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Old 07-30-2012, 12:44 PM   #1
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Welcome our new puppy to the Dog Forum family!
Little Meri is a permanent addition to our little home and will ideally follow in my English Shepherd's pawprints with Canine Good Citizen and therapy dog certifications. She is an 8 1/2 week old sable long haired Chihuahua. Her parents were 4 and 6 lbs but she is already 2 1/2 herself so we are thinking she will be a bit larger. I'm happy with that because she will come along on our swimming trips and romps through the mountains and bigger is better in those situations.
She will be spayed and microchipped through the shelter I work at so she will be an official "Watauga Humane Society dog" . She is already doing very well as the office puppy!
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This is the first picture we took of Meri with her duck friend!

She made a trip to Ikea with us last week and hung out in the grass with me and Sam while Hannah went inside to shop. It was very tiring being so cute of course!




She is showing off her office puppy skills here




These are by far the best photos in the group She learned to swim in the bathtub and was then ready for the real thing. We took her to a local park to meet kids and go swimming. It is crazy how pretty she is!!!












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Congratulations! She is just adorable.
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Old 07-30-2012, 01:48 PM   #4
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Thanks guys! She is a doll. We puppy sat a short hair chi puppy for a night and that little thing was a wild child! It made us appreciate how sweet and quiet and easy Meri has been so far.
We are always open to advice!
I am working very hard to make her a "dog dog" instead of your stereotypical snarky small dog. She has a wonderfully soft temperament though so it shouldn't be too much of a challenge to keep her open to new people and situations. She comes to work with me every day and gets to meet new people and animals (all fully vaccinated and healthy). She has even been bopped on the head by a few playful kittens!
Crate training has been a breeze and she loves any chew toy we give her. The current favorite soft toy is a leggy giraffe she can wrestle with.
Meri is picking up leash training fairly well, though she prefers to flop down in the shade instead of walk most of the time. I need to find non fattening treats that will motivate her to keep moving instead of playing with flowers!

I look forward to any ideas you guys may have about small breed puppies. I haven't had a puppy in 9 years and have definitely never done the tiny breeds before lol

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mmckee2006, Meri is sooo cute! I was always a medium/large breed dog person myself. No tiny little foo foo ankle biters for me... until I aquired Scooter, my long hair Chi. All I can say, is do exactly what you are already doing. Don't read any books on Chi's. I did, and was almost headed down the wrong path of training. The books I read said that Chi's don't like the cold, are difficult to potty train, and won't go out in the rain. They suggested using the wee wee pads. Wrong, wrong, wrong. I decided that I don't let my Collies pee and poo in the house, so why would I allow a samll dog to? So, I decided to train him exactly how I trained my large dogs. After all, a dog is still a dog when it comes to training. Size does not matter. Today Scooter is a well adjusted older boy, that plays in the snow, doesn't mind the rain, and does his business outside, like any other dog should.
The issue I have run into on walks, is not other dogs, but people. (what a surprise) Because Meri is so small, everyone will want to pick her up and hug her. Scooter hates to be picked up. He's not a toy, he's a dog. The best way I have found to deal with this , is simply tell them Scooter does not like to be picked up, but you can pick up Harley if you'd like. (89 pound Collie) That usually does the trick.
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She definitely is a cutie - and that's coming from someone who usually doesn't like little dogs!

Listen to Dee- her feelings before Scooter are exactly the same as mine. I've realized it's not the size of the dog though, it's the insane number of owners who've treated the little dogs special because of their size and allowed them to behave in ways that no one would tolerate from a larger dog!

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I too am with Deelind on this one - she may be small but she is still a dog, and if trained and socialised thoroughly you won't go far wrong. Sounds like you are doing an excellent job so far of getting her lots of new experiences.

Oh and I love her colouring, seriously cute.

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She definitely is a cutie - and that's coming from someone who usually doesn't like little dogs!

Listen to Dee- her feelings before Scooter are exactly the same as mine. I've realized it's not the size of the dog though, it's the insane number of owners who've treated the little dogs special because of their size and allowed them to behave in ways that no one would tolerate from a larger dog!
Kenzie'sMom, you are so right. I hated little dogs. We used to call them drop kicks... of course we would never do that, but every little dog I ever cam across, was a nippy, yappy, untrained, spoiled little dogs. I can tell you my vet loves Scooter. He said he is the best little dog he has ever seen. He's not yappy, snippy, or untrained. I now have a new understanding and love for small dogs. They are how you train them..

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Oh my she is sooooo cute!!!
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