Training your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog
Training a Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog, though is not the worst but surely it requires much attention and discipline. If there is one rule that you should follow while training and house breaking your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog, it should be firm discipline. Don’t take that the wrong way and push too much, or be overly demanding. Any type or personality of dogs should be introduced to training lessons, step by step and gradually. Every age in dogs have a certain ability of comprehension and application skill that should be respected. That’s the just nature, you can’t ask a toddler to watch for their food. That is just impossible. So it goes with training Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dogs. You need to introduce one lesson after the other, and build on it. Be gentle, patient, and positive but at the same time you have to be authoritative and firm.
With sassy crossbreed like Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dogs which come from two very sassy and stubborn dog breeds you have to be extra firm. Unfortunately many Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog owners along with other toy dog breeds owners go easy on their toy dogs for fear of being too cruel on such tiny and delicate dog. This leads to much bigger problems aside from stubbornness. The problem is that any dog, regardless of its original breed, or whether or not it is a purebred or crossbred, in their conscious dogs are still part of a tribe and whoever has the upper hand is the alpha male and the pack leader. For them, their owner who provides food and shelter is the alpha male, but if they sensed a sign of weakness or shaken leadership, they will gladly jump on and snatch that role and be their own pack leader. So always stay ahead of your dog, and in control.
Misbehavior is not only troublesome to you but could be dangerous for them. If they are not taught properly what not to eat, what to step away from, they might end up chewing something poisonous or chew an electric cord while it is connected to electricity. Understand very well, that training your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog is for their own good and benefit, don’t shy away from being firm and authoritative with them.
Don’t listen to what people say, that training a Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog is an impossible task. Or that Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dogs are the opposite of trainable, because they come from two sassy dog breeds. That is absolute nonsense. Any Dog Breed can be trained. If man managed to tame, wild horse, foxes, wolves and even lions your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog is pretty much manageable and doable task. The first thing you need to decide is what you want to get from your training, is all you want is house breaking? Or you want your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog to be more socializing? Do you have special training problems to add to your training list like chewing or barking problems? How many people will manage your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog and should be included in the training session? For example if your children will be part of the training, your spouse, senior parents,…etc. so start by deciding on the outcome of your training, your method, and your approach. Then Go!
How to start training your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog?
- The approach to training your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog is the first starting point. Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dogs are very eager to please and feel loved, so your training power here is praise and showing love. Scolding, punishment, and yelling are not effective at all when it comes to training your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog, and sometimes lead to reversible result. They get very angry, or rebellious if ever approached like that. What you need to convey to your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog is that you are his care taker, his pack leader and you are guiding and training him to be a better dog. You are training your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog to be partner, or a companion, not to obey and be submissive. You don’t want to provoke the stubborn spot in him and make it worse. Simply hint or point at what you want him to do, then do it, and finally allow him to do it. Your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog will think that it is imitating you (the pack leader as we mentioned), and would follow like an obedient child.
- The second point on your training plan should be rewards. Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog are in love with rewards because they are foodie for sure, but also because it represents praise and a prize. So whenever they do something right, let the world’s biggest fountain of praise and rewards unleashed. This is called positive enforcement method in training that works very well with stubborn and sassy mix breeds like Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog. A sound judgment would to on the day of training, try to reduce your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog’s meal a little bit, so when he does well in the training session you won’t be sending all his diet to chaos or pushing him to overeating and obesity. Or wait a while after he eats, anyhow don’t start your training session on a full stomach, give your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog time to digest before your tease him with snacks and treats.
- As they say and switch and mix between the types of snack and treats you use when training your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog. If your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog gets used to one treat, he may not be as eager as before to please you for its sake. Always keep your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog motivated and teased with new snacks and treats.
- Another type of change in rewards, use verbal praise along with/ instead of snacks. Scratch your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog’s belly, pat his head, give him big sweeping hug, or let him lick you (if that’s ok with you personally), let him know that obeying you or the command comes with many many rewards and treats. This will also reduce the amount of snacks they use to keep them away from over eating and obesity.
- The same rules we mentioned when applying your new feeding plan goes with training. You have to stick to a training schedule, and follow it. This should be a daily routine. This will vary accordingly to the type of training you are enforcing. For example, if you are training your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog on obedience, try to make the training session short but intensive for 20-30 minutes every day at the same time. With house breaking or potty training as it is called, you will need to be more patient and constant, this training takes more time and effort to be applied and also has some other techniques that differ from obedience and socialization training sessions.
- You could assign a certain room, place or even a corner to training so when your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog get there, he knows things are serious and he has to learn something. More like a conditional connection with the place, if he eats in a certain place, he will be hungry as soon as he enters that room. Also if he learn something and gets rewarded in a certain location or a corner in the house, most likely when he enters that room he will be more responsive and ready to learn.
- Keep training session short and fun. Always maintain the fun part of the training exercise, and if wish to end it, make sure it end on positive note to raise his self-esteem and endear the process to him.
Draw the basic lines for your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog training
- Before you start training your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog you need to set boundaries first. This should happen even way before starting training session. Setting boundaries is the starting point to the existence of training as an idea. From day one, your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog should know and learn that there are boundaries, for both of your safety. For example, on the day you buy/ adopt your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog introduce them to their sleeping bed which is supposedly not your own bed. This is just to set the foundation of training and buy you’re your first block in the well trained Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog building.
- You can also set a designed place for eating, where you always set their food and drink bowels. Also you should assign a forbidden place or location, like the kitchen for fear they might consume food unhealthy for them like chocolates, corn or nuts.
