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Old 05-18-2010, 02:36 AM
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Hey all- Just a few questions for the Chi Fans.

Frida is my first puppy. For the past 2 weeks, I've taken her to work. I work doing home health. I would drive with her (in a car seat) then place her in her little kennel while I visited with a patient. I would roll the windows down so it was cool enough. We would stop and have breaks around town and spend the day enjoying each other. Well, it is getting too warm for that plan to work safely.

I've a question about what would be best: contain her in the bathroom, purchase a bigger crate, or an ex-pen with an open top. What size would you suggest? I'm planning to place a bed, food and puppy pad. I will be gone between 3 - 5 hours between stops. I've not done pads because I want her to do her business outside. I know she can't hold her bladder that long though. Any experience in this matter would be greatly appreciated. I'm crushed at not being able to take my best co-worker.

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Old 05-18-2010, 10:34 AM
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How old is she? Age is a big thing with how long they can hold their bladders..

Apparentley they can be alone for an hour to every month they are (i'd prob not leave Daisy more than 4 ever though) Is there anyone that could come and let her out for a toilet break??

I only trained DAisy to go outside coz its my preference so i dunno what you can do.. i'd crate her tho as she's less likely to go. 3 hours wouldn't bother me.. crating for 5 probably would!!

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Old 05-18-2010, 11:46 AM
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If you are open to using puppy pads I would say a pen. Sophie is trained on the pads so it may be a little different but I close all of the bedroom and bathroom doors and she has access to the living room, kitchen and hallway. She has been doing great so far. Good luck with your transition
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Old 05-18-2010, 11:51 AM
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The general rule is 1 hour +1 for each month old they are. Now that being said, with a 12 week old puppy I would be okay crating for 3-5 hours. Make absolutely sure she potties and gets alllll her business done before you leave. Leave only a smidge of water or one ice cube for her so she doesn't tank up on water while you are gone. Take out immediately when you get home. Get ready to remove her bedding if you have to temporarily if she starts to use it to potty. Make sure the crate is the right size, just big enough to stand up, turn around and lie down.

If you want her to go outside don't start with the pads, keep things consistent, outside is the only potty place.
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Old 05-18-2010, 12:07 PM
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How much does she weigh? If she is under 2 lbs you may have to worry about her sugar. I have been fortunate not to have any of my pups have a problem with low sugar. Those who have will post advice if needed I am sure.

Quigley stays in a kennel when we are not home. When he was tiny and even now, the smallest kennel was too big for him. He would go to the back and pee. I blocked off the back of the kennel with rolled up towells so he would not be able to and he stopped pee-ing in his kennel. He has enough room to stand up stretch and lay back down. It has been a lot of work with him but he is holding his bladder longer and longer. (Thank heavens!) I used to leave a bit of food in there when he was under 2 lbs just in case he needed to eat. Now he is on a eating schedule and doing quite well.

I chose the kennel method because I want him to potty outside. I did not want to confuse him by leaving him to pee on a pad when we were not there then requiring him to go outside when we were.

Everyone has a method that works best for them and their lifestyle.
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Old 05-18-2010, 01:32 PM
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She is 3 months old yesterday. She weighed 2lbs 6 oz 2 weeks ago. I placed her in the bathroom yesterday and covered the floor in pads. She had 2 stools in the AM and pottied several times. When I came home and took her directly out she played and went crazy to see me. I had to walk in to pick up my phone. In the time that took, she pottied on the carpet... In the PM same thing. Obviously, I need to plan to stay out for the long run when coming home.

I'm just so confused about what to do. I don't want her to get hungry or be uncomfortable in my absence. I'm ok with pads (I think) because we live in a 4 season area. The snow can be pretty icky and winter is long. Is it better to have them trained to pads and outside? Is that too confusing? I haven't been able to find much on how to train on this. PS She goes all night without eliminating.

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Old 05-18-2010, 01:48 PM
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Its your decision how you train her.. I wouldn't worry about the weather.. they learn to go very quickly when its snow and rain!!

I did the same as what Quigleys Mum did with Daisy although i never left food for her.. if i was out over her lunch i use to feed her a little early or give her a kong full of food to keep her entertained
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I would try a playpen or something similar. I'd be afraid to leave one at 2.6 lbs. in an X-pen or the like. They can get stuck in the craziest of places. The bathroom would be a good idea if it's puppy proofed. As far as the potty goes, the pads may be the only thing if you are gone for awhile. Otherwise she may potty wherever. Best of luck.



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