1) I have a new 9-month teacup female chihuahua who is about 2.5 lbs. When I can't watch her, I keep her in a child's playpen. She is not like my larger chi who can roam freely around the house, as she is so tiny and could easily get "lost." We do allow her to run around in our upstairs bedroom and the large backyard, as long as we're there with her; not sure if we should use an X-pen outdoors even if we're there. I even bought a pet carrier/sling that is great for carrying her around while I'm cleaning the kitchen, etc. For those with teacup size chis (under 3 lbs.), WHERE do you keep them during the day when you're at home or not at home?
2) My much larger female chi frequently nips/bites and growls at my little one. I don't know if it's harmless play or if it's agressive behavior. I normally try to break it up. Sometimes, my larger chi will come over and lick her little sister on the face so I'm confused. Should I allow the rough playing or put an end to it? Thankfully, the little one can hold her own but I wonder if my bigger chi's behavior is agression and not playfulness.
3) She has started pooping in her bed during the middle of the night, and I am doing her laundry almost every day now! I thought dogs weren't supposed to soil where they sleep?!? Though my older chi did it too when she was still a puppy. Is the solution to get her housebroken ASAP or, as her breeder suggests, to feed her as late as possible (around 9 p.m.) so she won't be likely to wake up and poop in the middle of the night? That seems awfully late to feed her, but I am getting desperate about how to nip this in the bud! She is so little that she probably can't hold it all night, but maybe I just need to work hard at training her outside.
Thanks for any help you can provide!
***Edited By: AJL on 5/22/2009 2:07:27 AM*** Reason: I had another question.
You might try a crate. On the larger Chi nipping, basically pushing the smaller one around, you're watching a case of showing who the alpha is. You'll have to watch carefully to make sure there are no injuries, but the dogs generally work it out unless you're dealing with a dog who is not one who will accept a new member of the pack.
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Well, our Sadie weighs 2 & 3/4. She is 4 years old. She stands up for herself! As far as when we are not home-she roams freely about the house just as the others do. When she was a pup, we did crate her but we weaned from this in gradually longer time increments. We also have 2 rat terriers and a larger chihuahua in our home. They generally get along fine and settle their own differences.
Thanks for your quick responses! I'm using the playpen in lieu of a crate, since it's large enough for a pee pad. I hope one day she can freely roam the house after she is housebroken, but unfortunately she is not. I forgot how hard the puppy stage is! So it sounds like I should allow the dogs to work it out and not break up their nipping fights? I hate that the bigger chi is picking on the little one, since there's no question she is the alpha due to her 7-8 lb. size.
ONE MORE QUESTION ... my teapcup chi is pooping almost every night in her bed. I thought dogs weren't supposed to soil where they sleep?!? I am washing her laundry about every day, and it's not fun! Tonight she hit the pad (hooray!). Her breeder advised me to feed her late, around 9 p.m., so she won't wake up until the morning to go potty but that seems so late and she is probably starving by then. I tried feeding her at 6 p.m., and she did her business on the pad so I'm thinking that's better that she does it before I go to sleep in case I need to do major clean up. Let me know what you think. Thanks!
Your older chihuahua is probably the alpha & is just trying to show your younger chi who's boss. Dogs have to work these things out for themselves. Just keep an eye on it & make sure she doesn't actually injure your younger one. You should try something smaller to keep her in at night. If you're keeping her in the playpen at night, then it's too big & that's why she's having accidents in it then.
Having a larger crate/playpen is not the best option. No, dogs are not supposed to soil where they sleep, but if they are given a large enough area, they can soil one spot and sleep in another. I would go back to a smaller crate and take her out more often. When you do take her out, it's a good idea to stay out until she produces something. I think a lot of people don't stay out long enough. Hence, the "I just took them out and they came in and peed/pooped" issue.
I also second what LPN said, there is no such thing as a teacup anything. The standard just says under 6lbs.