- The whole idea of these simple actions is to solidify your position as a dominant pack leader and alpha male and prepare them to the next level which is training whether it is potty training, obedience training, or barking and biting one. This is the foundation on which you will build up your whole next step. Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dogs can’t just be left spoiled and one day you start imposing rules with yes and no. This will be hard for them to understand. Rules should be set the minute they set their tiny cute little feet at your home.
Teaching your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog simple commands:
With all training lessons you should imply on your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog, start with simple and basic lessons like the command “sit”. “Sit”, “stand”, and “come” are all the three basic commands you should start with the training of your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog. Simply don’t ignore and overlook these simple commands, which might expose you to losing your spot as the pack leader. And this is not a laughing matter, some dogs when they go on the side of disobedience, through and scramble their food, don’t use the designed peeing spot, but when a Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog misbehaves, he takes misbehavior to another level, barking at every simple little moving item, biting children, chewing on chords, and picking up fights with other dogs if you have other dogs at your home. So stick first to the basic and build on.
- Prepare your snacks and treats ahead of your training session. Stay away from salty, spicy, or sausage treats because they might lead to over eating and obesity.
- You can opt to healthier snack options like half boiled potatoes, vegetables, or even better buy the milky bones snack from any pet store. They are very healthy and they contain tartar which is very important in cleaning your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog’s teeth and prevents tooth decay.
- The second step after picking up the tantalizing healthy treats you should create a distraction free zone to start your training. Sadly Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dogs are quite hyper, and have short concentration span. You don’t want to spend the training session, only attempting to catch your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog’s attention.
- Distractions for Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dogs come in many forms, it could be tv, loud music, people passing around, food, toys,…etc.
- Suggestions for a distraction free zone could be a quiet room in your house. And here the question rises, indoor training sessions or outdoors? For the record you can train your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog in a distracted environment, nobody said it is a mission impossible. It is just much harder for both of you, especially at the beginning of the training. So you might prefer outdoor training session for its spacious space, fresh air, and of course, because it is more fun. We would advise in favor of indoor training session for the first couple months at least, this is the time when you are enforcing and setting a huge emphasize on your role as a pack leader, so you need your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog full concentration and mental abilities. Also this would create some kind of routine and stability to your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog. As time goes by, when your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog develops more obedient temperament and does not get repulsive or show streaks of his sassy stubborn nature. Feel free to take your training session anywhere you want, this would be beneficial for both of you, as it would work as a change of scenery, a training session, and socialization session all at the same time.
Let the lesson begins…
Here comes the real question how to start off the basic commands training sessions.
- Take your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog to the designed distraction free training spot.
- Capture their full attention, whether by calling your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog with its name in an authoritative demanding manner, hold the treat in your hand and show it to them.
- Bend over till your reach the level of your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog’s nose, hold it close to their nose to increase their focus and concentration. But snatch it before it opens its mouth to devour it.
- Step away a few yards, wave the treat in your hand, open your arms and say “come” but this time speak in a loving happy voice to create a positive bond and connection to training sessions.
- As your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog runs to you, start lavishing and showering him with praises and compliments.
- It could happen that your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog change sits direction as it approaches you, then change your tone and stop any praise or compliment.
- When your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog comes to your, give them the treat and praise them again.
- Some dog experts suggest with the first training session or command, you should give your dog a break for couple minutes as a reward when he understand the command, and then begin again. This applied to the first command only so his owner won’t bore him. Also because dogs in general have short concentration span, so this break works as a moment to recharging his mental abilities. Generally the first command is taught when the dog is at very young age, still a puppy of few weeks. That is why it is recommended to give your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog a minute or so when he finally comes to you.
- Other dog experts advocate the intensive full 20 minutes training session for dogs. So this is your personal call actually, try both approaches with your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog and see which one fits him best and lead on from there.
- Repeat the same process again and again, keep asking your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog to come by showing him the treat in your hand. But it goes without saying, that no dog should be offered a treat each time he obeys, this is simply the fats way to decay teeth and obesity town. Alternate between giving praise, and treats.
- As you repeat the process, reduce the amount of treats step by step and replace it with an increased dose of praise and compliments, till the emotional praise replaces the treats totally. Congratulations your first lesson “come” is finished.
- The previous method is the one you wish for, or the perfect ideal training for Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog. Sometimes these steps may not go as planned for example, your dog may be underage and won’t be able to figure out the demand itself. Don’t lose your patience or think your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog is underdeveloped or not as intelligent as any other dog.
- Just stay calm and cheerful to enforce the positivity on your training session. One good trick is to call your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog’s name while running backwards. Any sign of fun activity will be appreciated and wonderful at this point, like clapping or whistling would make this game / training more fun and exciting for your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog.
- When your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog comes to you when you call it and say “come”, as mentioned above, showers of praise and compliments should follow.
- Sometimes Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dogs play hard to get, or a bit stupid. If after all these trials and attempts your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog did not show any sign of cooperation, try to convey your command “come” in a more authoritative, demanding and powerful tone. It might be testing your limits and power to see who is the boss here.
- Don’t raise your voice, human high pitched voices are interpreted by animals as a sign of panic. This would make it panic as well, or bets case scenario just lose your leader of the pack status as from their own perspective, no good pack leader is a screamer.
- When finally your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog comes to you, give it the reward or the treat to establish the reward and punishment system in it.
Highlights of the first lesson in training Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog:
- Patience, patience, and more patience. This is the secret key for your success in the training process.
- Another important point is, don’t expect too much too soon. Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dogs are toy dogs whose development might need more attention and care. Give it time, at the end, your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog will get the hang of every little trick you wish to teach them, and they will surprise you.
