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At my wits end....

February 7th, 2013, 02:46 AM
Hi :-)
I have got a lovely, fun loving little Chihuahua called Rebel. I have had her for 4 months, she was a rescue dog and is 7 months old... but i can't get her house trained. Help!
During the day while i am at work, Rebel and my 3 year old schnauser Bella are in the dog yard, an area of about 10 square meters of grass and 30 square meters of under house run. At night Rebel sleeps in her crate, she is let out to pee before bed and in the small hours of the morning. While i am home both dogs get played with, walked and loved... the back door is always open and the dogs can go BUT rebel still pees in the house.... i dont know what to do :-(
She isn't bothered if she is in the bigger crate (with a littler tray) or the cat basket, a small one just big enough for her, or just in the house she will pee on her bedding, the sofa, on rugs anything really. I tell her "no!" And put her outside in her pee spot, but she still pees inside. I have a DAP defuser in the livingroom where her crate is, i feed her in the crate so she knows its her home. She doesn't really squat, or sniff, i just find wet patches.

I got her to stop popping in the house when i first got her, and she can go for weeks without accidents, but then starts again, with no real pattern. I need help, all the training manuals assume a) you are home 24/7 and b) dogs wont pee in their bed.

Does anyone know a technique i could try to train Rebel, so we are both much happier.

February 8th, 2013, 10:38 AM
I can somewhat relate to what you are going through. Our new puppy (chihuahua mix), has been with us for 2 months now, and its been a bit of a challenge.

we have a bed for him in the family room, and he would just go, sit and pee on it! if he was playing or just standing right next to you, and he had to go, he would just do it there, not even sniff around for a place to go. He even peed on me a couple times when I was holding him; needless to say it was very very frustrating, :wall:

I can't say that he is 100% trained yet, but we started paying attention to his routine, and we know at what times he has to go out, we take him he takes care of business and then we gave him a little treat, then back inside. It all seemed to be going ok, then the other day he was sleeping on my boyfriend's lap on a pillow, then just sit up and just peed :wall::laughing: a few minutes later he had to go again and he was by the door waiting :shrug: slowly but he seems to be getting the hang of it, so I guess its all about being patient, very patient!

We now stopped giving him treats every time he goes outside, but as soon as he is done we make sure to rub his head and tell him what a good boy he is. I don't have a magic solution for you, but this is what has worked for us. Some people I know have a little bell hanging from their door, so the pup will hit it when they have to go outside, but we have not used this.

hope the little guy gets better with this soon. :dog:

February 8th, 2013, 05:14 PM
Thanks :-) I'm so glad someone got back to me :lovestruck:
I've been taking her out every other hour, and when i say "go for a wee" she normally does, then she gets lots of praise and a cuddle. Guess i'll just have to wait till she learns what a full bladder feels like then associates that with outside....

Good luck with your little dog:dog:

February 9th, 2013, 12:26 PM
I'm thinking your best bet will be to go back to square one and essentially start over with the housetraining. Yes, she has access to the outdoors to pee, but she obviously doesn't realize that the house is off-limits for elimination. So, prepare yourself for a few weeks of keeping her constantly on your radar. Tether her to your belt with a short her steps...whatever it takes to make sure that you and she are always focused on each other. Watch her for any signs that she needs to go and get her out immediately. If you catch her in the act, a guttural noise in the back of your throat to distract her while you pick her up and get her outside to finish. Praise her if she goes outside and especially if she asks to go out and successfully pees in the yard. If she still manages to pee and you don't notice till after the fact, just clean it up and forget it--correction after-the-fact does no good...

Also make sure you have an enzymatic cleaner formulated to eliminate urine odor. Regular cleaners clean it up enough to make it undetectable by human noses, but dogs can still smell the traces. Any urine odor remaining will actually encourage your pup to eliminate in that spot again. So a good enzymatic cleaner is a real help!

She'll get the idea--I think she just needs the training reinforced again. It happens--we've had a couple over the years that just took longer than the others. One of ours took 8 months. The good news is that the ones that are hardest to train seem to be the ones that are staunchest at eliminating in the proper venue when they get older. :thumbs up