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Question by Michelle
Submitted on 5/18/2004
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I have a 5 month old Chihuahua and I have been crate training/house breaking her for about a while now.  In the morning I Immediately take her outside and she goes to the bathroom no problem, then I feed her and an hour later take her out again and she refuses to go, so I put her back in the crate until I get home from work (about 8 hours later) and Immediately take her out again and she goes again.  For the rest of the night she continues to go in the house even after we go outside (sometimes I stay out there with her for 15-20 minutes) she will sometimes pee and not poop or vise versa and she comes in and will do the other one that she didn't do outside.  She may even pee outside come in and drop a couple of drops more of pee just to do it.  I do not understand what I am doing wrong.  After reading books, it seems that I am doing everything right.

Answer by chimama
Submitted on 5/19/2004
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What we have here is a dog pushing the boundaries of what is OK.  She's growing up, sort of like the terrible two's that human children go through.

You are doing the right thing, but I suspect she has too much freedom of the house.  Chi's seem to think that if you don't see them do it, they got away with it.  

After she goes outside and is praised like crazy, make sure she can't be in any room other than where you are.  That will make it harder for her to sneak off and go where you can't observe.  Watch her like a hawk, as soon as she starts sniffing, circling, etc. you have to say "No", scoop her up and take her outside.  Tell her "Potty outside good girl".  When she goes, praise her like crazy.  If she actually starts going, same thing, say "No, potty inside bad girl", take her outside and tell her "Potty outside good girl".  Then quietly clean up the mess.  If you don't catch her in the act, just clean it up, no point in yelling 'cause she won't grasp the connection.

Keep it up, she's close to six months old, that's when they really can be trusted to fully understand what you want and have the ability to follow through by holding it and then releasing it only in the approved place.


Answer by Usfloser
Submitted on 8/31/2004
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Is 9 weeks too young to start crate training my puppy?  


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