I have a teacup Chihuahua and she is only 5 months old. I'm having trouble housebreaking her. I take her outside like every other hour and I take away her food and water at 7pm, but she still goes inside the house. My dad said he'll give her away if I can't housebreak her. Please help me. I have no idea how to housebreak her. Thank you.
By Kristin from NM
You really need to kennel her when you can't watch her. It will take the stress of worry away from you and kept her in one safe place. Buy or get one that is small. Dogs don't soil where they are confined in. I keep my Mini Pin in one at night and when I am not at home cause he gets into things when he is not being watched. Most dogs don't mined being kenneled, Dogs like it it and it makes them feel safe. If she continues and soils in the kennel, you might have a Vet check her out, She might have bladder or related problems.
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She does use the potty outside sometimes and is highly praised when she is seen doing it, but she poops and mostly pees inside several times a day. She is not allowed to roam the house because of this, but is put in the kitchen so she can use the doggy door whenever she wants and so she can't potty everywhere which she does when she has total freedom in the house anytime.
Why is she still using the potty inside when she can go out whenever she wants? She will also do it on any rug she finds including the one we wipe our feet on at the door so now we can't have any rugs where she can get to them. What can I do to help her understand not to do this? I have tried crate training, walking her, sitting outside with her until she pottied only to have her do it five minutes after we come back inside even though we were outside for more than an hour playing and walking around. She does this almost every time. Please help me someone.
Sonya from Macon, GA
Do you give food at certain times or do you always have food available? It is easier if you only give food at certain times, because then you can take her out after food is eaten. When she poops, immediately click and give a treat along with praise. The click marks the behavior and shows it's importance to the dog.
If she potties in the house take her outside and tell her to go potty here. Be on guard when you are in, if she signals that she is looking for a place to go, take her out and as soon as she goes outside where you want her to go, click, treat, and verbal praise. Do this consistently for several days, and she will get the hang of it quickly. You will be able to eventually just praise her verbally, but if she regresses, go back to the clicker and treats for a while. Whatever you do, be calm and patient. Don't yell, rub her nose in it, or hit her. Fear training just causes more problems instead of solving them. (10/05/2007)
By T. Clark
If he/she starts peeing immediately pick him/her up and set her on the pad or out on the grass. Clean any remains that he/she managed to leave on the ground. Then he/she will know that he/she gets a more peaceful bathroom break if she poops or pees where you would like it to. If this doesn't work then I'm sorry, but it's the way that I trained my dog. =) (12/16/2008)
By S Singer