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Hello, my name is Katt I am new to chihuahua's and actually to dogs in general. I'm doing research into chihuahua's as a breed for a companion pet. I've done some research and have some questions.

First, I have heard chihuahua's are hard to housebreak. I'm not interested in housebreaking so much as paper training/litter box training. It gets too cold here to let a chihuahua outside to pee in the winter, so I would prefer to paper/litter box train and just stay that way. The pup I plan to get is male and I know these are harder to train. I plan to neuter and wonder if this helps with the whole marking thing. What age should I neuter to avoid hormonal marking behavior? I really don't want a dog that will pee all over. Do diapers help?
What age should paper/litter box training begin?

Does anyone feed raw diets to their chihuahua's? What sorts of things do they like to eat? I have easy access to meats.

What should I do to help socialize my pup. Unfortunately, it will be December when the puppy is ready and it will be too cold to bring puppy outside to socialize with others. Should I bring the pup to other people's houses who have dogs?

Thank you for your time!
 

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I'm not the expert others are here, but, for what it's worth, I've had a number of animals over the years.

I like litter box trained dogs! I've had 3 that were box trained. My current chi isn't because we live in a mild climate and he's ----- ahem! ------ a poopie eater. Hate to say it, but he likes to eat that stuff and so I deliberately chose not to box train him. However, he was over a year old when I got him and he hadn't been housebroken at all so I was fighting an uphill battle already which helped with the decision.

I managed to housebreak him in about 3 weeks at age 1 1/2 years. I also housetrained a puppy that was 6 weeks old. That took about 2 weeks and he was half chi/half heaven knows what. Mom got loose one day and so no one is sure!

I have never used a crate for training so maybe someone else will be able to help you on that if you're interested in trying it.

One of the tricks I use to train a dog is to use old flannel backed plastic table cloths as floor covers (flannel side up) and restrict the puppy's roaming area the first two weeks. I never swat or rub noses or any of that old stuff they used to say to do. (My brother does and says it works, I won't hit an animal, period.) I put out a bunch of litter boxes by making them out of old cardboard boxes lined on the bottom with contact paper. I'll usually have three or four of these boxes, then every few days I take one away until at the end there is just one. The ONLY reason I do this is so that if the puppy is pottying I can quickly get him into a box.

As soon as he is done going, I praise him and give him a super good treat ...... usually a tiny chunk of cheese.

This seems to work faster than some of the other methods I've tried, but it might just be my dogs. Some people can train their puppy in days, or so they say, but I've never had a puppy train that quickly so I might be doing something wrong.............

Good luck with your dog! I hope you have the love affair we all have with our Chis. I, for one, could never give up owning one of these absolutely unique animals!
 

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Hi and welcome

and well done for choosing chihuahuas as a pet you wont be disaapointed right :

chihuahuas are hard to house break I live in england where it is wet and cold all the time they use puppy pads in winter and outside in summer - it was very easy to train to pads as they are impregnated with a smell that attracts them also it is waterproof on reverse so doesnt go through to flooring.

you have definately heard wrong in regards to male chihuahuas they are no harder to train than females , if you neuter at 6 months you should not find he will mark etc, I find male chihuahuas alot more loving than females ( just my and my breeders opinion). you wont need diapers for boys they are for girls in heat if you do find you have a marker ( which if you neuter at 6 months you probably wont) you can buy a belly band which goes around the middle and helps stop marking. - you really wont have a problem though.

dont feed raw diets to chis -there are lots of things they cant have like : chocolate, grapes, raisans, oinions and garlic- im sure there are posts around here if you do a search you will find alot on diets.

definately take the pup with you to friends to socialise but only if your dog has had all shots and theirs have too.

keep us posted :wave:
 

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I agree with ozzysmom, dont feed him raw meats they need the vitimans and stuff that is in the dog food, as for neutering him wait until he is 6 months old. I found that once I had installed a doggie door I had no problems housebreaking my girls and that is how I am housebreaking my new little guy that is only 9 weeks old. Start training him right away on the potty thing. Just make sure that he has at least two of his shots before taking him to meet other dogs. Hope this helps.
 

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Hi Katt! Welcome to the boards!

I have also heard chihuahua's are hard to housebreak but have not had any problems with my little boy. He is piddle-pad trained; the breeder actually started this while she still had him so he was already pretty good when we got him! If you get him fixed by 5 - 6 months he should never mark his territory.

I do not feed raw meat to my dog so I can't help you with that question.

Until your Chi has all his shots you really shouldn't let him near other dogs. Taking him places like stores and other people's houses should be OK. The big thing to be concerned about is Parvo; dogs get that from eating other dogs poo, so as long as you know the owners/dogs well and trust they are healthy and you keep a close eye on him you should be OK.
 

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Hi and Welcome to the board.
I have all 6 of my chis box trained. Since I work and they can only go out at assigned times during the day this has worked well for me. I actually have them confined to xpens with a potty box in each pen. They don't always need to use it, but it is there for the need. I use pellet type cat litter because dog litter is more expensive-not enough competition in that area-I have only found Purina that supplies dog litter.
I start training them to the box as soon as I get them. I have a litter of pups right now and I will start to train them as soon as they start getting out of the box. But with a pup I also use pee pads until they get the idea.
I do scoop every day and I also add cat litter crystals to the bottom of the pan. I have found that it prolongs the life of the litter.
Good luck with your chi, they are so lovable.
 

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Thanks!

Thanks guys! I'm pretty excited, but I want to make a good decision. We are visiting the breeder (again!) to look at the pups she has. Not going to decide today who we want as they need to grow into their personalities more.

Also does anyone keep any other breeds with their chihuahua's? If so what breeds? Thanks again!
 

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Oh, everyone here knows so much! It's a great forum and -- although I've cared for a lot of animals --- every time I log on to chi forums I learn something new.

I do feed fresh foods to my animals, even my chi. I don't feed it raw, though. Sp. favorite food is baked chicken. No bones, of course. I give it to him cut into small pieces, with some rice and a spoonful of the drippings out of the pan mixed into it all to make the rice tasty and moist. He just adores it. He mostly eats canned and dry food, though. I'm an old country girl and all of the animals back then (eep~! color me OLD) ate people food along with their "made for critters" food and they almost all lived to be very, very old ...... so I don't know that it hurts them as long as ---- like the others have said --- you make sure they get a lot of nutrition from prepared foods manufactured especially for them.

A cool trick for a chi because their little mouths are so small: I buy those rawhide chews for Sp. Then I get a deep cup (I use an old frosting container, the white plastic ones) and fill it 3/4 with broth made from "health food" boullion cubes (less salt) or from baked or boiled meat. Bring the broth to a boil, the put the rawhide chew in it and let it sit for a couple of hours. The hot liquid will soften and permeat the rawhide and the little dogs seem to really love it.

Oops! Bored you all enough again. Better go check to see if life in the Zoo is going on like it's supposed to be.

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