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Apparently I am a very bad Chi mummy... Peggy is really quite disobedient and I know it's all my fault.

She won't go for walks. She barely comes to me when I shout her name. She won't sit or stay. She is ridiculously clingy and cries whenever she's not touching me.

I think a lot of it is to do with her being so tiny and missing her leg. I'm wary of pushing her too hard physically and she really doesn't seem to want to listen to me when I attempt to train her.

Any tips on where to start are greatly appreciated!

The things we are getting right: She's pad trained (bar the occasional accident) and she's well socialised.

(she's 14 weeks old, is missing a leg, has a deformed foot and weighs 1lb 3oz)
 

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I would have a treat in my hand when you call her,if she comes lots of praise keep your voice calm,don't rush things ,she can't learn everything at once,maybe you're confusing her if your trying the sit, stay ,come.Is she having trouble sitting with her leg missing ?
 

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She sits fine, in fact, she's always sitting when I attempt to train her to sit so that's quite difficult, lol.

Sorry, I've made it sound like I'm training her everything all at once. I've only attempted sitting and recall. She gets huge praise when she does return to me, and she's generally really good until she finds something interesting and then it's like she forgets her name.

As for giving her treats, I find that as soon as she finds out there's treats available she just completely loses focus, she'll be so distracted trying to get the treat that it's like she's switched her brain and ears off!
 

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(LOL) i'm sure you'll get there,instead of a treat what about her favourite toy? She does sound a character,but these tiny ones are full of it and know they can get away with murder
 

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You have to remember that she is still a baby, her concentration will get better as she grows up.
Keep it short and keep it simple. Chis are really clever, she will soon catch on..
For the Sit just hold a treat above her head and ask her to sit. As soon as she does, give her the treat and sat 'Good sit!' then repeat, she will do it more quickly each time.
For recalls, you need to say 'Peggy Come!' in an excited voice, slap your thighs etc. When she comes, lots of praise, fuss and treats. Start in the house, then try the garden, then move onto safe open spaces. Say her name first, to get her attention, then say come. Always give praise and treats, a solid recall could save her life one day.
It also sounds like you need to work on building up her confidence. Take her everywhere and socialise her, and always make sure each outing is a positive one. She needs to meet all kinds of people and animals, and see, hear and smell everything she may encounter in later life.
Don't treat her any differently just because she is physically different. Dogs don't get the concept of disabled, they just get on with things and for her 3 legs is completely normal. Babying her now won't help her to become a confident outgoing adult. Make sure you have rules and that you stick to them, dogs need consistency from their humans. It is easy when they are tiny and vulnerable to just let them have their own way, but that is the recipe for a spoilt and demanding Chi, and they are no fun to live with.
 

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She's still really young, yet. Chihuahuas take a lot of patience. They comprehend things in a very different way because they're so small, and it sounds like you are worried about her disability when honestly, she doesn't care at all! (as long as she's not in pain)

Over at my house I have what's called the "Ponyo Remote." It's a pleather treat bag with a clip on it so it can attach to my purse or my belt loops. I try to train by lots of praise and by affection, and my chi, Ponyo, will always listen if the other two dogs are listening, but when it's really important or we're trying to work on a new behavior, I just pull out the treat bag. It's a very clear signal that it's time to focus and pay attention.

Training your chi to "focus" or "look" at you is a very useful behavior, because if there is any time you need to get your chi to pay attention to you (so you can help her) she will know what you're asking.


In her book, "How To Train Your Pint Sized Companion," Deborah Wood goes over the "look" as well as many other "little dog training hacks" to help understand and mold your chis habits towards healthy instead of "I'M LOST!!!" Chihuahuas are very very intelligent, and mine still tests me sometimes because she thinks it's so fun to try and push her luck. That's what's fun about her, she's always keeping me on my toes... but I never take it personal because she loves me so much.

Keep up the good work! She's just young, that's all. If you incorporate consistent and clear training, she'll get the hang of it in no time!
 

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Thank you everyone for your replies!

I think I have to accept that I was expecting too much from her too soon. She's slowly getting better at being outside. I took her for a decent walk around Brompton Cemetery today and it's the furthest she's ever walked and she walked on pavement! She spent the entire time just running to my feet though, not actually enjoying being out in the fresh air, but we're getting there.

