Potty Training a Chihuahua: What You Need to Know

One of the hardest jobs a family faces when a new Chihuahua comes home is potty training the puppy. This means that the dog will have to eliminate outdoors and not use your home and furnishings as a toilet.

Many people think potty training a Chihuahua is tough, but it doesn’t need to be. If you arm yourself with plenty of information and a lot of patience, you are on the right path. If you follow these tips, we can assure you that you’ll have a pup that goes to the bathroom you’ve set out.

When Does the Potty Training Start?

You can toilet train a Chihuahua at any age, but the best age to begin is between eight and twelve weeks old. If you set up a housebreaking routine as soon as you bring your puppy home, he will get the right idea of where to do his business.

To toilet train a puppy, you should consider purchasing a crate. This will keep the puppy confined when there is no supervision. Chihuahuas learn quickly that if they make it in their crate, they will have to sit in it. Dogs are fairly hygienic and won’t enjoy having to sit in dog doody or urine.

The Advantages of Using a Crate

Make sure there is enough room in the crate for your pup to turn around, but don’t leave so much room that he will be able to eliminate and lie down far away from it. Many dog owners view a crate as a jail cell or to use as punishment, but your dog will love having his own space where he can escape from the hustle and bustle of the household for some quiet time.

You should ensure that your dog’s crate is a happy place, so don’t use it for punishment. You can feed your dog in the crate or offer him some treats while he is in there. Place a favorite chewy or toy in there with him and add blankets to have a cozy den to escape whenever he feels the need. Utilizing a crate for your dog can also keep him out of trouble, so the pros are limitless.

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Always Keep an Eye on Your Chi

Keeping a close eye on your puppy is a key factor in getting him properly housetrained. Whenever you see that he is sniffing, circling, or beginning to squat, immediately take him outside to where you want him to go and see if he eliminates.

If he does, praise him lavishly. A good idea is to have a cue, such as a “hurry up” signal, so that your puppy knows what you want him to do. When he is going to the bathroom, repeat the cue and then give your Chihuahua lots of praise for a job well done. It is better to take the dog out and wait aimlessly than to have an accident happen inside your home.

Put Up a Schedule for the Potty Training

Feeding, watering, and walking your dog on a regular schedule will make housebreaking much easier. Puppies are like children, and they thrive on a routine. Try and take the dog out around the same time every day so they will be able to adjust their bodily functions.

The first thing you should do in the morning is take the puppy from the crate and not let his feet touch the ground. Bring him to the place where you want him to go, give the cue, and praise him upon successful completion.

It would be best to take your puppy out at least every two hours, after eating or drinking and especially after play. Before you know it, your puppy will be letting you know it is time to go out and do his business.

Don’t Let the Chihuahua Roam

Letting your puppy roam around the house is a sure-fire way to have accidents. If you have decided you don’t want to use a crate, and even if you use one, confining the dog to certain areas of the house can make training easier for everyone.

We understand that it is difficult to keep track of a puppy when he runs the house. Still, if you gate him in the kitchen, you can supervise him better in case of an accident.

Don’t Get Discouraged

There will be times when you first begin potty training that you feel your pup is just not getting it. He may have accidents in the house as well on occasion. There is no need to be discouraged. If you stick to your routine, keep a good eye on the dog and make frequent outings to his outdoor bathroom, you will achieve results.

Another good idea is to use the same door all the time when you are taking him out so that when he has to go, he will scratch on the door to be let out. Once this happens, you can say hurray and know that your puppy truly is beginning to understand that going to the bathroom in the house is a no-no.

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