Just after Christmas this year, and having lost my Bayley 18 months or so before, I decided that I could no longer live without a dog for company and went and bought my Louie.
Now I swear that in the past it's taken me roughly 3 - 7 days to house train a puppy, and when getting Louie I was so confident that it would be no different with him. Oh my goodness! How very wrong I was.
He is now coming up close on 7 months old and he is still using his pee mat. Don't get me wrong, he does do his business outside every time. But within minutes of going outside, however long we have been out, he will once again go into the bathroom and pee on his puppy mat.
I can now hear the replies to that. "Take the mat away" - Yup! To me that is very logical. Did that, been there.
For three days I took the mat away, watched him, or so I thought, every minute of the day. As regular as clockwork every 2 hours we went outside. Most times for literally just time for him to do his business, and twice a day for a decent half hour walk each time. No pee on the bathroom floor where the pee mat would have been. Oh My! I was thrilled to bits. Finally!!!!
On the third day I decided to give my sitting room a jolly good spring clean. That of course meant furniture being moved around, curtains taken down and washed etc., etc. Imagine my horror on moving the curtains, which incidentally are the length whereby about a foot lays decoratively on the floor, I found that he had been peeing in the folds of one of the curtains for the last 3 days.
Obviously the curtains were post haste shoved in the washing machine. The floor around where the curtain had been laying was thoroughly cleaned, not that any pee had managed to get on the carpet, but I was worried there might be a residue of smell left that might encourage him to continue peeing there, and the pee mat was once again put down on the bathroom floor.
He is now heading fast towards 7 months and he and I still have a problem with him not actually twigging on that peeing outside is compulsory, not just convenient when out already. I was also getting to the point where I thought, would it really be the end of the world if I stopped stressing and let him have a pee mat for his occasional peeing. People that own cats, live with dirt boxes for the life of their cats, and it's a lot easier to to fold up and tie a pee mat into a poop bag to throw away than it is to clean up a litter tray.
Everyone I visit with Louie are quite excepting of him having a pee mat put down in their bathroom or sometimes their kitchen wherever is convenient for them. The majority of times he doesn't use it but by putting the pee mat down I feel confident that he isn't going to have an accident on their carpets. So it's not all bad news.
So I had resigned myself to this in order to keep both me and Louie happy, when I came into contact with someone that has had Chihuahuas all her life. She told me that Chi's are renown for being buggers to house train, and that sometimes it can take up to a year to get them completely trained to go only outside. In fact she was surprised when I told her that I had never had an accident from him (apart from the curtains) and that he only ever does his business on the pee mat when indoors.
I now feel so much better. I am obviously not going to be complacent about this and I will continue to fight hard to get him totally house trained. I just wont stress over it and feel as if I am doing something wrong.