I have a 3 year old chihuahua that someone gave me. She was house broken but since I have had her she has been pooping in the house and usually only in my computer room or my bedroom where there is carpet. She occasionally goes on the hardwood floors in the living room also. We have put her outside for a few minutes every couple of hours and have cut back on her food, what else can I do? I hate yelling at her, she is already so skittish all the time. Any advice will be appreciated.
Allie from Excelsior Springs, MO
By Ellen (Guest Post) 08/20/2008
I owned a Pet Shop for 20 yrs, and nothing works better than cage training. Put some nice cuddly material at one end for napping, because they begin to like having that cage for their private domain. Feed & water dishes at one end. Try to keep feeding time as close to the same time as possible. They walk in to get the food, close the door, and leave her there for about an hour, then take outside. They usually go within an hour after eating. They will not go in that cage, unless desperate and when taken out, stay out till they go, not "a few minutes" And believe it or not, saying the same thing each time as they go out, such as "Go potty outside." they will soon go on command of hearing those words.
The very worst thing you can do, is letting them have access to their food & water all day. When I take my little Min Pin out, I have a special place near by where I put her dishes when I take her out - out of her reach. When she wants an extra drink during the day, she will go and sit where I put her dishes. I let her drink all she wants, and then take her out about 30/45 min later. I raised Poodles also for 25 years, and each one I kept, it didn't take long to figure out how long after they eat, that they go. Some 10/15 min, anywhere up to an hour, each in that range.
If you object to a cage, at least remember to not let them have access to food other than feeding time, and when there are accidents until she gets the hang of the routine, always have a spray bottle handy with White Vinegar, and spray the spot. If no stain, just a light spray. Vinegar kills all odors and also disinfects. If you need to spray very much, absorb with paper towel. Any tiny scent left, will draw them back to that same place. Takes a little patience, but I've used the same routine with everyone I had, including breeders, and they learn very quickly, to eat & drink all they want at that time. Mine is 9 pounds and maybe asks for the exta drink 2/3 times a week.
Remember you are working with a 3 yr old, and never too late to train, but will take longer than with a new puppy. Once you have conquered, you'll love her twice as much, because you know you can trust her.. As far as yelling, when you find an accident, just pick a saying, such as "Bad Girl", you go potty outside in a stern voice. You very soon can tell by looking at them that they understand that you are very unhappy with what you found. Mine is my shadow, she goes everywhere I go, but during training, when she heard those stern words, she would hang her head and go to her cage until I'd talk to her in the regular Loving voice, then she was immediately my shadow again. Don't forget, they are much smarter then you give them credit for. Have patience and enjoy! A nice breed. Ellen
By (Guest Post) 08/24/2008
I was always told don't ever use puppy pads they only encourage them to potty inside. The only thing that has ever worked for me is to put their nose in not all the way but close enough that they can smell it tap them on the nose tell them NO! and take them outside.
Crates work wonders and never let them have full access to every room in your house.
Confine them to one room until you know they are house broken.
Use Natures Miracle to get out the feces or urine smell or they will keep going in the same spot.
And take them out side in the same spot to potty, the smell from when they went before will be there and this will encourage them to go.
I have a 11 year old rott mix and he has only ever gone on my floor once!
I hope this helps.
Ellen the Pet Shop owner is the advice I would
follow. I also use a baby gate for my dog
to keep him out of rooms I do not want him
in and he is fine. He loves to go to his cage to nap
when he is really tired or wants alone time.
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