Well, I use an indoor grass litterbox and Peach took to it immediately. She hasn't had an accident since. She is currently 5 1/2 months. But with other dogs I have had, you can stop your chi from peeing inside today. You have to monitor them like a hawk. Any time they are out of a contained area, you are watching them so they don't have the opportunity to have an accident. When they start sniffing around like they do before they go, you pick them up and take them outside, then praise in a big way. Keep them tethered to you while out so they can't sneak away to pee. The more times they get away with it, the harder it is to train them in my experience. Then when you can't watch them, put them in their crate. Give food and water at set times as well. You can end any peeing inside immediately but it takes vigilance on your part.
We adopted Bella when she was 11 months old, and she was already housetrained to go on pee pads. So she was housetrained to go on pee pads within the frist day we brought her home to our house. However, it took about 3 weeks to train her to walk on a leash and go outside to do her business as her first family never walked her outside. Bella uses pee pads during inclement weather. She never had an accident in our house.
We adopted Lina when she was 3 years old. We house trained her to go on pee pads within 1 month (during inclement weather). She was already trained to do her business outside by her first mommy, Kristin.
Brody had the basic idea after about 3 weeks. He was 11 weeks when we got him and he was trained to go on pads. He would still have an occasional accident. At that time (winter) he was going on pee pads. Sometimes he would squat on the edge of the pad and it would get on the carpet. I got a pee pad holder and that helped since he had to 'step in' to go.
We wanted him to eventually go outside, so there was a transition time of about a month when we were taking him out and using pee pads at the same time.
I would say he was RELIABLY and completely trained, with NO accidents, at about 8 months. It was certainly a process.
We got Maya at about 11 weeks old, and she was trained to go pee outside in about 4 weeks. We skipped the potty pads and just used positive reinforcement and a smear of peanut butter treat to train. It took her about another month to not have poop accidents in the house. We have been about a month free of any accidents now - yay!
The pups I got were doggy door trained to go out to potty in between 2-4 weeks. This isn't counting the marking Marley went through when he reached 7mo (and we had a female in heat at the time). It's also not counting Maya who we got at 1 1/2yo. She was trained to use the doggy door to potty in a few weeks HOWEVER if it's raining & sometimes if it's even smelling like it's going to rain she'll sometimes pee in the house. :roll: When I think she's finally got the point I let her have run of the house during a rain & I'll step in a puddle. At first she kept it down BY the doggy door...now she doesn't care where she does it as long as she doesn't get her paws wet. This week when it's rained I've praised LIKE CRAZY after she went out to potty so I'm hoping my catching her good behavior (it's hard to catch with six dogs since the doggy door is in an "out of the way" room) she'll get what she's supposed to do rather than just knowing peeing in the house is bad (since when I did step in a puddle the beginning of the week I went to find her & she was looking all guilty in her crate already haha).
I've found training young puppies is so much easier. We got most of our Chi's at 8 weeks & it was great to have them trained at between 10-12 weeks! I will also add a few of my pups went through a regression during puppy adolescents (7-8mo). But after going back to the basics they got the point again & are wonderful.
It was easy, the breeder did most of the work. The puppies were just "socialised" to the wee pads by watching the others....and I think she offered treats as they got the gist of things. . When he was little he would sometimes mistake certain things for a piddle pad..like a bath mat left on the floor or something.
Rico goes out to pee...for me only apparently. I have to announce it and he will comeout for his wee. I have to say it in spanish in a very high pitched voice.....oh my !!
I cant remember exactly, but it didnt take them long at all.
Darla came here at 8 weeks and took to the pads very quickly.
Daisy was amost 3 years old and wasnt really used to pads, but again did it there right away.
I think following each others lead was the key. lol
Dillon who came at 9 weeks, only had a few wee accidents cause he would be drinking water and peeing at the same time. haha!!
I kept lifting him over, even mid- flow and that got him used to it, thank goodness.
I feel really lucky because Draco was doggie door trained in about 2 weeks. It was just before the cold weather set in last winter. We have had a few accidents when the snow was really deep and we didn't get a path clear. That was our fault though.