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User Topic: Chihuahua Mamas and Papas Unite!
GabyBaby
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Default  Posted: 5:46 PM, May 7th (Wednesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Hello all!
There are/were a few threads in Off Topic from a few of us who recently acquired chihuahuas "by accident".

Dobby (having been newly dubbed today) is the smallest dog I've ever had. He's about 3.5lbs.
Our other two dogs are 90lbs (white German Shep) and 15lbs (red Pomeranian) respectively.

So far they're getting along very well, thank goodness.

I have a question though on housebreaking a chi.
How do you do it?

Dobby is at least 2-3yrs old and he isn't housebroken.
We take him out often (every 2-3 hours when we're home) and we crate him while we're at work.
He's still managed to leave few messes though.

I saw Maisy wearing diapers in the other thread.
Are they premie diapers? Diapers made for pups?
How long do you leave them on?

Help!

[This message edited by GabyBaby at 11:55 AM, May 8th (Thursday)]


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Jrazz
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Default  Posted: 7:54 PM, May 7th (Wednesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

tj - "Dobby"!!!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE it! (Is that the one he peed on? )


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GabyBaby
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Default  Posted: 8:43 PM, May 7th (Wednesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

ROFLMAO!!
I opted to NOT use that particular naming method, since he'd likely ended up being named "Carpet".


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Default  Posted: 8:50 PM, May 7th (Wednesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Merris would have been named "$300 Fucking Dollar Seychelles"


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Williesmom
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Default  Posted: 8:52 PM, May 7th (Wednesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Love the name!

I think you're doing the right thing with crating and taking out as often as you can.

Toy breeds are tough. Their bladders are so small.


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GabyBaby
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Default  Posted: 9:13 PM, May 7th (Wednesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Merris would have been named "$300 Fucking Dollar Seychelles"

Thanks Williesmom!
It's how we trained our other pups, so the only way we know how to do it. We never paper trained any of our dogs since that just seemed like an extra (and unnecessary) step.


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Unagie
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Default  Posted: 2:51 AM, May 8th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

My first dog ever was a chi and he was paper trained but we rarely took him out because we lived in a really bad neighborhood. When we moved years and years later we got a backyard and he loved it and took to it right away. He was easy to train it just took consistency but he left some messes of his own.


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Default  Posted: 8:54 AM, May 8th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Williesmom is correct. The Chi bladder is minuscule...when they want them to be.

For the most part, Boswell is housebroken. He always goes #2 outside and about 85% of the time he goes outside to pee as well. He uses a wee wee pad for the times that we leave him alone.

Chis are quick learners but they can be obstinate. Bos is food driven so once he knows treats are involved he is all in. For Bos, consistency and treats are the key. We got Bos from a breeder that had already pad trained him so when he came to us we reinforced that as well, i.e. gave him a small treat every time he used the pad and slowly weaned him off the treats for using the pad. Eventually we gradually changed the treat system to only when he relieved himself outside. He was great until the cold set in. I think Chis are a little 'too' close to the ground and they don't like their "junk" to be cold.

Our issues with Bos is the barking when he's in the house, the constant licking of inanimate objects and that he is scared of every dog he comes across. Even small dogs like him (granted there aren't many 5 lb dogs in our neighborhood). We have tried different techniques for curbing the barking and licking, like a can with pennies inside and shots of water to the head, but it is slow going. Any suggestions on this would be greatly appreciated.

We have a number of tentative doggie play dates set up with laid back dogs. We are hoping the more he is around these types of dogs the more comfortable he will become with all dogs.


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GabyBaby
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Default  Posted: 10:24 AM, May 8th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I'm wondering if paper training Dobby may be a benefit for US (especially during winter).
I've heard chis don't like to go outside when it is cold/raining, nor do I want to particularly want to carry him outside and stand in the rain while he's doing his thing.
(Our other dogs don't really care about the weather, so that's never been an issue).


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Default  Posted: 11:29 AM, May 8th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

The Only successful way I have potty trained those smaller dogs is to keep them on a leash on my ankle in the house. This way they can't sneak off to potty someplace, and if they start to go you can scoop em up, and rush outside, it doesn't take long for them to put it all together.

The problem with the little breeds is they can sneak off without even noticing, I mean most of em are smaller than my cat. If you can stop that you can get a real handle on it. I have friends that use Pee pads, and I think if you only have one tiny dog it's no big deal, but I think it's confusing for your other dogs to smell that and see it's ok. You certainly don't want the 90 pounder taking to doing that.


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Default  Posted: 11:35 AM, May 8th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I have a chiweeny mix. She took three years to potty train, and we still occasionally have a mess in the house. Typically when I've been gone longer than normal. I swear her bladder is tied to an alarm clock!

