Originally Posted by Foxy Roxy
Aww, how precious. How is tia taking to Angel Lily?
Well.. Tia I don't think minds her too much, but Angel however, has been nipping at Tia when Tia gets near me/her or I start to cuddle Tia. If anything, the new puppy is more jealous than Tia is.
I'm having some trouble with her. Lots of training to do. She's a biter. Her breeder was letting her gnaw on her fingers, so I have to get her out of that habit. If she starts to bite, I hold her mouth closed and say "No". She doesn't really understand "no" too well yet, but holding her mouth is helping. And she's gone to the bathroom in the wrong spots but luckily it hasn't been a pee yet where I would have to really scrub at the carpet.
I did take them both outside in the backyard today, and I called Angel and she came running to me
. So I think she may be getting used to her name. My sister, who is completely opposite to me, said it was "stupid" (the name). She's very negative and sort of "punk" so I'm sure you can understand her not liking it. But shes my puppy so she'll just have to get over it
But ya. My main issues are the biting, potty training, and making sure they both get along. Oh and lets not forget the chewing. She chews everything in sight, she's obviously going through a teething stage. She'll chew pillows, cleanex if its there, my headphones (luckily I caught her in time), the carpet where it was pulling, the curtains I sewed, etc. There's also the fact that she doesn't have very good manners - you can't trust her near your food because she'll just go right over and start eating/licking it. Even while you're eating it and you say "no"
... I can't leave food on my bed even for a second. Tia won't touch our food because she knows better (only if it's offered to her). But Angel hasn't caught on to the "no" too well yet.
I don't think her breeder really knew what she was doing. She's a very nice lady, yes, but I don't think she's very experienced (Angel's mother was 3 lbs... I would never
breed at that size. Not even Tia's size. I would breed probably at 5 lbs being the lowest if I were going to. The mother only had two puppies, one of them being Angel. And the breeder sold the mother shortly afterwards because she said she was too small for breeding.. Even though she already bred her? So I'm hoping Angel doesn't have any problems. She's very small and will probably be about her mothers size full grown). I don't know that the breeder was disciplining her very well (letting her bite, etc).
So I think I have a lot of work ahead of me.
I couldn't sleep so I've now taught Angel to go up the stairs (step-by-step using treats), down the stairs (same method), and jumping up on to my bed (I used a big pillow for a boost the first time, then I downsized it to a smaller pillow, then I got rid of the boost entirely and she still made it
); and I used the leash & harness with her briefly, asking her to come (with treats).