I am the new mommy of a 9 week old Chihuahua and I am wondering what is the BEST and MOST SUCCESSFUL way of house training for such a small dog. My last dog was a sheltie/lab, so the conventional method of a spank won't work on a baby like my Dittimus
go for praising and giving treats when they go to the bathroom outside, and scold them [not hit] and then put them directly outside after they use the bathroom inside. they will eventually associate going outside as potty time
For small breed dogs they actually make litter boxes now that are very easy to train a dog to. Or you could even try the potty training pads. I have two house Chihuahuas that wont even walk outside, they are definite indoor doggies and they use potty pads. I change them every day.
POTTY YOUR PUPPY VERY OFTEN. THEY DONT HAVE GOOD BLADDER OR BOWEL CONTROL UNTIL ABOUT 4 MONTHS OLD, OR AFTER, AND MALES CAN TAKE LONGER TO POTTY TRAIN. STAY CONSISTENT AND PATIENT! 1= TAKE A PUPPY OUT EVERY 1 TO 2 HOURS. 2= TAKE PUPPY OUT AFTER MEALS 3= TAKE PUPPY OUT AFTER PLAY OR AFTER A FEW MINNUTES OF PLAY (10 MINNUTES?) 4= TAKE PUPPY OUT AFTER THEY WAKE UP, IN THE MORNING AND AFTER NAPS 5= TAKE PUPPY OUT DIRECTLY BEFORE YOU PUT THEM TO BED. ---- IF THEY DON'T "GO" AT THESE TIMES THEN TRY IT AGAIN SHORTLY AFTER. ---- PICK A SPOT WHERE YOU WANT YOUR PUPPY TO "GO" AND TAKE HER THERE EVERYTIME. ---- IF YOUR PUPPY BECOMES TOO DISTRACTED TO GO POTTY, EITHER TAKE HER OUT ON A LEASH UNTIL SHE GOES..OR..START TAKING HER TO A DIFFERENT SPOT WITH LESS DISTRACTIONS. be prepared to reinforce when winter starts even if they are trained at that time. they cant handle the cold like other dogs and their feet can freeze VERY quick, so sometimes they will sneak and go in house or on porch a few times at the onset of the cold season.
I suggest to all new owners of puppies that the pad or litter box train their new babies. Just take them to their pad after eating, when first waking up, etc. After they go there a few times, they will usually return to the same area within a few days. That's why you don't want them picking out a favorite spot on your carpet, as once they go there, they will ususally return to it due to the scent. Make sure they go where you want them to the first few days and the scent will draw them back to that area. Giving them a tiny treat as soon as they go on the pad reinforces their appropriate behavior.
We potty trained our CHI by letting him out in the back yard when we put our bigger dog out. Both are inside dogs so they do their business at the same times. We reward them with pinches of turkey/franks. As they look forward to this reward they now let us know when they need to go.
I had good success with the puppy pad's ( sometimes she missed the target by an inch or two) but she took to it right away, It really comes down to how often you give your puppy access to the place you want her to go.