How to Potty Train a Chiweenie

By Michelle Wittenberg

Designer dogs are very popular, allowing you to combine the better of two breeds. A Chiweenie is a Chihuahua and Dachshund mix. It is a small, social dog making it a good addition to any family. Chiweenies tend to bond and listen to one family member more than the others. It is a good idea to have that family member be the one initially in charge of potty training. Potty training requires time, patience, and consistent schedule.

Avoid punishing your pet unless you catch them in the act. If you catch the dog in the act, firmly say no and immediately take outside. Always take the pet to the same area so that the pet associates the area with going to the bathroom. Give lots of praise when successful.

Keep a strict feeding and bathroom schedule. Feed pet at the same time everyday with last feeding at least four hours before bed. Take up water two hours before bed. Take your dog out upon waking, right before bed, after meals, playing and naps. Dry food helps to keep stool firm which is helpful during training

Use one word that your pet associates with going out to the bathroom. Some words to consider are "outside" and "potty." It is important to use the word only when taking the dog out to avoid confusion.

Decide on the form of training that will work best for you and your lifestyle. Paper/pad training requires the pet to go to the bathroom on the pad in the house and is given praise. Overtime the pad is moved to the door and then outside. Crate training involves repetition and requires taking the pet in and out of the crate on a consistent schedule. Crates are used for when you are not home and have a bed and a few toys for comfort and safety. Supervised training involves being home and watching the pet all the time, taking them out frequently and on a schedule.

Look for behaviors indicating your pet may need to go out. Signs to look for are nose down and walking in a circle: looking for a place to go to the bathroom. If you notice this, take them straight out and wait 10 minutes. If the dog does not go to the bathroom after 10 minutes then bring them back in and try again after 15 minutes.