In this article, I’ll share 4 tips on how to potty train your Chihuahua puppy.
These 4 tips below are part of my book How to House-Train a Puppy: The Ultimate Guide.
If you prefer watching my YouTube video related to this topic you can do so by watching the video below.
1 – Give your Chihuahua puppy regular walks every day
I’m not saying that your intention isn’t to walk your Chihuahua puppy regularly, but some people feel they need to carry their Chihuahua everywhere they go. As stupid as I think it sounds, some people believe a Chihuahua is to carry around all day as an accessory.
Like most dogs, Chihuahuas like an active lifestyle. Of course, they have short legs, so they don’t necessarily need to walk far for hours, but they do need to be walked several times a day. In my own opinion, I believe every dog needs to go for a walk at least 4 times per day.
Do note, if your Chihuahua puppy is not house-trained yet, it needs to go out more often. Maybe even up to 14 times per day.
To be practical here, this means that you should take your Chihuahua puppy outside immediately after each play session and after each nap.
Feel free to download the puppy schedule I created myself. You can download this puppy schedule for free, which you can use for your Chihuahua puppy.
And just so you know, as with other breeds, the guideline is that for every month your Chihuahua is old, you can walk for five minutes longer. A three-month-old puppy can walk for fifteen minutes four times a day.
2 – take your Chihuahua puppy outside for walks immediately, even if it’s not fully vaccinated yet
And I know that this is an ongoing debate. Some vets will advise you not to take your puppy outside if it’s not fully vaccinated yet.
The first reason is for house-breaking practices, so your puppy learns that it needs to pee and poop outdoors early on. You don’t want to learn your puppy to pee and poop in your garden first, while after a few weeks, trying to teach him not to pee and poop there any longer. As you may understand, this is confusing for your puppy, and it also will cost you more energy since you need to potty train him twice. First in the garden and then outside on the streets or in the park.
The second reason you will want to go out with your Chihuahua puppy immediately is to socialize your puppy, since the socialization stage of your puppy is the most important part of its life. If you never let your puppy get familiar with traffic, for instance, you run a serious risk of having it respond anxiously to all traffic later on. In short, it would be very harmful to restrict your puppy’s world to just your home and garden over the period between 8 and 12 weeks of age.
What you can do is avoid crowded dog parks where you know lots of dogs pee and poop. Also, if you’re afraid your Chihuahua puppy will get sick, make sure to discuss this with your vet. Ask him how you should deal with this problem since the most crucial part of your puppy’s life is somewhat between the age of 8 and 12 weeks.
And do note, my idea of these articles is to educate you on the topic of puppy training but do note that if you were to follow one of these tips and this one, in particular, you do so at your own risk. I hope you understand I need to address that.
3 – Use a dog crate the proper way for your Chihuahua puppy
First off, some people believe using a dog crate is sad for the dog. They see the dog crate as a jail. This is the wrong way of thinking since a dog crate should be a safe place for your puppy. It’s a place where it can get some rest, gnaw on a bone, and withdraw from a high-stimulation environment.
And coming back to potty training your Chihuahua puppy; a dog crate can be the ultimate tool for helping you accomplish your goal of housebreaking your puppy since puppies prefer not to pee and poop in the same place as their resting place. In other words, if your puppy is in its dog crate, chances are it’s doing its best not to pee and poop there.
4 – Never yell at your Chihuahua puppy if it pees or poops inside the house
Chihuahuas have not only a unique appearance but also a unique character.
Humans have had Chihuahuas as pets for a very long time, and it shows in their personalities.
They are real companion animals that bond strongly with their owners.
They are also very sensitive to their environment, especially to the important people who live around them. Not only does that mean that a Chihuahua picks up and recognizes your mood quite easily, but also that they care if you address them in a loud voice.
Yelling at a dog is always a bad idea and will only make things worse, but this may be even more true with the sensitive Chihuahua than with the average dog.
Well, there you have it. 4 tips on how to potty train your Chihuahua puppy.
Before you go, make sure to check out my other blogs on potty training your puppy. I’ve covered a wide range of topics. Also, feel free to check out my YouTube channel and check out my book for a complete step-by-step plan on Amazon.
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