Pomeranian mix the cute and the even cutter part V – House breaking

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How to crate train your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog:

Step 1:

  • As with all things you want to train your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog on, first start with simple and endearing introduction. First impression of the crates is the most important thing. First thing you should do, is place the crate in a favorable surroundings. For example, the favorable surroundings would be a room where all the family gathers. Or in an open garden if you do have a back yard or live in a house. This is just to prevent any misconception in your dog’s head about the isolation or fear of separation. The next thing you should do, is removing the door. Introduce this crate as an open cozy beautiful den. The opened crate would trigger your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog’s curiosity and push him to exploring it from the inside.
  • Continuing on with the theme of coziness, lay a soft beautiful and favorite blanket to your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog inside the crate.
  • This is just laying the scene with a beautiful open crate and nice welcoming and inviting surroundings.

Step 2:

  • Invite your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog to the crate with s oft welcoming, soothing voice. Smile a lot, and show enthusiasm and positive energy regarding this crate.
  • Don’t order your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog severely to go into the crate, only invite and trick him into doing it.
  • Lay some food on the crate’s door to invite your foodie Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog into the crate.
  • With this step of invitation and trickery. Don’t move too fast or push too hard. Put the treats or the food close to the door, or on the way to it. If you must, just put these treats on the edge of the inside looking out. Don’t ever push it too far in, this would scare your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog thinking this is too deep for him, or he is being pushed. Step by step, invitingly and easily.
  • If your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog has a favorite toy, you can place half of it inside and the other half outside. Or you can just place at the inside edge of the crate, let it be seen hanging freely and happily out of the den.
  • Keep encouraging your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog to go inside the crate, with your praise and treats. No physical or verbal force should ever be used in this step. Remember at the end this is a cage, you want your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog to feel safe and happy inside of it. Almost like moving house with a great view. You can impose or force somebody to feel at home and at ease in a place he does not like. We know it gets hard sometimes with your dog, but patience is the key to all your treasures. Let your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog has all the time he needs to explore, sniff, and inspect the crate. All you can do it encouraging and tricking. Let the next step falls naturally, with no imposing or forcing from you. Let him acquire and proclaim this crate as his den, his throne and beloved home. As Julie London sings it a “room with a view”.
  • Keep shortening the distance between the food, treats and his favorite toy. From outside the crate to into the crate. Step by step till your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog steps into the crate voluntarily, happily and willingly.

Step 3:

  • Now that your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog got into the crate with his own accord. You still have a hard task to fulfill. This task is scheduling the feeding and peeing training.
  • You should start by pushing the food bowels far away in the crate, now that your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog has already been into the crate, may be played with it, or slept couple of nights in it. And fully knows this crate is no danger, upgrade this step by pushing the food way into the crate. Then he will have to go deep into it.
  • Stick to this feeding inside the crate for couple days. Let this be included in your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog’s routine. This way you associate the crate with home connotations, like feeding, sleeping and so on. That is why you have to keep the crate feeding for couple days to fully establish this place as home for your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog.
  • Even this feeding inside the crate step, could be divided into phase, first put the bowel on the edge, and bit by bit put further. Slowly but surely, establish this care as the feeding place for your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog.
  • When your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog fully accepts this crate as home, and goes there to eat and sleep. Now you can put back the door and close it.
  • The closing time should be short, very short at the beginning, and you should add on it gradually. First make it few minutes, while your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog devours his meal. You should open the door immediately after the feeding time is over. Your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog should be aware that the closing time is timed to a certain task; once it is finished he will be out. So the first time, keep it close only during the meal. The next day add more time every day, till you reach a milestone, like a full 30 minute period. Celebrate, and encourage your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog to spend more time by parsing him and giving him treats.
  • Be careful, some dogs don’t have high wild instincts or as they say some are more dogs than others. Some might have very good denning instincts and grow more attached to that, while others might be a bit repulsive and when you add more time to the closed door feeding session, they start whining, and freak out. In this case, please open the door immediately and console your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog so this fear won’t develop. But be careful don’t overdo it.
  • Be prepared for some whining and resistance. If your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix freaks, out, loses its temper, or panic know that you have moved too fast. Go back a step back, try to keep it in the crate for lesser amount of times, and move on slowly but surely, If after all this slow and gradual progress, your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix started whining you close the crate’s door. Keep calm, and don’t open it till he stops whining and fussing. In this case, it won’t be a sudden change or progression, it is just a simple case of not showing obedience and respect. Stick to your routine, keep him locked in for 5 minutes as a start, or as long as it takes him to finish his meal. Add on couple minutes every day, and reward him when he stays clam within the crate.