- Consistency is crucial. Repetition is very important in teaching and training any type of animal not only Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dogs. Repetition and consistency is what moves the command or the lesson from conscious to unconscious behavior or almost like a reflex. This is the point you are aiming for, your goal and hopefully your destination. So keep repeating the steps, and follow a routine schedule this will help with stability and predictability of behavior to your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog. Also it creates a sense of security and comfort that diminishes the anxiety or nervousness they might have. These feelings of anxiety, fear of failing, or nervousness could be the reasons why they can’t perform well. Make them comfortable and be patient with it.
- Don’t ever punish your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog when it fails to deliver the expected training response. For what it takes, this will increase its anxiety, reverse the training and my hinder it for couple days too. Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dogs don’t understand punishment at this point. In this phase they only get reward and no reward. Punishment comes later on, when they obey you when you ask them to stay in a room alone for example.
- This first step in training is about building trust between you and your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog and making it comfortable with receiving orders, as they are followed with treats. Don’t break this trust and the unshakable bond by screaming and pushing them to the edge of distrust. Stay calm, authoritative, and sharp.
- Pay attention to what you are asking your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog to perform and how this is reflected in their perspective. Is their calling them always followed by stay out of the house or a nice and fun game? Taking a bath (he hates earnestly)? A long speech of scolding and screaming? Build a positive conditional connection between every command you convey and the result of it. Limit your calling to the fun activity your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog likes very much, at least at the beginning till they get the hang of it and be perfect in it.
- Don’t confuse your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog. If you say “come” the only way you are allowed to move is away from them not towards them. If you move towards them while saying “come” this will confuse them of whether to proceed or stay in their place because you are coming?
- Start slow and easy with your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog, to build their self-esteem and confidence before making it challenging. First time you teach the command “come” make it in a fences yard, or an indoor room with zero distractions. Next time upgrade your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog to the next level only if it mastered the first step and feels very comfortable and proud with it. Move the training to an open place but with your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog kept on leash. The more advanced phase would be the same setting and surrounding but on a longer leash.
- A more challenging step would executing the training session with your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog on a leash but in a more crowded setting, with more distraction. This would require more attention and concentration from your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog and you should consider its success a very important milestone in its progress. Treats and snacks are out of the question here.
- If you don’t have a dog yard nearby or your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog is quite not comfortable with the crowd. It is ok, replace the crowd with another type of distraction like a ball, your kids playing around, or another dog walking around. All these distractions challenge your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog and strengthen its concentration and focus abilities.
- If you started with previous step, then you have to upgrade to the crowded dog park at the end. Training your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog on the “come” command in a crowded dog park, or regular park is the ultimate challenge, the Olympics of your training as to speak. Try the first time with a leash on. If your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog victoriously managed to obey within this arena of distractions and temptations couple times, take off the leash but keep your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog within sight and start calling it to come. Reward your dog each time when it comes to you.
- The last step would be letting your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog to go play on its own. You too, take a seat and enjoy you managed to take your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog to the end of the challenge. Congratulations.
Now you can move to another simple command like “sit”:
Now that you managed in teaching your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog how to answer to you and come, you need to teach it another simple command like “sit”. This command is more firm and strict than “come” to catch your reward. Be patient.
- Start the same way you started with the first lesson; take your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog to the distraction free training zone.
- Call your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog and bend over to its level, hold the treat near its nose. This will guarantee its full concentration and focus.
- Hold the treat in your hand, and move it up till its head is held upright towards it as a natural reaction, bring the treat down while holding it at the down position for couple seconds. A natural response would be sitting with the treat down. A good advice would be to imitate the action itself to convey the command to your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog.
- The “sit” command is easier to grasp and be comprehended by a Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog.
- Once your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog mastered the lesson, then repeat it couple times before showering it with treats. You should repeat this command before meals, walks, or while you have visitors in the house.
- If your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog is not learning the ‘sit’ command as fast as you’d wish him to, don’t prolong or extend the training session. Don’t let any training session pass the 15 – 20 minutes mark. Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dogs like any other dog breed have quite short concentration span, if they can’t grasp your command in full attention, no chance they would be able to do it when they are bored, tired or feeling like a failure.
- And always remember two things, treats and praise when your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog obeys the command. End the training session on a positive note, and never punish your dog if it fails to comprehend the command. Be patient and positive with your dog’s training.
Teaching your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog to “stay”
This command depends highly on your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog’s understanding and mastering of the command “sit”. Actually after teaching and mastering the two commands “come” and “sit” your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog’s training is much easier from now on. For one reason now they understand the whole process and mechanism of the training sessions, second their confidence in themselves and self-esteem is built, and third because now they are more obedient hopefully with you already establishing and improving your status as a pack leader. Yet, here in this article we introduce you to the most basic four training lessons for your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog’s training. “come, “sit”, ”stay”, and ”leave it”. Basically any command is a mere development or extension of these basic four commands, and you can develop these commands, make them more challenging as you want, or adjust them and turn them into tricks. Have fun and enjoy your loving times with your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog, he is totally worth it.
- Begin the training for the “stay” command by starting the same way you started when you taught your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog the lesson “sit”
- Take your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog to the distraction free zone of training.
- Like the previous training sessions, put the treat close to your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog’s nose. Make it smell it and say “sit”.
- As a master of the “sit” command your dog will sit, keep you hand open but froze in front of him while saying “stay”.
- Take few steps back, but keep your hand still.
- As Reflex your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog probably will get this command very fast. When he does reward him immediately.
- Then repeat the same steps, but increase the number of backwards steps you take and the time you hold your hand still.
