I recently moved in with my dying aunt, who recently got a chihuahua puppy. Until I moved in, no training occured becuase she was unable to and could not smell the urine everywhere. I am trying to be patient, but I am not natually a little dog person, or even any type of dog person. I am trying to train the puppy to go potty outside, or even in a litter box. I read that containment is the very important, and that has helped tremedously because she will not go to the bathroom in her confinment (of course if I let her out into the main house, she goes everywhere) and have been able to get her to actually pee outside. Obviously I reward her with a treat when she does this. She is not understanding that she needs to go outside or how to ask me to take her out. The problem is that she constantly whines while in her kitchen confinment and I think it is mean to have her in her crate for long hours (other than the night). Besides, my aunt won't let me do that. I have started spraying her and saying quite, but she just whines more and begins shaking because she is now wet. My patience is nearly gone, what do I do?
I would keep doing what your doing with the potty training and treating when she goes outside.I wouldnt expect her to tell you when she has to go, take her out a lot just like a little puppy that hasnt learned yet. when she is confined does she have anything to keep her busy like a little kong with peanut butter or other chews or toys?
Good for you for taking the time to train this dog.
Hi, i got a YOrkie pup two weeks ago nd iv been having nearly de same problem, what i have done is put a puppy traning pad on the floor in de hallway, he wasnt fond ov this, so i put a news paper on top ov it, i used to put him standing on it nd kept saying toilet till he got the idea, when he did use it i praised him like mad, my kids nd i wud make a very big deal out ov it, he now goes on his own nd i have let him have the run ov our sitting room aswell, mind you he will still poo near the front door, but i dont mind dis as much, have abit ov cleaning spray nd kitchen ro;; handy in your potty area, dey will learn soon enough, keep at it, your doing great, x
Never spray a dog. You must respect the dog, train it firmly and consistently. Dogs will obey who they respect if they know what to do.
So the ball is always in your court. If the dog hasn't learned, the teacher hasn't taught. I've never had a small dog, but I understand they have to go out a kazillion times/day. Set up a schedule. Pick a word for going 'out'. I use out and when training, I use it a lot. Do you want to go 'out? Let's go 'out'. Let's go out over here. Good out, good (name) Good out! Always tell the dog what it is that you are telling them 'good' for. Sandwich their name in the middle. Praise with enthusiasm but don't baby, fawn over or let it get by with things it already knows. Some dogs need some activity before they can move their bowels. Provide it with a little walk in the neighborhood.
At wake up, take it out After it eats breakfast, take it out half way to noon, take it out After lunch take it out After it drinks, you can wait 5 min or so, take it out Mid afternoon, take it out right before dinner After dinner Before bedtime......repeat the above every time. Your dog will know by the end of the week, what out means. Stay out until it goes, if at all possible because you want to end on a positive of the Good Out praises.
Pick a way that you would like to be notified that it needs to go out and use it. A bell on a string on the doorknob maybe. Mine just goes to the door and waits silently. Maybe your dog already has a way to tell you.
But I wouldn't want to get a dog started using papers in the house. VERY difficult to re=train to the outside. Also every pee spot in the house must be removed, the scent removed and the area cleaned thoroughly or the dog will use that spot again in the future.