What is the best method to potty train a chihuahua?

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nina: What is the best method to use when potty training a chihuahua?

I can’t seem to potty train my three month old chihuahua. I have tried spanking, scolding, putting him outside, but he doesn’t seem to get it. Does anyone have the answer?

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Answer by sinfully sweet

my friend had a chihuahua and trained it to go in a litter box ! he said he used some scent you can get from the pet store to make them want to go, but also after the dog eats put it outside or in the box until it goes, praise it, etc. also he said you could use some of those wee-wee pads then gradually move them outside or in near then in the box then remove them and the dog will go then. good luck, chi’s are great little dogs, if i didn’t have to travel so much i would get one.

Answer by meeeeee

Good lord….I do hope you are kidding when you say spanking and scolding?

Those type of ‘nethods’ are extremely ‘old school’ and are very, very discouraged now by vets and breeders alike.

It is NOT the way to go….not only does it confuse and frighten the poor dog, but they will not go to the toilet infront of you anymore. They will also hesitate in general when going to the toilet, as they are afraid.

There are many other, far ‘better’ methods of toilet training your chihuahua.
Many have been mentioned.

Personally, I watched where my chihuahua would go to the toilet for about the 1st week when we had her.
There were a few places where she would go back to when she needed to pee or poop.
I placed about 2 sheets of newspaper in these areas, and she went back to only these places, all on her own, and went to the toilet there.
Slowly, I removed some of the newspaper, until the only bit left was in the laundry in this ‘around the corner’ place.
She started going to only that one place for the toilet.
ive since replaced the newspaper with a small try, which has absorbant (both texture and SMELL) litter inside it.
So all I do is take out the tray at the end of each day, lift up the top layer which contains the litter and pee and poop, rinse it off and put on another small layer of litter.
Takes about 2 mins….and there is no mess or smell at all.

But having said that, I know I have been incredibly lucky as many people struggle.
I suppose it really comes down to your own individual dog and what they best repsond to.

For interest purposes….
I got my little chihuahua when she was approx 8 weeks old.
It took about 2 1/2 weeks for her to become used to the laundry space for toileting.
She is now about 16 weeks old.

Answer by Lisa Schrimsher

what kind of tray did you use?

Answer by nibblersMOM

I also have a 3month old chihuahua and am in the process of potty training him. I was using puppy pads and taking him outside ever 2 hours or so…. but my dog hates hates hates pooping outside. he dosnt mind peeing. I got him going on the potty pads ok but then decided to try to potty patch you see on just seen on t.v.i then placed it in the same spot as the puppy pad and put a puppy pad under the grass to give off a simaler smell and it works. he uses that and not the floor now. but the only problem is that i keep it in the bathroom and my dog cant find it if he’s out on the livingroom floor. any ideas as to show him where to go when he needs to pee or poo? I keep telling him no when he goes on the carpet and taking him strait to the potty patch but he dosnt know where to find it or just goes on the floor cuz it’s closer. idk. help

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  1. trapezoidgrl says

    I have a chorkie. I've only had him for about 2 months and he's 3 months now and he's potty trained! He was the worst dog in the beginning…biting me all of the time, eating carpet, eating the walls, but now he's a sweetie. Anyways, I don't work right now so I had all the time in the world to potty train him. I tried putting him in the kitchen with a puppy gate because it's easy to clean if he had accidents, but he knew how to climb the gate and got out. I tried crate training him, but he knew how to open the crate, so I had to buy a lock for it. The crate training thing didn't work for me because I swear I would be gone for 1 hour …longest was 4 hours and he would still be crying and he would be soaking in his saliva. He has/had extreme separation anxiety but he stops barking now that he's potty trained and allowed to roam the house while I'm gone, so I guess he hates crates? The best method I found to training him was the fact that I was home all day, so I took him out every hour..sometimes twice in an hour if he drank a lot of water (because he had several accidents in which he'd peed outside and 30 minutes later he'd peed inside the house too) I would take him out every 3 hours for poo. And praise him like crazy when he peed or poo'd outside. I would also give him a treat for the poo. I caught him several times doing it inside, so I would tell him NO and ignore him and he knew he had done something wrong. Now he goes and barks by the door to poo and for peeing, he sits in front of the door. And I can leave him alone for at least 4 hours w/no accidents. This was 2 straight months of taking him outside every hour every day! It was exhausting, but worth it.

  2. Chit P says

    well none of those will work! negative reinforcement doesn't work for potty training. try litterbox training him. chihuahuas have a bladder the size of a walnut. set him up with a crate on one side and a safe potty spot on the other. make him sleep in his crate. take him out once or twice a night and put him on his potty spot. he's not old enough for proper bladder control yet. he'll be old enough in a few months to hold his bladder a lot longer.

