If you own a Chihuahua then there’s a good chance that you might have already fallen in love with it. You have probably stepped into the full dog owner mode, building a dog house in your backyard, and buying all sorts of doggy clothes and accessories.
However you might be facing certain challenges in one thing, house training your Chihuahua.
It’s true that these tiny breed of dogs are a little hard to train. But that’s only because these furry friends have a slightly different way of learning things.
If you have brought home a Chihuahua and trying to house train it, here’s what you can do:
Make Some Preparations
Before you start training your Chihuahua for potty training, you’ll need to make some preparations yourself. First off, select a suitable area where your dog can relieve itself. Make sure the area is clean and safe for your puppy. There shouldn’t be sharp things on the floor, and lastly, there must be a suitable place for you to sit and wait. This area should be near the house, but not near to an area where people gather frequently.
Secondly, place all your things and your dog’s gear near the door at the ready. For yourself, keep a coat (keys in the pocket), shoes, and other necessary items. For the dog, keep a 6-foot long leash. Some treats would also help in training the dog.
Stick to a Schedule
Timing is essential. You’ll need to take your Chihuahua to the area every few hours. How long you’ll have to wait between each visit depends on the age of your Chihuahua.
The months and the hours are the same. A 2 month Chihuahua would need to get out every two hours. A 5-month-old Chihuahua would need to go out every 5 hours.
Also, begin the schedule right after the dog wakes up. This could be in the morning or in the evening. If you are leaving the house, leaving the dog alone, make sure to take them out 15-20 minutes before you leave the house.
In the beginning, the Chihuahua will make you wait. The key is to stay patient. Once you reach the designated area, find a comfortable spot and wait for as long as 20 minutes. It takes time for a dog to circle around and find a suitable spot and then for the bowel muscles to relax.
Patience is the key to home training your Chihuahua. Do not strike your puppy in any case. In fact, encourage them when with “Good dog” as soon as they are done with their business. Or lure them with a treat. But only when they have relieved themselves or it will lose its meaning.
In case you’re leaning towards potty training your Chihuahua inside the house, you can. However, note that dogs have a natural instinct to choose their own spot. Inside the house, you’ll have designated a spot and that will not sit well with the dog.