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minicheezburg:My dog is crate trained, very house broke and has gone through obedience school. He sometimes will pee or poop out of spite though.
emolm: minicheezburg:My dog is crate trained, very house broke and has gone through obedience school. He sometimes will pee or poop out of spite though. I don't think dogs think like that. Opinion.
Well you can think that but it's quite interesting how it works.
My parents have a chihuahua and they aren't typically big outdoors dogs - so my parents use the training potty pads and he goes on that. He is 10 years old and he knows to go 1 and 2 on it...they don't stink and you throw it away at the end of the day - you just have to clean the number 2 up obv.
May wanna try that
Bonjuju:You need to get something to neutralize the scent markers that are there. If it smells like a bathroom to them they will use it as such. A lot of cleaners have urea which encourages them to mark that spot with their own scent. Once you've gotten rid of their scent taking them out more often should work.
ambah:My parents have a chihuahua and they aren't typically big outdoors dogs so my parents use the training potty pads and he goes on that. He is 10 years old and he knows to go 1 and 2 on it...they don't stink and you throw it away at the end of the day you just have to clean the number 2 up obv.
May wanna try that
bethandivy:From what I've read, though, it's a very common problem with male chihuahuas and incredibly difficult, or impossible, to fix completely.
It's probably a combination of factors. People tend to treat their small lap dogs as children, which the dogs perceive as making them alpha AND that the members of their "pack" are weak and need protecting. This also would increase aggressive behaviors in the dogs, such as barking, biting or growling towards strangers. Also, people don't always realize the importance of neutering male dogs (or guys think "I can't chop off my puppy's balls! The humanity!"). Yes, spaying is incredibly important so you don't end up with a litter of pups, however cute, but neutering male dogs decreases their aggression and desire to mark. Oh, and once your dog starts marking, it's too late to curb those behaviors simply by neutering. Neutering also helps prevent your dogs from running off when they smell a female in heat, helps them calm down sooner, and makes them less rebellious against who should be the alpha of their "pack".
All that said, have the vet check them out for UTIs or kidney infections or other maladies, clean the areas where they go as best as possible with something like Nature's Miracle (which works wonders), consider putting up baby gates so they can't wander out of your sight, and contact a dog trainer to see if they have any recommendations for things you can do or change in your daily routine to see if their behavior improves. Good luck!