Step 4

    • Now that your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix knows that he has to spend feeding time and a little bit more inside the crate, you need to introduce the crate as a place to stay in normally, aside from the feeding time.
    • Call on your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix, point to the crate, let him know it is his time in.
    • You should prepare the treats for him, if he obeys.
    • You could start crating your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix when you are out, or when you have some guests.
    • The easy way to this method is by pointing inside the crate, or putting the treat inside the crate, and say a significant command you can repeat when needed like “go in”, or just “in”. It is known of course that your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix would not be able to interpret the English words, these words work as a conditional connection between what you to convey to your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix, and the act itself. When you say “sit” for example, your dog does not understand the word, but through a long process of training, repetition and reward this word holds a meaning in itself. But this would be equally rational to your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix if you said, “marshmallow” and pointed down. The whole process of training is not to teach your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix to speak English but to connect between a word and an act. So every time you want to train your dog on a new trick, command, or anything, make sure you are conveying the command in one clear word. Let the crate word be “Go in” for example.
  • When your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix obeys you, and goes into the crate, Praising and treats are his constitutional rights.
  • The next step is a bit hard. You have to let your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix goes into the crate, close the door, but this time you should be out of sight. Sit beside his crate or in front of it, just to let your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix feel safe and secure, then leave the room for couple of minutes, and come back immediately. Then do it again.
  • Do it the first absent time for about couple of minutes, or five minutes go to another room and come back in short notice.
  • Next time, add more and more time to your absence, you want to get your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix used to being alone in the crate.
  • When you come back to the room where your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix’s crate is, sit again calmly and quietly next to it. Wait for a minute or so and then open the crate for your dog. Shower him with treats and praise, for his calm and collected attitude during your absence.
  • Of course, this process needs training and repetition, do it three to four times a day. Keep your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix in the crate during feeding times, this is twice a day. Once more when you are out, and you can add when he is asleep or just few minutes before sleeping. Adjust to what you feel right and fit for this period of time with your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix. Remember too fast progression is bad for your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix, it could rebel him against the kennel or the crate as whole.
  • Every time you put your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix in the crate, add more minutes to his time inside the crate, and also more time to your absence from the room in which he stays.
  • The milestone you want to reach is 30 minutes in the crate, when your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix can sit in the crate quietly without freaking out panic or troubles, your mission is accomplished. Now you can leave your dog anytime, when you leave or when he sleeps.
  • When you leave your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix in the crate, always leave some bowel of food and water with him if you are leaving for longer periods of time. Also putting couple of his favorite toys is great in comforting him and making him feel safe and secure.
  • Before you leave your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix in the crate when you are leaving the house, don’t make your farewells emotional or long sappy hugging time. This would be conveyed to your dog too, making him hate this crate. You are a human who works, gets out with friends, and leaves the house. These are undisputable fundamental facts, nobody stays 24/7 in his house to accompany his dogs, no matter how cute and lovely they are. You should not feel guilty about leaving your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix alone if he is well trained to feed himself and drink water, and does not freak out or panic in your absence. If this is your case, take the safety precaution for your dog and leave your house feeling content and guiltless.
  • You should leave your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix in the crate for some hours but not 10-12 hours for example. Crating is not your answer when you go to work, but it is your holy grail when you want to go out with some friends, or working around the house for couple hours. If you need to go out to work and leave your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix alone for extended hours, then dog day care or a neighbor are better solutions for you.
  • When you come home, don’t reward your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix’s over the top overly hyper excited attitude. He should and he will be excited when you come back, but if goes beyond average don’t reward him on it, this will intensify his fear of separation when you leave him later.
  • A good remark which you should always keep into your consideration, don’t limit the time your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix spends in his crate to the time you leave home. This way your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix directly will associate the crate with being left alone, which is a negative association. Any negative association will result in reversing the whole training process, to avoid this you should still crate your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix during meal times for example, or any other separated times during the day in addition to the actual time you crate him while you are away. This way you are breaking any direct association, there is not pattern or negative association.

Step 5

  • Now you have reached the final and last step to the crate training. This step means that your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix can stay calm and quiet in his crate during his meals, and when you are away and out of sight. Once you have established this and succeeded in it, you might want to upgrade this step a notch further.
  • Start crating your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix during sleeping time. If you already have succeeded in his step earlier on, this would be great. Many Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog owners actually upgrade the challenge for this step immediately after their Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dogs become comfortable in being alone in the crate. If you did not upgrade the last step this is the time. And if you tried to upgrade and your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog started whining, try again after a while of him being comfortable in the crate alone. That’s ok.
  • Something you should notice, sleeping time is much longer than meal times and then the time you are supposed to leave him alone. Let’s say your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog sleeps 6-8 hours a day, that is way longer than any time any dog should be left alone without supervision confided into a crate. So start by putting the crate in your bedroom when your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix is trained to being crated at night.
  • In case he wanted to urinate to freak out a little bit, you should be close to him. If you don’t prefer keeping your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog in your bedroom, keep him in the hall or any close area to where you sleep. He has to know you are near him, and you did not abandon him, or isolate him. Expect couple false alarm whining the first weeks, and barking parties to get your attention and be let out. Don’t fall for this trap, keep calm and try to ignore him.
  • If by chance you forgot to take your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog out to pee before the time for his bed may be his whining is due to pee urge. So you might want to use sound judgment when it comes to ignoring your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog’s barking and whining at night.
  • If your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog is already fed, and went out to use the bathroom within reasonable hours before his time to go to bed, most probably this whining is due to crate confinement and you should ignore it completely.

