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We lost our GSD in April which was the hardest day so far in our lifetime. We were blessed around the same time with a small guy called a chiweenie courtesy of my son that had bought him and realized he could not properly care for him with full time job and a 24 yr old lifestyle. He is a breed crossed between a wiener dog and a chihuahua.

Fast forward, he dropped the little guy at our house and we have adapted from big dog owner to little designer breed dog owner. Problem is, 10 months old and can't potty train the little guy.

Any secrets as to how to train a little 10 lb dog? We walk him non stop but he is like a fire hose.
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sorry to hear about your GSD... I put mine down earlier this year...

Crate train it just like any other dog ....
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Do you have a crate? Reward him for going potty outside? On the spot (in the act) corrections when potty's inside with immediately taking him outside? Repetition, patience, etc.

If you don't catch him in the act, its too late for you to make a correction, he will have long forgotten about it and your correction will cause confusion as he will have no idea what you are talking about.

Don't yell, scream at, or strike him.

Lots of outside trips, reward when he potty's outside.

Whatever you do, don't be like a famous football player recently in the news, that's not correcting a dog.

It takes a little patience and time, when its accomplished, have your carpets cleaned, and you're good.
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Thanks trip, sorry to you as well. Our girl was 11. do you have to keep dog in there all the time? Little guy barked non stop and hasn't been in the crate in quite a while.
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Originally Posted by lobsdiver1 View Post
Thanks trip, sorry to you as well. Our girl was 11. do you have to keep dog in there all the time? Little guy barked non stop and hasn't been in the crate in quite a while.
Start small and work your way up. When its time to come out, take him outside immediately and then reward for when he goes potty.
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Sorry for your loss. I have a big dog and a little dog. I potty trained them both the same way. Boys are markers...got to be on your toes. New place, he's doing what boy dogs do. Leash (in the house) and crate.
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As an experienced dachshund owner, you have your work cut out for you. Not sure about the Chihuahua but Dachshunds are one of the top 3 hardest dogs to housebreak. For me, I just get them outside every chance I get.

Also, everything actfris said is spot on.
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Thanks guys, hard to put him in that crate but maybe need to do it. GSD was piece of cake to train compared to this guy.
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Small dogs are tough for some reason. Our Yorkies took years to train and they still go wherever they want from time to time.

We use pee pee pads and that seems to help. 95% of the time they go on the pads. It's like having a cat with a litter box. When they get older, they seem to lose their training. A lot like us!
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Originally Posted by lobsdiver1 View Post
Thanks guys, hard to put him in that crate but maybe need to do it. GSD was piece of cake to train compared to this guy.
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Originally Posted by lobsdiver1 View Post
Thanks trip, sorry to you as well. Our girl was 11. do you have to keep dog in there all the time? Little guy barked non stop and hasn't been in the crate in quite a while.
Think mine was around the same age... Great dogs GSD's.....

I have a Boxer now and he "HATED" the crate ... I mean he would loose his mind all night crying and barking ... So I did the unthinkable --- let him sleep with me on the bed....

The minute he got up we ran outside and he did his business..... Had some issues along the way - but eventually he learned the drill ....

Good luck...
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Originally Posted by triplenet View Post
Think mine was around the same age... Great dogs GSD's.....

I have a Boxer now and he "HATED" the crate ... I mean he would loose his mind all night crying and barking ... So I did the unthinkable --- let him sleep with me on the bed....

The minute he got up we ran outside and he did his business..... Had some issues along the way - but eventually he learned the drill ....

Good luck...
Sadly, our little guy sleeps with us as well but no problems until middle of day or when we leave. Always goes into the living room.
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Originally Posted by lobsdiver1 View Post
Sadly, our little guy sleeps with us as well but no problems until middle of day or when we leave. Always goes into the living room.
Try locking him up in a crate or even a small bathroom... We have 3 Cavaliers ranging in age from 8 to 11 and we find they behave best while we are out when on lock-down in our bathroom...
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When you get it figured out how to completely train the little beast you should start another thread with details of how you achieved success. We have a Maltiepoo & a Yorkie, 11 and 12 years old. Cute but thank God for carpet steamers and that they were both my wife's idea.

I think some of these little dogs are simply untrainable. They will pretend to be trained and put on a good act for a reward when it's convenient but most will still have "accidents" as honest owners will follow up with after detailing how well trained their little dogs are.

Note: I did not say ALL little dogs were untrainable, I said SOME little dogs were untrainable and I am sure that all the other THT members (aside from myself) who own little dogs have them trained perfectly.
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We used the PUPPY APARTMENT worked like a champ for our Yorkie, just Google it lots of places to get em
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Originally Posted by triplenet View Post
Think mine was around the same age... Great dogs GSD's.....

I have a Boxer now and he "HATED" the crate ... I mean he would loose his mind all night crying and barking ... So I did the unthinkable --- let him sleep with me on the bed....

The minute he got up we ran outside and he did his business..... Had some issues along the way - but eventually he learned the drill ....

Good luck...
Ha, our new boxer pup won that battle too. We were determined to crate her at night, but she absolutely lost her mind. We decided our sleep and sanity was more important, and now she sleeps in our bed.

To the OP, I have not seen a small dog yet that was really housebroken. Maybe they exist, but I've never seen it. I just don't think they have the bladder capacity or control. The pee pads seem to be the best bet.
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Originally Posted by Mpellet View Post
When you get it figured out how to completely train the little beast you should start another thread with details of how you achieved success. We have a Maltiepoo & a Yorkie, 11 and 12 years old. Cute but thank God for carpet steamers and that they were both my wife's idea.

I think some of these little dogs are simply untrainable. They will pretend to be trained and put on a good act for a reward when it's convenient but most will still have "accidents" as honest owners will follow up with after detailing how well trained their little dogs are.

Note: I did not say ALL little dogs were untrainable, I said SOMElittle dogs.
I was afraid this might be the case. The little guy seems trained about 2 of 7 days per week. The gsd took about 1 week to train or so it seemed.
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Ha, our new boxer pup won that battle too. We were determined to crate her at night, but she absolutely lost her mind. We decided our sleep and sanity was more important, and now she sleeps in our bed.
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Boxers are stubborn ....

Originally Posted by lobsdiver1 View Post
The gsd took about 1 week to train or so it seemed.
Tell a GSD once to do something and he has mastered it .... Brilliant dogs
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Boxers are stubborn ....



Tell a GSD once to do something and he has mastered it .... Brilliant dogs
Can't compare anything to a German Shepherd without coming up short. My only complaint is that German Shepherds do not live till 80. My son "Ace" was house trained in a week and that happened in the middle of the New England Winter with only an icy patch cleared for him to take care of bussiness on.

Best dogs ever......
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Our final week with our girl. Didn't see it coming and then she was gone. I always wondered how we would deal with it but never figured it out, even now.
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