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SidecarFlip

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Posted: 10/15/19 07:45am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You crate them to teach them to be housebroken. Been doing that for years, old and young. Dogs will not dwell in a crate and poop / pee in there very often.


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Any dog at any age can learn a new behavior. However, some dogs are more likely to respond to learning than others. In this case, I suspect you will have quite a challenge, as you have three issues working against you. One is the breed- Chihuahuas can be stubborn and not very bright. Two is the accepted behavior that is now unacceptable has been ingrained into the dog its whole life, and you are asking for a change not just to learn something new. And thirdly, you need absolute consistency- everyone must be on board into managing the dog to go outside, and I doubt your mother will cooperate.

Confining the dog to a very small area or crate and taking it out hourly, after eating, after waking from a nap, and any activity helps. Restricting water intake later in the evening helps over the night.

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My dog will be 19 in January. She has started having accidents. Last week I bought her one of those traveling cages. She had an accident (diarrhea) in it the 3rd night (around 3am). I took her outside and cleaned the cage out and put her back in it. One hour later she had diarrhea again.
Last night we had to go out for a couple of hours so I put her in the cage.
Today is the 4th day since her last accident.
I love my dog but I know it is just a matter of time before her next accident.
I think the traveling cage will help me from getting upset at her when she has her accidents.

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I forgot that yesterday morning around 6am I heard her trying to get out of the crate. I immediately got out of bed and took her outside and watched her urinate. I let her come back inside and decided that I would be getting up for good in about an hour so I let her get in her bed and went back to bed. My wife got up just as I was going to bed and walked out into the kitchen and stepped right into the dog's poop!
I think my dog is starting to get dementia.

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tonyclifton...lol

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SidecarFlip wrote:

You crate them to teach them to be housebroken. Been doing that for years, old and young. Dogs will not dwell in a crate and poop / pee in there very often.


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This is the quickest way to house brake a dog. Establish a bit of a schedule. The dog will learn when the need arises to go outside. With an older dog, it will take more work than with a puppy.


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gbopp wrote:

JRscooby wrote:

Diapers.

That's just bypassing one problem and creating another problem.

I agree, the best thing is to take the time to house train the dog. No,, it won't be easy but it can be done.


With a old dog a diaper while in the house, only removed when outside will keep house clean and train the dog.

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With a little dog that has very little time outside, one thing that may help is cut the grass very short in the area you want him in outside. He still may not like the feeling of it but it won't be as bad as high grass rubbing his belly. Among other body parts...


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“To be honest I find disgusting“

This is a health issue for you, your family and your mom. No indoor pooping dogs.


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The dog may not have had the opportunity to go outside as needed. She may do fine with a regimented puppy training - like potty schedule.

True story: We took in my MIL's dog, Rosie, a 7 year old cockapoo, a few years ago. Rosie was AWFUL! She had absolutely no manners, was used to eating only fresh, boiled chicken, and Milk Bones - lots of each. She was OBESE, because my precious MIL had dementia and didn't remember that she'd already fed Rosie, and continued to feed her - often.

Rosie was used to walking on tables and what ever else she wanted to do (really...), begging, barking, and being generally obnoxious. When my MIL was placed in a nursing home, one of the family members wanted to have Rosie put to sleep. I said ABSOLUTELY NOT - I would take her and see what I could do. I told them that I would foster her, rehabiltate her, then find her a perfect furever home. The other family members thought I was crazy.

Rosie came to us as fat as a swollen tick - really, she was AWFUL. She walked across an end table next to the couch the first day at our house. She never did it again... She just needed boundaries and rules.

Rosie refused to eat the premium dog food I offered (Wellness Core Reduced Fat) for three days. At the end of the third day, she decided that it was pretty darn good, and she ate just fine from then on. I substituted no-salt green beens for some of the kibble to get her to lose weight (the vet said she was DOUBLE her ideal weight - 28 pounds vs. 14!). At first, she refused the green beans, but hunger finally won out, and she decided that they were pretty darn good - carrots too (only 2-3 baby carrots for dessert at dinner time - they're high in sugar).

Rosie couldn't walk half a block at first, due to her obesity. As she lost weight, I increased her walks until we were walking 2-3 miles per day, and she LOVED them. She also turned into a fetching machine; she loved to chase toys in the house and outside.

After 6-7 months, Rosie was down to her target weight of 14-15 pounds, and she was ready for her new home. I fostered for a local rescue, and I took her to adoptions one Saturday. We had no more than walked 10 feet in the door and a couple came up to me and said how cute she was. I mentioned that she was available for adoption. Yes, they took her home! They were an older couple who wanted an older dog who wanted to sleep on their bed and ride in their truck (Rosie's FAVORITE things!).

Give the dog a chance. You'll be surprised at what the dog can do, given consistent boundaries and attention.


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