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Old 03-08-2010, 06:50 AM
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Hi everyone,I'm new here and new to owning a chi.I just got my baby a few days ago and he is 9 wks old.I have fallen completely in love with him,and he is really getting along great with my husband and 12 year old daughter too.
This is a first time for me though because I have never owned a dog before.I have had many cats,but never a dog.Anyways,our cat died last year after 10 years of being with us and I really wanted a dog.We live in an apartment that allows dogs up to 100 pounds,but I thought a little dog would be best.
My question is,when can I start taking him outside to potty train? It is still pretty cold here and I know they can't be out in it really.I think he's probably still too small for any sweaters or jackets they sell in stores...So I have been trying to get him to go on Wee pads.Sometimes he does and other times he doesn't.(which is really no big deal to me,I just don't want him getting used to only going indoors)
I read on another forum that I should wait until he's four months old and fully vaccinated before taking him outside.there haven't really been any clear answers that I've found.
Some say he's too young to even go outside yet and others say potty training starts right away.So I'm confused.If anyone has ANY advice I'd greatful!
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I took mine out from day one at 8 weeks old, she hadnt had her vaccinations and we had snow on the ground.. Someone advised me to put a sock with two wholes cut for their legs in it and she keeps warm in them.

They learn to go to the toilet really quickly when its cold.. i'd start taking him out now.
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I agree. Do you have a garden? If not Dont take him anywhere that other dogs go yet tho as he hasnt had all his vaccinations. But you can start training him to pee and poo outside asap. Mine have gone out since the first day i got them at 8/9 weeks. Remember lots of praise when he does good, but dont make to much fuss if he does go in the house where hes not supposed to. Good Luck x
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If you have a garden where no other dogs go you can start taking him out there but only there. If not you will have to wait until he has had ALL of his vaccinations.
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I agree that you must must must start early, lots of praise is key. If my little girl makes a poopoo in the house all i have to do is pick her up to take her out and you would think we beat her to death. It is quite funny, but it shows she knows she did wrong and how smart this breed is compared to some of the others I have had. I bought the extra small sweater at walmart and then sewed the arm holes smaller and put that on over a sock with small holes cut in it. I doubled up with them as it was and still is quite cold here. (around 37 degrees F) just remember that it is cold and ur baby will need lots of cuddles to warm up when she comes in.
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Do you have a crate for him? Do you know about crate training? It's the best, fastest and most humane way to potty train an animal. There is LOTS of information about crate training on the web if you want to google it.

Just remember, you have a dog. He might be a chihuahua, which means he's tiny, and it's very, very easy to become over-protective and treat him like a precious, fragile baby, but he's a dog first, and any rules that apply to dogs apply to him.

As you live in an apartment and can't know what other dogs have been around spreading what kind of diseases, I personally wouldn't take him outside till he's fully vaccinated unless there's a spot you know is safe. If your apartment has a patio of any kind, you could take him to that, even put a pee pad down if you wanted to, so he starts getting the idea that outside is the place to eliminate, assuming that you want him to be an outside potty dog. Some folks here (me included) have their dogs trained to pee pads. Tango and Jazz don't go outside to potty. They WILL potty outside when I'm out in the garden with them, or on walks or whatever, they're just trained to eliminate in designated areas when they're inside.

What are you feeding him? Get the highest quality food you can possibly afford. You will extend his life and make it a much healthier one with extremely good food. Go here: dogfoodanalysis.com. The premium foods are more expensive, and some aren't sold in a chain type pet store like PetsMart, you have to go to an independent store to buy them, or buy them online. But the good thing is that these little guys are so small, it takes them a long time to get through even the smallest bag, so you don't have to spend a lot of money very often.

Have you gotten him to the Vet yet? A thorough vet check is advised, and preferably a vet who has some experience with small breeds.....if you plan to get him neutered (please do!) that experience will come in handy, and lessen your concerns when he goes in for surgery.

We love pictures here, so any pix you have of the little guy we'd love to see 'em. Good luck with your new baby, and keep us informed, and ask as many questions as you want to, the more the better.
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By 9 weeks he should have at least had his initial vaccines so as long as like everyone said above the places you're letting him out are relatively 'dog-free' you shouldn't have that much concern about him picking anything up.
That said, I opted for the easy route and trained my dog to a grass-patch potty thing. If you have two of them it works much easier- but what I did was make sure I had a crate large enough to fit the grass patch in one half, and her bed in the other. Naturally whenever she was crated she'd opt to use the patch instead of her bed due to her instinct not to soil her sleeping area... and eventually she just caught on that even when she was out, since the grass patch is the only place she was used to pottying, she used the one that i had outside of her crate too. Of course I still had a few instances where if she'd start squatting somewhere I'd immediately pick her up and move her tot he patch, but for the most part she just 'taught herself' because she developed a substrate preference.
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Thanks,I didn't expect so many replies!

To answer some questions...

We do have a crate for him,but he HATES it.I'm having a really hard time with that issue.We put toys and food in there to get him to like it,but he howls,cries,screams,and whines when put in there and *DOESN'T* stop.He also does this even if we just gate him in an area...so it is a little frustrating at the moment cuz I can't be with him 24 hours a day.

We do have a garden on our porch that no other dogs use,so I guess I could start taking him out there.

The sock thing is a great idea!

He goes for his first vet check on Saturday...
he's had some loose stools and some coughing.I was told this could be from the stress of moving to a new environment.
He has had quite a few vaccinations and deworming though already.

Thanks a million for the help guys.It's nice to be here!
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