She's such a cheeky little thing, I have a feeling she's going to start outsmarting me soon, especially when it comes to food!
 

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Clingy is normal for Chis, they bond very closely with their people. As her chosen person you need to help and encourage her to be more independent. It is great that she trusts you and comes to you for protection, you obviously have a great bond.
 

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I need more help!

I'm trying to take things slowly with Peggy now as was the previous advice. She's learning things as we go, like she's slowly venturing onto the wooden flooring and pavement, she walks a little further when we go out for walks and has even had a little run in the park! We've regressed in recall as she's suddenly found that things are really interesting out in the world and she'll come to me when she's ready. She's pretty much mastered her pad training and has had very few accidents.

Where we're really failing at the moment is her biting... she doesn't stop. Ever. It wasn't as much of a problem when it didn't hurt, but now it does hurt it can't continue. If you put your hands anywhere near her she sees it as an invitation to bite.
I've tried yelping really loudly, she doesn't care. I've tried yelling stop at her in a stern tone or no, neither of which she pays any attention to. I've tried distracting her with toys, so that whenever she does bite I give her her favourite toys, which is fine until she spots your hand again. If she's really excited she'll snap at your face too, which isn't particularly pleasant.

Just to be clear as well, she's never been allowed to bite, even when it didn't hurt, it just wasn't such a problem then. Also, to clarify, she never bites maliciously, it's only ever been playful.

Any advice, much appreciated! I'd love to take her to doggy training but it's just too expensive.
 

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Did you get the Little Dog book yet? Its' awesome. Especially if you're going to be doing your own training. Once she learns the meaning of a firm"NO" so much gets easier. I've never had a puppy so I don't know at what age they master things. Anymore, Mickey understands 'no' well enough tone of voice doesn't matter much. Please post more pics of your darling furball. She was so adorable in the pics you posted.
 

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I've just ordered the book and can't wait for it to arrive! I really need to master the 'No'. I don't think she has much respect for me as a parent, lol, she comes everywhere with me, we're really close, but she just won't stop biting! I hope it's just a phase.

I've got about 100 photos on her instagram, Instagram

But here's some recent ones....









She's starting to look so grown up!
 

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You can't spoil her by spending too much time together, a strong bond is a good thing.
Mouthing is normal puppy behaviour, she is doing it to you because she doesn't have any other puppies to bite and play with.
Stop all interaction if she bites. Remove your hand, sit on it for example. If she persists remove yourself by standing up or turning your back, walking away. Don't let her teeth make contact with your skin ever.
Reward her for being calm, don't allow her to get so worked up she gets nippy. If she is full of beans play games where she is allowed to bite with toys. Pups are hard work lol but a tired puppy is a good puppy.
 

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I was about to say the same thing as Stella. My Lilo was a crazy biter as a puppy and it took a while… saying no and giving her a toy to bite instead didn't work too well, but getting up and turning my back on her/walking away/ignoring her worked. She soon realised biting meant getting no attention.
 

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I don't like to use 'No' with a puppy, you just end up saying it all the time and it becomes meaningless. Also the pup doesn't usually make the connection, it is much harder to teach a dog to stop doing a behaviour than to do a behaviour on command. So when a pup is exhibiting unwanted behaviours it is better to redirect by asking them to do something you can praise them for, such as 'watch me' or 'sit'.
 

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Don't forget about insisting respect by making her wait while you go first through doors, waiting until after you eat, and other things that make a difference. Just the door thing keeps mine humble. She is beyond cute, it would be hard not to spoil her. I really pamper mine, but try not to spoil him. Might seem the same to some people, but there's a big difference. Keep posting those pictures, please.
 

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I use that expression a lot, too. He's very pampered, but not spoiled. To me they're very different things. I don't like dogs who are allowed to do whatever they want, like jump all over me. That's spoiled. My dog is in my life to give me and others pleasure and I'm in his to meet all his needs and see that he is comfortable. As a result, he is welcome everywhere! (even non dog lovers' homes). I'm nowhere near the dog trainer that Maddi is, I'm just beginning. Love the sweatshirt!
 
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