As the owner of a new Chihuahua puppy, one of the biggest hurdles you will face is potty training them. However, with patience, dedication, and the proper know-how, you can teach your Chihuahua to let you know when they have to go outside to do their business.
Starting early will be of the key components to successfully potty training your Chihuahua. From the first day you bring them into your home, you should begin implementing these training techniques I'm about to provide. In doing so, you're Chihuahua will not only learn faster, but will retain the commands taught to him as well.
Chihuahuas are sneaky little canines and will try to scamper off to pee in a secluded area where they can't be seen by their owners. What you can do, though, is close them off to a certain area of the house where you can keep an eye of them, making sure they aren't going potty inside. Baby gates, or something similar, are perfect for closing off rooms.
You'll want to take your Chihuahua outside to potty frequently, especially if they are a puppy. I would recommend taking a puppy out every 1 to 2 hours during the early stages of potty training. Even if they aren't doing, it will help them get used to the area and associating it with doing their business. As you walk your Chihuahua outside, tell them a simple “bathroom” command, such as “go potty”. Keep speaking it to them and when they do finally go potty, give your Chihuahua lots of praise and love. Also, give them one of their favorite treats as a reward.
Accidents will happen no matter how hard you try to prevent it. When you see your Chihuahua have a accident inside the house, don't scold and yell at them, as this will only make training more difficult. Tell them in a firm manner “No”, and immediately take them outside for 10 to 15 minutes, speaking the potty command to them.
Some Chihuahua owners may be on the fence about using a crate, but I can say that's it's not only one of the best potty training tools you can use, but it's also likely to be one of your Chihuahuas favorite places to go. I always see my Chihuahuas run off to their crates to hide treats, toys, and to just be lazy in the middle of the day. You shouldn't keep your Chihuahua locked up in their crate all the time, though. Instead, just put them up during the night or when your at work and unable to watch them.
You'll want to make sure that your Chihuahua has a comfortable crate to sleep in. So if you don't have any already, get some soft blankets and a bed and put them in the crate. This will make it more comfortable for your Chihuahua and allow them to enjoy it more.