dolly now sleeps in our beds (with any of us!), but she doesn't get off the bed in the middle of the night.

If he hates the crate, you can also try keeping him on a leash, with you at all times. They make pretty good signs that they have to go (whine, circle, etc), and you won't miss out on them if you have him leashed to you...then go out, praise him for being good, and go back in for the next 2 hours or so.

They usually have to go after eating, sleeping and playing...and if you go out the same door every time, he will get the idea and go and wait there. Dolly now goes to the door and gives us a funny little bark, and we take her out. She was 4 months old when we got her, and completely untrained, and within two weeks, she was housebroken. He will probably catch on quicker, because he can hold it longer than a pup.

Sorry this is so long, but I'm a big advocate of crate-training. Maybe it will be what works for you. Also, just having a crate is nice if you have to go somewhere and you want to know he is SAFE. It's like with kids...they don't like their carseats, but we put them in them anyway, because they are safe.

Good luck!
 

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start over just as you would if he was a new puppy. when you can not be watching him 100% he needs to be confined. my rescue shih tzu came unhousetrained too. starting over at square one was the ticket. it took a little while, we have had her since the end of august and finally just got through to her. our chi is litterboxed trained which was a huge success.
 
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