- The command “stay” in itself is not very hard to smart dogs like Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog to understand. What will be a difficulty to you is that it requires high level of self-control, which is sometimes a hard task for overly hyper active Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dogs or small puppies. They would stay yes, but for three seconds, then run to you. Don’t worry, they will be great at it, but it would take some time and patience.
Teaching your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog the command “leave it”
Well, this might be the final level of difficulty or one of the hardest commands you want to teach your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog. And expect to spend some time on that command. Despite the hardship, the “leave it” command is one of the most important commands your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog will ever learn. It saves him from his own curiosity, when he chews on something he should not chew, or grabs a harmful object like scissors, bad food, electric cables,… etc.
- You will need couple tips and tricks with this command.
- Prepare two types of treats, and dog toys before the training session starts.
- In your distraction free training corner, put two treats in your hand. Close one hand, and open the other. Ask your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog to “sit”.
- Allow your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog sniff, the treat in your open hand.
- Naturally, he will try to get it either by barking or jumping. Keep your hand open, and repeat “leave it”.
- When your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog calms down and stops fidgeting, open the other hand and gave him the same treat but say “take it”.
- Repeat the process many times, with treats and toys.
- This training command will be divided into three steps, the first step reward your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog when he stops barking at the “leave it” treat.
- This will teach him that “leave it” means not yours. Yet this is not your goal. Your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog is not barking because he can’t reach the treat. And you are still physically present, so this is a good development but still you need another advanced level.
- The next step is to make your dog take a few steps back when you say “leave it”
- Your goal is when you open your hand with treat in it and say “leave it”, your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog moves away from it.
- Once your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog moves way from the treat or the toy once you said “leave it”, go on you are doing great, but there is the final challenging level of this command.
- For this challenge you need two different types of treats, preferably get one more smelly and tasty than the other one.
- Place the less desired treat on the floor, cover it by your hand and say “leave it”.
- A natural response even from the most obedient Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog on the planet would be staring at the treat on the floor, or barking at it.
- Wait until he calms down and look at you. Remove the bad one and give him the more delicious and tasty one. Rewards and praise is your next step.
- Repeat again the same steps, but this time don’t cover up the treat, just leave it on the floor but place your hands a few inches above it. Your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog should be able to see the treat at least from one side.
- Repeat it again and again with each time, you hand is place higher above the treat. Till you reach an appropriate height, almost 6 feet high is the common recommended height.
- After this, if your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog managed to pass the treat on the floor training.
- You can start training him standing, this will be much harder as he has more access to the treat in the standing position. So it takes more self-controlling and training from him.
- If you found that he’s not ready for the “leave it” command training while standing up, alternate between covering the treat and showing it to give him a hint.
- The attitudes and methods with training
House breaking and potty training your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog
Now comes the big challenge with any type of dog, house breaking and potty training. We left this part a bit ahead in the article, because it is the most demanding and the more time consuming training. Housebreaking Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dogs in particular is not hard, but most toy breeds are a bit challenging in this aspect.
But the first thing you should always cover and get it over with is your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog’s clean bill of health. Normally you should check your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix puppy on the first day you get him, whether you bought or adopt him. This is not the point. You should check your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog for any undiscovered health issues, deformities, worms or any nutrition deficiencies. This clean bill of health would spare you many problems you might face long ahead of time. When it comes to house breaking your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog, training is the key element but health problems are important too, instead going through the whole process of training your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog and be shocked at the end of the tunnel with his incapability of mastering it, due to health problems. Clear your way first, check for any worms, disorders, or deficiencies that could stand and obstruct your way.
The house breaking or potty training is the teething of human toddlers, no matter how hard it is or how annoying it will be, you have to go through it. Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dogs are no exception, training them in particular is a challenge for their infamous and hard to break stubborn nature. Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dogs are quite hard to housebreak, that some Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dogs just give up, and stop even trying. Well, let’s be fair. Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dogs are toy breeds whose very nature is really hard physically to be potty trained or house broken, because their tiny figures allow little control over their bladder which is already tiny and incapable of holding any amount of water or fluids.
Add to this the stubborn sassy nature of the Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dogs you got yourself quite a challenge in the size of your palm. Manageable yes, challenging of course.
With that being said, Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dogs with the right training, method and approach can be trained, but this will require much of your time, patience, and lots of trying.
All dog experts recommend that any dog, at any age, any breed could be trained to whatever you want to train them. There is no “I can’t be trained any more” kind of attitude with dogs. Especially with smart dogs like Chihuahua Pomeranian mix, they are well trainable at any age. However, House breaking, or potty training your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dogs at an early age is your holy grail. It would save you a lot of cleaning, frustration and time. Dog experts even go to the limit and say this house breaking should be taught from day one when they arrive at their new home.
Like human toddlers, the earlier Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dogs learn something the easier it is included in their nervous system. Like stability and security with toddlers, the earlier the better. Especially those first 6 months, those are the key most effective period of teaching your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dogs and getting them hocked up on your routine, whether this routine is food, sleep, obedience or house breaking. Their brain develops fast, and almost like a sponge ready to take whatever you give them. You should not let this opportunity slip out form you hand without grasping it and taking full advantage of it.
To be completely honest and prepare you to the journey of training your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dogs, you should be fully aware that teaching your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog the house breaking commands as early as one week old, does not mean they will completely and fully comprehend the command by week two or three. It means when their minds are able to make the connection between their minds and their bodies, they already know the command, so they will apply faster. It is like installing the software but waiting for the update, once it is downloaded you are ready to go.
So how to start house training your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog?
- First advice would be don’t panic or lose your grip on the situation. Prepare yourself for many weeks to couple months of wet floor, hidden wet spots, and smelly home. It is just a phase, and surely your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog will pass it gloriously and quickly.
