Housebreaking a Chihuahua puppy is a challenge partly because of the nature of your puppy. Chihuahuas are very aware of the weather and your puppy may not like to go outside. Also just the very small size of your puppy, especially a teacup Chihuahua, may make the pup feel vulnerable and frightened outside. Following are 5 tips to help you quickly train your pup.
1. Don’t start too soon.
Be very sure your puppy is capable of controlling elimination before you try potty training. The best age for starting varies with puppies, but often is around 12 weeks. Consult your puppy’s breeder for ideas.
2. Physical punishment isn’t the answer.
Never physically punish the puppy for accidents. This is confusing and will encourage aggression in the dog. Instead of negative reaction, emphasize lavish praise when your puppy does what you want.
3. Routine is key.
Establish regular routines for feeding and maybe even watering. Your puppy will eliminate shortly after eating and drinking. So establish routines for feeding and water and then watch very closely afterwards for signs that the pup needs to go. Also after naps and of course after the sleep at night get your puppy where you want the elimination to happen.
4. Papers will work.
If you can, take your puppy outside to a designated place for elimination. If that doesn’t work right away, use some papers as a place for elimination. Then gradually start to move the papers outside before elimination and then eliminate the papers over time.
5. Use the crate.
If your puppy is confined in a crate part of the time, the pup will not want to soil that area. Watch closely and you can take the puppy to the right place before the crate gets soiled. Most puppies will quickly learn to let you know when it’s time to get out of the crate.
Consistency and routine are the keys to housebreaking a Chihuahua puppy. Stick with it and in most cases you can train your dog in just a short time.
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