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Old 12-11-2012, 11:22 AM
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Hi! We are new owners to a 10 week old pup...name still in hot debate. We fell in love with the breed after knowing my bil's 2 chis. We did our research, etc before thinking about getting our own but I feel so unprepared now that we have him. We brought him home last night and I just cannot get over how TINY he is! We have always had goldens (have a 2 yo now) so I think that makes him even tinier!
He has started paper training but I would like to discourage that and take him outside. Is that even possible at this age or should we concentrate on puppy pads? My other concern is we live in a cold area (Chicago) and I know this tiny thing will freeze out there. (Kind of kicking myself for this whole winter puppy thing! Ha!) Should we transition outside in the spring?
We crate trained our other dogs and they were a cinch.
Any advice is welcome. I have been reading a bunch of posts as well. Thanks!
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Old 12-11-2012, 12:43 PM
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Congratulations!

The puppy thing is very overwhelming but it lasts such a short time so try to enjoy the beautiful parts of it and not stress too much over the not so pleasant parts.

At 10 weeks I am assuming he has not had all of his shots yet so unless you live in an area where no other dogs/cats are around he should be kept inside and use a potty pad. Some people say that they can go outside after the 2nd sets of shots and some people say to wait until fully immunized. I would prefer if it were me to wait until fully immunized.

As far as potty training... he is 10 weeks old so he is probably going to need to go potty every 2 to 3 hours. This means you either want to set up a playpen area for him at night with a sleeping area/potty area/food and water. You could also get up in the middle of the night to take him to the potty pad if you prefer that method. Accidents are going to happen and just remember it is not his fault. For us potty training just started clicking around 6 months but routine helps tons!

Crate training worked well for us too. I didn't have room for a playpen so I just got up in the middle of the night with Jaxx.

I know exactly what you mean about the difference in size between goldens and chis! We had always had goldens too until our Jaxx. I loved our goldens and never thought I could like the personality of a small dog but Jaxx stole my heart.

Welcome to the forum! Can't wait to see pictures of your little one and your golden too!
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Yes, like Amy Jo said pictures! Try not to stress yourself out too much, he can tell when you are and then he might get stressed. Ike is just about 4 months old now, we live in FL so the cold isn't much of an issue. I would train him to the puppy pads, for now and still take him out with your other dog, after his shots. Ike is starting to catch on why my other dogs go out and he is starting to go potty outside more then using the pad.

Congratulations getting your puppy. They give so much love back to us .
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Hi. I think it's always pretty overwhelming when you first get a puppy but I think it calms down after a week or so when you both get used to the situation. I've always had small dogs so it wasn't a huge deal to me but when we brought home Willow she seemed so tiny next to Mylo because he's a normal sized chi and she's tiny. She was around a pound in weight when we brought her home and much smaller than Mylo was at that age let alone how big he was at 5 months when we brought her home. I found myself thinking of her as if she wasn't real because she was so tiny, but don't underestimate them because of their size, they are clever little things and she's feisty to boot. She can get up on much higher couches that Mylo ever could at that age and Mylo won't go up the stairs but Willow will if I let her (which I don't!) She makes up for her small size with pure guts. Mylo was a little Houdini at 10 weeks escaping from his crate. They're a smart breed.

If you have a yard where no other dogs have been that are not immunised then you can start outdoor training whenever you like. If you don't, you'll need to wait until he's had all his shots. If you do you'll need to get up with him several times during the night. When you go outside you can just pop a coat or jumper on him if you're worried about the cold.

I have crate trained both of mine and they've done fantastic with it. Mylo was sleeping through the night and not going to the toilet at 8 weeks. Willow is 16 weeks and she goes in there for about 6.5 hours a night and doesn't ask to get up to go the toilet any more. But I hear that a good rule of thumb is they can hold it for 1 hour for every month of their age. I'm getting a bit fed up of puppy pads so I'm going to transition to outside in the spring (one our yard has had a good clean after a sewerage incident). But they can learn to go outside at 10 weeks just as they can learn to go on a pad...you'll just have to be quick and diligent. I find that pees are so tiny that they're done by the time I get them to a puppy pad but if you take him out frequently then hopefully you'll never get to the point where he needs to go and he hasn't been outside.

Welcome and feel free to ask loads of questions or just seek some reassurance. I know I needed so much reassurance when I first got my puppies. This place is great for it
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I use washable pee pads in a puppy playpen. They work great, and are not easy to shred. When Bonnie was tiny, she used to paw the pads into a mess, but never chewed them. She is all grown up now and doesn't do this any more, thank goodness. Mine are pretty well inside doggies, especially in winter, as my arthritis doesn't allow me to walk much. They get lots of exercise inside though!
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Welcome!! and congratulations on your new Chi I adopted Romeo when he was 2 years old and already toilet trained, so I can't offer much in the way of potty training other than they can't hold it as long as bigger dogs! x
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