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Q&A: Am I a horrible person if I find a new home for my dog?

Question by Mommy of 3 boys 🙂: Am I a horrible person if I find a new home for my dog?

I adopted a Chihuahua/Terrier/Beagle mix puppy in April. She’s really sweet, but she’s refusing to get potty-trained. I take her outside a million times a day, I wait, I praise & treat when she DOES relieve herself outside, but no matter what she always comes in a poops all over my house… every day. And I’ve been working with her consistently for 7 months. She also refuses to get used to her crate- I only put her in at night time, and she cries alllll night long, like a new puppy might do for a couple nights.. but with her, it’s every night since she’s lived here. I’m losing sleep every night. I’ve tried everything with her. I found out I was pregnant after I got her, I’m due in Jan. and I also have 2 kids, plus I babysit at home every day, I can’t have a dog pooping all over my house, especially with a new baby on the way. All my research so far has shown me “It’s the Chihuahua in her” or “Chihuahua’s are sometimes impossible to train” etc.. Would I be a horrible person if I found her a new family? I realize a dog is a lifetime commitment, and I can’t believe I’m considering this, but Idk what else to do! I have another dog, he’s 3, and he’s wonderful, I trained him just fine, and I would never even be able to fathom getting rid of him, bc he’s my dog, he’s our family, but the Chihuahua, I don’t feel like I can just accept that she’s going to be pooping in the house, and crying all night for the next 12 yrs..
I’ve worked with a trainer. I’ve done everything by the book.
I’ve never given her whining any attention, but it doesn’t stop all night anyway.
I’ve talked to a vet about her, and found no physical problems.
I’ve exhausted all possibilities, all solutions, and I’m coming up with nothing short of – she’s a Chihuahua.

Best answer:

Answer by Zombies Ate Her Brains
If you don’t feel that you can provide an adequate living situation, and are not willing to try any more options, then maybe a new home would be best.

Personally, I feel that he should be in the crate while he in the house unless you can properly supervise him to make sure he doesn’t defecate in the house.
And ignored when he starts the whining.

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  • You may just be having the wrong approach for things. Giving your dog excessive attention will lead them to think they can do what they please with you, and they won’t learn right from wrong. Scold her if she does wrong, put her on time out, and don’t show a reaction to her whining and crying. I guarantee you within a few days you will start to see results

  • I love these questions…

    Please don’t use your pregnancy or children as an excuse. You already had the children before you decided to get this dog so you should have known then whether or not you had the time to commit to this dog – so don’t act all shocked now.

    Dogs don’t refuse to do anything.
    You just haven’t been as consistent as you think, you probably let her out of her crate when she’s whining at some point and if you are as busy as you say you are – I really don’t believe you have put the time in that you need to in order to properly train the dog.
    Not all dogs train the same way or in the same amount of time. Although Chihuahuas may or may not be (I wouldn’t know since I have never owned one) be tough to train – it doesn’t mean they can’t be trained.

    I don’t understand how you can’t fathom getting rid of your other dog but can with this one.
    Sure, re-home the dog.

  • Well maybe if you talked to a trainer about the issues you’re having, they could help. Some dogs are more stubborn about certain things than others, and smaller dogs usually take longer. Why not have her go in and out of her crate during the day as well? Also tire her out before bed, play with her, train her, and take her on walks. Those are good ways to tire out a dog.

  • question- instead of letting her run all over her house, have you tried confining her to smaller areas, or correctly crate training her?

    i understand why you wouldn’t want the dog- i wouldn’t either- but you also may not find anyone who wants her. you’ll have to be upfront about the failed (or lack of) housebreaking- not many people will want a dog pooping all over, either.

    and the “chihuahua” idea? it’s bull. my mother in law rescues small dogs, and currently has two chi’s that weren’t housebroken when they got to her- but she had them trained in a month or so- she would NEVER put up with poop in the house.

  • dogs dont “get” potty trained

    I dont understand why its sooo difficult? And its not the “chihuahua” in her…I’m sure that there are plenty of chihuahuas that are housebroken.

    She shouldnt be allowed to go in the house..as in she’s attached to your HIP when she’s in the house….you watch her like a hawk and you are RIGHT THERE with her. You see her squatting, circling, sniffing…YOU take outside IMMEDIATLY…

    do this for a couple of days and see if it makes a difference. A dog that’s not housebroken should not be allowed to wander all around the house w/o someone being right there with it to catch accidents BEFORE they happen.

  • I believe you are doing the right thing because you have children , and you are not a horrible person but a caring mother . I am in your corner on this children come first . Thanks Mom .

  • Try putting it on a schedule (crate for 30min. , go outside for 10 min. , play with her for 15 min. back to the crate for 30 min.) she will get used to it and also scold her when she poops in your house! Once she is potty-trained, let her sleep with you (at least she is tiny, my 36 lbs. dog sleeps with us) I hope I helped!

  • Don’t use your children as a reason to get rid of the dog. start with paper training…every time you see it go to potty pick up quickly move it to the pad..its not hard to train a dog..

    and maybe you should have thought about your children be for getting the dog if your really going to sit there and use your children as a reason..that’s just screwed up

    you wouldn’t give your baby away because it didn’t “potty train” idk you might if your thinking of giving away a dog aka family member

    Think about what your doing to this dog he thinks of you as a family and your throwing him away because you got knocked up

    What a great person you must be

  • I have a chihuahua Jack Russel mix puppy. I have used puppy pads and news paper with her and it has worked. first we had 4 places she could go in the house and worked it down to one. I have kids too and would not give up my dog for nothing. she sleeps with us at night and has not had a accident in two months and she is 7 months old. most small dogs don’t like crates I don’t use them so I can’t help you there.

  • Breed is no excuse.

    First, clean all areas in the house where she has eliminated. Use an enzyme cleaner like Nature’s Miracle or Castor & Pollux Good Buddy (they’re pretty heavy duty, so dilute with some water if you’re using it on hardwood floors). If your dog has eliminated in an area before and can tell, she will do it again in that area. Wee wee pads just teach the dog that it is okay to eliminate indoors.

    Crate her even if she whines. Start by putting her food & water dish in there and closing it when she’s eating. Move her toys inside the crate and gradually increase the time she spends in her crate. Crate her at night and buy yourself some good earplugs. She shouldn’t be whining to “go” as long as you take her outside every 2-3 hours and shortly after meals (make sure a feeding routine is established to make things easier, too). You shouldn’t be hearing her whining, because you’ll be wearing your earplugs at night and she’ll only be crated in the daytime when you aren’t home.

    If you see her squatting, make a noise to distract her and get her outside ASAP. Praise her and give her a treat for eliminating outdoors. Try repeating a word like “potty”, “outside”, “bathroom”, etc. so she’ll learn to associate it with eliminating outdoors.

    Only give her free run of the house when you’re at home if you can keep an eye on her at all times. If not, put an X pen around her crate so she can move around, but make sure she doesn’t eliminate there either.

    Also, keep in mind that she has a weaker bladder since she’s a puppy and it will be more difficult since she’s been eliminating indoors. It would have been a much better idea for you to adopt a housetrained adult dog.

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