Potential problems you could encounter with your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog:

  • Separation anxiety: Many dogs sometimes suffer from separation anxiety, and it is even more common in toy dog breeds like Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dogs and their parents. To be well prepared, crating is not the answer to separation anxiety, if you are facing this problem with your dog, don’t mistakenly think that a crate or a portable kennel will be the answer to your problems. What crating does is eliminating the destructive force your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog has when he is anxious to limited confined area. So instead of coming home to a severely destructed and ruined living room, shoes, and chewed on cables you will have a nervous wreck Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog in small box unable to destroy his surroundings. The latter of course could be the better option for you, but what you should keep in mind is that your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog could become so anxious that he might hurt himself trying to get out, the confinement would actually escalate and worsen his separation anxiety. Your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog could start chewing on the crate bars, banging his head to the bars or the crate’s walls, or scratching with his paws the walls and the bars of the crate. All these failed attempts would fuel his anger and worsen his anxiety. Don’t ever do that, separation anxiety could only be solved with training and if you don’t know how to train your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog or he is a bad case of separation anxiety, you could ask for help from any dog trainer or consultant.
  • Antisocial tendencies: You have to understand that the idea of crating or using a portable kennel for any type of dogs not Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog in particular resembles the nest, or the den. Crates work is based on the natural instinct of exclusive safe haven that most animals need in the nature. Birds build their nests, monkeys live in groups on trees and larger animals need a den. If you by any means extended your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog’s hours in the closed, safe and secure crate, unfortunately he might end up loving it too much. Yes, that is a thing. If you are Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog is not really comfortable in his own surroundings, the crate would replace home to him and make him antisocial and unwelcoming of other people and animals alike. Some Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dogs are aware of their tiny and small figure so they prefer the closed and secure space while they feel safe and away from troubles. To solve this problem or even better to avoid encountering it, you must counter balance the time your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog spends alone and confine din his crate with a social out and about time. Daily walks are an absolute must, taking time out to play in the open dog parks, or with other dogs would help immensely too.

The highlights of crating your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog:

