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I have already asked once about everyone's ideas for potty training Zoey but we have just about reached out limit with her. I took everyone's advice and have tried everything with her. We go out every half an hour or after she has eaten, played, slept, blinked etc.. She REFUSES to go outside. We have gone for long walks, I have tried to catch her in the act and get her outside immediately, closed her off from her usual spots. I really do not know what else to do-she will go outside for a minute, sometimes she pees-sometimes not. She will not poo outside no matter what. I really have no idea what I am doing wrong here but getting tired of her ruining the house with her lack of potty manners. Any other suggestions?? I would like to say that I can blame it on the fact that it is freezing outside and the ground is covered in snow but it is not going to go away anytime soon so she needs to get over it-we have bought her coats, several sweaters to keep her warm and the minute we get outside she runs right back to the door to try and get back in.
 

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awww she's still very much a baby.
you need to have a lot of patience with her.
if she's peeing outside sometimes, praise her, make a huge fuss everytime.
don't tell her off or punish her if she has an accident inside.
she'll get the hang of going potty outside in time, but that is the key word. time. :D
how about making her a little sheltered potty place?
somewhere that she can go without too much wind, snow and rain might make a whole load of difference.
also you can get potty training sticks. they're impregnated with a special smell that'll help Zoey know where she's supposed to go potty.
 

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Oh my goodness. Your pitapata says she is only 8 weeks old. She is a baby. You wouldn't expect to take the diapers off a one year old and have them go use the potty, would you? I think you are expecting WAYYYYYYYY too much out of her. Toy breeds can be hard to train. I think there are some folks who would say their dogs weren't reliably potty trained until 9-10 months of age. You have a long way to go and I think you need to lower your expectations considerably.
 

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hi, my chi boy is only 14 weeks old and he doesnt even go outside yet! im starting next week as he had his second vaccination a few days ago. I know it's not going to be easy as he is so used to going inside on paper and gets lots of praise for doing so!
so to change it again completely will take time, and perseverance. You'll get there in time im sure! Good luck !
 

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Oh Yeah.....way to young to catch on so well. Sounds to me like she will be on the right track though if you keep it up. I can't imagine the cold weather for her either. Mine are total wimps if even the wind is blowing outside.

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I agree with everyone above. She is still very much a baby (like a infant human baby) you are expecting way to much from her (way to soon) and she is after all a dog and has to be trained with patience and understanding. I know it must be confusing for her as she is feeding off of your frustration and doesnt understand what you want from her :-(

I am not trying to be ugly at all but all this come's with having a pet, even fully potty trained she will still have accidents as she gets older. If this is frustrating you this bad right now then maybe a dog isnt for you? If this continues to upset you so, then maybe you should look into rehoming her while she is still young enough for it not to scar her emotionally. I know this doesnt sound good but sometimes we realize that we have our hands full and it is better not to let the puppy suffer. I am sure you will do the right thing, and if you feel the right thing is to rehome her then please do it where you really check out the home and make sure it will be a loving home for her. We are always here to help you but if you want to keep her and continue to train her then you need a different mind set and need to relax and realize she is a baby and not get so frustrated.

I like the idea given above maybe to build a outside box with tow or three walls and a cover over it then put some of her poo in it, this way she will be sheltered from the elements and smell her own poo. Remember Love, affection, praise and reward a reward are key to a happy, stable, housetrained puppy ;-)
 

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I can imagine her tiny body is reacting to the cold by just trying to stay warm not pottying. Sounds like she has not made the connection that when you go outside it's to go potty. It probably takes all she has to just shiver to stay warm. If she was mine...I would try paper training her for now, then when it warms up a bit take her out. Then do the whole move the paper closer to the door thing to gradually get her out. Most Chis stay with their mom past 8 weeks. A lot of folks don't get their Chi babies till they are 12 weeks or so and, if from a good breeder, they have started the paper training process.

As was said before. Patience is key. Don't make yourself crazy over this or you will miss all the fun of having a puppy around.

Just my opinion.
 

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Oh my goodness. Your pitapata says she is only 8 weeks old. She is a baby. You wouldn't expect to take the diapers off a one year old and have them go use the potty, would you? I think you are expecting WAYYYYYYYY too much out of her. Toy breeds can be hard to train. I think there are some folks who would say their dogs weren't reliably potty trained until 9-10 months of age. You have a long way to go and I think you need to lower your expectations considerably.
You are right and maybe I do need to use a lot more patience I am just trying to avoid it becoming habit for her and we never get her potty trained. Plus we are moving in with my MIL in the next month and I really don't want her making a mess over there and then risking having to get rid of her because of her potty issues. I will try and keep my cool a little longer-thanks for the reality check! Plus I think that our ticker is wrong she is closer to 10 weeks-I will have to change that. I would make a "potty house" for her but our HOA does not allow this. I in no way mean to come across as angry about this as I am not I am just frustrated but she is still a baby and I need to keep that in mind-we love her to pieces and enjoy having her around just not her poo! Thank you for all the great advice and getting my head back to where it is supposed to be.
 