But I read extensively when I first got her. The method that seems most highly recommended is to spend a day or two with the small dog in a crate. You let them out once an hour every hour to pee. If they do not you put them back in the crate. If they do, they get rewarded with treats and attention and then are put back in the crate.

I have no idea if that works or not. I was not disciplined enough when my accidental small dog came into my life to do it.


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Default  Posted: 11:40 AM, May 8th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I agree with Tush about the fact that your other dogs could get confused. Or worse yet, all of your dogs enter into a literal pissing match to 'mark' their territory.

Invest in an jacket or sweater for Dobby that is easy to get on and off. In the winter you can leave the sweater on him, since Chis tend to always be cold, and he may be more willing to go outside to do his business. (Just be on the look out for chaffing if you decide to leave the sweater on. Chis also tend to have sensitive skin and can loose hair in places that chaff. Bos is hairless wear the tags on his collar hang. t/j Can someone explain to me why the damn rabies/microchip/town license tags are so big? First time we put them on Bos, when he weighed in at 2/5lbs he literally tipped over from the weight of all of the huge tags!)

Also, if you are in a 'snow up to your eyeballs state' like I am be prepared to shovel a poop walk. Yes, it was exactly what you think it is. After every snow storm my H had to shovel a walkway from our back door to the back fence so that Bos had a place to go where he didn't disappear into the snow drifts.


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GabyBaby
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Default  Posted: 11:54 AM, May 8th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

This:
use Pee pads, and I think if you only have one tiny dog it's no big deal, but I think it's confusing for your other dogs to smell that and see it's ok. You certainly don't want the 90 pounder taking to doing that.
and this:
your other dogs could get confused. Or worse yet, all of your dogs enter into a literal pissing match to 'mark' their territory.
are exactly why I'm hesitant to use the pee pads.
When our dogs were pups, we used the "leash around the ankle" method. I will DEFINITELY go back to that. Dobby doesn't yet move around a lot though (weak legs and he's healing/sleeping a LOT). However, there have been times when I think he's in his bed, then look up and find he's moved off somewhere.

Invest in an jacket or sweater for Dobby that is easy to get on and off. In the winter you can leave the sweater on him, since Chis tend to always be cold,
Before we'd even decided we were keeping him, I felt sorry for him since he was always shivering, so I knit him a sweater.


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Mack9512
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Default  Posted: 12:15 PM, May 8th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I would love to knit Boswell a sweater but I would have to be able to knit to do that.


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Default  Posted: 12:22 PM, May 8th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

My Boost is a little bit Chi--his mom is a chiweenie and his dad is a pure yorkie.

He's about 10 or 12 lbs now...but still a little guy.

We paper trained him. He was born in Sept, so by the time we got him it was turning very cold here, and I was very worried about taking him in the extreme temps.

So basically he was a champ on the potty pads, and once the weather got nice enough that being outside didn't hurt, we started walking him every 2 hrs, except at bedtime (he could hold it all night).

It took maybe 3 days for him to figure out that HE preferred pottying outside, and we praised him every time he did.

Two weeks ago, I took the last potty pad off the floor (it was completely dry, and had been there about a month). So, we think he's successfully housebroken.

Of course Saturday night we gave him a bath and as soon as we towel dried him, he went into crazy sprints/roll overs on the floor...then he RAN to the door and squatted and pooped.

We were not expecting it and were not fast enough to get his slip leash on him and get him outside. But, so far, that's the only accident we've had!


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GabyBaby
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Default  Posted: 12:53 PM, May 8th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Of course Saturday night we gave him a bath and as soon as we towel dried him, he went into crazy sprints/roll overs on the floor...then he RAN to the door and squatted and pooped.

How dare you give him a bath?!! I guess he showed YOU, huh?

It sounds like he is housebroken though. I know Dobby will get there. So far when I've seen him circling/sniffing like he has to go (or about to lift a leg), I do a loud "Uh uh!!" and he stops. I then run over, scoop him up, and take him outside. Keeping him leashed and latched to my ankle will make this a lot more consistent.


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Married 4, together 7yrs total
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Default  Posted: 2:36 PM, May 8th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I came to this thread expecting loads of photos.

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I leave disappointed.


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Default  Posted: 7:14 PM, May 8th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Give us time Amazonia. Give us time.


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GabyBaby
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Default  Posted: 7:49 PM, May 8th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Well I hate to disappoint, so....

Dobby in all his cuteness

Dobby in his new sweater

Testing his legs


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Married 4, together 7yrs total
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Default  Posted: 9:04 PM, May 8th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Posting a picture of my Angel over here:


She loves to watch tv:

She also loves to sleep:

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