Potty Train Chihuahuas
With all the talk about how much trouble it is, one might think that no one manages to potty train Chihuahuas. Despite certain characteristics that make the process difficult, such as their small bladders and stubbornness, it is entirely possible with the correct methods.
In all obedience training, consistency is the most important factor. Dogs do not understand things in the same way that humans do. They form associations and they understand our commands up to a point, but they cannot be reasoned with. The only way to achieve a desired behavior is by consistently associating positive actions with rewards and negative actions with punishments. The former, positive reinforcement, is a much more effective learning tool, so that should be the main focus, but the latter has its place as well. These principles are what potty train Chihuahuas.
Although it is possible to potty train Chihuahuas at any age, starting while they are puppies is by far the best method. Animals trained from an early age will be the easiest to teach and the most consistent later on. Engaging in a general obedience program at this age will also make for a more well behaved dog in all ways, as it is important to establish the social positions of master and dog as early as possible.
When the puppy first comes home, it is very easy to get caught up in the excitement of the moment and lose sight of the rules and practices originally established. This must not happen. It is important for the entire family to be consistent from the outset. This will minimize confusion on the dog’s part and help to solidify good training habits in the family.
In order to potty train Chihuahuas, they must be taken out frequently and the more frequently they are taken out the better. Chihuahua puppies have a bladder time limit approximately equal in hours to the number of months they’ve been alive, so, for example, a two month old must be taken out at least every two hours. The at least portion of that is very important, more time spent outside is always better as it will minimize accidents and increase the rate with witch the puppy catches on.
Keep With It
Even if there seems to be little progress made after a while, the owner should not give up hope. Sometimes it takes a long time to potty train Chihuahuas. They are not particularly adept to the process, but no dog will resist indefinitely without progress. Keep giving firm reprimands immediately after accidents, but don’t make them excessively harsh and don’t bother with them if you notice more than seconds after the event has taken place, as this will only confuse the dog. They may never be completely perfect but every animal can reach an acceptable level of consistence.
As the dogs begin to learn that it is unacceptable to relieve themselves inside and begin to give signs when they want to go outside, it is important to maintain continue with the plan. Do not only rely on a dog’s indicators, as these are sometimes not reliable and any accident will only confuse the dog and increase the likelihood of further mistakes.