So I just got my new baby a couple days before Christmas. He is a little over two months now. The breeder that I bought him from started him on potty pads as soon as possible. I still use potty pads right now and he is usually pretty good about going on them (except when he pees a little dime size amount a couple times.... And not too great with pooping on it either now that I mention it). But what my question is... Is this a mistake? Should I ditch the potty pad training and just start taking him outside? I already do a couple times a day but not every time. What do you recommend?
well my mini chi is 4 months old he has been with us for 2 months and he wast trained were he was before me he was just peiing all over the floor! but i trained him, with pads , and also i take him out , i prefer the pads because i dont need to go outside because here were i am it is -10 soo i prefer leaving him inside only sometimes for walks , the way i trained mine is , each time i would change the potty pads i would leave a little bit or pee on it and like that he knows thats were i have to pee and then he will do poo their too!
inside pottying? yuck... take him outside! These little wieners need consistency, and if you want him to be outside eventually he should be doing it outside from square one. Plus, nothing smelly in your home or pushing a pad under a mobile-pottying dog.
An easy and SUPER helpful trick if you don't have a doggy door: hang a bell on a string from the door handle you want the dog to exit when he does his business. It should be like a cat's collar bell, but larger and hung down low so it sits right in your pups face. Take him out on a schedule, like right when he wakes up, after he eats, etc. Before you go out the door, ring the bell. I even picked up my puppy's paw and bumped the bell with it. Make sure you're giving a command word/phrase when he hops into the lawn to go, like "Do your business!" After a week, my dog was pawing at the bell himself to tell me "Hey I gotta go do some business!" This is GREAT when you're preoccupied or (later, when you trust your dog to be out of your sight) in another room. No scratched door, no barking dog, no inside accidents. Just a... ringaling! And business is done ;)