    • Always remember crating is not your magic answer to separation anxiety, housebreaking or potty training. With the separation anxiety introduced socialization with both people and other dogs is the Holy Grail. With housebreaking your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix puppy won’t magically become house broken once you put him in the crate, the crate only relies on your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog’s natural instinct to keep his sleeping den unsoiled. But this could only be possible if you left your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog for couple hours. Leaving your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog for more than 4-5 hours maximum would be disastrous, because first and foremost natural call reign sovereign, and he will soil his crate. This mistake reverses the whole concept of pee free zone in your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog’s head. Also if your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog is still under the age of 8 weeks you should know that he has to go out of this crate every couple hours to exercise his muscles, bones and become more socialized.
    • Toy dog breeds like Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dogs sometimes grew overly attached sentiments to the crate, especially if you started training them to the crate early on in life, when they are still tiny puppies. Try to avoid this problem by asserting certain times and periods for the crate. As we mentioned before, during feeding times, sleeping times, and when you are away from home for couple hours not extended long periods.
    • Good nutrition is the magic key when it comes to crating your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog. You can’t start crating your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog while he is suffers from chronic digestion problems like diarrhea, constipation or vomiting. In order to be able to crate your dog well, you have to be able to predict the times he needs to use the bathroom, this is impossible when he is on a bad nutrition diet, or can’t predict his bowel movement. The more canned food dogs are consuming, the looser their stool would be, that is a known fact, which makes it harder for any dog owner to control the bowel movements of their dog. Feeding your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog helps in his growing and overall health, as well as his training.
    • After you choose carefully the type of food you are feeding your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog, you should stick to a fixed schedule of feeding. At the beginning of course you will feed your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix puppy more meals than later on when he is fully grown Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog. But keep the first and last meal in fixed time zone, don’t change their time. So as your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog grows up, you will be perfectly able to predict their bowel movement and urination time.
    • When you are not keeping your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog confined in the crate, you have to keep an open eye on him. For example watch out for signs of discomfort like circling, sniffing the floor, or running away quite fast. These early signs should indicate that your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog is about to pee; get him out immediately and head to the peeing spot you have designated for him to use. This should spare you many long days tracing the peeing smell and kneeling down to scrub and wipe away the smell. And surely it would help in facilitating the house training process altogether.
    • You need to keep track of your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog’s intervals. A schedule or a documented diary of when how much your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog could hold his pee, the time he needs to pee after a meal, after he wakes up, before he goes to sleep, and during playing time would be very helpful to you in providing a guideline of what is commonly known in the dog world as “safety zone”, “danger zone”, and “buffering zone”. These terms are commonly used to describe the extent of your free time before your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog can’t help but pee, he can’t hold it anymore. The “safety zone” would be exactly after he finishes urination, till the next meal for example. The danger zone would be after couple hours when he finished his last urination, the buffering zone would somewhere in between these two spots, you can calculate the average estimate of both. So the question would be, how to figure out these zones? The answer is a documented diary or a journal. And don’t worry it does not have to start with dear diary today my Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog peed himself. This diary is more of a schedule of when your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog peed, and the interval between these times. Don’t forget to write how long did it take him after devouring a meal, when he wakes up, and he plays, to need the bathroom. This way you will be creating a urination map, with feeding and sleeping times as its borders. Every time you are marking a urination time slot on your map, subtract 15- 20 minutes to define your safety peeing zone. If you continued doing this for couple weeks, first you will understand your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog’s needs better, second house breaking will be a piece of cake to you.
    • If your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog is under 10 weeks of age, you should vary your peeing elimination techniques. For in that age many Chihuahua Pomeranian mix puppies need the bathroom 10-15 times a day. you can’t possibly have your eyes on them 24 hours a day to prevent every accident, neither can you take them out. So keep pee pads, newspaper, or if you have a backyard this would be so easy for you. Make sure you have access to all these peeing elimination methods under 15 seconds to be handy and functioning methods. Prepare your coat and leash next to the door, if you are taking them out too.
    • When you are taking your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog out, don’t ever come back till he has finished his business, at first your dog will probably need 2030 minutes to figure out what he is supposed to do. Also to be familiarized with the peeing spot, especially at the beginning Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dogs are known to have anxiety as puppies, so they need to sniff, circle around, and inspect closely the peeing spot to be able to let themselves go. This is very normal occurrences, prepare yourself for it and have few free minutes on your hands when you are taking your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog out. Yelling at him, or rushing him to do it, would reverse it and make this trip a negative unpleasant task, and this makes him sneak away from it.
    • Another important step is to block the favorite peeing spots your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog prefers but you don’t. To be more clear, any dog as he gets to know his world better – by his world we mean your home – he will most probably and unfortunately claim certain spots as his official peeing spots. And it does not need a dog expert to point out that these spots probably won’t be a favorite thing to you at all. Just try to block the way to these spots and eliminate any access to them. If your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog sneaks away from your sight, go check these spots, it is more than likely that he would be checking them out too. To save yourself the trouble, delete these spots from his surroundings.
    • Neutralize the peeing smell in any spot in the house with enzyme cleaning detergent or spray. Sadly enough for us human in the beginning of the housebreaking process, we have to go against nature’s instincts. Dogs will always sniff their pee, and go back to pee in that place again. Neutralizing the smell is essential in wiping away the peeing traces your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog might go back to. But happily for us too, this peeing tracing instinct is our savior in training them to go back to the same place to do his business. So it is not all so bad. Just keep any eye on this cleaning tip, because when it comes to tiny toy breed dogs like your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog, it only takes a second to make crime scene. Enzyme cleaning detergents are the best, for ammonia cleaning ones has a smell that resembles the smell of dog urine, so consider that while cleaning the crime scene. One phone call you take away, a movie scene you are absorbed into, or an intense sport match where you can’t take you eyes off the screen and ops, the deed is done. Be careful with that.
    • Food and water curfew, no food or water intakes after 8 or 9 PM. Spare yourself the trips to the bathroom in the middle of the night, along with the barking, whining and the neighbor’s nightly complains but forbidding any food, snacks, or water intakes one or two hours before bed. Take away the water and the food bowels, before bed. But if the weather is very hot, you can solve this dilemma by keeping couple of ice cubes or a frozen treat that he can lick before sleeping to prevent any dehydration complications, especially during the hot days of summer.
    • Remember not to crate your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog in hot weather, in winter he will be the one asking for it. But in the hot days of summer if you must crate your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog keep him in a well ventilated room, with the air conditioner on. And leave couple of frozen treats available for licking at all times in his crate. Yes, Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog is not a heavy double coated big dog which crating in the summer would be an absolute no no, still hot weather and high temperatures cause a lot of problems to any type of dog.
    • An important and final point to be covered in this crate training part, is the expenses. Does crating your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog cost you more than the reaped benefits? The average cost of using a crate is between 35-150 $, this goes to using different sized crates as your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog grows in size with time. You should know that some dog shelters rent crates, so you could use rented number of crates for the first 6 months for example, till your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog reaches full bloom and then you buy his own crate. But let’s look at the other side of not using a crate. Say goodbye to your most precious items, shoes, rugs, cables, and wires. You can always add one or two devices lost in misfortune incidents. All these items and costs can be recovered, when it comes to crating the most precious benefit is your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog’s safety and your sanity if you have to leave the house for couple hours, believe me ask anyone who came back home to a ruined living room how much he’d pay to prevent this and cure the trauma, I bet it would be more than 150$ for sure.
    • The golden question that comes whenever any human being is trying something new, a diet, a training a new feeding plan, or even a new dog training method, when will I be able to see the results? Don’t feel bad we all want to see a sign of progress to prove to us that we are walking on the right track, or even this method is working. Crate training dogs in general is a very loose scheduled training method, it depends on your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog’s age of course, his physical and mental development (meaning how much his mind can respond to his body needs and urges), his anxiety level and whining abilities, his size, and how fast he can adapt to his new home. But all in all it should not be more than 3-4 weeks max. you will also play a very vital role in his progress, how much time and effort you are putting into your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog’s crate training, do you pay enough attention to his needs, do you sooth him when he feels anxious, do you reward him appropriately with treats and praise, and most importantly how fast or slow you are making the moves? You have to know that any training whether it is crate training, or obedience training it is a mutual cooperative process, you take a move and see how your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog respond to it, and according to his response or lack of it you take the next one. 3-4 weeks is the average time you need to crate train your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog, but a rule of thumb the full potty training or housebreaking should be over with as your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog becomes older than 6 months. Most dog experts consider this is the perfect age for tiny toy dogs like Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog to have full control over their bladders. The 3-4 weeks is the time you are taking to build and train the bladder muscles to hold the pee, the best example to describe it would be like humans give a month or couple weeks to train a certain muscle abs or arms, pretty much you crate training could be the 30 days yoga challenge. You should make a progress when you find that your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog is accepting this step, but also you should withdraw when you see him not very comfortable with the fast progress. Move with your own pace along with your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog’s could be the best way to describe it.