- Decide on the method which you will use to housebreak your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog. Is it an outside the house peeing spot, peeing pads, crate, or whatever method works for you.
- In some very cold or hot areas, choosing the outside option is quite impossible and would be very hard on the Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog. Also if you live on an underdeveloped area, with high roads, or fast cars, wild animals or forests near. The outside the house urination option is not for you. You should choose an inside the house urination spot should be your second best option.
- Get rid of your expectation and urban myths. Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog has no basic and wild instinct to urination. For them it is as a simple as a need to go, a call of nature which they follow heartedly the same as copulation. Also they might urinate near their eating spot, it is not a cardinal sin to your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog, they would do it if they feel like it. So get rid of all your expectations and get down with some training steps.
Guideline for your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog’s potty training:
- Choose the spot that you think works best as a peeing spot for your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog. Put into consideration that this spot should be near the house for your dog’s convenience, also to save him the heat and coldness of bad weather. But also let this spot be near you to keep any eye on your beloved tiny Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog, in case of big fights with neighbor’s dog or stray dogs too. Don’t take this and let your dog pee in the middle of your barbeque garden, even the best barbeque won’t cover the smell of dog’s pee. Beside the bad smell, watching your dog answering nature’s call is not the coolest view while having some a good meal in the sun. So think of all these considerations the ones in your dog’s favor and the one’s in your own favor.
- Prepare your needed items, for example always have a coat or a shawl near the door to grab so easy and quickly when you want to take your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog needs to be taken out. Don’t forget quick slip on slippers or boots. Your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog’s leash close to this pile of needed items. Put them in a place near the door and visible to you, so you just grab them and you are ready to go.
- Continue on with the theme of preparation and being prepared, you should not wait till Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog wets your carpet or floor to take him out to the designated peeing spot. Be prepared and prepare by taking him to this spot regularly, working according to a schedule would benefit you even more as it would help your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog unconsciously to pee in a routinely way. Just like human who drink a lot of water and train themselves to pee in certain times, this is the same concept for your dog. His body will adapt and adjust to the routine of urination you are trying to impose. Also it will help in creating the mental and body connection to facilitate the training process.
- If your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog is so young as 2 months old, you should take him to the pee designated area or spot more frequently than any older dog, every 2 hours is ideal for this age.
The following month you should take him less frequently, make it every 3 hours to be taken to the designated urination. In the age of four months, extend the time to four or five hours.
- You should also take your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog to the designated pee spot after each meal, to predict his bowel movement. But give it some time, for example wait for 15-20 minutes after each meal before taking your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog to the peeing spot. Before leaving them home alone, also a good time to take your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog out. As well, make this trip with him the first thing when he wakes up and the last thing before he goes to bed.
- Be aware and alert to any sign of your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog peeing before he does it. If you see your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog squats, raises a leg, or looking for a place to pee. The right and immediate response should be a distraction, like a clap or a song, or any distraction to stop your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog from peeing. The next step actually depends on your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog’s size, and ability to control his bladder. If he already started peeing, just carry him, sweep him off his feet and off to the peeing spot. If you are very lucky, and your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog managed to stop the peeing and look at you, grab your leash and coat and walk him to the peeing spot. Either way, your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog could dribble, pass some peeing while carrying or walking him, that’s fine, expected and don’t worry. At this stage, your goal is to make him actually pee in the peeing spot, this does not mean your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog will always start there, the most important thing is to finish there. Step by step, over time, your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog should go there to start peeing, also his peeing smell will guide him to it and it would be second nature and an instinct for him.
- Give your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog all the time he needs when getting out side. Dogs are wild animals, they are still driven by their instincts. Despite their domestication, instincts rules sovereign in their book. So prepare yourself for the waiting. Stand or sit few feet away. Here the 6 foot leash comes in handy. You just sit, relax, because this attitude will reflect on your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog, they will feel relaxed and more trusty when they see you relaxed and cool. Normally your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog will start sniffing the designated peeing area, for any traces of another dog’s pee, his own pee, or whatever they need to feel more secure. Just getting themselves acquainted with the smell of the place. They might as well walk in circles, over and over till they think they know this spot very well, and they are secure in it. Don’t rush him; just leave him do all his security and natural instincts checkups, while you are setting there relaxed and patient.
- Something you should know most dogs, especially Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dogs need more time to relax their bowel and stomach muscles before letting go of the waste. If you want your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog to poo, you need to give them from 20-25 minutes before being able to finish his deed. One of the most notorious complains and grievances of Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog owners is that their dog starts peeing or pooping once they are fed up with all the waiting and went home. This is common, but it is the owner’s fault actually, either they rushed the familiarization process the Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog has to do before feeling comfortable and secure enough to empty his bowels. So, the next predicted step for the dog to do, is hold his peeing or poop till he reaches a safe and comfortable place (aka home). SO don’t just ruin the whole idea of your house breaking or potty training. Give it time, be patient, the results are absolutely worth it.
- The next point on this potty training method, has to be rewards and traits. Let it be said and known that Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dogs like nothing more than attention, praise, and food. Combine them together and you had the most obedient Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog ever. Reward your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog with the attention he seeks, and is eager to have from you. Add a healthy snack, or a treat like milky bones and this would be the best positive reinforcement for your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog. You want to enforce the golden rule, good actions are rewarded and no cooperative actions will be met with ignorance and no treats. As simple as that. So pay attention, we are sure you have a million thing on your daily list to do, but cleaning your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog’s pee everyday will make it harder. So spend those extra 20-25 minutes with positive attitude and attention to your dog, to spare yourself more hours of cleaning and cursing.
