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Old 09-23-2010, 06:14 AM
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12 years ago I adopted 3 adult long hair chihuahuas from a breeder. A mom, dad and daughter. Sadly, the last one passed away a couple weeks ago. I wasn't going to buy another one, but I was devasted and ended up buying a 10 week old long hair chocolate female. I have never owned a puppy before and she is well...., acting like a puppy. So here are few newbie questions. She is now 13 weeks old:

1. She has her mouth on everything! We have lots of chew toys and she
munches on greenies and carrots. But she loves to have her mouth on your
fingers and toes
. She never bites or pulls, but you can feel her baby teeth. I don't mind, but is this a bad habit that will carry over when her adult teeth come in? Should we tell her no? If your playing with a toy with her, she would rather just plant her mouth on your finger, heck with the toy. once again, she is gently and doesn't bite or pull.

2. She wants nothing to do with going on a walk. If you put a leash on here, she just sits and gives you that "Iam not going anywhere with that on". How can I teach her to walk? I do have a fenced in back yard and she is a track star.

I have many more question, but this will get me started.
Thanks for any input you can give me. I will post pictures in the new person
section soon.

Ross in ND
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Old 09-24-2010, 08:59 AM
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I should have posted this in the question area rather than general chat. Any thoughts?
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Old 09-24-2010, 09:48 AM
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Its completely normal for a puppy to mouth you - Unless she knows its wrong, she'll continue! But it wouldnt be hard for it to turn into a proper bite as she grows up so its something you need to work on before it does turn into something worse as she gets older!

And for walking, give her time and make the idea of a walk the best thing ever - lure her along with treats if you have to, until she gets the idea that a walk is fun. You also dont mention if you use a harness or a collar - a lot of dogs prefer to be walked on a harness so if you're using a collar this might be a good way to go.
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Old 09-24-2010, 10:32 AM
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How old was she when you got her?? Basically puppies learn bite inhibition from their mothers they get a growl followed by a snarl and a snap if it hurts!! I got my first puppy at 8 weeks (far to young should be 12 ideally) and omg he drove me mad I tried ouch no the whole thing spraying with water redirecting with toys nothing worked so I ended up biting back with my hand just harder than she nipped me 3 corrections and no more she is 10 months now and if she catches me by accident it follows with a lick and a roll over lol bless her

My other was 12 weeks when I got her she's not nipped me at all

Leash walking some take to it like pros some don't daisy (my oldest) drove me insane it took me 5 weeks of taking her out daily looking like a Pratt hunched over with treats in my hand coaxing her to walk haha she is a pro now and trots next to me Happily my other ors just follows me happily

I'd suggest enrolling in puppy obedience classes ts great for their socialisation as they need a lot and will help establish you as pack leader I'd also google nilif

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Ah, the joys of a puppy! I would make a sharp sound when she nips, like "eh eh" and say "no bite" and move your hand where she can't reach it. Biting is very normal and I think with a little work, she will understand that you don't want her to bite you. This is certainly something you want to stop.

I would put a harness and leash on her and let her drag the leash around the house, keeping an eye on her, of course, so she doesn't get tangled up in anything. She will find out that a leash is a good thing when she gets to go outside and have fun with you and the other dogs while wearing it. You can use treats to entice her to follow you and walk with you.

Try to relax and enjoy her being a puppy. Pups are like kids, they are a real pain sometimes, but when they grow up, your favorite memories are of all the things they did that made them so individual and special. You might enroll her in a puppy obedience class, too. That would be good for both of you.

Good luck with your new baby.

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Old 09-24-2010, 11:34 AM
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Congratulations on the new puppy & sorry for your loss. It's totally normal for puppies to play bite, but if she starts getting ruff & hurting just say "easy" & "no" & you could give her chew toys.
She doesn't understand the leash & walking so you have to teach her. Say "Do you want to go for a walk? & coax her into walking. It doesn't take long to catch on.
LadyJ told you a very important point--Make sure you use a harness to walk her instead of a leash. You can damage her esophagus walking her with the collar.
Good Luck.
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Welcome to CP! Sorry to hear about your recent loss, I hope your new Chi will help ease the pain. As to the mouthing, I found this site had some very helpful info. Not just about the mouthing, but also about many other puppy training questions. Hope it helps.
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Welcome to our little forum. I have a baby chi too. He is 14 weeks old now. We got him when he was 8 wks. old. Too young to be taken from mama. Mama teaches them not to bite. He still likes to bite my fingers, but I give him a chewie to chew instead. He has stopped biting my hubby's fingers. He listens when he says 'NO' loudly.
I've been putting a harness on him every day since we brought him home. He is now just getting used to having in on. It is still too big (it's the smallest one I could find) but he loves to go out in front of the house for a walk.
He is starting to enjoy the walks and does go potty outside most of the time.
Just be patient and yours will stop biting.
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