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Old 04-23-2013, 09:30 AM
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Firstly, apologies for the long post....I'm seriously lacking sleep....

I've had Evie since end of November 2012 (she was 6 and a half weeks old) and she has been an absolute joy - toilet trained quickly, eats all of her food, not much of a chewer, learns commands quickly, stopped crying after the second night etc. Every bit of training I had ready she took to easily and we have a great relationship.

I've had Mimi since Thursday 18th April 2013 (she was 8 and a half weeks old) and she is driving me insane already!
1) Just as I think she's getting the idea of toilet training she messes on a blanket when there's newspaper there for her and we're back to square one!
2) Mimi wants Evie's food rather than her own when they have exactly the same in their bowls! And she will actually growl at Evie to move away from Evie's bowl and Evie moves because she has no mean-ness in her!
3) Nips constantly and winds Evie up by hanging off her and then shaking her head like when they try to "kill" their toys. Poor Evie has never been aggressive so is completely confused by this behaviour, but is slowly starting to stand up for herself. Evie is yelping sometimes though, but then when Mimi stops Evie then rolls around trying to get her to play again so I guess it isn't bothering Evie that much? When I tell Mimi off for biting it has no effect on her - I make eye contact, stop her and tell her clearly "NO" but she just carries on!
4) Mimi cries as soon as I leave the room, and wakes me up every few hours throughout the night - I understand this will gradually get better with time but she's so loud!

Basically I know I've been so lucky with Evie being such an easy dog to train etc and so sweet, but Mimi is just crazy and I can see us going round in circles! I am following all the normal training rules and Mimi just seems to be fighting against them on purpose. I feel sorry for Evie because Mimi is so boisterous, pushes her about, and doesn't listen to me but yes she is so adorable as well and she knows it!

Sorry for the long post, I'm just seriously lacking sleep and full of frustration! Any help?
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Old 04-23-2013, 12:34 PM
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I think you should get a baby playpen and keep her confined she is not ready to have the whole run of the house yet. Of course let her out for play times and lovies but need to keep them short like 15 minutes or so so she can potty try to see that she goes right before you have her out. She will soon start to hold it till she gets back to the playpen. If you want you can have newspaper out there for her incase she gets the sudden urge. I have four chis and this worked great for every one of them. As she gets better at holding it increase the time she is out. Mine would jump up at the out side of the playpen cause they wanted in to potty. I would confine her play area to only one room at this point. As far as the play fighting goes this is normal and natural. You need to let them work out their places with in the pack sometimes when we interfere with this we make it worse. Your other dog is fine thats why she asks the puppy for more. If your first dog gets pissed at the puppy let it go the puppy needs to learn manners and if she doesn't then odds are the puppy will end up the boss. Hope this helps you out. Good luck


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I think you're right about the playpen. I've sort of made one with boxes etc so she's confined to one space, but should probably go and get an actual playpen. Whenever she goes on the newspaper I say "good girl" and make a fuss of her really happy but she doesn't seem to notice - she's so all over the place! Thank you very much for the advice, will definitely put it into practice
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Old 04-23-2013, 03:10 PM
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No problem hope it works for you any questions feel free to pm me anytime really don't mind helping.


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Playpen is a great thing. I also have washable pads down in several places in the house. There are also 36x36 human disposable pads for playpens.

When I got Emmie, she attached herself to Zarita's tail!!! She actually loved to shake it, like she was gonna 'kill it'! Zarita NEVER stood up to her! I let them work it out, and slowly the pup decided that Zarita really didn't want to play with her. Poor puppy! Zarita's tail took 7 months to grow out again!
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Definitely go with the playpen suggestion! Keep Mimi separated from Evie for now unless you are 100% supervising them. Evie sounds like she was a star puppy, so you were indeed lucky with her, especially with how difficult Chis tend to be when it comes to potty training. When you are not watching Mimi 100%, put her in her playpen. Are you training her to potty inside or outside? If you're planning on outside long term, I would suggest skipping the whole pad/paper process and get right to outdoor potty training. If you train her to use papers at first, taking them away later is just going to be very confusing for her. In my opinion, only use papers if you plan on using them forever. If you're not going to use papers forever, you need to be taking her outside every 45 minutes for potty breaks. Praise her like crazy when she actually goes outside.
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With Evie I had most of the area covered with newspaper, then gradually decreased this, then got her a little shallow kitten litter tray and put a sheet of newspaper in that, and then once she was 100% with going in the litter tray I then started putting dog litter underneath the newspaper and then eventually removed the paper completely. Now she has a dog carry case thing as her "bathroom" with dog litter in and she will also go outside when we go for a walk. I use the word "powder" to let her know that she can go when she is away from her litter tray. I use "powder" because ladies "powder their noses" when they go to the bathroom and Evie is very posh don't you know lol. I'm hoping Mimi will follow the same gradual move from paper to litter tray to outside as well. I have a feeling it may take a little longer though!

Thank you everyone for all your advice it is very much appreciated.
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