I know how you feel, being young and wanting a chihuahua, I have wanted one for a looooong time, finally got Chiquita 2 years after living on my own, and just now added Jose, my 4 mo old terror LOL. I didn't have too much problem potty training Chiquita, never used the puppy pads, never really saw the point frankly, the idea is to go OUTside, not INside on a piece of paper. I think it is confusing to a pup. Sure you're gonna clean up accidents, but that is the responsibility you must assume when getting a new puppy. Chiquita picked up the idea fairly quickly, within 3 months she wasn't having any accidents inside, but I was on top of the training. i.e. taking her outside at LEAST every 2 hours to give her the chance to potty outside, and heavily praising her when she did. Now Jose on the other hand is a little more stubborn, because he is a boy, I'd recommend you get a girl, they are easier to train if you keep up with them. Chiquita is VERY smart, she and Jose each have separate crates for the time being until he is potty trained, and she knows my morning routine if I am working. I am a surgical tech at a hospital so I work only 3 days per week, but I work 12 hour shifts, I know most of you are frowning, because, YES they are in their crate the 12 hours I am at work, but Chiquita has adapted fully to it and doesn't seem to mind because on my 4 days off, they spend ALL day and ALL night with mom. Anyways, getting back to the point that Chi's are smart, Chiquita knows my routine, and she sees me getting ready to leave in the morning for work, and the minute I pick up my tennis shoes, she goes in the crate. I don't have to tell her, she sees that as the cue that it is time for me to go, and she knows she has to go in the crate when I leave. Jose will get there, he is only 4 months old, and I've only had him for 2 months, but with proper attention and training, they are very smart and VERY loyal dogs. They see YOU as the leader of the pack, mine must welcome me back to the pack every night when I get home, by sniffing and licking me, I have to dedicate at least 10 minutes to this as soon as I get home, or I won't be left alone. Just make sure you are ready for all this commitment, I know it doesn't seem like it will be all that hard, but if you aren't on top of it, and keep up with the training, potty training will go no where and you will be cleaning up accidents for a very long time. I have never litter trained any animal, other than a ferret, so I don't know anything about doing that, I lived in St. Louis last winter when it was 7 degrees outside and Chiquita knew that she better hurry up and do her business and get back in the house cause it was COLD! My point being, just think about what you want to do with that Chi for the rest of its life. If you litter train now, and you decide later that you don't want to be scooping a litter pan, you will have to do the entire training process over again to get them to go outside. Good luck and I wish you the best! Sorry this was so long!