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Old 02-18-2009, 03:56 PM
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HI, I am bringing home my new pup March 8th. I would like to start on the right foot. We don't have a yard. We live in a condo complex. I will be pee pee pad training her. I don't plan on walking her daily which is why I decided on this breed. I would like to give her indoor exercise and playtime. Please advice on how long you exercise your dogs and what kind of exercise. I have read lots of things about the Chi and that they don't need much. My pup should reach around 6 lbs. thanks.
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just because there sall doesnt mean they dont need exsize
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My dog is pee pad trained, but I still walk him every day usually around the block, then I play with him at night and he plays with the cat and runs through the house. It seems like -plemty if exercise. I want to make sure he doesen't get fat.
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when i took my little one to the vets she said i was to walk vet for 15-20 mins a day and have 'playtime' as a extra...

i walk mine for ALOT longer as i have a staffishiere bull terrior and i walk him about 2-3 hours a day and lola (my chihuahua) loves her walks but lets me no by jumping up at me that shes tired so she gets carryed a bit for a rest
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We live in a house with 3 floors so they have loads of time running about - apart from that lots and lots of playtime, with us and with each other (They are going mad right now!) Walks are happening more, but it's not for long and not many at the moment.
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At 6lb your Chihuahua will be a good sized little dog and will need more than the occasional walk outside. Personally I like to get my dogs out every day if I can as the mental stimulation of a good sniff and toddle about is essential for their mental and emotional well being.

I'm sure you will, but do keep in mind the importance of daily outdoor socialisation of puppies, even if you need to carry them initially. The first 12 weeks are the most important

Good luck with your puppy!
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Old 03-19-2009, 02:48 AM
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A chihuahua is a dog. Dogs have an instinctual drive to patrol with their 'pack' aka you. This translates into modern terms as taking the dog for a walk. If you don't want to walk a dog get a cat... just don't get a Siamese, they think they are dogs when it suits them and it suits them when you leave them behind.

Yes, you can get by with not walking them everyday, but you will get more behavioral problems. They won't get enough mental or physical activity to help them be stable and happy. Even 20 minutes just around the block will help balance them out. They are small... but they are ACTIVE and small.

Mine gets 30 minutes to an hour.. depending on weather. And playtime as a plus on top of that... we play fetch and 'find the biscuit' and 'dog runs madly in circles barking while I point and laugh' and other stuff. If I don't get to walk her she gets tetchy and misbehavior is had. IE she barks madly at nothing lots.... and your dog will be bigger then mine... so yup.

@ shawtiee I get that sometimes if we have gone to one of the bigger parks around here. I never thought of her trying to say she was getting bushed... I will have to see if she wants held next time she does that.
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I find that they sleep so well and are so settled after a walk. Coco is only 4 lbs. but I walk her little butt off. She loves it. Than we both need a nice, long nap together. She's in better shape than Mommy.

P.S. I have to keep myself busy so i'm jumpin in on some conversation!!!!!!
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