New Puppy

sweetchastityJuly 17, 2010

Misty was my mom's shadow. She followed her everywhere and waited for her when she was gone (at the front door on the bathroom door, lol). Almost all of my mom's daily routines involved Misty and with her being retired and not really having interests that could get her out of the house we decided to get a new puppy. We knew we made the right decision when my brother brought over his dog for us to puppy sit and mom enjoyed his kisses and hugs just as she did when Misty was alive. Misty was a black German Sheppard so we choose a dog completely different because we were not trying to replace Misty, just bring another fur-baby into our lives.

So here is Peanut!

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She is an eight-week old Chihuahua/Fox Terrier mix. My mom always wanted a lap dog, something small she could pick up and cuddle anytime she wanted so I did the searching and found this little girl. She has been an absolute joy to have and we do not regret our decision.

My family has always had big dogs, almost all German Sheppards, so if anyone has any advice I'd appreciate it!! I'm going to buy Cesar Millan's book today, Raising the Perfect Puppy, because I've never had such a big role to play in the raising of a puppy. My dad always maintained control of the dogs but it was with a strick, dominant attitude. His methods worked but I think for a powerful breed like a German Sheppard that's fine. I want to use techniques that are positive and will create a happy, balanced dog. Mom's not a disciplinarian, she's all love, love, love, lol, so I'll be the one training the puppy. I don't want to focus on tricks but on proper walking on a leash, good social skills at dog parks or off-leash (we had one dog that bolted if the front door was open and my brother's dog is like that, I never want to live with that fear again), good manors at mealtimes (human ones), discouraging incessant barking and safe interactions with my cats. Oh and house training is high on the list too, lol.

I've looked up both breeds but with her being so young and a mix I'm not sure what breed characteristics she'll have. Fox terriers like to dig but I don't want her to dig in the wrong places so maybe I should provide a spot for her to dig in (maybe she can help me garden next spring :p), Chihuahua's can be territorial and protective (I read a pack of three defended their 3 yr old master from a mountain lion!). I just love the idea of providing a challenge to their genetic hard-wiring, like taking herding dogs to sheep handlers who'll let them exercise herding sheep, or trackers nose with hiding treats. Ok, I'm looking farther down the road but does anyone know what kind of behaviours I might see in her and what activities would be good for her?

I'll load more pictures when I can but most of them come out blurry because she doesn't sit still!

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murraysmom Zone 6 OH

Peanut is a real cutie!! I'm raising a new pup too. Mine is 11 weeks. We have settled into a routine of sleeping, pottying, eating and sleeping again. Mine is also a little breed dog - Havanese - and I am trying to make sure I treat her as a regular dog - not a fragile little baby. She already likes to take walks, although she's not a "straight line" kind of walker. She is all over the place :) But at least I try to keep her moving forward. I also don't want her to become a little tyrant. It's hard, but I try not to give in every time she whines about something. But she is tons of fun and I'm sure Peanut will be for you as well. Congratulations!!!

    Bookmark   July 17, 2010 at 6:19PM
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Thanks! Everyone wants to hold her from family and friends to strangers in the pet store, lol. Peanut is great fun! She's trying to engage the cats to play now that my brother reclaimed his dog. Dustin seems like he's interested, he made the stalking position and butt-wiggle he uses when he plays with Muffin and he was kinda swatting at her from a chair but I supervise all interactions to make sure its a positive experience for all. I'm not worried because the cats haven't stalked her or look at her like the birds or mice they see and when I play with my cats, even if I hand-wrestle a lil bit they never scratch me. Actually I'm surprised because with my first cat and even with ones I come into contact with I'd always have the odd scratch here and there but I have one now and not only can not remember where/how I got it but I can't remember the last scratch I got from them. If I do feel their claws a bit its because they need a trimming. I was kinda worried they'd be jealous since they had all my attention until now but I'm making a point to not treat them any different and give lots of love, play and scratches. Dustin even slept on the bed with me last night (Muffin never sleeps on the bed; she was a barn cat so she her lil spots she likes to nap in).

