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Question by doubletrouble
Submitted on 4/21/2004
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I have a male and female dachund-chi mix, 10 weeks
old.  They are real chewers- how do I keep them from chewing on everything?.  Best way to potty train them to outside. Thank you.

Answer by chimama
Submitted on 5/11/2004
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For potty training,

There are lots of threads talking about that, it would be easier to search them than to retype it all again.

For chewing,

They're puppies, they chew.  The best way to keep them from chewing everything in sight is to give them things that you want them to chew, and keep them away from things you don't want them to chew.  How to do that?

Never give old socks, shoes, etc.  The dog can't tell an old shoe from a new show, so it doesn't know some are off limits and others are ok.  Don't give bones, any bones.  Beef bones can splinter too.    

Get several OK toys, such as a rubber ball, a stuffed toy (make sure to remove button eyes and etc. just as you would for a human child) and a tug rope.  My girls have one of each, and they pick different toys at different times.  You may as well get a few extra, so you can rotate them in and out, keeps the dog from getting bored with the same old toys.  I also on occasion give them rawhides, get the larger ones and cut strips.  My girls won't take a whole one, and if they're too small, they get them good and soggy and then swallow them whole.

When puppy starts chewing on something forbidden, get one of the approved objects.  Say to puppy "No, bad for puppy" and take away the forbidden object.  Offer the approved object and say "Yes, good for puppy".  Show the forbidden object again "No for puppy", then give the approved object "Yes for puppy".  Then make sure the puppy is not allowed access to the forbidden object again.

The whole point is to have the dog associate "NO" with forbidden things and "YES" for approved things.  Chi's are very smart, they want to keep their humans happy, make it easy for them to do so, and don't set them up for failure by leaving out things they really shouldn't have.


Answer by new proud owner
Submitted on 6/21/2004
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"bitter apple" spray works weel for things you don't want them to chew. You can get it at most pet stores. Just spray it on.


Answer by chimama
Submitted on 7/2/2004
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Very good, for things that can't be kept away from puppy, that's an excellent solution that I have used myself.  Used along with behavior modification, it's the way to go.


Answer by meagan
Submitted on 1/27/2005
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for potty training them

    just ley them be & if they pee or poop in the floor turn them over on there backs 7 stick there noses to where they can swell what they did & say no then softly spank them


Answer by tara
Submitted on 8/18/2006
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i agree with the bitter apple spray,but,i think you should buy them dog bones,it worked with my puppy.


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