  • Another question would be why does Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog go on a dry spell when you take him out to urinate, and the rain only starts when you come home? This is a very important and common complain. Refusing to urinate outside the house could have many reasons:
  • You did not give your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog enough time to sniff, circle and familiarize himself with the designated urination spot. Unless Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dogs take their time in getting to know and be familiarized with the urination spot, they won’t be able to release their bowels. Especially with toy dog breeds they require a little bit higher level of familiarization with stuff to be able to lose their anxiety. So pay attention to this point very well, be prepared to have more time on your hand than your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog could need on his first two or three times urinating outside the house.
  • Marking issues. This is not your fault at all. But some of the more dominant sassy Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog hold on to their marked place of urination longer than other dogs. This is a very common problem with more male Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dogs than female ones, also with more common with the dominant dogs. You can’t do much about that but cleaning the marking spots with enzyme cleaner to strip away any traces of urine smell, and take give your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog the time he needs when you take him out to mark his own peeing spot.
  • Something you should also try to establish is your role as an alpha male of the house, even if you are a female owner of the Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog, dogs don’t recognize the difference. It is all about the power and control you show. Pee marking problem essentially as dominance problem, it goes back to the natural animal instincts in establishing their dominant self within the pack and being territorial at the same time. So your role comes in showing your own dominance and power over them to lessen the intensity of their dominance.
  • More common than not, with pee marking problems your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog will have couple of favorite spots where he usually and regularly goes back to when the call of nature overwhelms him, the sensible step is to block any path or access to these spots. Any way that leads to any spot of them should filled with obstacles your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog can’t overcome, and being a tiny toy dog breed should facilitate this. He won’t be able to jump high jumps or make big gallops over these obstacles and obstructions.
  • Some people recommend neutering your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog as a solution to this pee marking issue. We absolutely advise against that, it is a simple problem that could be dealt with in a more delicate way that does include spaying your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog.
  • One final tip regarding crating you should be prepared for the messes. Meaning in the beginning especially if you crated your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog for extended period of time, even if he was well trained, there will always be a limit for his ability to hold his pee, even the most adult and best trained Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dogs can’t hold their pee for more than a day. If it happened on a stormy snowy day that you did not take him out for urination, try not push it further sometimes his bladder would fail him especially in cold winters. So try to figure another way like pee pads or any other indoor solution for you. You might want to expect a reverse in his housebreaking training if your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog falls under stress, you got a new pet, new house, or if you got a new dog. He might be nervous and lose all control over his bladder, like an athlete forgetting all his basic training under pressure. Or it could be due to the arrival of a new rival ( it is rhyming I know) where he needs to establish his dominance and territorial borders of monopoly. You should always be aware of these setbacks. If non of these reasons happened and your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog had a training set back, it might be a bladder problem or a urinary tract, best decision is to get him tested or visit the vet.

By this part of the article dear reader you should have a great load of information about house breaking your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog, crating them and what to expect during the two methods of potty training. But in order to be comprehensive and provide you with all the information you may or may not need, the following section will discuss other problematic issues related to house breaking like submissive urination.

Submissive urination in Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dogs:

Submissive urination is a quite common urination problem that faces many dog owners especially toy dog breeds owners like the famous Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog. First question you should ask of course is

What is submissive urination?

