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Old 01-03-2009, 09:11 AM
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Yes, I do have major housebreaking problems with Doogle, the 4 lbs Chihuahua. I have housebroken so many dogs by now..probably around a hundred, but this little Chihuahua is totally refusing to get it.

I have a doggy door, which he can use and sometimes he uses it and goes outside to pee or poo, but most of the times he goes outside, pees, comes back inside and poops. Or vice versa. Or he goes out, does nothing, comes back inside and does both.

So I tried to papertrain him, being this little. I put up one of those big foldable crates, put his bed in there and covered the rest with newspaper. I put him in there over night...he rarely uses the paper.

So every time he has to go now, I put him in there...it's not happening. I have tried everything I could think of from crate training to taking him outside myself and wait until he has done his business, praised him, timed it all, gave him food only to certain times...it's all useless.

For some reason that dog thinks he has to do it inside. I'm pretty sure he grew up and lived in a cage for years, which would explain that behavior, but it doesn't explain why he keeps it up. He isn't even learning it from the other dogs, which is usually the case.

Like Dexter. I didn't have to show him a single time where to go, he just followed what the others did.

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Old 01-03-2009, 01:31 PM
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Default Re: Housebreaking Problems

Little dogs are known to be hard to housebreak as I've read, heard, seen. I am fostering a 6 month old chihuahua right now and he does the same thing almost. He usually wets outside but so far in the week we've had him he has pooped inside more than outside. When he does poop outside he always comes in and does it again. He never tells me he needs out to wet but I guess I just take him out often enough most of the time because if I don't he will run into his crate and wet!
Unfortunantly I don't know what to do either. I'm just glad Max is so tiny that way the mess is very small!
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Default Re: Housebreaking Problems

Now that makes me feel better, cuz just today, two other Chi owners told me the same thing. Do you think it's breed related? Or is it that people just don't make such a big fuss about it and are more ready to accept the fact, because the mess isn't really a big mess?
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Old 01-04-2009, 08:18 PM
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Default Re: Housebreaking Problems

that's a tough nut to crack...i've known quiet a few chihuahuas and none of them have had the problem of house breaking but i too have read a lot of cases about this issue...i see you tried paper training have you tried the "pee pee pads"? i've heard word that they work wonders...good luck and keep us updated
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Do you mean pee pee pads as in diapers?
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I think he mans pee pads as in the square pads you put on the ground for the dogs to pee on.
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Oh, thanks. No, why would I pay for something to lay on the ground when I have tons of newspapers? I never quite understood that.
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Pads are very absorbent and usually have an odor that attracts dogs, but I mean, really, if the dog has a place where he goes constantly, putting newspaper there works too.
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Gottcha, thanks!
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