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Old 08-25-2012, 09:34 AM
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Hello from a first time dog owner!

Hi, everyone! I adopted my first dog a week ago. She's a 3 month old chihuahua/rat terrier mix. Her name is Lilo and her wacky puppiness is off the charts. I just moved from Minnesota to Florida about 5 months ago and am finally in an apartment that allows pets. I've always been a dog lover and figured I needed a companion since I live alone. It's been a struggle and an adjustment, but I keep telling myself this will get easier. House training is improving every day and I'm trying to deal with her constant biting. I'm looking forward to perusing the forum!
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Old 08-25-2012, 12:57 PM
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Congrats and welcome to the best thing you'll ever do, own a dog.
My sure fire was of house training a dog is on your next days off take it out frequently, especially about 1/2 an hour after it eats, and make note of when it goes to the bathroom, like humans your dog will have a schedule as well. Five puppies later I still haven't had an accident in my house, I say in a paranoid voice as # 6 is on her way.
As for the biting as well as the pup in general, enroll in a puppy KG ASAP and get some professional advice, biting is never allowed, and left unchecked in little Chi Terriers can be a lifelong annoyance, just think if this was a Pitbull you would be worried, it is no different because your pup is cute and it doesn't hurt.
Again congrats and welcome to a Wonderful Lifestyle.
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Old 08-25-2012, 04:47 PM
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Biting in puppies is not the same kind of biting as in an adolescent/adult dog, Shawsea .
OP, as soon as the puppy's teeth make contact with you or your clothes, yelp loudly and walk away.
Hello and welcome! I live in FL too
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Biting is biting, don't care how old the dog is, and didn't offer any advice accept as a new dog owner take a class so you get pro advice, maybe I should've split it up more, I didn't mean pro advice for the biting I meant in general dog care and handling/training.
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hello and welcome. plenty of lovley people here to point you in the right direction
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