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Old 12-11-2012, 05:41 AM
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I am the new owner of my first Chihuahua, an (almost) 9 week old little girl named Mia. She is delightful some of the time and a complete troublemaker most of the time. She is doing very well with crate training but has not been able to eliminate in her designated spot (a puppy training pad for now). I have tried catching her in the act and guiding/moving her to the right area. However, when I do she does not finish her business. Any words of wisdom as to how to successfully show her where the right spot is? I always praise her when she goes, and never scold her if it is in the wrong area. Also she appears to be a huge chewer. Hands, feet, faces, clothing, her bed, MY bed, and the carpet.... I know there are specific chew-toys that teach puppies what and what not to chew. Does anyone have any recommendations for types of chew toys? She is not thrilled with the Nylabone teething bones.
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I really want to bring up a well rounded, and well trained chi
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Old 12-11-2012, 01:40 PM
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Hello and welcome! My name's Kat and it's good to 'meet' you and Mia. I have little Chi named Mia Zofia! =D From what you've said, she sounds right on track for where a ~9 week old puppy ought to be. As far as potty training, when you say she is crate trained, do you have a separate area with a potty pad for her to use? The concept of crate training is that dogs don't want to soil their bedding. So, in the early stages when you're first trying to establish WHERE to potty, it helps to have the pad be the exact opposite of where her bed is. This is a pic back when we used grass patches, but it'll give you the right idea.

Basically you want to create two very distinctly separate areas; one with a comfy bed, sturdy water dish, toys, etc. and the other side for the potty. This way, even when you aren't around or watching her, her own natural instinct to NOT pee/poo on her bed will help redirect her exactly where you want her to go. =D You've got the right idea catching her in the act and moving her; constant supervision is key, use a tether to tie her to you if she manages to sneak off and pee.
As far as chewies, I am not sure what you're feeding her, but raw bones are nature's toothbrush for puppies LOL. Never feed cooked bones though, which can splinter. Raw however is what their teeth are designed for, and at 9 weeks they will help her develop strong muscles in her neck and jaws. Frozen chicken feet are great for teething pups. There are of course other rubber toys but we try to stick with natural things as much as possible. Bully sticks are a favorite of many Chihuahuas here on CP! Anyway I hope that helps. I commend you for taking the time to want to raise a well rounded Chi! It helps defy the stereotype by being ambassadors for the breed to prove not all Chihuahuas are aggressive and high strung. Often they just underestimate the need for physical exercise and mental stimulation. At 9 weeks, she could definitely start some basic obedience training; if she learns most commands early on, they'll come naturally to her as an adult. Same goes with socializing; if you want to have a dog who can go everywhere with you, be friendly and love attention from strangers; it's crucial to start doing all those things *now.* The younger the better! Dogs have a window from about 6 to 12 weeks where they are learning and absorbing everything, hard-wiring their brains for how they'll respond to such things as adults. Thus, anything you want your pup to be confident in as an adult, they need to experience it (positively!!) during this time. Even the "Rule of 7's" sticky would apply well as far as introducing different types of stimuli. Whatever kind of Chihuahua you want her to be is in your hands. =) Have fun and I hope to see you around!
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Fantastic advice from Kat as always. All I would say is to make sure you take her to the puppy pad frequently and try to get her to go on it then. Every couple of hours is good and times she is likely to need to go are after naps, eating, drinking and playing. I find that Mine didn't/ don't carry on when i put them to the right spot. I had Mylo's in a puppy pad tray and that worked a lot better, it was like because it was blocked off her knew he should go there. We use it now too because Willow likes to shred the puppy pads.

If she's a trouble maker I found lots of exercise is great. Mylo was always very energetic so I wore him out with lots of tug and fetch and chasing his toys around whenever I needed him to be good and several times during the day. So, particularly before I went out anywhere, before I wanted to sit down and eat, before bed time etc.

Exercise will help with the biting because they often do this when they're overexcited. They're also trying to learn at the moment what sort of force to use and learning bite inhibition. If she chews on you yelp when it gets too hard. This works with Willow but didn't with Mylo (it seemed to encourage him) so I gave him a firm 'no' and that worked. Places like the face were a problem with Mylo but not Willow. I used to just say no firmly and then stop play for a minute, resume play and repeat and that worked for us. If she's chewing on furniture and stuff the best tactic is to distract her with a chew. I too recommend bully sticks. Mine won't chew plastic things but love natural things like raw bones, bully sticks, venison tendon and other natural treats. It's great for teeth and great for mental stimulation.

At that age I couldn't walk the puppies because of their shots but I took them out carrying them and introduced them to all the people I could. I also took them on car and bus rides because we often have to use the bus. I introduced them to noises like a busy road and got YouTube clips of babies crying and storms because these are things I want them to be used to.

You're already half way there by wanting to raise a well rounded pup and being prepared to ask questions. Welcome to the forum and good luck
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Great info ladies! We love deer and caribou antlers for chews! Bully sticks, tendons, pig swizzles are also irresistible! A Kong toy is great too because you can stuff it with anything, and it burns energy(Mental and physical.) getting it out. You can even fill and freeze it to make it more challenging. My corgi Kiki likes to drop hers down the stairs and collect the pieces. It's too funny.
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Awesome advice from all of you thanks!



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Would defo recommend bully sticks. When Rolos being a pain in the butt I shove one of those in his chops and it usually distracts him


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I love the puppy playpen for the ease of it. I put down washable pee pad 34"x36" and it just covers it. Their food, water and a toy or two plus a bed/crate go inside. I wash the pee pads every day in the evening.
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What are Bully Sticks?


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