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Question by Hailey
Submitted on 2/18/2004
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I just got a 5 month old chihuahua 3 days ago.  He was my best friend's fiance's puppy, and he decided that he wasn't around enough to take good enough care of Buddy, and they know I am a dog person, so I eagerly took Buddy.

I have several questions.  First, is it going to be really hard to potty train him if he's been getting away with bad behavior for this long?  He is paper trained and really good about peeing on the paper when I put him there.  He definatly knows that is why its there.  But if I don't put him there he will go on the floor, yesterday he even went on my bed.  He hasn't done #2 on the paper at all since he's been with me.  

Also, I think the paper training is kinda gross, and would rather have him litter trained.  Would it be too confusing to make that transition at this point?

I am also worried about him being mean.  Yesterday my roomate's brother came over to meet him and Buddy freaked out.  He growled and wouldn't go near him.  When Michael reached out for him, Buddy snapped at him.  I told this to my friend, and she was shocked, she said that she had never seen Buddy act mean to anybody.  Later on last night he was laying on my bed with me and my cat jumped up, and Buddy snapped at her.  Before that they had gotten along fine and had 2 days of fun chasing eachother around the house.

Buddy is very nice to me.  He listens to me, and knows when I am disciplining him.  I think he is already very much attached to me.  

One more thing.  My parents have 2 bull terrier dogs.  We breed them and are used to having puppies around the house.  Is there any way Buddy will ever be able to be around them, or will he be afraid of their size?

Answer by chimama
Submitted on 3/10/2004
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Potty training

Litter tray, clumping cat litter.  Put a piece of used paper under the litter and another over the litter, so he smells that this is a place he's been before.  Praise and once he gets the hang of it, get rid of the paper and just stay with the litter.  You may have to clean it often, I have one who won't go if there's more than two pee pee clumps, another that doesn't care if I ever clean the pan.

Until a puppy is at least 6 months old, they're not reliable.  Also, having him neutered ASAP will help him learn not to lift the leg and mark all over the house.  It will also make him calmer, which will help the next issue.

Being Mean.

Well, that has got to stop.  I suspect he's just a little jumpy, dealing with the loss of his old owner, getting used to his new owner and a new place to live, etc.  Try the introductions again, but this time you hold Buddy so he is secure.  Also, have your friend reach palm up and pet his chest rather than come at his head from above palm down.  Pet and praise him for being good, growling or etc. should be immediately dealt with by a stern "NO".  Never hit your chi, he won't understand, better to chuck him gently under the chin or 'scruff' him by lightly grabbing the fur at the back of his neck.  You can't pick up a dog that way, as you can a cat, but that's how a momma dog tells her pups that they've just done something wrong.  

It may take a while for Buddy to become friendly, chihuahuas are very much a one or two person dog, it takes work to socialize them to accept lots of people.  The best way to reduce snapping and etc. is to introduce Buddy to lots of people, again going slowly and with him safe in your arms.  Buddy may also express jealousy of other people and/or other animals, perhaps the cat startled him or he interpreted the cat as trying to take his place with you.  Pay attention to both animals, you have two hands and two pets, you can figure it out.

Bull Terriers

The odds are that Buddy will challenge them, chi's have no idea how small they really are.  I suggest you introduce him to the dogs, make sure he's safely in your arms, and never when there isn't someone right there watching.  They may get along, there may be some growling and snapping but don't let that concern you too much, having Buddy neutered first will help quite a bit.  As long as there's no blood or loud yelping, they're going to work out the hierarchy by themselves.  If Buddy just doesn't get on, then he'll have to be kept separate.  I wouldn't worry about puppies once Buddy is a year old, most chi's will accept a lot from a puppy, they're pretty tolerant.

One last thing, I recommend the book Chihuahuas for Dummies.  It's the best book I have on the care and training of these adorable little creatures.


Answer by Jen
Submitted on 7/5/2004
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My boyfriend has Chihuahua who is 6 years old.  She hasn't been very well socialized.  At first she didn't mind my being around, however, she has become increasingly weird when I am around.  I'm only there about 2 days a week and we have been dating a little over 1 yr.  If I come near her she cowers or hides under furniture even though I have done nothing to scare her.  She almost acts jealous when I'm around.  The last time I was over, she hid and then went into the bathroom and eliminated on the floor (she does this every once in a while.  My BF just started housebreaking her about 4 mo.s ago.  She'll never urinated in the house, though).  I am concerned because we are planning on moving in together.  I don't want this dog being scared of me or pooping on my floors.  What do I need to do?  It sounds weird, but she is causing us problems in our relationship!


