I am so excited. I brought home a chihuahua Tuesday. I have Cocoa who is now 7 months old and now this new lil baby. She is VERY tiny, I think she is going to be more of an applehead and Cocoa is a deer head type. I have been wanting an applehead type FOREVER, and I got one from the breeder my grandma got hers. So far potty training has gone well ( it's only been two days lol) but everytime I take her outside she goes pee right away. One accident in the house. She slept in her crate from 11pm to 6:30 am with no accident and peed and pooed in the morning. I will post pics soon! She is all fawn, still trying to come up with a name though. I was thinking butterscotch or carmel, or Sunnyshine.
Anyways I have some questions. My lil one is 9 weeks old today, and she is a whiner! I can not put her down or she will cry and whine till I pick her up, she follows me everywhere and whines till she is being held. Sometimes she whines in my lap. Do you think she misses her litter mates? It is contanst whining. It is cute, but I just haven't seen a puppy do it all the time, she isn't interested in trying to explore the house, she just wants to be held.
Also I have her in her crate during the day while we are at work, she has in her crate a blankie, newspaper, food and water, and a toy. I feel so bad leaving her in there all day. My husband is checking on her at lunch. But do you think she will be okay or should I have her in a more open space? The crate is like a dog carrier type crate, it is for meduim size dogs, and she is around 1 pound. Any tips or advice will help thanks.
she sounds adorable. Carmel is a very cute name. She may need just a little space for running around. Also, you probably do not want to let her tinkle in her crate as canines do not by nature go to the bathroom where they sleep or eat unless forced. Maybe a little space with some news paper and then some toys to play with, water, etc... Sounds as if she's very smart, already housebreaking and she will know not to go in the crate but on the paper. Best of luck with your new baby.
Do you know why she is whining so much? My husband came home and took her outide and she went potty. No poops though. So when people crate train, isn't that the purpose to teach the dog not to go inside? I know puppies can't hold it that long, so should I wait to crate train her? Is keeping her in the crate during the day forcing her to go inside the crate? That is why I laid the newspaper down, but it is by her food.
yes, keeping a puppy in a crate all day without the ability to relieve themselves outside the crate is forcing it to go. That is not what you want to do. Perhaps you can gate off an area and put the crate you have within that area so the door of the crate stays open and there is paper outside the crate with toys and water. Have you taken her to the vet just for the 1st check up after purchase? This is called a puppy wellness exam. The breeder should have done one, and you should do a follow up with your vet so he/she can check your baby out and make sure there are no worms or parasites, nothing else going on. It's standard procedure for all pups. You would take a stool sample in so they can run what's called a fecal float and tell you if she has worms or parasites. Also you will schedule all her puppy shots and get everything you need for fleat and tick control and other things. :-) You can also PM me directly and I would be happy to help you out. How old is she???
Yeah I know all about taking her to the vet for a check up. And yes I was issued a health certificate. I am not concerned about that, just wondering about her whining and how I have her crate set up. She is 9 weeks. She goes to the vet 7/21 for her shots and check up. The breeder I got her from goes to the same vet as me.
terrific. Sounds as if you're doing it all correctly. I hope the info I sent helps. Pups cry, it's just part of being a puppy. Granted there can always be "situations" that can cause it but really if you're not seeing anything out of the ordinary it's simply puppy crying. I hate it too LOL Best of luck, anything else you need, leave a post.
Stop picking her up. She knows if she whines she will be picked up, so she continues to do so until she gets her way.
And really all she needs is a crate with her bed, and some food and water (or put into an xpen). With a bigger dog you should just have them be alone in a crate, but with such a little dog I would worry about hypoglycemia and allow food and water at all times (perhaps pick the water a little bit before bed time to avoid any pee accidents during the night).
And yes, starting off potty training outside will set a guideline for the rest of her life. Praise like crazing when she goes outside.
Thanks Merico! Yes I noticed that if I ignore her she starts to get the hint. At night I take her food and water away but during the day she has access to it all day. I gave her a drop of honey cause I heard that helps with hypoglycemia (sp). She seems very smart, everytime I take her outside it seems like she knows that is where she is suppose to go and goes right away. This morning she started to wrestle and play for a change instead of following me and whine. The cat and her have become good friends. Cocoa tries to play too rough, but is adjusting well. Thanks for you help.
It's obvious that no two dogs are alike. But what I noticed with my Doberman when I was crate training him was this; if we put a blanket, rug, towel or pillow in his crate while he was in there, he would pee in his crate. When we eliminated those things, he wouldn't go. Then I would take him outside and say "go potty," and he would. Now he's got to the point he will sit at the door, walk around in circles, or whine until we let him out. I was actually surprised at how quick he picked it up. I've actually heard that you confuse a puppy if you bring it outside to potty, and then lay paper down in the house for it to potty on too.
About the whining, I have absolutely no idea how to stop a chihuahua from whining. Our Labrador whines, but that is only when he is in his crate and he wants to come out and play or needs to potty. Other then that, he doesn't make a peep. Sorry couldn't help you there.
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poppyryce, since you are away most of the day your litle dog might just want attention. You hav'nt had her that long. and she has been taken away from her other family, fairly recently. Can she see the other dog you own, during the day? Have you tried putting a ticking clock in a soft cover, in her crate? I think she's just crying because she's a little baby, and misses everyone. She'll settle. I would put her in a crate in an x pen, where she can still have her own hidey hole, but if forced to pee, she won't pee in her crate. This is a wee little dog, and she is left alone for quite long intervals ( if I'm not mistaken) She has a bladder that's the size of a pea probably,j/k,so I don't think she'll be hard to train, even if you give her that extra room,she sounds like such a smart little dog. Good luck!
Thanks all! So far she has had only 1 accident, and I have had her for 1 week. She is very smart.When I take her outside she goes pee or poo right away, like she knows that is why we are outside, and I give her lots of praise. I have not had a dog catch on so fast. I am home during the weekends, but during the week I have two baby gates blocking off the house and she has a small part of the hallway to herself with newspaper laid down on it, she always goes on the paper, and her crate with a blanky inside plus food and water in the corner. I hope the newspaper does not confuse her!! I don't know what else to do since I work during the day besides lay the newspaper down. My husband lets her out at lunch. Last night in her crate she did pee and poo on the blankie, so maybe I should remove it and try that. I feel bad with her not having a blanky though. So far things have been great. I just hope the newspaper doesn't confuse her but so far it does not seem to.Next thing on my list is a doggy door.