    Always praise him when he goes on his potty spot. If he misses or squats outside of it, say nothing and clean it up. or if you catch him in the act. before he is able to go, just take him calmly from where he was, and put him on his potty spot. if you praise him whenever you see him go on his potty spot, he'll understand.
    use a command word like "go potty" or "hurry up" when he goes into his prepotty pattern.

    i suggest using purina's second nature dog litter box. it's easier for small dogs with such small bladders.

  3. mzrobsn414 says

    i have a one year old chihuahua and i first trained him on pee pee pads because i got him in the winter and it was to go outside theres some kind of scent on them to encourage to go on it .try to find one designated spot to keep it and put him on frequently especially 15-30 mins after eating ,you could also try to get another dog to go on the pad and he might get the idea good luck

  4. OggieHun says

    I just asked this question a couple of hours ago because I am trying to potty train my chihuahua too. The best answer I got so far was to crate of course. The thing with my puppy though is that he is out of his crate for most of the day and then will go in the house when he wants. Then someone mentioned to put him back in his crate when your too busy to watch him. I didn't really think of that because I'm home, why crate him. It makes sense though. I'm not sure what your situation is, but I think we are giving him too much freedom too fast. He needs to earn it by doing good, and we just haven't been doing that.

  5. sred says

    with my 6 week old, I'd take her outside every two hours with a warm wet cloth and set her on the ground and say potty, go potty…at the same time I'd gently wash her behind with the warm water squeezed from the cloth, when she'd go potty, I'd tell her what a good dog she was and just lavish praise on her. Sometimes it takes a while for the #2 potty urge to hit, so staying outside until she actually did something, could sometimes get me very wet or very cold, but I didn't give up and didn't leave her outside to go alone. Keep up with a routine……

  6. Pam says

    Try crating him. Use a crate that is large enough so he has room to turn around, sleep, etc but not so large that it becomes irrelevant. Feed him in the crate only at designated times – in the morning and at night for instance. (he needs fresh water all the time) Then put him outside immediately following his meals. You may want to 'observe' his potty habits for awhile so you get an idea of about how long it takes for him to 'go' after eating. Whenever you're not with him, put him in the crate. Crate him at night and when you are at work. It is not cruel so long as you use it as a tool and don't just leave him in there all the time. I crated both my dogs (and no joke, my cat too!) We haven't used the crate beyond potty training/establishing schedules but I understand that some animals always sleep in their crates – it becomes like a little cave for them. Good luck!

  7. bbrudisill2000 says

    use puppy pads also try not to scold so much it dosen't help matters and try to make a time where she at the same time every day

  8. christycearley says

    Take him out every hour and praise him when he goes. Dont spake him, but if he goes in the house, try to catch him when he is in the middle of the act, then pick him up, say NO or BAD BOY in an aggressive voice, then take him out. And take his water away at about 7 pm so he doesnt mess in the night.

    Good luck

  9. TheresaE says

    The best way to train a puppy is using the crate method. When using this method you have to make the crate the puppy’s home and safe area. If you put a bed in the crate with a blanket he will learn to love it. If you are not using a crate now, he will probably cry when placed in there at first. Make sure you feed him in the crate and put plenty of toys in there and within a week he will love it. Take him out of the crate every 2-3 hours and take him immediately outside UNTIL he uses the bathroom. It may take time for himto figure it out but a dog will naturally not use the bathroom where they sleep so this is absolutely the best method. When you take him outside do NOT play with him. Wait till he goes then take him back inside. After about 5 minutes you can take him back outside to play but DON'T play with him immediately before or after going. He must know he is to go to the bathroom. Also when you take him out to go, use a command over and over until he goes like, "POTTY". He will quickly learn that when you say "potty" he is to go. Then he goes back into the crate until you take him out again. After about a week or so, he should be getting the idea of going outside. You also don't want to carry him to the door unless you intend to do that for the rest of his life. Walk him to the door so that he learns the door is where you go when you want to go "POTTY". It's really not difficult, just time consuming. All puppies take time and dedication in any learning. They will have accidents because they are babies but Chihuahuas are very smart dogs and your baby should learn quickly.

  10. bloodyRN says

    Small dogs take ALOT of TIME and Patients. The have to go alot when they are young…tiny dog tiny bladder. Let them out frequently praise them when they go outside and for accidents put a weewee pad down you can buy them in any pet store or even Walmart.

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