I have to educate my mom not to treat Peanut like a baby but I can say that if Peanut was a Mastiff mom would still baby her. She said she's leaving the training and discipline to me but she'll try to help if she remembers. I'm more concerned about dad rough-housing with her. He used to play this rough style with his sheppards and there wasn't a problem but now she's nipping at my fingers and toes and I want her to know she can't play that way with everyone and when I say playtime is over, then its over. But I'll go gentle and keep reading up to raise her as best I can.

    Bookmark   July 18, 2010 at 2:51PM
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awww, peanut is adorable!!! i'm sure misty would approve. :)

can't wait for more pics. have fun with her and congrats!

    Bookmark   July 18, 2010 at 3:15PM
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Congrats on the new addition! It's nice having a new little one to love after losing a beloved cat or dog. The new addition doesn't replace the one(s) we've lost, but helps to fill void and helps us share the love for animals that we still have in our hearts.

Best of luck to you and your family!

    Bookmark   July 18, 2010 at 6:32PM
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What a sweet girl Peanut is. I wish your Mom & your family the best wishes for your new addition. My advice is to teach the sit - stay command. I think thats the first thing a pup should learn since it will save her life. Also stock up on wee-wee pads LOL your going to need them.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2010 at 8:30AM
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I was so sad to hear of Misty's passing. She was just a beatiful dog and you could see the intelligence in her eyes. Good luck on the new addition. It's just as important to train a small terrier as a large dog, contrary to what some people think. They're a joy and endless entertainment, and I am a 'terrier person' my entire life. But, they can get Napolean complexes. LOL. I think there is a name like little dog syndrome. IOW they get babied so much with no limits drawn they can become tiny terrors. She's beautiful and wishes for a long and happy life for her.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2010 at 10:31AM
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I think it is great you are willing to train the puppy and all, but your mom really needs to get on board that train as well. Everyone in a dogs life needs to maintain balance or the puppy will take advantage of the person who is not with the program. This can lead to days of frustration and making for a potentially dangerous situation if your mom has the pup and it is not willing to listen to her because she has not contributed to training. Good luck

    Bookmark   July 19, 2010 at 3:09PM
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Peanut is just adorable. Toy breeds are my favorite and I currently have three of them. I don't think the importance of avoiding spoiling and creating "little dog syndrome" can be overemphasized. It makes the difference between having a sweet, lovable, and fun companion and having a snippy, nasty dog that's a pain to deal with. Most toys can be pretty headstrong and it is hard to correct them when they're so little and cute, but it's crucial to do it. I agree that your mom should be involved with her training.

Another thing that's important with toys is dental care. Small dogs have many more problems with their teeth than large dogs and they should be brushed several times a week. I just discovered a great product to brush with called Petzlife Oral Care Gel. It literally breaks down existing plaque on the teeth, so should be terrific if used from the beginning with a puppy.

Housebreaking can be quite a challenge with little dogs, too, and it isn't unusual for them to need a full year to become reliable. I continue to let them out often and praise them when they perform all their lives and my dogs stay in crates at night and when no one is home.

My toy fox terrier is five years old and still very playful. They are known for being playful all their lives and enjoy playing ball and learning tricks. Good luck with Peanut. I'm sure she'll bring you all a lot of joy.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2010 at 9:05PM
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Thank you all for your thoughts for Misty and Peanut!

Not to worry Mazor, my mom will learn to control the pups, she could command Misty and Jessie, but it was dad who did the initial work of training. So I just help her by showing her how to get Peanut to sit, how to use treats, how to distract or block unwanted behaviour (which we are still learning about, lol).

Thanks for the tip on dental care deb 18. It is something we haven't thought of yet so I'll definitely see if I can get Petzlife up here in Canada. Misty had to be under so they could clean her teeth and Dustin is next on the list so preventing this will really help down the line.

We all, in my family, feel that its as important to correct the behaviour of small dogs as it is for large dogs. All dogs should have the same rules no matter what their size. Sadly we are starting to see some signs in Peanut, ok I'm seeing them, that are a bit unsettling. I would love your input since you have three toys and my dad just brought us two Shi-poos so now we have a pack but I think I'll start a new thread for that.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2010 at 12:05AM
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Awesome, good luck with your new charge and keep us posted with cute pics.. your pup is a cutie....

    Bookmark   July 22, 2010 at 12:15PM
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