- Another golden rule is to pay attention to your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog’s slips and messes. Unfortunately, small tiny dogs like Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog need close attention when it comes to their messes, because their bladder is very tiny, so you might mess the action itself, while talking on the phone, chatting on facebook, checking your email, or watching a football match. It takes a second for the action to happen and a blink of you. The next thing you know, why the house smells like Dog’s pee, guess why? Your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog has peed under the couch several times, under the table, or in the corners. So watch out for the so tiny, sneaky and stealthy creatures. Clean these slips and messes as quickly as you notice them. Use your normal detergent soap, but also you will need an enzyme spray to neutralize the smell. Dogs follow their noses, and trace their peeing smell. Sadly this would officially mark this spot as the urination spot in the house, and they have their pee smell to prove it. So do your best in wiping away this smell.
- While still in the training period, allow your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog’s slips and messes to go unnoticed. Don’t make a big deal out of every time they slip a little. This could terrify them, and make them more unsecure. In this process of potty training, you want to emphasize on their confidence and assure to them that they can do it. Any negative slip from you could reverse the whole process. Even the best trained Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dogs sometime would slip, due to their tiny figures, or excitement just let it pass away unnoticed.
- You should prepare yourself to the excitement pee too. This term is what is used to descript the few drops of few that slip from tiny toy dog breeds like Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog when they are excited to see you, or when you play with them quite hard. It is very common with toy breeds puppies and they should grow out of it as times goes by and they grow more in control with their bodies. This should not be something alarming to you.
- Night calls, sometimes are nature calls. When your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog calls on you, by starting to break into a barking symphony, most of the time it is just an attention call. Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dogs are known for their attention wicked schemes and methods, and this includes night barking and calls. Yet, on less than common, this could be truly and honestly a call of nature and they need to go to the bathroom. This needs your shrewd judgment, whether your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog is calling because he truly needs to go out and empty his bowels or bladder, or this is a regular cry for attention which all Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dogs are known for.
- In both cases you should include in your training schedule these two reflexive actions to this night call. The first would teaching your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog to sooth himself in the night, and go back to sleep on his own. This is when you know for sure that all these night calls and barking parties are only a cry for attention. The second thing would be if this is truly a nature call and you need to take your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog out to pee. A good way to judge whether your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog is crying for attention or for help, is to use some logic of when was the last time you took your dog out, if he just emptied his bowels, two or three hours ago, it is not biologically possible to need to go the bathroom, so roll out the nature call as a possibility. This is definitely an attention cry, let him learn the lesson of soothing himself back to sleep. On the other hand, if you have not taken your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog to empty his bowel, or you gave him food after he already emptied his bowel, in this case probably his cry signifies his need to go to the bathroom outside the house. But you should always convey your disapproval of this by taking him directly to the bathroom, no talking or engaging in any fun activity till he finishes then take him back home.
- As human toddlers grow older, they learn how to hold and control their bowel movement. The same biological fact goes to Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dogs. But it is even better with dogs as they grow faster. You should decrease the times you take your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog outside the house to pee. And this should include night calls and barking too, for they should be able to hold it till the morning. It will get better, easier, and more fun. But that is something you should teach yourself. Your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog won’t learn to tighten his own bladder or control it by himself, you should train him too. If you still implying a 4 hours technique (meaning taking your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog to pee every 4 hours) while your dog is over 6 months old, he will be in the same level of bladder control as the 4 months old Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog. Age is only important when in understanding when to ask for what, but getting older won’t magically prepare nor train your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog’s bladder for you. The upgrade is your part of the training. Stick to it and don’t be afraid of it. These hours/ months rule is the standard, many Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dogs are much more smarter and will grow faster and better than this. This rule is set by dog experts as a simple guideline for you to check, but you could be luckier and your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog would be much smarter than the standard average. But to be on the safe side, commit to it and all will be better. Remember the proverb if you did not treat your kids like grownups they won’t grow up. This is right with kids and Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dogs too.
- Now, you will come to the rub point. Sometimes you will need to go out, leave your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog alone. Ideally someone should watch your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog, especially if he is young puppy because tiny toy dog breeds may have a difficulty in feeding themselves. But let’s assume you have trained your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog well on taking care of himself and prepared for wide short food and drinking bowels, that won’t make it hard for them to feed themselves. And everything is expected to work according to plan. You should feed your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog before you leave, and take him out to empty his bowel. First that is a guarantee your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog did not forget to eat, and did not eat something he is not supposed to eat. That is a huge bonus. Second, you should only leave your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog home alone until he empties his bowels, that would be much better than worrying about what kind of surprise you will have when you enter the house, and probably you will have to search for it yourself. So spare yourself the trouble and just take all the appropriate precautions and safety points into consideration when it comes to your beloved Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog.
- This should be a problem if you have not fully trained your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog yet, while you have to leave home. In Disney and fairyland, you are free every day when you are training your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog. But we are not living in Disney land, so you probably have a job or a college to go to everyday and leave your dog home alone during his potty training. In this case, we don’t recommend boxes or any confining for these Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dogs, for they are tiny and vulnerable. Getting them boxed up and confining them could lead to more complicate problems like anxiety, fear of separation, or anti social and violent character. We know you are trying to eliminate your pee surprise when you go home after long day of work, but you could easily instead of this creating confining solution, take toddlers once again like a guide. When human moms are in the shower or trying to get something done away from her toddlers, no mother confines her baby, instead she creates a gated secured and fun area to keep him with it. You can do the same, choose an empty secure corner of your apartment or house, create a fence around it, and fill it with bowels of food, water, chewable toys, treats, and pee pads. Yes, Pee, pads. I know using pee pads is not the method you want to potty train your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog to, but this is not reverse or reversing in your training. It is a safe fun solution till you finally come home, or better finish potty training your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog. After your great quest with finally finishing your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog’s potty training, your dog will easily hold his bowel movement and pee for straight 6-8 hours. So don’t worry about the pee pads they are not forever it is just transitional phase. Soon enough your dog will be perfectly trained Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog and you won’t need any of them at all.