Submissive urination is a condition of involuntarily peeing  that most canine animals like dogs do, as a social appeasement or a non- violent signal dogs do. As you have noticed dogs use their pee marks a lot in communication, as we mentioned before sometimes they use it to mark their territory, attract female dogs if your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog is male, and on the other hand the female Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog leaves pee marks to make it clear that she is in the state f heat. Submissive urination is also a communication way of saying I am not a threat.

When does submissive urination happen?

Submissive urination happens when your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog meets strangers, and this includes both humans and canines alike. It may happen when you have new visitors in the house, or when you introduce your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog to the neighbor’s dog, or his new dog friend you just bought. It may happen also during physical activity meaning during his playing, or when someone touches him like petting his head or scratching his belly. But there are other non- physical triggers or stimulators one of them is when you are punishing or screaming at your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog this might throw him in a caving in submissive state, the other one is actually the total opposite which happens when your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog is playing his heart out and super excited for your coming home or getting out of the crate. Don’t confuse this submissive urination of your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog with the regular more common excitement leak, or excitement peeing which happens with most puppies when they are happy, the excitement urination problem is common and all of the puppies grow out of it with time and physical development. The submissive urination in Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog has other definitions and symptoms, it happens at any age, and dogs don’t grow out of it with time. They need training and adjustment.

What are the signs of submissive urination?

To fully be able to distinguish between excitement urination and submissive urination you have to pay attention to your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog’s physical posture and body language. A submissive urination from your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog should accompanied with lowering the tail, the lower body part, his head, flattening his ears, or raising the front paws. The best to describe those submissive postures are to think of Yoga poses that are related to dogs, downward facing dog pose for example. What is interesting about these submissive positions for dogs is that it may look aggressive if the dog added his submissive I am not a threat smile. Of course you have noticed that both intimidating and submissive smiles made by your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog are absolutely identical. To differentiate between the aggressive and the submissive grin or smile (depends on how wide your dog opens his mouth) you have to read the body language wisely, in the aggressive one your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog would be standing, his paws on the ground, he is taking the jumping standing point  and ready to attack. The submissive smile grin or smile understandably will be accompanied with the submissive signs, plus any particular and unique signs your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog does like licking their lips, wiggling their tails, drooling, squinting their eyes, fast blinking. In this situation your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog is like a young child in a crowded street for the first time, think of the signs we as human express in our behavior when we are stressed, like biting our nails, shaking our legs, pressing pens, tapping and so on. Submissive urination is the equivalent of our human nervous behavior respond to stressful situation. And yes it is most common in puppies and toy dog breeds like your chosen Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog, but it may as well happen in much bigger and adult dogs if they unfortunately have been through a traumatizing experience, have not been introduced to many social experiences, or have been locked up with no socialization whatsoever. The triggers and stimulations for such behavioral respond vary widely from submissive urination as a reaction to stranger people, stranger animals, or even strange surroundings. Each and every trigger has its roots that you should trace and treat with patience.

How much would my Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog leak?

This is also a very unique question that relies solely on your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog, how much does he freak out, how much water can his bladder contain, how long has it been since you last has taken him out to do his business, his age, his physical development in relation to his mental ability to hold his pee, and his progress in housebreaking training. If you found out about your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog’s submissive urination problem after you have already finished his house breaking training chances are, in the presence of the trigger your dog would leak few drops then holds back because he is already trained to hold it, in addition to his knowing that this is a bad thing. On the other side of the story, if you figured out while house breaking your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog that sometime she urinates out of fear (in addition to his normal lack of bladder control and training), then more than likely your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog would go all the way when he is triggered or provoked. Giving the possibility too that you are training your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog at any early age, so the small size of his bladder would be good news for you, as the amount of pee you have to wipe and enzyme clean won’t be much.

How to treat submissive urination in your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog?

That is the most important point in this whole section, but also the most detailed one for as we mentioned earlier, submissive urination in all dogs whether they are big ones or as tiny as your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog subsequently the reasons behind their submissive behavior are extremely variable. But as a start if your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog has already been trained and you noticed a relapse, the first thing you should do is to visit your vet to check all the physical symptoms at once. Psychological reasons surely will need more time to be investigated and traced, so check out all the physical impediments, worms, diseases, or infections.

  • One physical reason for your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog’s submissive urination would be? Gastrointestinal upset which is similar to the upset stomach humans suffer from.

Gastrointestinal upset in Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dogs:

Symptoms: if you notice that your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog without any apparent reason or change in his diet has loose stool or diarrhea especially in stressful situations, this might be Gastrointestinal upset.

What is gastrointestinal upset?

Gastrointestinal upset is a digestive disorder meaning it affects the digestive system and tract in dogs, their reasons and effects could vary from pain in the stomach, problems in food absorption, and submissive urination. Unfortunately the effects of this gastrointestinal upset are quite serious like dehydration, acid imbalances, and malnutrition in your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog which is the root of all evils when it comes to dogs. Nutrition is the key to good health in addition to the ability to learn and be trained well and quickly.

