I recently have purchased a Minature Pinscher about 4 weeks ago. she was 7 weeks when I got her. she is roughly about 11 weeks old now. I am having a very rough time potty training her and gettin her to chew only on her toys. I bought pee pee pads but it seems like she only uses them every once in awhile. I like in Michigan and right now there is lots of snow outside. I have shoveled snow so sakura would have a little area to potty in. But all she does is sit at my feet and whimper. I don't know if it just way to cold for her or what her deal is. I tell her to go potty over and over again but I get nothing. I have seen her go potty a few times on her peepee pads and praise when she does it. But I would really like her to go outside. Now also she is very hyper and gets really excited when she sees us and I eally don't have a problem with it. The problem I have is that she nips and chews on our clothes and body parts.. Her lttle sharp teeth hurt. LOL. I love her to pieces and so oes the rest of my family. So I guess what I am asking is there anyone who has any advice that could make it a little more easier for us to enjoy her.
I think part of your potty training problem is the potty pads simply because it teaches them that it's ok to potty inside but I think the biggest problem is that she's very, very young and can't hold it for very long at all. Are you crate training her? She needs to be let out at LEAST every 2 hours right now especially right, and I mean right when she wakes up, after meals, and after playing. If you aren't able to completly keep an eye on her then she needs to be in her crate and make sure you only discipline when you see her in the act not ever when she's done even if it's just by 30 secs. I was taught in obedience school that unless you see something coming out then don't punish. About the nipping thing, it's just a puppy thing. She was taken from her littermates and mom at a VERY early age and more than likely hasn't learned bite inhibition yet so that now falls on you. There are a lot of really good resources on the web on how to deal with it. Hope this helps some and congrats on the new puppy!
I live in Central Ontario Canada so I know alllll about the snow :) I found the best way to get them to go outside is to shovel a larger area..more of a path and just walk down it. I found that if I just went outside with them and just stood there..they would do the same as your dog is doing. With a path the dogs did follow me when I walked down it and it only took a few minutes for them to do their business :) The whole key was getting them to move lol.