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Old 11-16-2014, 01:49 PM
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Apparently I am a very bad Chi mummy... Peggy is really quite disobedient and I know it's all my fault.

She won't go for walks. She barely comes to me when I shout her name. She won't sit or stay. She is ridiculously clingy and cries whenever she's not touching me.

I think a lot of it is to do with her being so tiny and missing her leg. I'm wary of pushing her too hard physically and she really doesn't seem to want to listen to me when I attempt to train her.

Any tips on where to start are greatly appreciated!

The things we are getting right: She's pad trained (bar the occasional accident) and she's well socialised.

(she's 14 weeks old, is missing a leg, has a deformed foot and weighs 1lb 3oz)
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I would have a treat in my hand when you call her,if she comes lots of praise keep your voice calm,don't rush things ,she can't learn everything at once,maybe you're confusing her if your trying the sit, stay ,come.Is she having trouble sitting with her leg missing ?
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She sits fine, in fact, she's always sitting when I attempt to train her to sit so that's quite difficult, lol.

Sorry, I've made it sound like I'm training her everything all at once. I've only attempted sitting and recall. She gets huge praise when she does return to me, and she's generally really good until she finds something interesting and then it's like she forgets her name.

As for giving her treats, I find that as soon as she finds out there's treats available she just completely loses focus, she'll be so distracted trying to get the treat that it's like she's switched her brain and ears off!
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(LOL) i'm sure you'll get there,instead of a treat what about her favourite toy? She does sound a character,but these tiny ones are full of it and know they can get away with murder
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You have to remember that she is still a baby, her concentration will get better as she grows up.
Keep it short and keep it simple. Chis are really clever, she will soon catch on..
For the Sit just hold a treat above her head and ask her to sit. As soon as she does, give her the treat and sat 'Good sit!' then repeat, she will do it more quickly each time.
For recalls, you need to say 'Peggy Come!' in an excited voice, slap your thighs etc. When she comes, lots of praise, fuss and treats. Start in the house, then try the garden, then move onto safe open spaces. Say her name first, to get her attention, then say come. Always give praise and treats, a solid recall could save her life one day.
It also sounds like you need to work on building up her confidence. Take her everywhere and socialise her, and always make sure each outing is a positive one. She needs to meet all kinds of people and animals, and see, hear and smell everything she may encounter in later life.
Don't treat her any differently just because she is physically different. Dogs don't get the concept of disabled, they just get on with things and for her 3 legs is completely normal. Babying her now won't help her to become a confident outgoing adult. Make sure you have rules and that you stick to them, dogs need consistency from their humans. It is easy when they are tiny and vulnerable to just let them have their own way, but that is the recipe for a spoilt and demanding Chi, and they are no fun to live with.
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Old 11-17-2014, 02:09 PM
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She's still really young, yet. Chihuahuas take a lot of patience. They comprehend things in a very different way because they're so small, and it sounds like you are worried about her disability when honestly, she doesn't care at all! (as long as she's not in pain)

Over at my house I have what's called the "Ponyo Remote." It's a pleather treat bag with a clip on it so it can attach to my purse or my belt loops. I try to train by lots of praise and by affection, and my chi, Ponyo, will always listen if the other two dogs are listening, but when it's really important or we're trying to work on a new behavior, I just pull out the treat bag. It's a very clear signal that it's time to focus and pay attention.

Training your chi to "focus" or "look" at you is a very useful behavior, because if there is any time you need to get your chi to pay attention to you (so you can help her) she will know what you're asking.


In her book, "How To Train Your Pint Sized Companion," Deborah Wood goes over the "look" as well as many other "little dog training hacks" to help understand and mold your chis habits towards healthy instead of "I'M LOST!!!" Chihuahuas are very very intelligent, and mine still tests me sometimes because she thinks it's so fun to try and push her luck. That's what's fun about her, she's always keeping me on my toes... but I never take it personal because she loves me so much.

Keep up the good work! She's just young, that's all. If you incorporate consistent and clear training, she'll get the hang of it in no time!
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Thank you everyone for your replies!

I think I have to accept that I was expecting too much from her too soon. She's slowly getting better at being outside. I took her for a decent walk around Brompton Cemetery today and it's the furthest she's ever walked and she walked on pavement! She spent the entire time just running to my feet though, not actually enjoying being out in the fresh air, but we're getting there.

She's such a cheeky little thing, I have a feeling she's going to start outsmarting me soon, especially when it comes to food!
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Clingy is normal for Chis, they bond very closely with their people. As her chosen person you need to help and encourage her to be more independent. It is great that she trusts you and comes to you for protection, you obviously have a great bond.
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