6) Let the mistakes slide, but clean up properly.
There will be housebreaking accidents. Being prepared for them will help move things along faster. The area should be cleaned well with a mild soap detergent and then an enzyme spray.
Do not yell or punish the dog since it will be done in vain and if a dog is intimidated, he will fear his owner. Dogs listen and learn much better when done out of respect rather than fear.
7) Respond at night only if needed.
Most puppies wake up throughout the night and will bark or whine. In many cases it is due to wanting attention. In some instances, it is due to needing to go to the bathroom. Therefore, in the evening and throughout the night, you will be training your
Chihuahua puppy for 2 elements:
1- Self-soothing himself back to sleep
2- Potty training if there is indeed a need
If a dog has gone to the bathroom within the last 2 hours, most likely he will be making a ruckus for attention and should be ignored. Make a logical decision about whether or not bathroom needs are a reasonable reason for waking. If so, when the puppy is taken outside, this should be done with minimal talking and no playing at all.
Potty training at night is a serious time and once done, the puppy should be immediately returned to his area.
8) Increase the increments of time.
As your Chihuahua grows older, each month he/she will be able to hold bathroom needs for a longer amount of time. Therefore, adjust the schedule as needed.
While a 3-month-old had to be taken out every 3 hours, if that dog is now 5 months old, but still taken out every 3 hours, he will not learn to tighten the bladder or bowel muscles in order to hold his needs.
9) Plan for when you will not be home.
Ideally, you will be home each day that you are house training your Chihuahua. However, for most, this is not going to be the case. Crating while home alone is not recommended since being confined to such a small area for a long period of time can be stressful and cause anxiety.
It is suggested to set up a small, gated off area or use a canine playpen. Within that area, have all needed supplies for the day: Water dispenser, food, plenty of chews (some containing treats), resting area and pee pads. The goal will not be to potty train a puppy to perfectly hit the spot on the pee pads.
The objective will be to have them there, away from the food, toys
and bed in the hope that they will be used. It is too much to expect a puppy to learn both an indoor and an outdoor method.
Remember that as the Chihuahua matures, hours will be added to the time that he can hold his needs.
By the time a puppy is 6 to 8 months old, pee pads in the house will not be needed if home alone for 7 or 8 hours.