Ahhh....the day has arrived and you are bringing a new puppy
into your home. You are all prepared with the cute toys and the cute beds....but
are you prepared for the down side of a new puppy? But of course, you knew
when you brought your new puppy home there would inevitably be a few accidents.
And to be on the safe side you got them those cute little doggie panties
with lace all around. Four months later you are wondering if you made a terrible
mistake after you learn you can't keep them in those little panties and they
are soiling on everything in the house! In order for you to live comfortably
and in harmony....SOMETHING has to be done!
Soiling the house is a common problem that must be corrected immediately,
as bad habits are hard to break. Two things you MUST NOT do is stick their
noses in it, or hit them. So what do you do?
I've been asked this asked a zillion times. My best advice is not allowing
your pet to have free roaming in the house until they are completely trustworthy.
If you watch them closely, you will notice they go in just about the same
spot each time. It is then you put a piece of paper down on their *favorite*
place and slowly move that paper to the door you want them to go out of to
potty. This might take a few weeks, so be patient.
If they make a booboo in the house, even if it has been there for a few
hours....pick up your chihuahua and the booboo and tell him "Bad dog" and
show it to him. Then take them both outside and place the booboo where you
want you chihuahua to go potty. Make sure your chihuahua sees the booboo
and knows were you are expecting him to go. Tell him...."Here is were you
go potty (or what ever word you what to use)". Wait and see if he goes. If
he does go, with much happiness in your voice, let him know you are happy
and that he is a GOOD DOG! Then give him a treat....something he likes to
Here were we live it gets mighty cold in the winter with
the snow and hot in the summer. It has been a blessing to us that our chihuahuas
are both paper trained and doggie door trained.
Housebreaking for our puppies begins with their moms as they nestle in the
donut bed setting next to paper. The first few weeks mom takes care of them.
As the puppies get older they learn to tumble out of the donut and go on
the paper. Very rarely will they mess in the donut after they are 4-5 weeks.
At about 7 weeks they start noticing mama racing out the doggie door and
will stand there barking at her to come back in the house! In a few weeks
a light turns on in their little heads and they learn to go out the doggie
door too. I always leave a very small piece of paper for them to potty on
in the event it is cold/hot and the doggie door to outside must be closed.
This has worked for us for years. We do not use the fancy pellets on the
market today (we worry about them chocking on it)...just good ole recyclable
Also you might think about keeping your puppy in the bathroom area for awhile.
Make sure it is puppy safe and leave one piece of paper in the corner. Then
slowly move the paper to the area that leads outside where you'd like your
puppy to go. It takes time and patience to properly train them. Sometimes
I feel it is me that is trained when to let them out, not them knowing where
You've got to be kidding....not me.....no way! There cannot
be anything more disgusting or embarrassing than having a dog who eats poop!
While it has not been thoroughly researched why dogs eat their own or other
animals feces, it is not uncommon. There are a few reasons why some
dogs enjoy these gross "treats"?
A dog that is fed an inexpensive, generic dog food has to
eat more of it in order to satisfy his nutrient requirements. Much of this
food passes through the system undigested, leaving a stool that looks and
smells much like what was originally eaten.
A result of various medical problems. Primary among them
are exocrine pancreatic insufficiency, pancreatitis, intestinal infections
and malabsorptive syndromes. If you suspect that your dog may have one of
these medical conditions, please call your veterinarian right
The way to eliminate this habit is to feed a complete and
balanced diet, provide lots of exercise and playtime, keep the kennel or
yard clean, avoid restricting him for long periods of time, and take him
to your veterinarian for a health check-up. Your veterinarian may also be
able to prescribe a chemical additive to his food which will make the stools
taste terrible. There are products that can be applied directly to any
animals stool which will discourage your dog from consuming