I have a 5 1/2 month old chihuahua. He has been doing great at letting us know when he needs to go outside. I have him on a schedule and he has done very well with it. All of a sudden, he has started peeing whenever and wherever he wants! I have not changed anything in his diet, routine or anything else. I felt we were doing so well and now I have to start all over again. Any suggestions? Thank you for any help!
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I have a 5 1/2 month old chihuahua. He has been doing great at letting us know when he needs ... has done very well with it. All of a sudden, he has started peeing whenever and wherever he wants!

First, I'd rule out health problems like a UTI. Second, six months is a typical age for a young dog to give freedom a try, and if there's no organic reason for the change in behavior I'd go back to basics - housetraining 101. It'll go a lot faster this time.

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I have a 5 1/2 month old chihuahua. He has been doing great at letting us know when he needs ... were doing so well and now I have to start all over again. Any suggestions? Thank you for any help!

unfortunately its back to the basics again. my dog did the same thing with his almost new found freedom until we had a quick housebreak boot camp. good luck.
I have a 5 1/2 month old chihuahua. He has ... all over again. Any suggestions? Thank you for any help!

unfortunately its back to the basics again. my dog did the same thing with his almost new found freedom until we had a quick housebreak boot camp. good luck.

It's been 14 years since I last housetrained a dog. The new puppy will be here in less than a month, and I'm curious as to about how long it will take to train. I know that it can vary wildly from dog to dog, and will also depend largely on how vigilant I am still, any idea of what I'm looking at here?
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I have a 5 1/2 month old chihuahua. He has ... all over again. Any suggestions? Thank you for any help!

unfortunately its back to the basics again. my dog did the same thing with his almost new found freedom until we had a quick housebreak boot camp.

Hmm. And: is your chihuahua neutered?

Mark Shaw moc TOD liamg TA wahsnm == "All of my mistakes are giving me ideas." - Natalie Lileks
The new puppy will be here in less than a month, and I'm curious as to about how long it will take to train.

If the pup is as slow on the uptake as you appear to be, it could take a long, long time.

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Not yet. He will be at the end of June. Why do you ask?
(Q: is the dog neutered?)
Not yet. He will be at the end of June. Why do you ask?

He's probably marking. Which explains the behavior, but your response should be the same: more work on housetraining, starting from square one.

Mark Shaw moc TOD liamg TA wahsnm == "All of my mistakes are giving me ideas." - Natalie Lileks
It's been 14 years since I last housetrained a dog. The new puppy will be here in less than a ... and will also depend largely on how vigilant I am still, any idea of what I'm looking at here?

Intreesting question. Because when I try to answer it the first thing that springs to mind is to consider what is meant by "house trained". I get the vague sense that for most people it means "can go a work day" (or half a work day) without going out AND asks to be let out - at least if need arises off schedule. And by that definition a 12 week old puppy could be trained to that in a week, more or less. And under that definition an 8 week old puppy might take a month. Largely because they can't wait as long.
So assuming that the person does everything right, and using the above defnition of what housetrained means, then 13 weeks of age, is a reasonable goal. That also assumes no unwanted habits to overcome.

But you can achieve a "no mistakes" stage MUCH earlier if the definition includes reasonably frequent outings, and diligent supervision. It can take as little as a couple days for the puppy to understand "wait to go out" as long as that "wait" is reasonable given the age and activity of the puppy.
I kept a kind of blog on Tsuki when I got him. Maybe it will be helpful. Start your own. It is so easy to forget what having a puppy is all about. http://www.dogplay.com/MyDogs/puppyreport.html
Most 8 week old puppies can wait 4-5 hours if circumstances force them to, but 99% will not wait that long if given free run of the house. The reward of the feeling of relief from the discomfort of a full bladder is more immediate than anything the person can do to counter it. The older puppy can learn to wait because the bladder pressure after 4-5 hours is less significant.
I started to explore the issue in behaviorist terms, but those who understand the terms can probably figure out the bladder pressure vs pleased person/clean den balance for themselves. And people who don't understand the terms will probably yawn and glaze over so I spared you all.

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