Answer by DaniGirl
Submitted on 7/18/2004
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I just got my new chihuahua puppy, and i was wondering-- What is the best way to potty train her?
I was told training her to go outside would be easier.


Answer by soyjung
Submitted on 10/2/2004
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my chihauhau is almost 3 months old ... and i think the best way to potty train the chihauhau is on those piddle paddle papers ... because it will be way easier on rainy days or cold weathers that the chihauhau can eliminate indoors


Answer by haley
Submitted on 10/4/2004
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hi i just got a chihuahua. She is 16 weeks old. i am having a problem potty training her? whats the best ways i can train her?


Answer by michelle
Submitted on 1/9/2005
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i just got my chihuahua and she is 3 months old..i think it is time for her to knw where to pee and to poo..i need tips on potty training..oh and another thing is that when shes sleepy or wants to slep=ep try to put her on her little pet bed thing and she just wont want to sleep there..I NEED HELP!!


Answer by Daviel100
Submitted on 1/20/2005
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Hey, Im getting a male Chihuahua 6 monhts, should I get him that old? Is that too old? or just fine.  I mean to train him and all.


Answer by satchel
Submitted on 2/9/2005
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i don't know if this is the right place to post a question but here goes.  my 5 month old chihuahua has always slept in my bathroom.  aside from the first week or so she has never cried.  i have had her for 3 months now.  occasionally at night i will let her lie in my bed for an hour or so, then put her in her room.  this has worked fine up until 2 nights ago.  she has cried for 2 nights all night long and has peed on her bed.  if i go and get her she's fine and goes to sleep on my bed.  i hate to go to her because she'll think crying gets her what she wants.  also, i'm afraid if she's peed on her own bed she'll pee on mine.  i don't know what to do, i don't know why she's acting like this all of the sudden.  


Answer by zfrants
Submitted on 2/28/2005
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I just got a chihuahua 3 days ago?  I was wondering if there is some specific things I need to know? (This is my first one) Like when to feed them, how much they eat.  She eats sometimes but not a lot is this normal?  How is there special ways to discipline her?  I heard that you cant spank a chihuahua (not like i would i don't have the heart) or anything like that like a normal dog or it will be harder to teach. Is this true?  Also what is the best way to potty train a chihuahua?  She is doing pretty good but sometimes she wont go outside before we go to bed because it is to cold and then she will go inside.  So should I litter box train her or keep on her going outside, I would prefere if she would go outside. Also if I should litter box train her what is the best way?
Thank you


Answer by candace
Submitted on 3/18/2005
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have the dog sniff you from your hand. or if she runs away ask your bf to help you get along w/ her. because if you move in, girlfriend your going to have to get along w/ that dog.and if the dog really really doesnt like you then if your bf really loves you then he'll find a way to work it out. good luck!!


Answer by froggielilgirl
Submitted on 11/17/2005
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I got my chi puppy back in may and I'm having a really hard time with this potty training thing. I'm not home during the day and when I get home i let him out and he goes potty in the yard but then during the evening or when ever we are not watching every chance he gets hes under my bed going potty. during the day hes in the crate and he even goes in there. when he was shipped to me he was potty trained but now its like he don't even care. I think I need help with what kind of potty signals to look for .


Answer by gigi
Submitted on 4/27/2006
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i just got a 3 month chihuahua about a month ago and i tried litter training him but he just wont go in the litter box. my mother told me to put one of his poops in there so he could smell it and then want to go in there but that didn't work. now, the only place he goes on is my bed! my bed is full of pee stains all over it. i dont know what to do anymore. also i heard that chihuahuas get depressed real easily and need about 16-18 different toys.is there anything else that's really important that i need to know ?


