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I don't have a chi yet, hoping to get one around Christmas. My family and I have 5 dogs but I haven't had a puppy in a long time and I don't know how different a chi is to the breeds I have (1 lab, 2 yorkies, 2 maltese).

-So I'm wondering, how will I train him to go on a puppypad AND outside without confusing him? Do I teach him one way first and then teach him the other way, but continue to do both? All my dogs were only trained to go outside, so I'm not sure how to go about this.

-Will he copy my other dog's behavior? Like look up to them, as a role model? Just curious how he's going to react towards them.

-Of course, I want to take him a lot of places to get him used to many things/ people/animals, but I also want him to be used to being on his own so he won't develop separation anxiety. There's usually always someone home, but I want to know I can leave him for a few hours without him getting anxious. How long should I leave him alone and how often so he'll get used to it? Should I sometimes keep him in a crate while I'm gone and sometimes keep him out, that way he's used to both so that I won't always have to crate him while I'm gone?

-Is 4-5 lbs at adult weight too small? i want him to be on the small side, but not unhealthy.

-What age is it safe to have him neutered?

-Is 8 wks old enough for some chi's and not others?
 

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I don't have a chi yet, hoping to get one around Christmas. My family and I have 5 dogs but I haven't had a puppy in a long time and I don't know how different a chi is to the breeds I have (1 lab, 2 yorkies, 2 maltese).

-So I'm wondering, how will I train him to go on a puppypad AND outside without confusing him? Do I teach him one way first and then teach him the other way, but continue to do both? All my dogs were only trained to go outside, so I'm not sure how to go about this.


******mine are trained to use pee pads when weather is too bad to go out otherwise they use the garden



-Will he copy my other dog's behavior? Like look up to them, as a role model? Just curious how he's going to react towards them.


******it is likely he will copy your other dogs behaviour



-Of course, I want to take him a lot of places to get him used to many things/ people/animals, but I also want him to be used to being on his own so he won't develop separation anxiety. There's usually always someone home, but I want to know I can leave him for a few hours without him getting anxious. How long should I leave him alone and how often so he'll get used to it? Should I sometimes keep him in a crate while I'm gone and sometimes keep him out, that way he's used to both so that I won't always have to crate him while I'm gone?


*******mine are crated at night and if we both have to go out which is not very often


-Is 4-5 lbs at adult weight too small? i want him to be on the small side, but not unhealthy.


******4-5 is a small dog



-What age is it safe to have him neutered?


*******depends on size but in the uk its not usually done too early [after 8 months ish] when grown


-Is 8 wks old enough for some chi's and not others?
********not sure if you are asking is 8 weeks old enough to leave mum here but actually 12 weeks is much better

maybe nobody answered your post because you said you were going to get a chihuahua around christmas and posted in january ??????????
 

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I will try to answer a few of your questions. If your other dogs potty outside why would you want to do pee pads with your chihuahua? It might confuse your other dogs and cause potty problems with them. I would just train your chihuahua to potty outside like the others.

Most pups will learn from older dogs, both bad habits and good ones.

As far as leaving him on his own, I would treat him as a normal pup. Once they get past the hypoglycemic danger stage there is no reason you can't leave him alone for a several hours a day provided he gets potty breaks when needed. I always crate train my pups (chihuahua and other breeds) to help with potty training and to keep them safe. When they are potty training they are in the crate when I am away from home, at night and whenever I can't watch them. They are out and about in the house when I am home and can keep an eye on them so I can take them out when they start looking like they need to potty. When they are solid on crate training and are showing that they are not going to chew or destroy anything they are allowed to sleep out of the crate in my bedroom (about 1 year of age).

A 5lb adult is a pretty normal size. If you get a pup from a good breeder that does health certifications on the parents then you stack your odds of getting a good healthy pup.

I would get him neutered at 6 months of age before the testosterone really gets flowing!
 

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Oh, I meant around next Christmas. Christmas 2011. Just researching for now. Thanks for your reply!

I will try to answer a few of your questions. If your other dogs potty outside why would you want to do pee pads with your chihuahua? It might confuse your other dogs and cause potty problems with them. I would just train your chihuahua to potty outside like the others.

Most pups will learn from older dogs, both bad habits and good ones.

As far as leaving him on his own, I would treat him as a normal pup. Once they get past the hypoglycemic danger stage there is no reason you can't leave him alone for a several hours a day provided he gets potty breaks when needed. I always crate train my pups (chihuahua and other breeds) to help with potty training and to keep them safe. When they are potty training they are in the crate when I am away from home, at night and whenever I can't watch them. They are out and about in the house when I am home and can keep an eye on them so I can take them out when they start looking like they need to potty. When they are solid on crate training and are showing that they are not going to chew or destroy anything they are allowed to sleep out of the crate in my bedroom (about 1 year of age).

A 5lb adult is a pretty normal size. If you get a pup from a good breeder that does health certifications on the parents then you stack your odds of getting a good healthy pup.

