House breaking a 3 year old chihuahua?

I recently got a 3 year old chihuahua from a woman who's mother (the dogs owner) passed away. She was so sick that she was bedridden for years and the dog has never been outside in her life. Shes used to using the bathroom on peepads....or so i was told. Shes been doing her business on the carpet instead. Ive been trying to take her out almost every hour, but it seems she just doesnt want to use the bathroom anywhere but in the house. How can i teach her to go potty outside instead of inside?

Asked by Chi-Chi on Jan 1st 2012 Tagged pee, pads, chihuahua, outside, scared, poop, inside, train, teach, help in House Soiling
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She's pretty old to potty train but if she's used to going in pads, make sure to have them at all times and when she decides to go elsewhere you giver a firm no, show her her potty accident and set her on her puddle pads and say "potty here". When you take her outside, try to stay out there for as long as you can even if she wants to come in. Since she's a chihuahua, if you live somewhere cold in the winter, shell want to run back in but once you get her to recognize if she goes potty fast, she can go back in the warm house. It takes time and patience but it can be done, she just needs to adjust. Oh and reward her with a treat and lots of love..even if she only starts using the puddle pads.

Jugs answered on 1/2/12. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


You need to go back to housebreaking 101, just as if she was a baby puppy. Using either a crate OR a tether (leashing her to you), take her out every 30 minutes or so. When she goes, have a major treat party so she knows this is what you want. Keep her right with you at ALL times, unless she is in her crate. If you catch her sniffing or circling, get her right outside and, when she goes, have the treat party again. Often it helps them to go if you walk them a bit while outside.
An alternative is to create a pee safe area and use an expen or baby gates to confine her to that area when you are not watching her. Make sure it is a small enough area as most dogs will not soil the area they sleep in.
I personally would ditch the pee pads... by using them you are going to basically be training her it IS okay to go in the house, as you've already found out. Sadly, many dogs that use these pads end up thinking it's okay to use any soft surface they fine, usually carpet or rugs.

Member 641257 answered on 1/2/12. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer