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My Chi's were born 4/6/15. I have two and I know I NEED to start house training right away. They sleep in a crate (good size, fits blanket and puppy pad). But Im having a hard time starting a bathroom routine bc I keep saying to myself they are too young. I KNOW they cant hold it long but when should I start. I want them to go outside but they go crazy shaking when I put them on the grass. Seems they are too scared.
 

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Never too young to start, just praise them when they go in the right place.
try seeing toilet training and getting them used to the garden as separate things for now.
Many things are scary for tiny pups, so just make their outings a fun time. If they toilet whilst outside, even better, lots of praise and whatever word you want to use. Just sit on the grass with them and let them take their time to explore. Once they are comfortable outside you can take them outside every hour and they will soon get the idea, you just need to be consistent.
They are extremely young though, as you say they have little control over their bladder/bowels but if you watch them constantly you will see the sniffing and circling that means they need to go. Don't allow them to have any accidents and you are half way there. So keep them crated when you aren't able to actively watch them and take them out as soon as they wake and directly after eating.
 

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Thanks so much....will do. Today they went to potty outside I even did a dance, not that they noticed but I gave them LOTS of praise, gonna do treats next time tho with the praise!
 

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It's best to start as early as possible. There's no such thing as too early for house-training, even if they aren't going to be pros at it at first. In fact, the earlier they start, the easier it'll be for them once they are able to hold it, since they won't have acquired any bad habits.
The best thing you can do is watch them constantly while you are home, so that you can watch for signs of them having to go (sniffing, circling, squatting, etc.) The less accidents they have in the house, the better.
If they do have an accident, then you have to use special enzymatic cleaner on it made for dogs, so that they don't return to the spot. Unfortunately, regular household cleaners won't cut it, since dogs have amazing noses that will be able to smell the tiniest bits of pees that the cleaners leave behind.

You need something like this:
Amazon.com : Pet Odor Eliminator & Pet Urine Cleaner: Professional Strength Enzyme Cleaner - More Powerful Than Natures Miracle Urine Destroyer - Best Odor Eliminator - Cat Urine Odor Remover and Dog Urine Remover- Pet Stain Remover - Best Urine Neut

Whenever you aren't home, they need to be in their crate. However, do not leave them in there, unless you are confident that they can hold it for the amount of time you'll be gone. If they learn to potty in their crate and be near their waste, it'll be very difficult to housebreak them.
 

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I want to take some tomorrow with my Nikon. I have some on my cell but they don't capture their beauty, just feel better taking it with my camera. Promise coming soon. I posted a newbie thread but I understand new member rule. Can't wait to share them :)
 
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