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Old 08-12-2017, 10:10 AM
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I'm so excited to be a part of this forum. My name is Jessica; my husband and I are from Pennsylvania but currently live in Switzerland! We just got our 12 week old Chihuahua, Jack, 4 days ago and are in love! He is such a sweetie.

I do have a question for everyone:

I understand Jack's just a puppy and that he just got home a few days ago, but he will not leave my side! Everywhere I go, he is less than a foot away. He also cries a great deal whenever he is downstairs and I go upstairs to shower/fold laundry/etc. My worry is, he has separation anxiety already. Is there anything we can do to help him be more independent? Or is this completely normal for this age? How long will it last? We just want what's best for him. I would love to hear about your experiences and what you did to help your little pup.

Thank you so much for any advice! It is much appreciated
Jessica

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Old 08-15-2017, 03:41 PM
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He is young so maybe it's normal.
Does he also sleep with you?
Maybe leaving him in a kennel will teach him some independence. I know people have success with pens. Start of slow and gradually add time and distance.
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I think this is pretty normal behavior in a baby chihuahua. Maybe you could give him something really yummy to chew on when you have to leave him? A Kong stuffed with goodies would work. You could give him one of his meals in the Kong. Do you have a crate/pen to leave him in? I LOVE the Iris pen. I put their bed/crate and, dishes for water and food in there. Pee pads, washable or paper go down on the bottom. Puppy can't get into trouble in there!
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I have three chi's this is part of their loving personality. Crate/kennel training is very important (as already said) I find small and cozy(nice soft bed) works the best. Took mine about three days to get use to the kennel. They will now go in on their own to rest or when nervous. When not following me around


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Welcome Definitely normal behaviour for a baby who is very new to his new family/home. Four days is not long to adjust, so a lot of this is likely insecurity about his new surroundings, people, and lack of his momma and siblings. Do you plan to crate train him? I would highly recommend it...as for following you around, not only is he a baby, he's a CHIHUAHUA baby lol. Depending on his personality and upbringing, that may never change. Of my three, our "middle child" is the biggest Momma's boy ever. He is ALWAYS at my feet, to the point where he occasionally gets his toes stepped on because I don't hear him there and he hasn't figured out minimum safe distance
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Thank you so very much everyone! I feel so much better! We do crate him at night and he sleeps right next to our bed -- all the way through the night without needing to potty!

I have also started crating him for half hour increments throughout the day to get him used to being separated from me. He cries and scratches at the sides but is slowly getting more comfortable with it. I've tried putting a stuffed Kong and his favorite toy in the crate but he wants nothing to do with them when he's crated. I've even put on the radio and that doesn't help. I really hope he will get better with being away from us... it'll just take time, I guess. If it were up to him, we would sit on the couch all day long with him glued to my hip
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I think you are doing all the right things. Ignore him when he is in the crate. If you continually talk to him, he'll figure out that if he cries, "oh my! they come back" or "I'll cry and see if I can get them to talk to me".!! As for not eating or playing while in the crate, that is a sign of anxiety. When you lock him in, say "I'll be back" or something like that. Then GO. He'll get the message in a while! My chi's will actually go into their kennels to rest, or if they are scared. Door is always open. My kennels are inside a pen, so the dogs can come and go. Pen is closed at night.
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Thank you SO much for your reassurance! My heart breaks hearing those cries from the crate, but you're right, he'll get the message in a while! I'm glad to hear your chihuahuas go in their kennels to rest -- that's exactly what I want Jack to do one day. Just need to be patient Thanks again!
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