Now we are done with the usual potty training for your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog, there are some special cases highlighters you should be aware of:
- If you are Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog is not a new born puppy when you got him home, you will need much more patience and training than usual. Follow the same steps introduce him to the first lesson of boundaries, then mark a pee spot whether, feed him regularly and always keep your feeding schedule to regulate his bowel movement and make it predictable, don’t scream at him when messes up (which in all fairness to this old Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog will much more harder than a new born one), and finally always clean and wipe away the urine so he won’t retrace it and mark it officially as his peeing spot.
- Nature can’t be defied. Let’s get this out of the way. Urination for all types of wild animals serves a more complicated function than simple exertion process. Dogs mark their females with urination, female dogs attract male dogs with smell of urine which is full of high female hormones (that’s why you will notice if your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog is female, a lot of messes regarding urination during her heat), or as a territorial mark for the other male dog’s boundaries (don’t cross that, dude kind of sign). With that being said, expect if you have two male Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dogs that they will get territorial and mark their boundaries with pee, if you have a female Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog, she will experience some heck ups and messes during her heat (that is just nature showing us her magic, not a reversed failed potty training). Don’t be alarmed or lose your grip this is normal and should always be expected and prepared for.
- If there is anything humans excel in, it is fighting nature. So fortunately, there are many ways to combat nature in this regard. We won’t call it combating, but rather defensive techniques to prevent serious damage.
- You can prevent these natural accidents triggered by the natural instincts of those Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dogs by laying many aluminum foil on the floor, if your male Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog tried to pull one of those “this is my land, dude” on his other Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog, he will probably freak out after hearing his pee on splashing on that aluminum. The aluminum foil has another function other than freaking and scaring your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog, urinating on it will splash back on your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog, and we can assure you, he won’t like it. His dog concept here is that he is marking the other “male” Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog to show supremacy, and this is not the case when his body and the marked urinated on spot both have the same smell. In the case of pre-coupling urination, your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog basically pees to attract the female Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog to his pee and also show supremacy, this function will also be refuted if he has the same smell as the peed on spot.
- If you are lucky and your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog is very well obedient and well trained dog, pointing out to the urinated spot and repeating the word “NO” with stern and serious face, would suffice. Especially if he had already finished his potty training, and was well behaved till his nature overcame his training. Then a quick reminder would be all you need. But don’t ever use physical violence, like spanking, or verbal violence like screaming and yelling. Both are proven to be very harmful and damaging to your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog’s self-esteem. And both could lead to anxiety, anti-social temperament, or even worse, make your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog more violent with other kids, strangers or other dogs. So keep your voice low but authoritative, like Meryl Streep in the “The Devil Wears Prada”.
- There is another fun solution to this mating and supremacy urination, which is a water spray. This works if you would like to have some control and authority over your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog from quite a distance. When you Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog messes, you should spray him with the water sprayer while declaring your firm and authoritative “NO”. the reason why we kept this water spray method second to the aluminum foil, is that it is not apply to all dogs. Some Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dogs really hate water, so they become very responsive and obedient with this method. While many other dogs actually don’t mind the water, especially in the hot days of summer season. So they would gladly upset you to get some refreshing water spray to cool them down. May be your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog would think of it as a means of discipline or he would think of it as a game, and that is when you don’t want to go. Urination and messing should never be rewarded with a fun game. This would mess the whole potty training up. But give it a simple try, you got nothing to lose. If it works, this would be great. If it does not work, stop it immediately. You don’t want to create a positive connection between disobeying/ peeing and reward. This would absolutely confuse and mess with all your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog’s potty training.
- There is another method to follow when you lose all hope, at least in our opinion, it is the least favorable method that should be followed when it comes potty training a small, tiny toy breed like Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dogs. The method is crate training or what is also called portable kennel. To stand on the side of unbiased fairness, as we promised in the beginning of this article. We will provide both side of the crate / portable kennel arguments.
The ultimate guide to crating your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog:
First, let’s explain the whole idea behind crating or use a crate in house breaking training any dog not Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog in particular. Dogs or any wild animals have denning instincts, meaning they like living in a den. A place they can call their own, eat in it, invite, female for mating to it, have their offspring and feed them in it. That is basically every wild animal’s story line out in the wild. Some animals like big cats, choose to live in a den or mark a territory as their own, like cats nowadays. But dogs are moving animals, yes they would appreciate denning for quite sometime to feel secure, safe and comfortable, they will never choose it like a lifestyle where they spend most of their days, lives in it. Dogs like most canine are used to being moving companions, whether traveling in packs of bunch of dogs in the wild, or human travelling companions. Their bodies are meant for moving, walking and running. Of course confining your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog to a small territory would be a magical solution while house training, but even house crating has some cons and disadvantages when it comes to applying it to Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog. SO you have to balance the debate and take your own decision of whether or not you are going to include crating as a part of your house breaking training. This introduction only serves to explain to you dear Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog’s owner, what are the concepts behind the pros and cons of using crating as a means of house breaking.
