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Old 07-14-2018, 04:36 PM
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My name is Star and I'm new here.

Yesterday, I got a Chihuahua puppy. He is 8 weeks old and I've decided to name him Orion.

I've had Chihuahuas before, but mostly 3-4+ months, never this young. I'm hoping I can learn some tips and tricks of how to train him and just give him the best life I can
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Old 07-19-2018, 11:39 PM
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Welcome to the forum!
How is your puppy doing?
I'm sure it's fun having a new pup 🙂
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Old 07-20-2018, 01:25 AM
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Star, just remember that Orion has NO bladder or bowel control at this age. Housetraining can start right away, but just so you know, when Orion has to go he will! I love the Iris pens for pups. I put down a washable human pee pad (at Walgreens and medical supply stores) and have several. I wash them with nothing but detergent, and dry them on low heat with no fabric softeners. They has lasted 5+ years! I have about 7-8 so I wash every other day. The pen also contains the puppy so he doesn't get into trouble. You can take him out when you can watch him. Just remember that he has to eat about 4 times a day for now. Good luck
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Old 07-20-2018, 01:27 AM
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Star, just to tell you, I leave food and water dishes, a few toys in the pen along with their bed/carrier. My chi's love their ferret carriers! Just the right size!
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Old 07-21-2018, 02:15 AM
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He's doing pretty good so far. Only issues I'm having are:
1) we got his brother and litter mate the day before, he's a runt but is fiesty. When they play, they get a little too into it and go from play mode to attack mode and Orion is almost twice the size of Charlie.
2) The fleas!! They came from not the cleanest house and had tons of flea dirt on them when we brought both home. We gave them a bath a week ago and not a day or two later more flea dirt and then followed the fleas. Same thing a couple days ago. Got all the fleas off and all the dirt. Today I picked 6 off (both big and small) and lost a few more. Our other dogs don't have fleas and the house has been treated for it by pros.
And 3) getting him to bond with me. I'm gone from 5:30a to about 3-3:30p, so he's with my boyfriend's parents. He runs to me when I come home and I can get him to play with me (he's even learning to sit and lay down with treats). I spend as much time with him as I can but it's not as much as I would like to.

But other than all that, it's pretty fun having a new puppy
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Old 07-21-2018, 02:20 AM
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He's actually doing pretty good when it comes to using potty pads. We have the disposable ones (all we had at home) and aside from a few accidents he seems to know what they're for. We've found out (they have a pen set up in the living room) that he'll sit by the outside of the pen and bark. We ignored it the other day figuring he was just being weird and he ended up pooping on the carpet. Because the part of the pad that's exposed when they're out is where we put their food and water bowls and he doesn't like going potty near them. But we're still working on it. Thanks for the advice about the reusable pads (seems like a good money saver).
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Old 07-21-2018, 02:24 AM
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We have a pen but no carriers yet. I plan to buy a small crate for in my room because I want to crate train him
He does pretty good in the pen for the most part but all of my other dogs were crate trained so when I left the house, they'd go right in their crates. I like the pen but it can't stay up forever. I bought them a couple crinkle/squeak puppy toys and they love them! Plus their food and water dishes are out but they seem to be more interested in the big dogs' food bowls (they're free fed - I don't plan to let Orion be free fed at all when he gets older).
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Old 07-21-2018, 03:50 PM
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Star, I still have my pens up and my dogs are 10 and 6 years old! They really are their 'safe' places. In one pen, I have a bottom of a crate for a bed, in the other pen, I have a ferret carrier for a bed. It is good that you are going to crate train also, in case of hospitalization he won't get upset.

The other thing is use a flea comb! Gets everything. I would also wipe them down with a flea spray. Spray a small towel, and then wipe the dogs with that. With puppies this age, I wouldn't directly spray them. I would wash them frequently too.

The problem with two litter mates is just what you said--one wants to be 'boss'. They also 'feed' off each other and pretty well ignore you! Make sure you have time with each of the puppies individually. Train them separtably too.
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