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How to potty train a 3 month old puppy!

hi we just bought a 3 months old chihuahua puppy, shes so cute and all but shes always pooping and peeing everywhere, how do we get her to potty in the poop and pee pad or outside this is our first family pet please help???

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Asked by Anonymous at 3:30 PM on Jun. 4, 2009 in Pets

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  • if she goes, show her what she did wrong and put her outside. thats how we use to do it.

    Answer by SThompson21 at 3:32 PM on Jun. 4, 2009

  • I have gone through this with 12 puppies at once (mommy dog decided to have winter pupies so they were inside all the time) you need to take it out OFTEN, do not let them drink a lot of water otherwise they will pee more often and not able to hold it, when they go potty outside praise them, giving them a small treat right after would help, when they are sniffing the ground/running around with nose to ground-take them out, they prolly have to go

    Answer by tjandjenna at 3:36 PM on Jun. 4, 2009

  • DONT shove the nose in their accident, they just think its not ok to go there and will find different spots

    Answer by tjandjenna at 3:36 PM on Jun. 4, 2009

  • i have a chihuahua shes almost 4 years.

    put a harness / collar on the pupper & a leash. go outside in the grass every few hours & say "go potty" or whatever phrase you wanna use. i use "go potty" and "go poopoo"
    now when she has to go she whines at the door (sometimes). it does take a while though.

    Answer by CamiiiCompasion at 3:37 PM on Jun. 4, 2009

  • If you have a kennel, you can start there. Cover the bottom of the kennel with pads. Keep her in there when she is home alone. Also, take her out every half hour or so. When she does go inside, put her nose in it and put her outside. I know, it sounds awful, but it works and your not hurting or scaring her. Anyway, make sure you love on her, praise and treat her when she does it on the pad or outside. Once you get her doing either of the two. Start moving the pad closer and closer to the door. Eventually, you will remove the pad all together. Keep in mind that this is a process. Good Luck!

    Answer by Js_Mommy131 at 3:38 PM on Jun. 4, 2009

  • also i might add. when i say she sometimes whines at the door. i dont mean she goes inside. she rarely goes inside now.

    Answer by CamiiiCompasion at 3:41 PM on Jun. 4, 2009

  • I agree with JS mommy. Whatever you do dont rub it in her face!!!

    And by the time you find out she did a booboo its to late, you will just confuse them.  Just take them out often and reward her for good.


    In general when you give attention to any human acting out or pet you are actually rewarding bad behavior. So dont do that.



    Answer by IraqiVetWife at 5:32 PM on Jun. 4, 2009

  • I prefer the crate training method which is the simplest and easiest and fastest way to housebreak. I learned this method after reading the book "The natural way to train".

    Remember just a few things about dogs and it will make sense to you. First, small dogs of any breed have small bladders and short colons. This means that when they drink and/or play hard, they need to piddle right away. Within 5-10 min. after eating a meal, they need to move their bowels. This should give you your first tools in learning to housebreak.

    Next, crate training is perfect b/c small dogs need a place to get away from humans and feel safe in a small place of their own (kinda like their own cave.) Dogs need down time, esp. pups. In large rooms or even bathrooms that have gates are too large and give pups plenty of room to pee and poo. Did you know that your pups mama prob. trained her pups? If she were kept by a good breeder....cont.

    Answer by lifeasinoit at 7:32 PM on Jun. 4, 2009

  • cont...they would have given the mama and pups a good size run where they feed, bed and then have a place far away from the bed and food to do their business. Mama's teach their pups to go and where to go.

    I would feed your pup 3 times a day, laying down water and food and encouraging the pup to eat when you feed the rest of the fam. or right before or right after. As soon as he has been given time to eat and drink, take the food and water up, and immediately leash the dog and take him for a walk. Just letting him run around the yard teaches them to pee and poo indiscriminately and they will. Take him to the same place each time and say the word of your choice.

    Every few hours, or after a good romp with the children, take him back out for a piddle run. When he piddles, keep saying the word over and over again, then pat his head and say "Good dog."
    Remember that when dogs play hard with the family they need to pee.

    Answer by lifeasinoit at 7:36 PM on Jun. 4, 2009

  • At nite and when you leave the house, place the pup in the crate to rest. Being in the crate which is his bed, he will not wet, which teaches him to hold his bladder. He is still young so he might have accidents, but truly dogs do not want to pee near their bed. Put an old towel or someones used piece of clothing so that he smells your human scent and feels secure.

    We have taught both of our shih tzu's kennel training and they love their crates. They are well housebroken and are easy to care for. I know yours will be too. :)

    Answer by lifeasinoit at 7:41 PM on Jun. 4, 2009

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