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Old 12-09-2012, 05:39 AM
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Question Surely ALL chi's love purses?

I'm a first time chi mommy and head over heels in love with almost 6 month old 'Sweet Roo'. I'm also what my friends call 'The Original Handbag Ho'. Yes, my name is Tracy and I'm addicted to purses. Isn't every girl???????

On to the issue at hand: Does anyone have any suggestions on helping Roo get used to a 'puppy purse'? I don't plan on taking him EVERYWHERE, but I would like to help him adjust to this form of transportation so he can see more of the world-----so to speak. I've tried many times to get him out on a leash but he's not having any of THAT thing! I've tried a harness as well---same outcome. He's a 100% indoor dog, but I know he needs to get used to a collar. I get it on without a problem, then he immediately sits on my lap and sulks. He'll keep it on as log as it stays on, but his personality changes so drastically I break down and take it back off. The collar record to this point is maybe 2 days.

Any suggestions anyone can provide will be GREATLY appreciated!
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Old 12-09-2012, 05:48 AM
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carryin a dog is awesome but it shouldn't be used every time or they become to used to bein babied instead of bein a pup! pups are supposed to be explorin with their cute little paws outside~~ it takes time and effort for a pup to trust u on a leash, every pup is different on the time it takes. when i had Dex as a pup he was very easy to leash train on a harness, it only took a couple times for him to know bein on it means he gets to go out and have fun with mommy. some people say train inside the house first but that never worked for me at all. KC was harder to train as she is a very independent type and "wild" lovey dog that loves to eat everythin LOL (she simply is amazed over bird poop on the ground) shes been doin real well on leash followin Dexter's lead. treats are a bigtime help on praises !

i also have carrier bags for them but its only used for inside stores and traveling around busy streets but once we get to safe grounds they are put on the ground to sniff around on their own on leash
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Old 12-09-2012, 05:56 AM
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I absolutely agree with Pigeonsheep, dogs NEED to walk.
Walking provides mental & physical stimulation, which are
both critical to your dog's well being. What is an indoor
only dog? And what do you mean when you say your
collar record is 2 days?
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I absolutely agree with Pigeonsheep, dogs NEED to walk.
Walking provides mental & physical stimulation, which are
both critical to your dog's well being. What is an indoor
only dog? And what do you mean when you say your
collar record is 2 days?
thanks LS! i think she means record as in how long he can keep the collar on before bein annoyed and fussy over it! yay u always have the more SAT dictionary type wordsy replies over my silly ones

both mine love walkies and ridies in the car to get to more walkies!
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Old 12-09-2012, 06:13 AM
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I'm bag training my pup currently, and using the same methods to get them used to being in a purse, as you would use to get them used to a crate. I need him to be calm, quiet, and hopefully comfortable by the time we really need him to be. We are training him to have positive associations with the bag. I got super high priority dried meat chews that he will only get in there, and he gets to come along on trips he would otherwise not be able to go on(Mall, family birthday party, Auction, flea market, apple picking, ect).
The collar is no big deal, will he wear a harness to walk in? You can attach tags to that. The type of bag might make a difference too. My puppy Miro was too constricted in my regular purses(They are big but not comfortable for him.), but has done great in our current carrier, and hopefully will be happy in the other one I just ordered...
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I absolutely agree with Pigeonsheep, dogs NEED to walk.
Walking provides mental & physical stimulation, which are
both critical to your dog's well being. What is an indoor
only dog? And what do you mean when you say your
collar record is 2 days?
Roo is indoors the majority of the time. He does get to run around in our fenced in back yard at least 2 or 3 times a day minimum. My boyfriend and I are both smokers, but we NEVER smoke in our home. When we go out to smoke Roo trots his fuzzy butt outside to say hello to the birds, grass and trees.

I want to get him used to the leash so we can take walks around our neighborhood. Living in Alabama the weather is generally mild. Most people spend a lot of time outdoors especially in our community which is filled with lots of children, dog walkers, nature trails and sidewalks. Obviously I'd love for Roo to be like Pigeonsheep's furbaby; you know, see the leash and know it's time to go on an adventure? That's the goal.

And Piegonsheep is correct: The longest time Roo's collar has been on him consistently is about 2 days. He doesn't spend his every waking hour trying to get the collar off his neck or anything...but like I mentioned in the original post, his personality changes so drastically when it's on him I end it taking it off, not because he's freaking out about it being there, but because he just doesn't seem to be himself when it's on him. Does that make any sense?

The last thing I want to do is turn my adventurous, outgoing, curious and friendly pup into a pampered purse pooch, but I'd like for him to be accustomed to a carrier for times when it's not logical or safe for him to be on the leash.

I can't thank you all enough for your advice and encouragement. I fell in love with this site the minute I found it. Your sugestions, I am certain, will help me be the best Roo-Mommy possible. My little guy certainly deserves it!
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Thank you for explaining. I asked about the collar, because I wasn't sure what
you meant, I personally would be afraid to leave a collar on a dog for 2 days(in
case they choke, chew on it, get it caught on something, etc) My crew wear
their collars outside, but indoors they are naked. None of my dogs loved collars
from the start, it took a lot of positive reinforcement, and practice. Put it on
for a few minutes at a time, and either take your pup on an activity he enjoys,
play with him, etc, just try to get his mind off of it, when he acts not bothered
by it you praise and/or give a treat. Soon enough he'll make the association
between collar and good things. For the carrier Ay Chi-mama gave you a great
suggestion, find high value treats. What I like to do is to simply leave the carrier
on the floor, open all the way, with a blanket inside and a high value treat or
two...often times the pup will show some interest and sometimes even climb
into the carrier, other times you must slowly entice them, little by little. Don't
just put him in the carrier if he's afraid, it'll lead to panic and stress, take as
long as needed to teach him that a carrier is a positive place. You can even
leave it on the floor open for a few days, he might start using it as a bed,
which is what we want(for him to feel comfortable & safe in it)

How does he react to a harness? Do you take him on actual walks or just let
him explore the yard? How old is Roo?
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Old 12-10-2012, 08:39 PM
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I can't thank you all enough for your advice and encouragement. I fell in love with this site the minute I found it. Your sugestions, I am certain, will help me be the best Roo-Mommy possible.

I love this site too! So much great info! My little sis has an 8 year old chi girl, and I just sent her a link to the "getting ready for cold weather" discussion. She has the hardest time finding coats that fit her dog right. She thought the info was great and I think she is buying one of the coats someone recommended on there.

I leave it open on the floor too Ls! I've actually been feeding him one meal a day in there. Now he is starting to run to it as soon as he gets out of his crate, hop in and look for yummy crumbs that might be hiding. He will hang out in there quietly, but is still constantly trying to chew his bag tether, and will occasionally bark one or twice, however we are making big progress!
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