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Hi. My name is Mina and my mom and I adopted a chihuahua about 2 years ago. He may be a little bit of a mix. We were actually just supposed to foster him, but once he was here I couldn't give him up. We don't know his whole story, just that he was found on the streets of the inner city and was only about 8 months old when we got him from the rescue. He's either been abused, stepped on, or something because he has a deformed paw and the end of his tail has been broken.

Of course, with unknown stories can come issues. He is violent when it comes to guarding his food (or yours if he thinks he might get it and another animal gets too close) or certain chew toys. Another issue is that he pees all over. Still! We put him outside and he screws around, then he'll pee as soon as he comes inside. He'll nap and when he gets up, he'll go pee in the house. Sometimes it's only a half hour after he's been outside and actually peed out there. We're going to get him checked at the vet, but I'm thinking it's a behavioral thing. Is this common with chis? That's why I'm here. I need a place that has people with chi experience so I have a sounding board and can learn typical things about the breed.
 

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Welcome! :wave:

Good on you for rescuing him! When I first got my Jackson he was the same way with the peeing. He also was not a puppy but already grown. I came here for help and it did take some time but with their help I got him potty trained.

First thing, he should always either be on a leash or in his crate while inside. The freedom of the house becomes his reward after he catches on to the potty training. I got Jackson on a schedule of going outside every four hours and would take him on leash to go. Tell him to "go potty" and reward him when he does go outside and even give treats. When he does make a mistake inside the house just say a firm "no" and then hurry with him outside and say "go potty". I continued doing this and in about two weeks time Jackson had it down.
 

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Trickier situation

Thanks for the advice. Unfortunately, our situation is a bit complicated. Boomer is one of 3 dogs we have. It's amazing how easily they were trained compared to him. The complicated part is that my mom works most days and I am the one home with them, but am physically unable to get down the steps to the door to let them out. I know it's a bad situation to try potty training in...we thought he was housebroken when we got him. ha! Fooled us. But like I said, once he was here, we could't give him up.

We will have to try your advice whenever she's home though. Sometimes is better than no attempt. I think part of his issue is that he likes to make sure our other male dog knows he's here and that he thinks he owns everything. He's attention starved too. But we love him! I'll have to post a picture of him.
 

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You got him 2 years ago? He's been like this since you got him? Or he just recently started?
I'd have to say crate him inside the house (if you have one or can get one) or put him on a leash and watch him very closely. Maybe have a schedule on when to take him out.
He doesn't pee outside at all because he's playing or just refuses?
Just be persistent. You can also take him outside and stay with him until he goes and then act like he did the best thing ever and give treats.
 

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Resource guarding (his food and toys) can be helped with training. I'm sure there are posts about this on the forum. If you can't find any Google it. Just make sure the source is a force free.

The other problem you have: peeing in the house. Is this dog neutered? If not, please do. The other thing you can do, is get him a pair of doggie diapers. If you cannot watch him, he is in his crate with a chew toy (Kong?) or confined. If he has to wear the diaper, he may not like the result of wearing a wet diaper, and catch on quickly. Just make sure you give him enough time to empty out his bladder! Males sometimes will pee 3-4 times before they are 'empty'. He has to earn the right to have freedom in the house. He can have 15-20 minutes freedom after he goes, then the diaper goes on IF he is wandering the house. If he is crated, then give him something to chew on. I have a neighbor that has a large wire crate for her little chihuahua, and she has pinned up some disposable pee pads around the crate, so if the dog has to go, the pee pads will catch it. Otherwise he goes out at least 4 times a day. I have trained my chihuahuas to go on pee pads (I use the washable human grade ones) as it is very hard to make them go outside when raining or snowing, etc. So much easier!
 

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I have a neighbor that has a large wire crate for her little chihuahua, and she has pinned up some disposable pee pads around the crate, so if the dog has to go, the pee pads will catch it. Otherwise he goes out at least 4 times a day.
I've never heard of that Susan. He pees with his leg up, right? And she just puts the pee pads up against the kennel walls so to speak..?
 
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