I'm new to the forum and will be bringing home my little toy in about a week and a half! I'm super excited. My mom owns a phantom toy female, which she got as an adult. I don't have any small breed puppy experience and would love to hear about anyone's experience!
Welcome! I am so excited for you. My two boys, both toys, came home on Dec 26th. One thing that has helped a great deal with them is that I began a routine right away. My guys are tiny, 1lb 7oz and 1lb 9oz, so I am pad training them...at least through the winter. We had a snow storm a couple hours after their arrival and still have lots of snow on the ground from that storm and then had another smaller storm a couple days ago. I use a large pen (I keep this in the dining room where they can see into the family room and living room); I have their food and water bowls, pad and tray, a bed (big enough for the both of them), and toys that I switch out every other day in there for them. I have the same pen but slightly smaller upstairs in my bedroom. I have a pad and tray, a bed, and food and water bowls in that one. I do not put any toys with them at night except their favorite toy, Monkey. I leave kibble in their food bowls at all times. They are so little and need to eat many small meals through the day. I have been giving them the brand that the breeder used. Today I added a tiny bit of the kibble I want to switch to (Fromm) with it. I also offered them canned food for the first time for dinner. I am using Evanger's for canned. They LOVED it, tonight lamb chunks dinner. They also loved the new kibble and picked it out from the old. I might switch it quicker then planned. I was going to very slowly switch it to Fromm and only give canned at dinner for awhile, then add it for breakfast later. If their tummies end up loving the food as much as they did, I will still do it slowly but not as slowly. I bring them out for play time several times a day and limit it to 20 to 60 minutes depending on how I feel they are doing. I bring out their pad tray and water bowl while out and watch them like a hawk the whole time. They are little and young and not ready to explore and play on their own yet. Yes, I look very forward to when they are older, but do not want to rush their puppy time either. You are going to love having a Toy.
Poodle mama to Ryker and Canyon
Thanks for the response. How old are they? They sound so little! My boy is suppose to be tiny as well, the breeder predicts a 5-6 pound full grown weight.
They just turned 2 months old yesterday. They are suppose to be around the same size as yours when fully grown. I was afraid they would seem so delicate but they are not, they are nice and solid. And boy can they play tug-of-war, a favorite game they do with each other. Strong little guys.
Poodle mama to Ryker and Canyon
Welcome! I got my toy poodle on Dec. 22. She is supposed to be 4-5 pounds full grown and at 8.5 weeks she weighed 1pound 4.5 oz. I pretty much have the same set up as Canyon and Rykers mom. I am piddle pad training too, not because of snow (southern california doesn't have any) but because of prey birds in the area. She loves to play with my chihuahua's. They are very kind to her.
I talked with the breeder yesterday and she said he's just over a pound. I'm a little nervous about how fragile he will be because of all the warnings people give about their delicate size. However, I live in a house with no small children so I'm not too concerned.
Names of dogs: Omar, Maggie, Nicholas, Penelope, Kensi
Poodle Type: Black, red, silver creme phantom, black white Parti and chocolate white parti
Location: Mentor, Ohio
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Just be careful about him jumping and also getting under your feet. They can easily get stepped on or trip you. I have always had tiny dogs so we shuffle in our house. Never pick up your feet. Causes some toe stubbing but beats breaking a tiny poodle leg or back. They are actually pretty sturdy so font get intimidated by the tiny size. Pound for pound they hold their own with big dogs. Just watch jumping off high things and your feet and you will be fine.