Is your Chihuahua pooping everywhere at home? Are you tired of collecting all its fecal matter every now and then? Then it is high time to potty train your Chihuahua puppy on the best practices to do her or his business properly. Remember this will not be a walk in the park, though!
Training your Chihuahua dog is essential, and most importantly if it's not vaccinated. This will keep your home clean and your dog healthy. So, how do you potty train your Chihuahua? Here's how;
1. Understanding Chihuahuas character traits
Chihuahua is thought to be the hardest to train of all dog breeds, largely because they are; dominant and possessive, i.e. not easily submissive. Also, they're born leaders, intelligent and energetic. Also, Chihuahuas are unpredictable and very active in that they are always willing to play with their owners and fellow Chihuahuas. Being aware of these traits allows you to adopt an attitude that is not temperament to the dog and earn its trust from the onset.
2. Start with the basics of potty training
Consider training the Chihuahua dogs when they are young, about eight weeks. Though time-consuming, they are a bit easy to train. Start slowly and be patient. For a start select, a spot in your home for toileting. Lay newspapers or napkins here. It will be a bonus if you are bringing a new puppy home, this should be the first place to bring the Chi.
After eating around 15-30 minutes when bowel movement for dogs start, take him or her to the designated spot. Use some cue words like "toilet" or "business" to signal its time pee or poop. Let all family members use similar words to avoid confusing the puppy. Stay there with the dog until it "toilets."
3. Use the reward method to potty train a Chihuahua
After successful toileting, praise the dog and reward it immediately on the spot. This helps the puppy to associate with the place and feels eager to return there.
Treat the Chihuahua with her favorite food. An assortment of your food like chicken, sausages and hot dogs are alternatives from the meal she adores. Consult your veterinarian to check on the type of foods if your dog has health issues. Aware of the reward, the dog will try to return and earn another finger-licking treat.
4. Be patient after "accidents"
What if the dog ditches your potty training and messes in the house or an undesignated spot? Do you shout at the poor thing and curse it? Just embrace accidents with grace and avoid any temptation of "barking" at them. This sets back the training making the fearful dog toileting in your presence. Puppies are highly sensitive to negative behavior, and to them you become untrustworthy. Be patient and loving, knowing that it takes time to potty train a Chihuahua.
Though their intelligent nature makes them stubborn, earning them "hardest to potty train" tag, Chihuahua can be trained just like any other dog.
By Albanus Njoroge
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