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Question by Jenny
Submitted on 5/17/2004
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I am getting my first long haired chi in two weeks.  She is six weeks now.  My question is...what is the best way to potty train.  I have a pom, but we rescued him and he was already trained.

Any help would be appreciated.

Answer by chimama
Submitted on 5/19/2004
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I used a litter tray since I live in MN, where it's not chihuahua friendly 7 months out of the year.  Toilet training consists of when puppy first wakes up, take her to the place she is to go.  5-10 minutes after she eats, take her to the place she is to go.  After play, take her to the place ...  If it's been an hour since she went, take her to the place ...  Before you put her to bed, take her to the place ...  etc. etc. etc.

I used my bathroom since it had a tile floor.  Both my girls (at different times) stayed in the bathroom at night and when I was gone to work or away from the house.  She had her litter box with clumping cat litter, her bedbox, food and water and toys.  When I got home or got up, she was placed in the tray.  I stayed with her until she did something and praised her to the sky.  When I was home, she was limited to the room I was in, and I watched her for signs she had to go such as circling, sniffing, etc.  I picked her up, put her in the litter tray and we stayed 5 minutes or until she went.  I thought this was easier too since she didn't have to hold it for 8 hours or more while I was at work.  If you decide to crate train, don't leave food and water available, make sure puppy goes before going into the crate and have someone come to 'relieve' her at least once during the day.

It took several months to be reliable, no puppy really is until 6 months, no matter what breed they are.  My fond memory is playing fetch in the carpeted hall of my house, having Gremlin disappear into the bathroom and come out a minute later to resume play.  I looked in, she had used the litter tray all by herself.  I couldn't have been more pleased if I had finally successfully toilet trained my human child.

I strongly suggest that you keep them away from carpet, that's the one mistake I made.  No matter what I did, they went there if they'd had an accident before, the smell drew them back even though I had cleaned and couldn't smell it myself.  Chi's seem to think that carpet will hide the pee, either that or it feels just like grass or litter.  Once they've had an accident, it's almost impossible to stop them from going there again.


Answer by chi's lover
Submitted on 4/13/2005
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my hole house is carpet how can i potty train her then. i saw in a show if the dog did do poo on the carpet then put the dog there and put a cage there and leave the dog there for 30 min. Is that a good tip should i use that tip


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