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Hi, everyone. I just got my chi baby on Sunday and this is my first time owning a dog so I am very excited and confused lol. Cash (my dog) is supposdly 6 weeks old but I think he's about 7. I took him to the vet yesterday and got him a puppy package (2 shots, deworming, exam yesterday) and then 3 more visits. I am in the process of housetraining him but it seems to me like he doesnt understand me?? I am so confused about what to do. He seems to have managed to pick a "favorite" place for him to do his thing *under the kitchen table*. After he went potty there I have given him a harsh "no" but he doesnt seem to get it. So I am wondeirng if hes too young to be trained???? Also I am interested in having him use a litter box but a lot of people say that dogs dont like litter boxes so I was wondering if Chi's are willing to go in a litter box? Other than the housetraining issues though Cash has been a darling and I love him dearly. hahaha he has a normal chi temperment though and doesnt seem to be afriad of dogs 5 times his size unfortunately lol. Someone at the store told me he was a reindeer chihuahua??? I was wondering if there is something such as the reindeer chihuahua??
 

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With house training as he is only 7 weeks the method i use is the pick up put down every time you see him circling or sniffing pick him up and put him where you want him to go, just keep doing this till he gets the idea, it is hard work and you need lots of patience, not sure about litter boxes as I have always used the puppy pads and found them great to use, as for him been a reindeer chi they probably mean a deer head , there are 2 different shapes head the apple head which is the original shape and is listed in needing this for showing and then the deer head which is a longer muzzle and less protruding eyes also these sort are less likely to have a molera (soft spot) which is a good thing, I like both sorts and I have one of each and there really isnt a great difference they are still chis.

welcome and glad you found us, if he is only 6 weeks the breeder shouldnt really of taken him from his mom until 10 or 12 weeks so you aregoing to have to work really hard on socialising him, good luck :wave:
 

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Wecome to the forum! Cash sounds like a great dog already - I can't wait to see pictures. My boss's wife trained their Chihuahua to use a litter box - he said it was so easy to do, too. I myself use piddle pads and Bosco has taken to them very well. He too had his "special place" to go to the bathroom before he was potty trained. Make sure you use a special cleaner to get rid of the smell - this will make it less likely that he will go back to that spot. If nothing else fails, you could put the litter box where he is going under the table and gradually move it to where you would like to keep it.

Also, just to echo Ozzysmom, it sounds like the person meant "deer head" - a slimmer face with a longer snout. But at the end of the day, a Chihuahua is a Chihuahua regardless of the size of the dog or type of face he/she has.

Good luck and again, WELCOME! :wave:
 

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I have a almost 3 month old chi puppy girl. TRUST ME IT TAKES PATIENCE AND THEY ARE EAGER TO LEARN. my little girl uses a box lined with newspapers. Just recently I changed to puppy pads (petsmart has an ecomnomy version 100 pads for 19.99 I cut in half and they work great for these little doggies) she adapted very well. She has had very few accidents. When your pup goes where you want praise the dickens out of him let him know he's doing the right thing. You may have a harder time with a box being that he's a boy but I am not sure. Just be persistant and as gross as it sounds, maybe put the box under the table since he likes it there and little by little move it to where you want him to eventually go. OH also put some of his pee/poo in the box so he smells his scent and knows that where he goes. I fyou haven't gotten a book, I recommened The Chihuahua Handbook. You can get it at www.overstock.com for less than amazon and I have used them a lot with no problems! A deer head just means the head is more elongated than round which is referred to as an apple head or cobble head. It doesn't mean anything is wrong! Love your baby! Variety thats all. Enjoy yor pup!
 

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I forgot! When you get a litter box make sure you cut out an area in front so he'll walk in. They aren't crazy about hopping in like a cat. If you aren't sure how to cut it take a look at the litterbox by purina called second nature made just for dogs. I bought one for $13. I found out that Josie doesn't like going in the box once soiled so I had to get another box for when I am away. I just got a cat litter box with similar dimensions and cut out the front and she's using it just fine! Good luck! Oh I have an enzymatic cleaner for when she did make a mistake. And it does work. She hasn't gone back to that spot yet! I got the one at Walmart called OUT (i think) Anyways it has a drawing of a cat and dog holding their noses on it. :lol:
 

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OH BOY , do I remember the pyppy training well.
Mindy needed 1 1/2 years before she was fully housebroken.
It is just like with a real baby you have to be patient and try and try and keep trying.
Do you have a family member with a dog that is housebroken ???????

Our Montana trained several puppies to go to the potty outside (Mindy was just too stubborn for him) :? .

Sometimes and older dog will do the trick. They already know what to do and the little ones are eager to please the big guy.....hehehehe just like humans :lol:
 

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You can use a cardboard box and platic grocery bags for liners if you want to see if litter box traing will work before forking ou the cash for something fancier. just cut the box down to littler box size and use the plastic grocery bags you get when shopping as liners.

You also might try keeping the dog confined to an area. if they have free roam of the house they are going to keep going on the floors when they are still learning.

6-7 weeks is pretty young to expect them to know anything. It will probably be weeks or months before they show any improvement in the potty training
 

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Welcome to the forum! :)

Tucker is almost 7 months old, and with the potty-training, we still have a ways to go. Somedays he's on the potty pad 95% of the time, other days, it's the opposite. Don't give up---it will click with your pup one day. :) Small breed dogs generally take longer to house train than the larger breeds. I've had experience with both, and I have found this to be true. A puppy is usually not ready to be house trained until about 12 weeks of age, so we must 'train' ourselves to keep a close eye on them, as ozzysmom said, and take them to the place we want them to go until they get the idea. The usual times a puppy needs to go potty are after a nap, after playing, after eating, and of course, first thing in the morning. A pup can be expected to 'hold it' for their age in months plus one hour. So when crated for the night, you may have to take him out to potty a few times during the night until his bladder matures.
 

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I saw this problem on a pet show a few days ago. The trainer recommended using vinigar to clean the area (rather than one with ammonia which to a dog smells like pee) and placing the dogs food and water in that place or playing there to give it a new use, rather than as a bathroom!
 
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