I obtained a Chihuahua female, unfixed, that’s somewhere between 2-4 years old. She came from the pound, though I didn’t get her there directly. Long story short- I believe she was a puppy mill breeder or was just terribly neglected. This dog doesn’t appear to come with ANY previous training or obedience what-so-ever.
So we’re doing the potty training thing. I opted for an adult dog in hopes to avoid this issue, but she’s already here so we’re trying our best. I have a crate for her that she stays in at night. I take her outside first thing in the morning and she usually does her business. During the day I try to keep her on a schedule of 3-4 hours (less and she just stares at me like I’m stupid) and she’s normally pretty good. However, in 3 weeks I see NO sign that she’s improving (holding it until she gets taken outside or "asking’ to go out).
She still goes on the carpet. Many times, it seems, it’s as I’m getting my coat or getting ready to take her outside- always seconds too late. I don’t catch her directly in the act often but catch the scratching of her feet that signals she just did it- and I find the quarter-sized wet spot on the carpet. GRRRR.
If I take her out more often she just doesn’t go. It’s cold outside- she’s skinny- so she hates it outside anyway. I HAVE to go with her and stand there, freeze my own tooshy off, or she’ll just sit and wimper at the door.
I tried tethering her to me, as some people suggested. She’s not leash trained either- and we’ve been gradually working into that- it was just terror for her. She pulls and struggles, then just lays down in defeat. She acts like I’m abusing her- so the tethering thing not so good.
I’ve tried gating her in a single room so I can keep an eye on her. I turned my back for literally less than 10 seconds and she peed.
I don’t use puppy pads because I am afraid to encourage the big dog- who is house broken- to pee on those, too. I’m not sure what to do to make some headway with this little dog.
To the first answer- lots of ideas, but I think you forget she is NOT a puppy. She does have the bladder control- she can go the whole night without troubles in her crate. I DO spend the entire time outside with her- it’s just really really cold right now so NEITHER of us want to be there. And I do praise her every time. I do not spank her for accidents but I try to take her outside right away.
I certainly hope it will take less than a year to get somewhere with her, but it’s good to know that it may eventually come even if it takes awhile. Again- she has good bladder control since she’s very good in her crate. I will try to confine her to a room but it’s rather limited where and how I can do that given the layout of the house (very open floor-plan). Will see how that all goes. Thanks.