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Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by Rex27, Mar 16, 2017.


  1. Rex27

    Rex27 PetForums Newbie

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    Hi guys, I'm new to this forum but would like some reassurance if possible.

    Me and my partner bought our 9 week old Chihuahua 'Rex' last week and he's been nothing but fun! I work full time but my partner works from home so there's always someone here to keep an eye.

    I have attached a photo of his current set up. He has his crate, which he has his bed food water and toys in. His crate is enclosed in his pen which has puppy pads in which he has no trouble using.

    My question is: how much time should we spend with him out of his pen? ATM it's about 15-20 mins per hour where possible longer. My other concerne also is where should we put his puppy pads when not in the pen? Cause of his size he sometimes goes to the toilet before he can get to his pads. I have done lots of research but I find that there is a lot of conflicting information out there!

    Any advice would be fantastic!
     

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  2. Siskin

    Siskin Look into my eyes....

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    Is their a particular reason why you are using puppy pads rather then taking him outside to toilet?
     
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    ^^^ as above - if there's someone home, why is he not being taken out for toileting?
     
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  4. Rex27

    Rex27 PetForums Newbie

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    The vet said he can't until a week after his next jab which is next week. So basically he can't go out for another 2 weeks yet.
     
  5. Siskin

    Siskin Look into my eyes....

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    Do you not have a private garden as he could go out into that
     
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    Rex27 PetForums Newbie

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    Yes we do. But the vet said he wouldn't be able to until his next jab so we,be got to stick with pads until then.
     
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    No, that's if you're going into areas with other dogs - if it's your own garden then it's fine for him to go into it :)
     
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    Siskin Look into my eyes....

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    As @Lilylass has said, you can take him out into your garden to toilet and playtime. Best thing is to throw away the pads and take him out at regular intervals to toilet, after he wakes up, after a meal and after a playtime more or less hourly for the time being. When he is toiletting say a cue word like 'busy, busy' or 'go wees' or whatever you want to say and then praise like mad and tell him he is a wonderful dog. Eventually you will be able to take your pup outside, say the cue word and he will go off and toilet, this is a very useful trick for your dog to learn. If he toilets indoors, clear up with a propriety cleaner that removes the smell, don't tell your pup off or he will be reluctant to toilet in front of you and will sneak off away from you.
    Using puppy pads teaches your dog that it is acceptable to toilet indoors on something soft and will make training to toilet outside more difficult. Chi's can be a bit tricky to toilet train so the quicker you teach him to toilet outside the more likely he and you will succeed.
    During the night you will have to get up to take him outside to toilet possibly two times as he is so small and will not have the bladdr capacity nor ability to hold on all night.

    Although you can't ake your puppy for walks yet, you can carry him out and about to show him the outside world, things like people, cars and traffic and other dogs. If you have friends with dogs who are uptodate with their innoculations then your pup can meet those dogs.
    It might help you to read this book
    The Perfect Puppy by Gwen Bailey
    It can be downloaded if you have the kindle app.
    It will guide you through puppyhood up until an adult dog.
     
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  9. Rex27

    Rex27 PetForums Newbie

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    UPDATE: Okay so I've moved Rex into our lounge in his crate and have been taking him out once every hour for toilet in the garden and it was successful yesterday (bar a couple of accidents). Last night I took him out at 10pm (last time before bed) and he did a poo and a wee! I woke at 1:30am and 4:30am to let him out also for a wee put I couldn't tell if he had done one as it was dark and raining. Disappointed as he had done a poo and a wee when I came down this morn at 6:30am.

    The only thing I'm struggling with is when I take him in the garden, it's almost raining. He doesn't seem to like the rain and just sits by my leg whining. When I think he may be weeing I can't be sure because when I lower myself down to him he gets all excited like I'm gonna pick him up or play. Any idea how to combat this? Main issue is he hates the rain.

    Thanks
     
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    No advice for the rain issue but you might this website helpful..
    http://www.thepuppyplan.com/

    It gives lots of advice about socialisation, what pups need in their first year and their behaviour/fear periods.
     
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    Put up a parasol where you want him to toilet to keep the rain off and take a torch.
     
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    Reported. Troll.
     
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  13. danielled

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    Then take him out into your garden onlead. I doubt your vet told you he can't even go out in the back garden if it is private.
     
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    Torch and umbrella, keep them by the back door. It sounds like you're making good progress.
    I have one of those security lights that come on automatically, really useful for knowing dogs have toileted when it's dark. You can get battery-powered LED ones now.
    And carry him into the big wide world, into town, shops, parks. He can also safely meet calm, friendly adult dos or other pups that have been fully vaccinated, as long as it's on ground where no unvaccinated dogs have been.
     
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