What are the reasons for the gastrointestinal upset?

The reasons for gastrointestinal upset depends on the severity of the situation but generally it could be triggered by simply feeding your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog something wrong, or if he ate something that is not exactly dog food. Intolerance to one of the ingredients in his food is also one of the reasons. Allergies to a combination of dog food and treats is a possibility to. These reasons could all be solved by adding or subtracting one thing or two from your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog’s diet. Yet there could be another physical reason like lack of digestive enzymes or stomach and digestive tract infections. But all in all it is up for your vet to decide which reason is causing the stomach upset for your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog and the right way to treat it.

  • Change in diet:

The second most important reason or cause for submissive urination is a sudden and abrupt change in diet. Some may dog experts consider sudden changes in diet part of the gastrointestinal upsets caused by the dog’s owner. As we explained earlier on, any change in diet, should be introduced gradually, slowly, and surely, and with equal measures to the subtracted meals, a new substitute or alternative would be added. Any sudden change in what your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog is used to, and what his digestive system recognizes as familiar, could cause some gastrointestinal upset, the symptoms vary and change from one type of gastrointestinal upset to another, some may include loose diarrhea, vomiting, or both. You have to realize that most dogs especially in their early days as puppies are very sensitive to any change. What you need to do is if you are facing troubles in figuring out what are the best feeding plan, type, and times for your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog or puppy, you can go on a trial feeding plan. This plan works perfectly if your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog suffers from some food allergies and you can’t figure out which ingredient is causing it, irritating or worsen the state. This trial feeding plan works on the basis of introducing one type of food let’s say protein, you stick for one source of protein like chicken for couple weeks, then you can introduce lamb, turkey, veal, and so on. This plan helps in figuring out specifically which type of food and nutritional ingredient is the best for your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog. You start with the easiest or the most digestible type and move on to the more complicated ones, then you can pick the best type of fiber, starch, fruits, and vegetables to be able exactly to choose the best ingredients for the perfect meal for your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog. Needless to say that this process is quite long and tiresome; and you should never commit to it unless you lost your way in figuring out the real reason behind your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog’s allergies and hypersensitive reaction, taking into consideration that due to the fact that your puppy hold mix genetic codes in his body, the process of detecting the allergies is a little bit harder, than a purebred puppy.

Stick to a firm and organized feeding schedule, this applies to the ingredients of the meal, as well as its timing. You should keep meals times fixed and regular.

Urinary Incontinence

Urinary Incontinence is an infection that occurs in house trained dogs, so if your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog has not finished all his housetraining, chances are he /she is not infected with any of these urinary or gastrointestinal problems. Also make sure that your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog is not suffering from any psychological problems that lead to submissive urination; that is number one check for, following it should be tracing both his parents’ health history for any trauma, or damaging psychological experience. Probably you know by now, that dogs inherit their parents’ genetic codes, as well as their phobias and traumas, so check that out first. Then look into other reasons of defecation. Another point you should consider in this Urinary Incontinence diagnose, is the dog age. Urinary Incontinence is more common with middle aged dogs, and more common in female Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog than males (the reason for this will be explained later in the article), so if your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog is really advanced in his age or a senior dog there is a very good chance that this is a simple case of old age, where a senior dog forgets his house training or loses control over his bladder like what happens with many humans in their old and advanced age.

This infection leads the infected Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog to lose all control upon his bladder. Of course there are stages to the severity of such infection, it starts with leaking a few drops every now and then, like excitement pee, to losing all the control on his/her bladder like a newborn puppy.

The causes for urinary incontinence vary from hormonal imbalances, urinary tract infection, urinary tract stones, kidney stones, weak bladder sphincter, spinal injuries, intervertebral injuries, and prostate disorders and infections. These are the direct reason for urinary incontinence; by saying direct we mean that the mean issue here is urinary incontinence. There are other reasons in which urinary incontinence is only one symptom, these reasons cause excessive water consumption which in turn leads to urinary incontinence. These reasons could be renal diseases (kidney related diseases), diabetes, or hyperadrenocorticism.

The real question should be, what are the exact symptoms for urinary incontinence in Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog?

  • Uncontrollable drips of urine, when your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog has already and fully learnt crating or was house broken. The unreasonable and unpredicted reverse should be the first alarming sign.
  • The second most significant red flag, should be seeing your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog licking his genitals (both vulva or penis), or seeing it red and inflamed specially after peeing. This is the go to diagnostic urinary incontinence. So keep an open eye for it.

If you ever see these symptoms on your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog, the first thing you should do is to consult your vet, you may have an idea about the diagnose of your dog but what your vet has to reveal and figure out is what is the cause of it. To determine the causes of urinary incontinence, your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog will be tested urinalysis and urine culture (the urinalysis is important to determine the biochemical components of the urine with its percentage to determine any kidney failure or hormonal disorders, while the urine culture gives your vet insight into the specific type of bacteria and the perfect antibiotic drug to cure it) bladder smear to detect the type of infection (bacteria or parasitic), some scans, x rays and ultrasounds may be ordered by your vet too if your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog suffers from structural deformity like a spinal injury or hip displacement that exerts sort of load on the bladder.  Let’s tackle each and every causing issue of this urinary incontinence.

