What have I gotten myself into? LOL
We have the MOST adorable new member of our family... a little 8-week-old, black-and-tan chihuahua puppy named "Batgirl Brown" or "BB" for short.
Problem is... well, the chi I had as a kid my parents house trained, and I don't know where to begin! Great!
Anyone have any suggestions, ideas, links that might be helpful?
Aug 12, '03
Crate training really makes things easier!! Puppies will not go in their "den" if they can possibly avoid it so they catch on very quickly. The bonus to crate training is that if you put your puppy in the crate when you are gone then you know that they are safe from getting into things that might harm them, and they won't be ruining any of your stuff. It also gives them a safe secure place they can regard as their own. This is really valuable if you travel at all with your dog.
Here is a site that explains crate training:
Last edit by aimeee on Aug 12, '03
Aug 12, '03
And I learned quickly that I never succeeded w/paper training. They just learn to pee/poop on paper, and you are STILL stuck THEN trying to transistion the animal from paper to outside. It's an extra step that wastes time to me.
I found having the crate was a must. That and when home, have pup on a leash, never loose in the house. A flexi is great cause it allows the lil guy to move about but you can still SEE what he/she is up to. Take pup out often and lavish praise praise- praise- when he/she goes out there. DO NOT PUNISH FOR PEEING/POOPING INSIDE....just take pup out immediately and let him/her smell the territory. Maybe he/she will finish the business out there. Eventually, the pup does get the idea.
It is vital you "neutralize" the spot where he/she pees/poops, esp. with carpeting. This will discourage pup from doing it there again. There are some excellent enzyme odor neutralizers available at pet supplies stores. Get hold of one today.
Good luck to you! I have housebroken a few dogs, some more stubborn than others. With patience, love and determination, you can do it.
Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Aug 12, '03