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Old 07-18-2013, 10:59 AM
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New puppy: Separation anxiety and housebreaking

My son (age 12) just got a new puppy from my neighbors. He is a good kid, fairly responsible with the other pets and the poultry, and we felt this was a good move. He has wanted a dog for quite some time, and when he met THIS dog we knew it was the right one.

The dog himself is a very cute, sweet tempered male, born in March. He is part or completely chihuahua (The mom is a chihuahua, but he looks nothing like her). ANd he adores my son.


This dog was one of a small litter of puppies from my neighbors pet. There were other dogs, cats, and kids in the house. We were told that he was "pretty much" housebroken, mostly by virtue of following the other dogs outside. I like my neighbors, but their house is not super-clean, so now I am thinking there may have been more accidents than they knew about. Regardless, this dog has not been formally trained, had never worn a collar, and has never been to the vet. The neighbor said he had never been off their property before, either intentionally or by running away.

Coming home:

When they brought the dog to our house Monday, he was overjoyed to see my kid. He was a little afraid of a collar and leash, but caught on to it really fast and within half an hour was walking easily on it. He pooped and peed outside just fine. The neighbors stayed around visiting for about half an hour or so, then went home. The dog sat on my lap and stared at the place where their truck had been for a long time. He went to bed easily and slept in his bed in our son's room.

Behavior issues:

Right now, the dog is sitting on the floor, eating a pig ear. My son has been out of the room for a few minutes and he is just starting to notice it. This is the first time he has done this well. Normally he cries and whines WHENEVER my son leaves his sight. As in, my boy cannot go to the bathroom without the dog getting crazy.

Also, we are having some potty issues. It seems that first thing in the morning, he pees. As in, as soon as he sees my boy open his eyes. He doesn't even have time to put on his robe and shoes to go outside. We thought maybe overnight was a long time for such a small bladder, so today my hubs woke the boy up at 3 am when he left for work and made him take the dog out. Dog didn't go then, but when the boy got up at 9, he peed everywhere again. (thinking back on this, I realize thats a LOOOONG time!) I normally get up at 7 and would normally wake him then, but I worked last night and didn't think of getting them up. Then the dog gets really happy and excited, because his boy is awake and going to play with him.

He also had one accident in the house yesterday afternoon, but it doesn't strike me as coming from the same issue.

Chunky is afraid of my hubs (but kiddo says he is getting more used to him). He is also afraid of the stairs in the front hall. And of the basement stairs, only if there is no light. And maybe the cats a little and the guinea hen, but she has chicks and probably gives him god reason to be afraid.

So my 2 big issues right now are the peeing on the bed, and the constant whining when my boy is out of the room. We are starting the Petsmart puppy class this evening--will that help? If anybody can give us some advice, we will really appreciate it. Thanks.
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Mostly the puppy needs time to get used to his new life. Puppy class will not help with house training. See the sticky note in the puppy house training section here and follow the advice.

For everything else just take things slowly and gently. Use lots of rewards, including treats, to strengthen behaviors you like.

Have your son look up "kikopup" on u-tube for excellent videos on training.

One more thing, pigs ears can cause very upset tummies, so eatch out.

Hopefully you get the pup to the vet for vaccines asap?
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Hi there, welcome to the forum & congrats on the pup
If he has never been to a vet, he is not vaccinated! I wouldn't even take him to the puppy class (a lot wont accept him as a pupil without proof of at least 1 or 2 vaccs).

I notice this is a few days old...any update on the little guy?
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