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    New Puppy = No Riding

    Well, it was a week ago yesterday that I gave in to my wife's desire to get a puppy, and while this little Teacup Yorkie is the most adorable dog I've ever seen, it is more work than having an infant in the house.
    The end result...I HAVE NOT BEEN ON MY BIKE IN NINE DAYS!!!!!!

    I'm in the process of dog proofing my house against this 1 lb, 7 oz bundle of fur and energy and I'm exhausted for the effort. I'm not sure I could ride even if I could find the time. I've been too tired to get up early for a morning ride and can't find the time or energy for my usual evening ride.

    In all fairness to the new pup, she's only missed the paper once in over a week so I guess things could be worse.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SemperFi
    In all fairness to the new pup, she's only missed the paper once in over a week so I guess things could be worse.
    That's better than my own weekly average...

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    That's the first good laugh I've had in over a week.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SemperFi
    =this little Teacup Yorkie is the most adorable dog I've ever seen, it is more work than having an infant in the house. The end result...I HAVE NOT BEEN ON MY BIKE IN NINE DAYS!!!!!!

    So, that brings up the important issue. Are you going to get a trailer for it? Or are you going to try to carry it in a basket on the bike. You might even consider wearing a backpack backwards and carrying the dog so its head sticks out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Artkansas
    So, that brings up the important issue. Are you going to get a trailer for it? Or are you going to try to carry it in a basket on the bike. You might even consider wearing a backpack backwards and carrying the dog so its head sticks out.
    Yea. You've got to train that dog right from the start.

    Dog proofing the House? You wait till you get to the garden.
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    Two words.....Crate Training! Dogs do not like to mess where they sleep. Confinement is not cruel. They will learn very quickly to let you know that they have to go outside. My first springer spaniel was letting me know the second night we had her, the second springer maybe one night more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Paulie
    That's better than my own weekly average...
    You crack me up!
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    How about this one?


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    That pic is probably from Germany or Holland. Around here, you'd get turned in to Child Protective Service!

    Seriously, get a basket for the puppy and start it on a healthy life-style. I saw two Chihuahuas (sp?) in a front basket. Pretty funny. Standing into the wind like twin hood ornaments.

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    +1...when my daughter brought my grandog home, it turned out to be a nightstalker (hence, she named her Phoebe, after the goddess of the moon). She got an old playpen for the dog and the dog loved it...couldn't wait to get into it at bedtime...best idea we ever had

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    Currently have the pup in a crate and she puts up no fuss at all...doesn't cry or bark to get out.
    Eventually want to train her to use a litter box but not the same one as for our cat. This dog will only be about 4 lbs fully grown so it just doesn't seem practical to train her to do her stuff outside. I don't think she could handle the winter weather and that would probably only confuse things for her about not being sure where to go.
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    This guy is not quite a year old. Yesterday he sat down near the trike when we got home and refused to be taken inside, away from "his" ride.

    Used 1968 trike $80. Not as much time away from pedaling to watch the dog. A heavy load makes your legs stronger if you work hard. You can definetly use this time for training. You can also take the dog out for exercise and fresh air. Then when he is tired put him in the house to sleep while you go for a ride on your other bike.

    Use a leash to keep the dog in, be sure he can't get out. Be prepared for a lot of attention, especially from females.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2manybikes
    This guy is not quite a year old. Yesterday he sat down near the trike when we got home and refused to be taken inside, away from "his" ride.
    Looks like you are well protected if a dog starts to chase you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SemperFi
    In all fairness to the new pup, she's only missed the paper once in over a week so I guess things could be worse.
    Count your lucky stars. My pup still has an occasional accident at six months old--and I guarantee you the volume difference between your teacup Yorkie and my 55-lb. Pookita* is no laughing matter!

    And the litter box is right out.

    I love my puppy, but your little one has a lot of advantages. Especially the basket for rides together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Artkansas
    Looks like you are well protected if a dog starts to chase you.



    I never thought about that!

    Well, we have the sound effects. It's great when he barks as loud as he can when I yell "passing". You can't sneak up on me either !
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    You could always put a basket on your bike , just be sure to latch the basket and watch the weather



    "Please Aunt Em! Toto didn't mean to. He didn't know he was doing anything wrong. I'm the one that ought to be punished. I let him go in her garden ... you can send me to bed without pie !--"

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    My wife was fostering Humane Society puppies for a few months. Wow, I feel your pain. Our house is now quarantined for puppies because one of them had Parvo. So, my wife adopted a 5-year old dog Tibetan fat little furry something-or-the-other. Actually, I've grown fond of the dog. And most of all, with her new friend to keep her company, my wife had no problem with me going on a few summer bike tours!
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    Just thought I'd post a pic of the little culprit that's cut down on my riding time.

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    [QUOTE=SemperFi]Just thought I'd post a pic of the little culprit that's cut down on my riding time.[QUOTE]
    He looks like he would fit in a bike basket of some kind. Although riding in traffic might be difficult if you're in the city all the time..
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    Advantage of small dogs is that you have to slow down to allow them to keep up!!! Taken up on top of our hills when the wife met us and without us realising it- The dog Followed us. The dog gave up after about a mile, but it kept up with us for that distance apparantly. Only way we knew it was following us was when the Wife Phoned me up and told me to stop and return her dog.
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    She would fit in a basket easily...all 2 pounds of her.
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    the Bonners haul their tiny dogs around in bike baskets all the time - taking them somewhere the creatures can take an undisturbed moment of quiet reflection, euphemistically speaking. I've heard German frauen sitting on the park bench talking about their grandchildren while their teacup-sized pups gambole together in the grass of the Poppelsdorfer Allee.
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    Quote Originally Posted by velonomad
    "Please Aunt Em! Toto didn't mean to. He didn't know he was doing anything wrong. I'm the one that ought to be punished. I let him go in her garden ... you can send me to bed without pie !--"
    Nothings that drastic- Let the dog take the wrap and I'll have the pie
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    Quote Originally Posted by SemperFi
    Eventually want to train her to use a litter box but not the same one as for our cat. This dog will only be about 4 lbs fully grown so it just doesn't seem practical to train her to do her stuff outside. I don't think she could handle the winter weather and that would probably only confuse things for her about not being sure where to go.
    Don't underestimate her because she's little. Many small-dog owners make that mistake. A small dog is still a dog with all the instincts and brains of a large dog. In fact, they don't even know that they're small, which you would recognize had you ever seen a tiny little dog bully another 10 times its size. Yorkies also handle winter weather pretty well, with their lavish insulation and high metabolism. Just don't expose her too much while she's very young.

    The fact that you haven't ridden suggests to me that you're being over-protective and indulgent: a recipe for dogly disaster in the long term. Spend a few hours watching 'The Dog Whisperer' and you'll see what I mean.
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