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My husband and I just adopted a 2 year old male chiweenie from a dog shelter. We will be picking him up tomorrow. My biggest concern starting off is making sure he’s potty trained since he will be indoors. I really don’t know if he has been or not. What are the most effective and best methods for potty training a dog? (Also he was just fixed. I don’t know how or if this may affect potty training temporarily).
 

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Neutering shouldn't make a difference.

You want to set him up to succeed by taking him out even more than he needs; for example every hour or so.

Toilet training happens when two things come together - the ABILITY to hold the toilet, along with the DESIRE to hold it in order to earn the reward for doing so.

When he toilets outdoors make a huge fuss (never mind the neighbours, act like outdoor toileting is the best thing you have ever seen) and reward him with a high value treat. Do that immediately, don't make him come to you for the treat so he is clear that it's for toileting and not for coming to you. The idea is that he wants to earn the treat enough to hold the toilet until he is outside.

If he has an accident inside don't react at all. If you get annoyed he may learn to fear your reaction and avoid you if he needs to toilet or sneak off to do it in another room - the opposite of what you want. Dogs cant make the distinction between you being annoyed at him TOILETING, as opposed to toileting INDOORS. Justclean the area with an enzymatic cleaner to remove any trace of smell that might attract him back to the spot.

You may be lucky and find he is already trained.

A picture would be nice when you get him settled :)
 

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Neutering shouldn't make a difference.

You want to set him up to succeed by taking him out even more than he needs; for example every hour or so.

Toilet training happens when two things come together - the ABILITY to hold the toilet, along with the DESIRE to hold it in order to earn the reward for doing so.

When he toilets outdoors make a huge fuss (never mind the neighbours, act like outdoor toileting is the best thing you have ever seen) and reward him with a high value treat. Do that immediately, don't make him come to you for the treat so he is clear that it's for toileting and not for coming to you. The idea is that he wants to earn the treat enough to hold the toilet until he is outside.

If he has an accident inside don't react at all. If you get annoyed he may learn to fear your reaction and avoid you if he needs to toilet or sneak off to do it in another room - the opposite of what you want. Dogs cant make the distinction between you being annoyed at him TOILETING, as opposed to toileting INDOORS. Justclean the area with an enzymatic cleaner to remove any trace of smell that might attract him back to the spot.

You may be lucky and find he is already trained.

A picture would be nice when you get him settled :)
Thank you for your response. Yes I’ll take a picture of him and post it! One more question- so we have a fenced in backyard and will mostly take him out their for potty training. Should I keep him on a leash during the potty training even though it’s a fenced in backyard?
 

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Congratulations!

Just to add to JoanneF's great post, here is a our guide to house-training:

 

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I would definitely keep him on lead to begin with, partly so you know exactly what he has done, and also to make sure you are right next to him to praise and reward immediately when he toilets. I hope your weather is better than ours!
 

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I’ve attached some pics of sweet Jeffrey. He’s seriously so sweet... he would cuddle all day if you let him. And he minds so well. My biggest fear is undoing all the training his previous owner apparently did because of my cluelessness. I want to start him off right. I’m in the process of establishing his set feeding/sleep schedule so I can get him regulated, that will help. Thanks for the guidance.

I’ve been taking him out every hour but I’m going to try every 2 hours today and see how that goes (guess it’s good I don’t have a job right now.) Heres the question after taking him out several times. It’s rare that he does #1 and #2 in the same trip. I understand he probably won’t poop every time but when he doesn’t pee that worries me. Should I have cue words to specify between #1 and #2 so he knows what I’m expecting? Should I give him better treats when he does both than just one. Should I give him a certain treat for each one? I know I’m overthinking this but I’m kinda clueless. Thanks
 

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As long as he's not having accidents in the house, he may simply not need to do #1 so frequently. I would keep gradually extending the time between trips. Ideally, he's going to need to hold his bladder for longer stretches. My dog does #2 every morning on our walks, and sometimes on our evening walks.

Remember that you are rewarding your dog for doing his business in the right place, not for simply doing his business. If he doesn't need to go and he's not having accidents inside the house, then I think you're on the right track.
 

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You can use cue words - start by saying your chosen word while he is acting the act of performing. Do that over the next few weeks. Then, when you want to prompt him, you can use your words. But only say it once, if he doesn't do it, he may not need and you don't want to keep repeating it, as that just teaches him that complying is optional.
 
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