I would get him neutered at 6 months of age before the testosterone really gets flowing!
I'd rather he know to go on a puppypad as well, that way if I'm not home or asleep or the weather is bad I won't have to take him out. If I'm not home or asleep he'll probably be in my bedroom, where none of the other dogs are allowed, so I don't think it'll cause problems with the other dogs. I'd rather the 4 little dogs had been trained to do this when they were puppies but now they're used to going outside and my family don't really want to change anything. Though that could hopefully change in a year's time.

I'll be getting him from a good breeder. I know that "teacup" chi's are generally considered unhealthy dogs and I wasn't sure if 4-5 lbs is normal sized or considered too small. I assume dogs under 3.5 lbs are the "teacup" size?
 

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I'll be getting him from a good breeder. I know that "teacup" chi's are generally considered unhealthy dogs and I wasn't sure if 4-5 lbs is normal sized or considered too small. I assume dogs under 3.5 lbs are the "teacup" size?
What is a "teacup" I have never seen this breed...
 

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Teacups are actually a myth! It's a marketing term used by byb to make more money.

4-5lb is a good size it's average however with larger FFA in the house you are probably better off going with one 6lb plus which is still tiny however a little less fragile when you
Have a big ol lab bouncing around :)

How you train your dog is your decision however a dog once over the age of 12 weeks should be able to hold it's bladder through the night so it wouldn't need to go whilst you are sleeping. You should also be able t train it to hold it for a few hours whilst you are out. I hate pad training other than for litters as I can see that would be easier for the breeders wen they are small and think doing both will confuse your entire house.

No offense but using bad weather as an excuse not to take your dog out isn't a good one when you have other dogs who will e going out just plop them all out together chihuahuas are dogs still.

If you get a boy get him neutered before 6 months it will save any marking issues and littledogs can be sods fr cocking their legs!

No decent breeder will let a dog go before 10-12 weeks the latter the better! Maltese and yorkies are normally aroundthe 7lb mark there shouldn't be a huge difference in training them and a chihuahua

And... If people truly believe breeders breed these so called tcups/tints which are what under 3lb it's practically impossible forthem to carry a litter and survive too many complications and the really small ones couldn't Carry a litter
 

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I know tea cups are a myth, that's why I put quotes around it. I just thought I'd use that term to describe too small, unhealthy dogs.

I like the idea of the pads... I don't know, I might change my mind about it but I figure it's better than having him hold it if I'm gone. I don't mean he won't be trained to go outside as well. He probably will go outside most of the time. I just like knowing that he'll be trained from a early age to do either. I'm just not sure how I would train him to go on pads and go outside without confusing him.

Is it unhealthy to get them that young? I know they advance differently than other dogs so they may not be weaned at 8 wks but as long as they are weaned is it a problem? I know others on here have gotten 8 wk old chi's.

My lab is over 6 so she isn't as boisterous as she used to be and she's fine with the little guys. Riley (yorkie) is 6-7 lbs.. which is about 3 lbs larger than my chi will be, but I think my lab be fine with him. I suppose as a young puppy I'll need to supervise very carefully, just in case, but I don't think there will be any problem when he's a 4 lb adult.

-How many times a day do you feed a 3 month old puppy?

-How are chi's around other animals? Shy or friendly? I know it depends on the dog, and if it has a high prey drive, I'm just wondering what people's experiences have been. I have rabbits, and of course he won't be allowed with them unless I'm supervising. My rabbits are very friendly towards cats and dogs so I know they'll want to be friends with him if he isn't too shy. I guess if he's introduced to them from 8-12 wks old he should be friendly with them?
 

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8 weeks is too young they go through a fear print stage at 8 weeks they also need to learn their doggy manners from their mum and litter mates at that age. Weaning depends on the breeder some rush it.

Chis are like other dogs they do recognise their own breed and prefer to be with other chis but if introduced and socialised properly they are fine same as anything you make your puppy bomb proof!

You seem certain on the weight of the dog you want I don't know why but only v experienced breeders who know their lines an predict the pups weight a lot will tell you it'll be 4lb and it will be 8! 4lb is tiny!!

A 3 month old puppy is fed 3 times a day until 6 months then taken down to 2
 

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Thanks!

Yeah, I am pretty set on getting a smaller chi... I know breeders tell what the parents weigh and what they predict pups to weigh. The breeder I got my yorkies from was correct about their weight. If it were a question of health I would have no problem with 6-7 lbs or so.. but since it isn't I would prefer a 4-5 lb dog.
 

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I got Bella at 6 weeks 5 days, she's now 8 weeks. She's not an adult yet obviously, so I'm not sure how she's going to turn out to be. But I did alot of research AFTER getting her (so it's awesome your doing some now), and knowing what I know now I really wish I could have gotten her at 10 weeks or later. She was weaned, and eating regular food. But those last few weeks it's important for them to be with their mom and siblings. They learn how to deal with other dogs and socialize, as well as bite inhibition. When a puppy bites their siblings or mom too hard, they'll whimber or make a noise, and games over. Well if they don't have enough time with their siblings, they don't learn when their bites are too hard, and it can be very hard to train them. It's just not worth it, taking them that early. If they are with a good breeder (mine wasn't), then there is no point in taking them so soon, and it can damage your dog. I'm going to have to work very hard with my Bella to fix what's been done to get by removing her so early.
 
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