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|02-20-2012, 07:05 AM||#1|
Join Date: Feb 2012
Hi everyone. I am new here. I just got my yorkie puppy 4 days ago. Her name is Coco Chanel and I call her Chanel. I never knew I could love something this tiny with 4 legs so much. I thought I was totally prepared for motherhood of this very tiny bundle of joy but I am finding out there are a few things I did not think about or have not gone as planned. So here is the first challenge. Any help will be appreciated. FIRST of all I have to tell you I am an over analyzer . My human kids tell me I think WAY too much which causes me to be stressed out all the time for usually nothing. I think EVERYTHING is major and should be done by the book. So with that said, here goes... all of my previous dogs were thought of as dogs and loved very much, so they were not pampered too much. They came in and out, slept where and when they wanted to and ate the same way. Chanel is so tiny I shelter her alot. I take her to work with me and almost everywhere I go. I use a kennel some at home and at work so she doesn't get into stuff when I can't give her my full attention. I was told DO NOT punish her w/ the kennel. SO at night I put her in the bed with me and my DH.(dear husband) She plays a little while we watch tv, then settles down and we turn the tv off and all go to sleep. The most she sleeps is about 2 hrs. then she's up. I keep her on my side so she doesn't wake DH, and she starts licking and biting at my face and neck. I scold her (quietly) and this goes on for a while until I get up with her. I am really losing alot of beauty sleep. I don't sleep sound when she's in the bed because I think I will smother her. Should I make her sleep in the kennel or will she think she is being punished? I take her out to potty several times during the night because I get up to potty myself lol. Should I take her out at night or encourage her to wait?
I'm sorry this is so long. And I'm sure I have more questions, so thank you for all of your advise.
|02-20-2012, 10:02 AM||#2|
Donating YT 3000 Club Member
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Chessington, Surrey, UK
Hi Suzy and Chanel! And welcome!
They are totally different dogs aren't they! So tiny and vulnerable - it's difficult not to overdo stuff....especially when they're puppies, so totally reliant on us. You're doing brilliantly, and it's always best to ask...
I personally wouldn't keep her sleeping in your bed. You're obviously spending half the night worrying about rolling on her, waking your husband, etc. And that's not doing you any good
I would get a different crate for your bedroom. We did this, and it worked perfectly. We positioned it where Harry could see and smell us, and cosied it up with his bed, blankies etc. We put him in there at 10 at night, and after the first couple of nights he slept right through. It might be a bit noisy for a while, but it's worth it in the long run.
Others will, of course, have different thoughts and ideas - but that's what worked for my family Good luck! Sally + Harry x
|02-20-2012, 10:07 AM||#3|
My Tiny Treasures
Join Date: Jul 2006
Blog Entries: 3
I always suggest Ex pens. I'm not a crate or cage fan. That way she could have her bed, blanket, toys, chew toys, water, food and pee pad if needed.
Alot of my new mommys set them up right in their rooms and have found it to work great!
She might be harder to switch tho since she's used to snuggling with you I wouldnt blame her tho...I'd prefer the bed too!
|02-20-2012, 10:40 AM||#4|
YT 1000 Club Member
Join Date: Jun 2006
I used a portable baby play pen for my yorkies. Zoey still like to go into it for her alone/Zen time. I also you it when 1 is sick and needs to be kept quiet.
Beware of Nestle Purina Cozy (4/06), Roxy & Zoey (2/08), Lucy (4/09); Buddy 4/09- Rescued 12/11); Mika ('98) & Tallulah ('00) RIP Harley 4/2009; Lucky 11/2010; Zoey 4/2012