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Sera has been really bad lately with potty training.She is almost 5 months now... and this has been the longest it has taken any dog in our family to get potty trained.. She hasn't gone much in my room on the carpet.. I mean, she has.. but its more that she just isn't going in the litter box anymore.. I make sure its clean and thats not the reason.. If i put her in the freezer room while i'm out i come home to pee and poo all over the freezer room floor.. beside the litter box, accross the room.. everywhere BUT the litter box. I feel like im always scholding her for it, and shes just been a very naughty puppy lately. Trying to get things she isnt supposed to (a.k.a food) and just Ah! I don't know what to do about potty training.. I feel like im always getting mad at her. She sleeps in the bed with me.. which isnt a problem most of the time if i wake up before her, because chances are she hasn't gone potty through the night.. so i make sure I get her in the litter box in the morning so she goes... takes some convincing though, she knows the command "Go potty" and she knows sometimes when I get mad, she automatically goes in it ... but sometimes its not even that that im mad about... Uhhmm. I don't want to go back to crate .. she just goes all over the place in there and i dont see how she will grow out of that habbit.. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.. :)
 

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Oh I know what you mean- we also had the same problem. Generally, I don't think much about litter boxes. When we started to go out with Richie regularly it became just fine. But i know that sometimes people don't have another choice, because they are working and can't go out with their dogs. Just be patient- I read that it takes very long for small dogs learn this and a "smartest chihuahua will not get reliably housebroken until 1 year" ( I read this in a book). Good luck!

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:? Have patience, after all she's only 20 weeks and sometimes it takes longer than that...maybe the litter box is too small and she feels boxed in..maybe you should try just the pads till she gets it again..does she walk around or do you carry her around all the time? I'm wondering cause it might be a case of lazy spoiled chi :D No offence meant but maybe she's bored...finally, maybe she's going thru one of those..."I forgot all my learning" stage...Stinky did that for a couple of days when he was smaller...Good luck! :wave:
 

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Make sure when she goes in the box while you are home, you IMMEDIATELY give her praise and a treat. That means you must have a treat handy at all times, like in your pocket or something. If it takes more than about 3 seconds between her pottying and you giving the treat then she won't associate them with each other.

Make sure you reward her good behavior even more than you punish for the bad. She'll catch on. It just takes some Chi's longer than others!

P.S. I love your siggy!!!
 

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Litter Box

Dobbie and I have never tried a litter box but I have noticed with his pads, that he'll use them only a number of times, then he looks for a "new" one. Perhaps they don't like to chance getting their feet into a mess. He poops and pees on the pads. I put two down, slightly overlapping, with the 2 littler bottle kind of in the middle. That gives him room to pee and poop. Each night I change them out. I figure that's only 60 pads a month and WalMart sells them 50 for $12 (can't remember price exactly) so that's not bad. A small price to pay for peace of mind (and Dobbie's bladder, etc.), lol.

I leave him loose in my apartment during the day and he's great. He's there bouncing up and down when I come home, so glad to see me.

Aren't Chi's great?
 

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Marcus is the same way, he never misses his pee pad unless it's dirty then he won't use it. At work I change it every morning and at home I use two that I overlap and change them every evening. He went through a phase of going elsewhere in the house and he immediately got punished and when he did use the pad he got praised and got a treat and within about a week he had gone back to using the pads all the time.
 

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Ah I totally forgot!

Sera is probably teething!
When they get to this stage they can become devil dogs LOL.
There ears can flop back down and they totally forget everything they learned about potty training.
Be persistant with her she will out grow it!
 

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You might want to switch to pee-pads only. Mine did great with them. They go outside and also on the pads if not here to let them out. I just did not have good luck with the litter box? I leave the pads in the same place all the time----lots and lots of praise and treats! :) I saw a book on the Interet callled" How to housebreak your dog in 7 days". I know it does take about one year to have some small breeds completely broke. My Chloe is 16monts old and will occasionally have a accident. :(

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elmo is 16 moths old now and toilet training has been a nightmare! when i first got him i taught him to"go" in the kitchen which was great and he learnt really quickly. but when i wanted him to go outside evrytime thats when the problems started. eh pretty much forgot everything, and would just go anywhere.

when i got roo, i realised my mistakes with elmo and immediately taught him to go outside rather than starting inside the house. Roo is an angel and i have never had any toilet accidents! I hoped elmo would learn from him but he didnt.

but at long last i have found that the best and possibly quickest way of toilet training is ROUTINE!

I now take them both outside at 6.45 every morning and this has helped so much!! in a very short time, they both began crying at the door when they wanted to go outside!

so after many methods of toilet training i can say routine is the best way!!!

please take my advice!
 

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Wow Okay, thanks for all the responces guys!...


vala444 - She doesn't normally be held unless we've gone out to a store, or maybe i bring her upstairs - but sometimes she just does it herself.. hmm.

Boogaloo - I think I have been doing it under 3 seconds lol. I do it as quickly as I can once she is half out of the litter box.. she jumps out really quick.. sometimes she does it in the middle of a poop.. and welll... yes. :) and thanks for the compliment on the new siggy! :)

[email protected] Well orginally I was planning on letting her use the litter box for the winter cause she is so small and things, but now I don't know.. I've never trained a dog to go inside the house.. and was hoping to switch to outside and then have litter box inside for the times im not home to let her out.. but i dont know what to do anymore.. i don't want her to forget EVERYTHING.... maybe she'll catch on...


To everyone who suggested switching to pee pads, thanks but I think that'd just confuse her considering eventually i'll be taking her outside to go potty and the litter box as a second resort........ on second thought i dont know if pee pads would be all that bad? Do you think she would be more attracted to them then the litter... I just don't want her to forget everything.. :(
 

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Kurrazie said:
To everyone who suggested switching to pee pads, thanks but I think that'd just confuse her considering eventually i'll be taking her outside to go potty and the litter box as a second resort........ on second thought i dont know if pee pads would be all that bad? Do you think she would be more attracted to them then the litter... I just don't want her to forget everything.. :(
Maybe she doesn't like the feel of the litter under her paws..what kind are you using? and if you give it a try with the pee pads maybe you could put them inside the litter box...you should try to get her into the routine tho..and try to fix the problem as soon as possible if you also wanna train her to go outside or she will definetely be confused! :wave: good luck!
 

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im using 'yeesterdays news' its compressed news paper.. and i have to defenatly get her into a routine.. i dont got a good one myself and im sur e thats not helping her.
 

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Kurrazie said:
im using 'yeesterdays news' its compressed news paper.. and i have to defenatly get her into a routine.. i dont got a good one myself and im sur e thats not helping her.
:D :D I had that...and I think is awful..Stinky NEVER liked it..except as a snack..the pellets are definetely too big besides :roll: he's a paper eater so I had to take it away.. :roll: :lol:
 

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I use Yesterdays News for cats. It is much smaller than the Yesterday News litter for dogs. Good luck, I know it is a challenge, for sure. (My 6 month old is being rather difficult, too, where as my almost 2 year old chi was completely trained at 6 months). :)
 
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