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A few weeks ago I adopted an 8 month old chihuahua. The woman told me that he was housetrained and that he only had one accident the whole time that she had him. Well after getting him home and after a couple of days I realized that woman was lying to get rid of him quicker. The first time he went in the house I thought that it was just nervousness of new home/surroundings. I've had him for a month now and he still goes in the house everyday! I take him out constantly and he goes outside. But within 15-20 minutes back in the house he'll go again. It's starting to frustrate me. I resorted to getting a crate to keep him in at night and while me and my husband are at work. Unlike other dogs I have, he doesn't go to the door to let me know if he has to go, he'll just go! I've never had to potty train a dog because my German Shepard trained herself! Me and my husband argue about getting rid of him, I'm not! I've adopted him as my baby, lol. But I'm at my wits end! Another thing is, he was abused in the past, could this be the reason for his ? He is real skittish and will not come to my husband and when my husband tries to hold and pet him, he'll wiggle and squirm. He's even bit my husband. He is skittish with me, too, but not like he is to my husband. But I don't know why he is scared of men, I got him from an older, single woman. And he'll walk on the leash just perfect for me but when someone else tries to lead him, he'll fight the leash. And his growling. He constantly growls under is breath. If I drop something or there is a noise, he'll growl for 20 minutes and will not shut up. I also don't like him growling constantly. How can I correct his behavior?
Is this your first dog? Do you have it traned to sleep in a kennel? It does take lots and lots of patience and persistence. I have a 9 wk old border collie and we have had her since last Thursday. She went in my kitchen twice and my hall once. It takes alot of patience and you will have to watch her just like a 2 year old child, take it out after it eats, when it wakes up from a nap, and every time she drinks or eats and playing or alot of excitement. I have had the same thing happen, but she still doesn't fully understand and like you, I do not get upset, I just take her outside and wait. I have not cleaned up the poop outside yet since I want her to see/smell where she went before, she DOES give us clues when she has to go, and we have been watching her closely. I do not have a fence, therefore I have been training her to walk on and off the leash, and to come when I call. It is important to MAKE her accept the leash, and I took a chair outside and sat with her on the lease and she fought and threw a fit but in the end she accepted the leash. If I am not able to keep my eye on her I put her in her carrier. I bought 2 of them, I keep one in the living room w/door always open and one in the bedroom for her to sleep in at night. It was a breeze to train her for the kennel. I never have put her there for so she is willing to get in. She woke up at 3:00 am last night and I stumbled out of bed took a treat and put her on the lease and took her out. She went potty and I brought her back in and put her back in the crate. (She slept a little later than 5:00 am) (yay!) I am no expert and I have had dogs all my life and can tell you only my experiences. This is my first border collie. If you want, Email me with your progress.
How To Potty Train a Puppy - American Kennel Club
Puppy Potty Training Timeline - American Kennel Club