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August 14th, 2008, 12:54 PM

Just came across your site and its going to be a blessing I'm sure.

I rescued a male Chihuahua, min-pincher mix from the Humane Society on 8-1. I had him neutered on the 8th and he's going for teeth cleaning tomorrow. He is an 8# bundle of love. He was abandoned and was branded on his ear. He obviously has not been house trained.

I'm hoping to paper train or litter box train him. He must have the largest bladder around for a small breed dog because he can go forever without going potty.

I have him in my bathroom behind a baby gate with his litter box, extra newspapers, his food, water and toys. He doesn't go while I'm at work and when I get home I sit in the bathroom with him and keep putting him on the paper. He ususally goes after I give up sitting with him and 30 minutes later after I let him out of the bathroom goes on my carpet. I have kept him in there until he goes but its not in the litter box.Where do I start? I'm obviously doing something wrong. When I get home he immediately wants to sit on me and cuddle. HELP!!!!!!!

Any of your thoughts will be appreciated.

Thank you,


August 14th, 2008, 02:53 PM
Hi, Joyce!

Congratulations on your new dog... he sounds like a sweet little thing! :)

I suspect you're giving him too much space by giving him the whole bathroom. If you give him just enough room for his litterbox, his bed and his bowls, he'll most likely get into the habit of using the box, since he probably won't want to use his sleeping or eating area as a toilet. I'd suggest that you read the articles in the indoor potty training section (http://www.thehousebreakingbible.com/training/papertraining.htm) for detailed instructions about this kind of training.

When he's out in the house, he shouldn't be able to roam around freely... make sure you're directly supervising him at all times using the puppy airlift (http://www.thehousebreakingbible.com/training/puppy-airlift.htm)or umbilical cord training (http://www.thehousebreakingbible.com/training/umbilical-cord-training.htm) methods.

Keep us updated...

August 14th, 2008, 07:44 PM
Hi Joyce and welcome to the forum :)

Since your little guy is holding it so well, I'd guess that he already has an idea where he should be pottying- and he doesn't think that it's the litter box. Since he chooses the carpet when free to do so, I'd guess he likes to use the grass (I hope no one trained him to use the carpet :ohmy:). I guess this bc dogs seem to choose replacement potty areas based on the feel under the feet- grass trained dogs almost always use carpet and concrete trained dogs choose tile or linoleum.

If you think this is the case, you might try a litter with a squishier feel than newspaper and then add some grass over the top- just pull some up and sprinkle it over the litter. I would recommend the dog litter that is pellets of recycled newspaper or maybe some pine shavings (not cedar which is toxic) both of which feel more like grass than flat newspaper or wee wee pads. You might also use a piece of sod in the litter box til her gets the idea and then slowly add thin layers of your preferred litter until he gets the idea.

Let us know how it goes!

August 15th, 2008, 07:04 AM
Thank you for the ideas. Will do that toay when I get home from work.


August 15th, 2008, 07:07 AM
Good point, Dana.

Maybe a Pet-a-Potty with artificial sod (like the one at the bottom of this page (http://www.thehousebreakingbible.com/training/indoor-potty-options.htm)) would be a good idea.