Wondering how to get my Chihuahua to stop peeing in the house.?

I was given a Chihuahua about 6 months ago, he was already paper trained. We haven’t had any problems untill now . All of a sudden he has started hosing down the couch, the carpet, everything. I’m attributing this to the fact that his "boy parts" have dropped. (about 2 weeks ago) I’m thinking that his hormones are running wild and I’m not sure how to deal with this. He’s going tomorrow morning to get neutered. I’ve been told this will help. I’m not much of a dog person, I have no real experience with training. I have taught him to sit, and laydown, he even goes in his kennel when he is told to. So I’m a little dumbfounded that he has reverted back to peeing anywhere he pleases, cuz he still poops where he is supposed to.

I would appreciate any advice. I really love this dog, but I’ve been discussing it with my husband and if we can’t solve this problem he’s going to have to go.
I want to emphasize how important this is, If you know anything about chihuahua’s they are very loyal little dogs. I already know that no one I know can take him if this doesen’t work out. So I’m afraid that if I can’t solve the problem we’ll have to take him to a shelter and I’m pretty sure that he would be put to sleep. He won’t let anyone else but my family touch him. He totally freaks out at the sight of another person. So please don’t tease. Only serious help. PLEASE!
He is crated from 9am to 2pm and then from 11pm till about 5am. He’s on a schedule. He goes outside as soon as he leaves his kennel. That’s why I don’t understand the behavior. He’s trained. He’s doing it when we’re home. He peed on my foot the other day. I don’t want to take him to a shelter because there are no "no kill" shelters where I live, that’s why I’m taking all these steps and asking for help. I talked to the vet yesterday, I just wanted some advice from Chihuahua owners.

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5 Responses to “Wondering how to get my Chihuahua to stop peeing in the house.?”

  1. kris10nchains says:

    definitely cut his nuts! He’s marking territory. I have a good friend who raises chi’s and her car, house and chlothes ALWAYS smell like piss. Chi’s tend to potty whenever & wherever. Maybe if you can’t be home to take him out every couple of hours, crate him in a large dog crate an put his potty papers at one end. This will save your furniture and carpet, and a large crate for a small dog isn’t cruel at all. good luck

  2. awakekat says:

    Yes the hormones are making the dog mark his territory and neutering him will decrease this but not stop it all together. Make sure any places have been cleaned well with an odor neutralizer.

    Next check your food and water supply for the dog. If the dog can go at any time to get food or water they will go and pee at any time as well. Put the dog on a food schedule and monitor the water intake – what goes in frequently comes out frequently.

    Put your dog on a potty schedule. Since the dog is small it is not going to take very long for a small dog to need to got to the bathroom. This is training the dog that going outside is the place to go especially if you praise the dog when it does go outside – the dog will make the association.

  3. S says:

    Get him neutered between the age of 4-6 months. This will help some. The rest of the time, it’s up to you to train him and help him understand that this behavior is not acceptable.

  4. Jennifer says:

    So how about when you take him to the vet to get neutered you ask the vet? Maybe you need to crate him when you aren’t around. I would discuss it w/ your vet. I do know how chihuahua’s are but I also don’t understand why you would take him to a shelter when there are so many things you could do to solve the problem. Consult your vet and if there are no health reasons consult a trainer to see if it is a behavioral issue. Exhaust all other options before taking him to the shelter. There are also no kill animal rescues in most areas of the country that you could give him to if need be. Good luck!

  5. ningerbil2000 says:

    I have a feeling that once he is neutered, he will stop urinating indoors. I suspect he isn’t so much urinating as marking his territory. Just to be on the safe side, get some product at a pet store or through a catalog that will completely (and I mean COMPLETELY) eliminate the urine oder from EVERYWHERE he has gone. Dogs tend to "go" in the same spots, and if your little guy smells a hot spot, he will go there again.

    To make sure, in the odd case that neutering is NOT the solution, and you have thouroughly descented and cleaned. Has he had a major change in his routine? Does he have a bladder or kidney infection. Talk to your vet. Also, your local library will probably have good books on dog training (I like Barbara Woodhouse, especially "No More Bad Dogs.") I know a lot of PetSmart stores and even some larger municipalities offer low-cost dog training classes. Even if the problem clears up, as a new owner, you may want to look into those.

    Good luck! I’m a big fan of small dogs myself, they are a lot of fun!

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