Potty Training a Chihuahua
Are you sick of finding puddles on your kitchen floor? Has potty training a Chihuaha become exasperating? Did you step into yet another pile of steamy mess in your living room? Do you feel like you are spending all your waking time taking your Chihuahua outside or cleaning up messes in the house?
While you are in good company with 100s of other Chihuahua owners, you don’t have to face this alone. Training your Chihuahua to potty is easier than you think and will free you to enjoy other activities with your dog.
By understanding and taking the right steps to potty training a Chihuahua, you can easily and quickly have a fully housebroken dog in a couple of weeks. If you follow these step-by-step house training instructions, both you and your dog will be stress free and you’ll love having him around you.
Potty training a Chihuahua under six months of age is a challenge because puppies in general have not full developed bladder control. However, if you put your dog on a schedule and look for the tell tale signs of him wanting to go potty, you’ll be able to make sure you intercede before he goes on your rug.
Get Your Chihuahua to Go In The Same Area
Puppies learn very quickly. Get him to go in the same spot every day if you have a backyard. If he doesn’t have a particular spot, star training him where to potty in a specific area. Put his leash on him when you take him out and always take him to the same area. I like to say “go pee pee” or “go make poop” so my Chihuahua knows what to do.
Don’t Let Him Play Until He Goes Potty
When potty training Chihuahua, make sure you stay in the area in which you want him to go. Don’t let him play either until he has done his business.
What If Your Dog Only Has Occasional Accidents?
It’s important to know when your dog is likely to go potty. Your Chihuahua puppy will have to go to the bathroom when he first wakes up, about 10 minutes after eating, when coming out of his crate, and after playing. Your Chihuahua may also pee when he greets people because he’s excited. Once you’re able to identify when he’s likely to go potty, be prepared to either take him out, or bring him to his wee wee pads.
Leaving Your Chihuahua in the Crate Too Long
Does your dog only mess when you leave him alone too long? Does he only do it in a certain room of the house? Does he mark your furniture? If you leave your puppy in his crate for too long, he will go in his crate. Learn what causes these behaviors and how to work with your puppy or adult dog to solve the problem by visiting our customized Chihuahua potty training course.
If you work outside of the home and your Chihuahua will be left alone for 8 hours or more, crate training Chihuahua is a must so that he learns to eliminate in the appropriate place at the appropriate times.
Use Positive Reinforcement
Potty training a Chihuahua, like all other types of dog training, requires positive reinforcement for best results. If your puppy has an accident, don’t yell at him. Just act like it didn’t happen. But if you catch him in the act, just firmly say, “No!” and pick him up quickly and take him outside. Remember, most dogs hate to live in messy quarters.
Chihuahua Potty Training Basics
When potty training a Chihuahua, it’s important to establish consistency. Establish a schedule such as this:
Sample Puppy Schedule
7am Puppy wakes – outside for Toilet
9am First meal then toilet
1pm Second meal then toilet
5pm Play time then toilet
7pm Third meal then toilet
11pm Toilet visit before bed
Remember, be patient with your Chihuahua. He really wants to please you. Start potty training your Chihuahua now.