Bladder infection:

With no mirror on the wall, this is the easiest of them all. The urinary incontinence caused by bladder infection in Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dogs can be detected with urinalysis, where the type of bacteria is revealed and antibiotic are prescribed. Your vet will prescribe the right type of antibiotics depending on your dog’s bacteria, age, and severity. This type of urinary incontinence is common in female Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dogs more than males.

The treatment period should only last between 3-4 weeks, and in very slight and curable cases, your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog will show improvement after couple days of antibiotics.

After seeing some improvements, your vet should undergo another bacteria culture to decide on the dosage of the antibiotics, he could increase or decrease it. However don’t stop giving your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog the antibiotics thinking as long as he/ she improved no need for this. Many bladder infections, or bacterial infections in general recur again if not treated well.

Weak bladder sphincter:

This type of urinary incontinence causative is actually related to age and gender. The same effects could be resulted from obesity, weak neurologic receptors (which again more common in advanced dogs). As with the bladder infection this is more common in old female Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dogs than males. The percentage is so high in old female dogs, that Weak bladder sphincter affects one in every five female dogs. You might have heard about this weak bladder sphincter with another name, spay incontinence (in case you don’t know spaying is the surgery that removes the reproductive organs from either a male or female to prevent any accident pregnancies), and the reason for this name is sometimes weak bladder sphincter is caused by low hormones of estrogens, a side effect known to spayed female dogs too.

The treatment for weak bladder sphincter in Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dogs is quite variable and depends on the cause of it but to give you a guide here are the most common treatments for weak bladder sphincter.

  • Hormones treatment: As we mentioned before weak bladder sphincter could be caused by low levels of Estrogen hormones in your female Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog. Estrogen hormone is not helpful in reproduction only, it has a very important and crucial role in the nervous system and receptors, the lack or low levels to be more accurate of this hormone lead to sluggishness of receptors. Consequently the connection between the bladder and the nervous system gets a little bit of lagging. Especially while your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog’s nervous system is already turned to low alertness mode, like in his / her sleep. To give you a better idea about what really happens if your female Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog suffers from low levels of estrogen is that, under normal circumstances her bladder gets full with urine, this supposedly send a notification to the nervous system through the receptors, upon its receipt the dog should act as he / she is trained. This is the ideal and normal response, but what happens in the case of low levels of estrogen, or the weak bladder sphincter is that her nervous system is lagging behind her bladder, the receptors are not working with full capacity, so when they get the message, they don’t send an alert right away, they take so much time receiving and deciphering it, that the bladder muscles acts on its own and the leak begins. At the end, urination is a natural instinct, and the call of nature always wins over any disciplinary training. What the estrogen hormone given to your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog does, is that it will work on activating and increasing the alertness of your dog’s receptors so his mind gets alerted or notified with the urge to pee, faster than the leaking could happen.
  • The period of hormone treatment should be a long time plan, but in the beginning most probably your female Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog will be prescribed one milligram five days, then once every four to seven days depending on the level of her response to the given hormones.
  • If you have a male Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog, his urinary incontinence could also be due to hormone problems, yes weak bladder sphincter is more common with female Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dogs, but nobody ever said roll that from your male Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog checklist. It could happen in spayed male Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dogs too, but in that case the treatment will be with dosage of testosterone. The same treatment plan should be applied, yet with treating male Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dogs with testosterone, an aggressive behavior could rise as a side effect. Surely your vet will appropriate the dosage accordingly, but keep an eye on any sudden changes in your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog’ behavior.

 

  • What you need to know that some cases urinary incontinence can’t be treated, so what is left for the vet to do is to target and thicken the urine itself to enhance the bladder muscles control of it. This is almost typical to human cases when the doctors have to increase the weight mass of urine (this is common with older people specially women when their bladder muscles weaken with the advance of age) so the bladder does not drip easily. This is so similar to Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog, because of the small size of their bodies, and similarly their bladders. Similarly to human cases, even urinary incontinence is more common with spayed female Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog than males, this could be due to the common hormonal changes and pressure weight on the female bladder during pregnancies, heat and then turning back to the normal state. All of this exerts huge load on the small bladders of female Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dogs. Some other vets target the neck of the bladder to thicken and strengthen to increase its ability to hold and control the urine. These medications are common in pills or liquid form, and your Chihuahua Pomeranian mix dog should be taken orally/ that type of treatment is not favorable for its infamous side effects, like loss of appetite, anxiety, and blood pressure changes. Though not all cases reported the same side effects to that type of medication, yet both males and females dogs were equally affected, the gender was not a determining factor of the presence or absence of such side effects.

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