- The pro side:
What dog experts in favor crate training suggest, is that small tiny dogs like Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dogs don’t actually hate small, closed areas. Dogs and canines in general are not programmed to be claustrophobic unless they have already experienced a claustrophobic trauma at their early days, or at a very young age. They are not like humans, who might hate something because of their misbelief or an illusion. No, if your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog has a phobia or uncontrollable and unreasonable fear of something, the highest bet would be they have experience a traumatic experience with this thing. Some new researches regarding some canines suggest that phobias and unreasonable fears could be inherited, in other words, your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog could inherit one of his parents’ phobias, and fears. But still much research needed to support such claim. Back to our Crate debate, so based on the assumption that your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog hopefully has not experienced any traumatic claustrophobic experiences ever in his early years, then there is no significant reason why should he hate the crate and there is no reason for the create to trigger anxiety, antisocial or violent character traits in your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog. Instead the crate should be your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog’s safe haven where he feels safe, secure and comfortable. Some dog experts even go the extra mile to say, crates portable kennels are actually beneficial to tiny dogs Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog, because it creates a world of his own, and with the typical temperament and mentality of a Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog, they think the whole world is their own, thus the crate would be their receipt and proof of this undisputable fact. But of course, there are some points you should take into consideration when it comes to crate training, or any portable kennel method. The crate should be big enough to allow your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog to fully stand, turn and have extra inches of space to move. At the end, this is not a jail cell, you want your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog to feel comfortable and secure, not limited and imprisoned.
- The good thing about crate training or portable kennels is that they are especially good for such clean dogs like Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dogs. These dogs are amazingly clean and despite the fact that they might slip and mess near their feeding spot, they will never pee or urinate near their sleeping spot. Unless they really really needed it. For this reason, you need to use crate training or portable kennels only when you really need it, not always. For example you could put your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog in those crates when you can’t keep your eyes on them, when you are out of the house, when they are being dominant with their pee marks on another male Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog, or during their mating peeing on the female Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog. The jest of this is, don’t lock your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog in this crate all day. Use it when you need it, so it could be effective and not useless.
- Always remember what are your specific reasons for using a crate; this crate is not a punishment, or a banishing device. Instead you should look at this crate as means for limited confinement, to teach your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog the concept of no peeing spot, or boundaries when it comes to potty training. They are expected to ruin their beds or dens, and from this point you can extend the idea of free peeing zone.
- Crates and portable kennels also are great in teaching your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog the lesson of boundaries outside the potty training too. They will be kept away from your furniture, your office, the kids’ rooms, the kitchen or whatever place you have in your house that can not have cute chewy little Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog within its vicinity. Especially in the beginning, when your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog is still new to the whole surroundings of your home, and very curious about every little detail. These crates would be helpful in limiting him to certain places. Till you finally fully train and teach him, then all will be good hopefully, and he will have access to all his home.
- Another important advantage for these crates, is that they are the magical baskets with ribbons, that help you when you are travelling with your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog. If you travel a lot, these crates are your best friend.
The please don’ts while crating your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog:
- Don’t ever consider this crate as your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog’s prison cell. You are putting him there not as a punishment but as a training method for limitation. This will make your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog frustrate, and he will refuse entering it again. And you can’t force him to do it, or else he will become so fussy and rebellious inside this small space. This could be hurtful and harmful to him, pay attention to that.
- Don’t ever force your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog into the crate. If he does not like at first (some lucky dog owners state that their dogs loved the crates at first sight and their basic denning instinct kicked in the first time they saw it). But let’s say not everybody are born blessed form the angel of canine and pets. You will have to train your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog into accepting the crate method. Yes, another training to be introduced, endeared and included into your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog’s routine.
- Don’t leave your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog in the crate for too long. This would trigger their separation anxiety, antisocial tendencies, and frustration. If you have to leave your home for work, this would be more than 8 or 9 hours on daily basis, then crating your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog while you are out of home is not your solution. In this case you have to find another way out of this situation, you can have one of your kids if they are older than 8 years old to watch your dog, Or you could leave him with your neighbor if they have dogs. If all these options are not working for you, you should choose a good dog day care to watch your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog when you are not around; in work or on long vacations. This is the only option for you, especially at the beginning, when your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog has not established a deep sense of security and safety within your house yet. Someone should watch over him for you, aside from the urination problem, you don’t want to come home to a ripped out cough, and three pairs of badly chewed shoes. Choose the safe option for both of you.
- Another side of the coin, would be dogs under 6 months, are not able to feed themselves properly. Not like other well trained dogs which can feed themselves and drink on their own. So leaving your new Chihuahua Pomeranian mix puppy alone the crate, would expose him to more dangers than just peeing in his bed. He may not be able to feed himself, the food bowel might turn upside down in the crate, and touch your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog’s waste ( it could be urination or solid waste), and your dog could eat it after this contamination. Take your precautions before leaving your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog home alone, we know it is not easy and you are busy. But you can’t endanger your dog’s life and leaven home alone before he becomes well and fully trained on feeding himself.
- Don’t leave your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog in the crate for many hours, even they under 6 months. Under the 6 months mark of age, Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dogs, or any other dog really won’t be able to hold their pee for more than 4 or 5 hours max. This is just a natural connection between the mental development and the muscles of their bladders. This is even more true to Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dogs in particular, for they have very small bladders, so their mental control over its muscles would require more time and control. So what you are forcing upon your lovely tiny Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog is simply peeing in their beds. This is the worst chaos you can impose on Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog. And it would even to confuse them about the whole idea of boundaries, they won’t be able to hold it in, and they will be in their beds. So for your, no place is sacred or safe place at this point really. Help your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog keep his bed or den clean. Get him out from it after 3-4 hours, help them pee outside, they will be more than cooperative for they don’t really want to pee in their beds. Arrange your feeding and peeing schedule real well when you are using the crate to house break your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog.