my little chihuahua has always had a hard time with potty training. I have tryed almost everything and it's getting really fustrating. I think that my chihuaha is just getting lazy, because she was kitty litter trained. she usualy does really good durring the day, she does outside and goes potty but at night she sneeks outside of my room and she goes to the bathroom on the carpet in the dinning room. I tryed to crate her but she has a very strong personality and she was clearly mad at me. she didn't want to sleep in my bed and she didn't want to except any treats from me. I know that it's for her own good but she just gives me those puppy eyes and it just makes me melt and I give in. I was wondering if any of you dog fans have any good advice for me because she's already 3 years old and I need to stop this problem before it's too late. thanks for the help.
Not giving in? If you can't watch your dog and it's sneaking off it needs confinement. Possibly also a vet visit to rule out a medical problem. We can't make you stronger willed to deal with your dog though.
You're going to need to decide who the boss is. You, or your dog.
If you're going to be the boss, then confine her whenever you can't keep an eye on her. Leash her, even, when she's out and about with you, so you're right there to correct her and to prevent her from "sneaking off".
If she's going to be the boss, then her puppy eyes are already doing the trick, heh.
Chihuahuas are stubborn with housebreaking. What kind of advice does your vet offer?
I'd say crate her if you can't be there to supervise, such as when you sleep.
You mention that the reason you don't crate her is - "she has a very strong personality and she was clearly mad at me. she didn't want to sleep in my bed and she didn't want to except any treats from me."
It sounds like you let her push you around and she needs to know that you are the alpha, you are in control.
If she gets mad at you for being in a crate, so be it. She will get happy again. If she refuses to take treats, as to punish you for crating her, eventually she will figure out that if she wants treats again, she needs to learn to cooperate with you.
Stop letting her push you around, it sounds like she has learned this type of behaviour (sneaking off to potty in another room) over a period of time. It's not going to stop overnight, but can start by crating and / or confining her, so she won't have the opportunity.
Good luck, our vet said that Chihuahua's can be a real challenge to housebreak. My Mom has a Chihuahua, she is trained to puppy pads and only goes outdoors in the summer time.
well she is like a daughter to me and as a parent I spoil her. I think that we have already esstablished the fact that I am the alpha femal because she always shows her stomach to me when ever we wrestle and play around. we are very close to each other. I will try to crate her tonight. the thing is that she shakes really bad in the crate and I think that she is cold also. so if you have any good ideas about how to keep her warm at night that would be good. thanks for all the info!!
ps I already asked my vet if the has a weak blatter and he confermed that she doesn't but she just gets nervous sometimes. but I don't really think that he's correct because she doesn't get nervous a lot and she is always confedent.
my chihuahua is chewing on her doggy carrier is tha bad for her mouth or it it just normal. I don't know what to do about the chewing problem she's never done that before and she has lots of toys in there with her. I don't know what to do some one help me!!!
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