Chihuahuas can be frustrating when it comes to house-training them. They always manage to find the worst of places in the house to relieve themselves and their human family might be inclined to put them out for larger periods of time.
But that does not fare well for the Chihuahuas as they essentially derive their energy from being inside and are known to be lap dogs.
Chihuahuas can be trained, however, just like any other dog. You can use some stern attitude with them to potty-train them. Following are two methods through which you can build a disciplined habit for them to relieve themselves.
The Crate Method of Potty Training
1. Get a Crate
The right size of the crate must be enough for your Chihuahua to move around comfortably. Such a free movability would aid in better potty training and would allow your pet to use the bathroom appropriately.
2. Use the crate when you are not available
You should have a crate in place for when the Chihuahua is sleeping or resting whenever you are not there to see them. Having a crate in the house allows the Chihuahuas to not relieve themselves in the house. That happens because they do not like to do so near the place they sleep.
3. Take your Chihuahua out more often
Take your pet out to relieve themselves often. Take them out at least every hour when you begin to settle them in their crate. After a little while, you can extend the time to 2 or 3 hours as well.
4. Reward Your Chihuahua
Every time that you take your Chihuahua out for a bathroom break, you should reward them for it. Make sure that the reward comes immediately no matter how much time they take to relieve themselves
The Puppy Pad Method of Potty Training
1. Decide for Puppy pad site
Choose a place in your home to place a puppy pad. Make sure that it is a consistent place so that you don’t move the puppy pad in the future. This puppy pad will stop the Chihuahua from relieving themselves on the floor or a carpet.
2. Help your Chihuahua to adapt to this Puppy Pad
You can place treats around the puppy pad to bring your pet near it and move around it to check it. You can also reward your pet when it finally stands on it.
3. Reward your pet’s successful bathroom breaks
Be aware of when your pet needs to use the bathroom. Then take her to the puppy pad, and when they go in it successfully, you should then reward them for it. Make sure that the rewards are tasty so that it makes them excited to relieve themselves properly.
4. Replace the puppy pads more often
Puppy pads can get really smelly really quickly. So make sure that you replace them once they get saturated. You should replace them once or twice in a day so that your home stays clean and you maintain proper hygiene of your Chihuahua.
5. Gradual transition
When you find that it’s necessary to shift the puppy pad away from the house, then you should move the puppy pad gradually and not all at once. Once you have done the transition, then take your dog out to the place more often and reward them immediately.