Chihuahua Potty Training

Chihuahua potty training is a hard task.  For one, potty training any puppy is difficult because they do not understand what is going on, what you expect them to do and why it is so wrong to go in the house on your new carpet.  With Chihuahua’s, though, the task is even more difficult because of their size.  They can easily sneak into out of the way areas to go potty without your knowledge.  You may not even notice he has done it and by the time you do it is already a habit of his – a habit you now have to break.

Chihuahua potty training is all about being consistent.  You can not ever let him stray form the housebreaking rules.  You cannot slack off or forget about him.  You must always be working towards the end goal in order to ever reach it.

Something To Consider

A really good idea in the beginning is to never let you pup go potty inside, even if by accident and especially on hard to clean areas like carpet.  Once they go in a spot they are likely to do it again and again.  With a Chihuahua it is very important to keep them in an enclosed area where they cannot wander off to hide and go somewhere in the house.   You can use gates to keep him out of carpeted areas or other off limit areas.

Getting Started

To get started you have to decide upon the Chihuahua potty training method you are going to use.  There are three basic ways people potty train Chihuahua’s – paper, litter box and outside.  Litter box training is becoming especially popular because many Chihuahua’s put up a fight or refuse to go outside when the weather temperatures are low.  However, any of these methods are acceptable.

With any method the same process is to be followed.  You should take the pup to the potty training area first thing in the morning, after they eat or drink, after play, after a nap and before bed.  You will be doing this many, many times throughout the day, but the repetitiveness will make the pup aware that this is important and something you are trying to tech him.  It will help him associate the area with going potty.  Follow this routine for at least 3 days and then let him try it on his own.  You will still need to keep an eye on him to avoid accidents.  However, this will let you know how well he picked up on your training.

Helping Your Pup Learn

Part of Chihuahua potty training is praise.  When he accomplishes the goal you must make a big deal out of it.  Let him know he did good and you are proud.  You should lavish him with attention and praise.  He needs to know that he did what he was supposed to do, as that is the only way he will pick up what you are trying to teach him.

Accidents will happen.  Just try not to let an accident overshadow the good.  Simply remind your pup of what he did wrong.  It is also important to do your part to prevent accidents.  Don’t forget to let him out or keep him crated so he has no choice but to go where he shouldn’t.  If you do not do your part, the Chihuahua training process will not go smoothly.

Chihuahua potty training is something that takes effort from both you and your dog.  Chihuahua’s can be hard to housebreak due to their size, but they are very smart so once you start they should pick up easily.  You will come to find that you can easily distinguish an accident from disobedience because your Chihuahua will get a sad little look when he has an accident because he knows it wasn’t where he was supposed to go..  This also tells you that your training efforts have been successful.  If you fret about Chihuahua potty training then maybe you might be in the market for a Chihuahua rescue dog.  Take a look at ‘Chihuahua Rescue/Adoption‘ to see if adopting a rescue Chihuahua is a good idea for you.

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