Hey everyone! My name is Rachel and my husband and I just bought a house, our first, woohoo! Only thing I'm concerned about is our puppy, Maximus. He is a teacup chihuahua and he is not potty trained. And the ENTIRE house is carpeted... We both work full time and then some so it has been hard to find the time to train him. He has luckily followed the lead of our 1.5 year old dog, Nala, in many ways but not this one! We are running out of ideas! It is hard to discipline him because he is so physically tiny (2.4 lbs) so even a small two-fingered smack can be scary. Yelling at him just causes him to run and hide without understanding why he is being yelled at (we have even tried the sticking his nose close to it thing suggested by others). Aside from paying an expensive training school for pups, which we cannot afford (duh...just bought a house lol), does anyone have any ideas for potty training a 6 month old teacup chihuahua?
We don't want him to ruin our new carpets but I don't want to keep him crated 24-7!
(Our current place has hardwood floors... much easier to clean up after a puppy on... Hence the urgency to teach him to go outside!)
Any advice is appreciated!! Thanks!