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Old 05-03-2017, 06:57 PM
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So I brought Kylo home in December and have had him for about four months. He gets along now very well with Lola, and it's fun to watch them play, chase after each other, wrestle, etc...

My problem: he's a little hellion! Currently, he is marking four-five spots every day - thank goodness I don't have carpeting. He likes to tear up the pottie pads on occasion, and the worst, he plays with and eats poop... With the two of them sometimes it's as if my apartment isn't my own! I get frazzled with them quite easily at times, and I question the wisdom of getting a second chi. Help! any suggestions? I get feelings that I should adopt him out, but he's so damn cute, and i worry Lola will be heartbroken.
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Old 05-04-2017, 01:00 AM
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Whoa there!! First of all, how old is Kylo? Is he 'intact' or has he been neutered? I would immediately go get a belly band for this little hellion! That would help the marking. As for the poop issue, unfortunately that is pretty normal behavior for dogs. I have a 5 year old that plays with her poop, probably eats some of it. Pick it up ASAP. There are formulas to add to the diet that makes the poop distasteful. Get it at the pet stores. The other thing you can do is keep both chi's in a large pen with beds and pee pads down. I use the human washable pee pads for them. They come in sizes from chair size to 34x36 inches. I also use an Iris pen. You can enlarge it to larger than 4 square panels. Some people think that keeping dogs in a large pen is cruel, but getting rid of the dog will break Lola's heart. That way the apartment is safe, and you are less frazzled. When you have time, then they get to come out, and you WATCH them like a hawk. Any going by the spots (wash them well with a pet approved solution. Good luck.
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Old 05-04-2017, 02:38 AM
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Like Susan Davis asked: is he fixed?
Probably try the belly bands for marking though personally I haven't tried it for my males (Only a diaper for my female Chihuahua)
My dogs too sometimes tear up the puppy pads
Is he fully potty trained other than just the marking.
Is the female fixed?
My male dogs "love" marking in general but it's almost like they "know" better inside the house
My Chi's sometimes play/eat their potty but they don't do it much anymore (like rarely now)
I haven't tried the thing that you add for their potty not 2 smell pleasant or taste funny. I always thought it wasn't "safe" for my Chihuahuas. I feel like there 2 delicate
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Old 05-04-2017, 06:04 AM
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My girl tried eating her poop a couple times as a puppy, but she eventually grew out of it. I hope you are able to sort out Kylo's troublesome behaviors, especially since Lola would probably be heartbroken without him.
I agree with trying the belly band. It should definitely teach him not to mark indoors.

It does sound like Kylo's behavior is hard to deal with. Puppies can definitely cause a lot of trouble, but they often eventually learn how to behave if monitored closely.
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Old 05-04-2017, 03:25 PM
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I reread an realized you want to adopt him out. Don't give up too easily.

I have 4 Chihuahuas, and 3 don't get along with each other.

I became very stressed out and have tried to rehome Buddy Bear or Jojo. (I will never be able to rehome Jr because he's too attached to me, I'm basically his "everything" in his world. And he'd probably act "aggressive" to his new owners)

I tried no-kill shelters but they won't take them in since their dog aggressive
I don't have the heart to take them to a kill shelter

But I haven't been able to find the "right" owner for either one of them

1st off their not puppies majority are looking for puppies

2nd they don't like other dogs and they need someone experienced who understands that keeping them away from other dogs is the only way they'll be safe. I don't blame them either having a "normal" dog who interacts with others is awesome

3rd they would be better off with a back yard as they need alone time to be off on their own without no other dogs

One dog no kids at all and the other loves kids but no dogs can be in sight

And they need a lot of patience with these dogs

I also require a rehome fee since I need people who are serious about my dog.

All that said I haven't found the right person maybe one day and although it'll hurt the dog will be much happier as it'll be the only dog in the house and all requirements met

I know it's not the same issue you have but just a personal experience on not giving up
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Everyone gave some great advice above so I won't repeat everything, but I just wanted to add another "please don't give up on him" in this thread.

My Rocky marked a lot when we adopted him, but we trained him to stop and he never ever pees in the house now. First we had him neutered, so like the others said, I recommend doing that if he hasn't been done yet. We also did not allow him to walk freely around the house until he was trained. We watched him like a hawk at all times, telling him a firm NO and taking him to the peed pad every time he was about to mark. When you can't watch him, I would do like Susan said, put him in a play pen. It didn't take long for him to learn either... he still marks outside, but he understands that it's unacceptable indoors.
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I rescued my boy last June. He was in a pen most of the time for more than 6 months, and he is still only allowed in certain parts of the house unsupervised. It takes time, especially with puppies. Gobo was about 6 months when I got him.

With the pee pads, Gobo ripped them up too. I got a Piddle Place and coated the edges of the base and grass with bitter spray. The grass is heavy enough that it doesn't move so easily. As a backup I got a pee pad holder and put fake grass on top.

Make sure they have plenty of safe toys and chewies to keep them occupied. That way, when you are ready to have them out loose, you can encourage them to run around and play and get tired.

A pen will give you a chance to take a breath and wait for the pups to grow up a little!
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