hello. i'm hoping someone can shed some light on a mind-boggling problem. We recently got a chihuahua puppy at 11 weeks, she's now about 15 weeks old. When we brought her home, she was perfectly wee wee pad trained and even stayed quietly in her create all night with no accidents (we get up during the night to let her go to the bathroom). When she's not in her crate, we have set up a "playpen" in the center of the apartment which is about 3 feet in diameter in which we have a dog bed, food, water and her wee wee pads.

Until recently she was doing everything perfectly: using the wee wee pads consistently and playing and sleeping in her bed. However, recently my husband started working fulltime again and can't come home to let her out of the crate, so we decided to leave her in the playpen during the day instead of the crate so she can go to the bathroom on the pads at will. This seemed to work ok at first, but now she has lost all interest in her dog bed in the playpen and only sleeps directly on top of her soiled wee wee pads! In fact, she doesn't even seek out the clean parts of the pad; she'll lay down directly on puddles of urine and right where I have just removed poop.

And increasingly she is peeing in her crate during the night despite us having not changed our getting up routine at all. We live in a 5th floor walkup in NYC and had intended to stick with wee wee pads instead of housebreaking, but this situation has me really concerned.
I have no idea what to do about this. Any and all advice is appreciated!!
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hello. i'm hoping someone can shed some light on a mind-boggling problem. We recently got a chihuahua puppy at 11 ... situation has me really concerned. I have no idea what to do about this. Any and all advice is appreciated!!>>

Your puppy is probably distressed at the change of routine and being left alone for long hours. Its like leaving a young child alone all day. Perhaps you can arrange for someone to call in and spend some time with her or find a doggie day care . If you can't do this then maybe you should think about finding her a new home with someone who can spend more time with her and give her more attention.
Alison
Alison, I think plenty of people work fulltime jobs and have dogs so your comment about finding her a new home is preposterous. And she is only 15 weeks old not yet old enough to be exposed to other dogs in a day care situation.
Alison, I think plenty of people work fulltime jobs and have dogs so your comment about finding her a new home is preposterous.

I agree with you there. There are ways to get around working full time.

However, for a baby puppy, I do think a full day alone isn't a good idea. It would be better if you could get someone to stop by for a half hour in the middle of the day for the next few months..at least until your pup is a little older.
And she is only 15 weeks old not yet old enough to be exposed to other dogs in a day care situation.

Actually, by next week, she should be fully vaccinated and ready for that kind of socialization. Might not be a bad idea a few days a week :-)

Tara
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Alison, I think plenty of people work fulltime jobs

Not in Britain, apparently. This has come up before.
and have dogs so your comment about finding her a new home is preposterous.

Alison is spot on, though, about the need for your dog to get out halfway through the day. Many dogs don't like pee pads, but more likely your young pup wants some interaction.
And she is only 15 weeks old not yet old enough to be exposed to other dogs in a day care situation.

It depends, I take dogs that young into my daycare.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
As do most daycares, training classes, etc. Provided the pup is up to date on shots.
It's soooo damn important that a puppy receive proper socialization to other puppies, dogs, etc., and also to get out and about, during the critical first 16 weeks pf a pup's life, that the microscopically small risk is well worth it.
Don't wait any longer, Phoebe!

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Alison, I think plenty of people work fulltime jobs and have dogs>>

yes they do.
so your comment about finding her a new home is preposterous.>.

No its not. This about leaving a young puppy ALONE ALL DAY. If you have some call in or she goes else where then that is not being alone all day.
.>And she is
only 15 weeks old not yet old enough to be exposed to other dogs in a day care situation.>>.

So she's not going to puppy partys then ? Depends very much on the situation and the day care but really this about you trying to find an alternative to help your pup have a better life. At the moment she is spending her life confined in a crate or pen lying in wee. Alison
I should have mentioned this earlier, but we DO go home once during each day and interect with her, but because we work it's usually around
30 mins max that we can afford to spend. Once she's been fullyvaccinated, we WILL likely hire a walker to take her out, but we were told explicitly to keep her away from other dogs until after next week when we get her final shots. Now given that, are we really talking about a lack of interaction here? or could there be a health problem causing this?
Now given that, are we really talking about a lack of interaction here?

How much time do you spend with her when you are home? How is that time spent? If the problem is that she's not getting enough quality time, then there are ways to mitigate that, even if you are working full-time.
Also, you don't mention where you got the puppy. Some less-than-responsible breeders keep their dogs and puppies crated at all times. The puppies become habituated to lying in their own waste, which can make housebreaking them very difficult.
or could there be a health problem causing this?

If it is a health problem, there's no way anyone here can diagnose it. It's always a good idea to contact your vet whenever your dog has a change in behavior. It may not have a physical cause, but it's best to rule that before assuming that it's strictly behavioral.

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