Answer by Mandy
Submitted on 7/8/2006
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    The reason why your chihuahua is always barking a strangers is because at the age of 5-6 months chihuahuas only want there owner. Let your dog get to know more people and show her its fun and rewarding.
             Paws up,


Answer by chrisdlos
Submitted on 7/28/2006
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i m getting a 2 month old chihuahua and i m wondering if any clothing and what size could fit to the chihuahua.... i ordered some clothes from a site... X-small, should they be ok???
SIZE              BODY     Breast    Neck

XS DogSize        5~6.5    8.5~10.5   5~7
   T-shirts Size  5.5~6.5  9.5~10.5   6~7.5
   Coat Size      5.5~6.5  9.5~10.5   6~7.5

S  DogSize        6.5~9    11~13      7~9
   T-shirt Size   6.5~8.5  11~13      8~9
   Coat Size      8~9      13~15   10.5~11.5

Does anyone knows and could give me an idea for this??? Thanks!


Answer by Regina
Submitted on 8/2/2006
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well danigril it depends if its an indoor or outdoor if its indoor try to get some doggie treats and make sure u give your dog 1 everytime she does something right!!


Answer by miss-chi
Submitted on 9/28/2006
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chiuhahuas dont like going outside to pee because they are veryy insercure about other people watching them or where i live it gets really cold and my chi wont go outside if the grass is wet.


Answer by xshawdy
Submitted on 10/5/2006
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I have a 5 month old chihuahua and we just moved into a new house for about two weeks now. my dog is potty trained to go outside, but when the weather gets cold out, he won't step outside at all. Plus winter is just around the corner and i don't think my dog would step out. He pees and poops in the house at least twice a day when everyone is at work or when no one is near or around him. At our old house, I got him to start peeing in the peeing pad when no one is home, but now he goes in the house again. Even before we moved, whenever i changed the peeing pad to a new one, he would not go in it. Some people told me that i should train him in a litter box to see if that would work. Would that be a little too late to train him in that? I mean he is also 6 months. What should i do to potty train my dog? I am also planning on neutering him soon, would he listen and start peeing on the pad? Or should I have him trained to pee in the litter box? Just a few days ago, we got him a litter box and he hasn't even been near it. I tried to get him to go in it but he would just jump out and would run away from it. I tried putting the peeing pad under and around it also but the problem is, he doesn't even pee in his peeing pad anymore, so i really don't know what i should do. If i was to keep training him on his peeing pad, what should i do to get him to do so? Or should i get him to pee in the litter box? Which one would be a better choice? How can I get him to pee in the litter box? I've tried everything, it's just so difficult to get him to listen to me.


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Answer by celia
Submitted on 11/28/2006
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Hi We just bought Harley and he is 9 weeks old..I am having trouble with him doing his dirty business on the pee pad..he pees on it ok. its the other he runs  to my front room and does it next to my chair..i put him in his cage and sit him infront of it for 5 minutes he just cries..But i seen that done on tv..Im clueless with him...he is so cute  but his cuteness wont get him out of trouble.....


Answer by nblbears
Submitted on 12/29/2006
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Hi my room mate has a 6 month old chihuahua and she still isn't potty trained and i don't know what to do.  She was going on the puppy pads but now she wants nothing to do with them. i need help before i go nuts!!! thanks


Answer by jaysgurl
Submitted on 3/24/2007
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i think outside is probably your best bet.
our chihuahua is 4 and we trained her to
a pee pan with a pad that you change but she
sneaks into my laundry room and goes 1&2 in
there and she knows its wrong but she still
does it. so maybe if theyre outside then they know outside is for potty not inside
PS can anyone offer some advice for my


Answer by Buyukita
Submitted on 4/25/2007
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yeah, but how do you train them to go outside?
my chihuahua is just 3 month old, but he's pretty clever.
Is there like a nice book for that or a free website with no accounts for that information?


Answer by daydreamin_honey
Submitted on 5/5/2007
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I have a 5-6 month old Chi baby who seems to be shy about her bowels. She will pee anywhere but will only do #2 in the corner of my sons bedroom where his drum set allows her to hide away from us. We have tried and tried to get her to go outside or on puppy pads and all she does is play with them and pull them away from the area so she can go. And advice would be GREATLY appreciated. And as i'm5 months pregnant I don't have the energy or time to be cleaning the carpets every day.


Answer by wiseboy
Submitted on 7/12/2007
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jen i would try to make it so she cant hide and try to show her your no threat to her and she might think you bf is hers if she has lived with him for 6 years and she isnt nurtured she might be jealous and if she starts peeing where you sleep biting you and gets very violent you might have to get rid of her i hope i helped.


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