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when I first startign teaching Jake to go outside I never put him out on his own, I'd wrap up well, take a book or magazine and sit on a bucket in the garden. The garden was scary for Jake at first and he'd constantly run to me for reassurance.

If I stood up or made any movement he'd run to me.

I'm saying this as Jake was 9 1/2 weeks when I bought him and it was a couple of weeks before he ventured outside. So he was near on 12 weeks before he faced the scary outdoors.

So yes I agree with others 8 weeks old is way to young to be expecting your dog to understand going outside to toilet is what is needed.

I used a crate and plenty of training pads to start and reduced the pads to one. What really made the difference was buying a large cat litter tray and placing turf inside. Jake got used to the tickling feeling of the grass and though he still pee where ever he was he only ever pooped in his tray. When ever he did good I made a huge fuss of him, if he peed on the carpet I simply said no and took him outside.

Eventually he learned over time that outdoors was toilet and now he tells me when he wants to go out.

So chill out, take a step back and laugh about your frustrations.

A good quote which I found is very true is

"Take the time it takes so it takes less time"

Cheers Deme x
 

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I'm so sorry, we used to have a dog just like this, I would have her out for the longest time and she just would not go, it never got better, just wanted you to know I feel your frustration (((hugs))).
 

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Oh man she is just a baby! A lot of people don't even have thier pups yet at this age. Get some puppy pads and try those (((hugs)))
 

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I have already asked once about everyone's ideas for potty training Zoey but we have just about reached out limit with her. I took everyone's advice and have tried everything with her. We go out every half an hour or after she has eaten, played, slept, blinked etc.. She REFUSES to go outside. We have gone for long walks, I have tried to catch her in the act and get her outside immediately, closed her off from her usual spots. I really do not know what else to do-she will go outside for a minute, sometimes she pees-sometimes not. She will not poo outside no matter what. I really have no idea what I am doing wrong here but getting tired of her ruining the house with her lack of potty manners. Any other suggestions?? I would like to say that I can blame it on the fact that it is freezing outside and the ground is covered in snow but it is not going to go away anytime soon so she needs to get over it-we have bought her coats, several sweaters to keep her warm and the minute we get outside she runs right back to the door to try and get back in.

Maybe she doesn't like pottying while wearing sweaters or coats?

I have no idea other than that, I'm sorry =(
 

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When I put any clothing on Pepper she just stand their and will not move lol, clothing for her is kinda like a stright jacket lol.
 

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I agree with everyone else that you are expecting WAY TOO MUCH out of her when she is just a baby!!! Have you tried the pee pads for inside? Pedro, my youngest chi, is 5 years old and he still does not do it all outside ALL the time.....sometimes it's outside and sometimes inside on the pee pad. But even though he does it sometimes on the pee pad, it's always on the pads and not on the floor, or rugs, etc. I don't think chihuahuas ever TOTALLY go outside all the time. Most of us do the outside PLUS the pads inside. Give the wee baby a break.....you're most likely scaring and confusing her!:coolwink:
 

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My puppy is around the same age. I keep her in her crate when I'm not playing/walking or doing something with her. I have her bed on one end and half a puppy pad on the other with her food and water dish. Since the bed has an edge it separates the areas and she only goes on the pad. I take her out about every 1-2 hours. She has only pooed in her crate a couple times as she doesn't want it near her bed or food. So far she still will stop and pee a few drops on the floor mid playing. I just say uh-oh, move her away from it and clean it up. Then when we go outside I say "go potty" as she is doing her bussiness, every single time. She will now go poo and pee in one trip outside when I say "go potty" more than once.

I think if you keep trying and be consistant it will pay off! My toy fox wasn't potty trained till around 9 months and she will still poo in the livingroom floor if its raining out. I have to stand out in the rain with her 'till she goes lol. Don't be discouraged, all dogs are trainable some just take more time. :)
 

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I always say the same phrase "Go Potty". I repeat it until they do go potty and then make a big deal about what a good girl they are. They know now that I will not stop saying "Go Potty" until they tinkle and its funny to see them strain to produce a few drops so they can go back inside. I also stand right there and don't move. I think that gives them some security that you aren't leaving them outside and they also know you mean business. Luna was almost completely potty trained by 14 weeks. Clara Bow is going to take a little longer...I can tell ;) She is still trying my patience by peeing on the doggy beds :foxes15:
 

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Patience is definatley a virtue in toilet training!! It took Hannah 10mths before she got it!! and that was with puppy pads!!LOL
 
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