New Shorkie Puppy
New Shorkie Puppy
Hello! I recently joined the site, and I have 2 dogs… An older 8 year old Goldendoodle, and a 4 month old Shorkie (which prompted me to join this site ). I’ve gone through some of the basic training lessons, and I’m really looking forward to training the new pup (and maybe teaching the old dog new tricks lol).
I have some initial questions that I’m hoping some people can help me with:
1) What length leash should I get for a 5-6ish pound shorkie? I’m thinking 15-20 feet. I was originally going to get a 30 ft lead but is that too long for such a small dog?
2) I have a heck of a time taking the little one outside to potty because he puts EVERYTHING in his mouth. It’s fall here in TX and there are tons of leaves and other things on the ground, so I’m often picking things out of his mouth. I know this is to be expected a bit but how do people typically deal with this?
3) We don’t have a crate yet, but we have a dog carrier that we travel with that’s about the size of what the crate will be. We also have a small playpen area for him in the house (it’s a small fence like thing about the dimensions of a baby playpen. I also let him lay in my office with me during the day when I’m working. How often should the puppy be in the crate/carrier vs out in wider spaces?
4) I’m currently working on “Look”, “Come”, and Luring to “Down”… I don’t want to overload him with too much new stuff, but any advice on training cadence would be appreciated as well.
5) We take the dogs out regularly, but we keep this wrap-around diaper on the little one when in the house just in case he randomly pees (which it seems like he does a lot less of nowadays), is this an ok practice for a puppy?
6) Any advice for training the old dog? I’m guessing I should give them separate training sessions at points during the day, but any other “first principles” type advice would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance! I’m really glad I joined the site and looking forward to sharing more with the community going forward.
– Ryan (and Brownie)
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