House Breaking your Puppy Helpful tips
We recommend crate training your puppy for security and safety reasons, below is a general guideline that can be used to help your pup feel comfortable in his new surroundings and house breaking.
The quickest method to training your puppy is through crate training. Your dogs crate must be large enough that he/she can stand up comfortably and turn around easily but that is it. If the crate is too large, your puppy may use one end as a toilet and one end for sleeping which will defeat the purpose of crate training. You can purchase crates that have a divider so has they grow you can adjust it to their needs.
Always place a comfortable blanket or crate bed inside and make it cozy for your pet. Dogs are den animals and they enjoy small dark spaces. Make it a nice place where your dog will want to sleep!
To get your pup acquainted with his crate, place your puppy in his crate in for a few minutes at a time initially. He may whine or cry a little initially, but give him a soft bed and his favorite toys. Give him a rawhide or dog biscuit to let him know that being in the crate is OK and he has positive associations with it. Never put the pup in the crate as punishment as he will develop a negative association with it. “Time out” in the crate for a few minutes is ok if the puppy is being overly hyper or rambunctious.
Placing the puppy in his crate (if you are not bringing him along) when you have to run out for errands is ideal to prevent accidents and for safety reasons.
You should not keep the pup in the crate for more than two hours at a time (except at night) you can gradually increase this as he gets older and his bladder muscles are strengthened, but for now as a young puppy, his little insides need to be relieved at least every 2 – 2 ½ hours.
Determine a schedule that works with you and your puppy and be consistent with it! Ask us our puppy schedule (or refer to the manual included with your pup) to view a sample schedule.
All our dogs run into their crate as soon as we tell them “bedtime” with a hand clap, usher the pup towards his crate so he knows where it is. Do not keep moving the crate around the house, leave it in one spot so he knows where to go.
Inside the house:
In addition to house breaking in the crate, you can purchase a playpen to put your puppy in when he is awake. This is not a crate, rather a safe environment where he can play with his toys and run around without terrorizing the house. Do not let him have the full run of the house right away. Keep him to a designated area until he has earned the privilege, and you are confident in his abilities to be anywhere in the house without having accidents etc.
You may find that if your puppy has an accident inside, he will keep going back to the same spot to do his business. Put a puppy training pad down in this spot so if he does have an accident, it is on this and on the carpet. Do not punish the pup after the fact if you see he has had an accident, just clean it up and do not make a big deal of it. If you catch him in the act, startle him with a loud hand clap and a loud “bad dog” take him outside immediately to the spot where he uses the bathroom outside. He needs to learn what the expectations are. Don’t assume he knows them, you must teach him.
Do not expect a Chihuahua puppy to relieve itself only twice a day. That is equivalent to asking an infant to do the same. They simply do not have the ability to do so, as their bladders and intestines are not fully developed.
Training is an on going process! The best piece of advice is consistency. Keep him/her on a regular schedule so they know what is expected of them and when. Dogs do not respond well to punishment, so please DO NOT put the puppy’s nose to where it had an accident and rub it in. Contrary to what you may have heard, this simply confuses the dog and does not teach them anything. Dogs do not reason the same way we do, so what makes sense to you wont necessarily make sense to the puppy.