Before teaching your dog to ride in a purse, make sure you have the right type of carrier purse for your size of dog. A purse for your dog to ride in can be purchased commercially from a pet store; it should have ventilation to allow airflow, comfortable padding, and will indicate the correct size for your dog's size and weight on the label. You do not want your dog to be too squished, or be moving about too much so they do not feel secure either. Crate training your dog prior to teaching your dog to ride in a purse is a good first step that allows your dog to associate an enclosed space with safety and comfort. Have treats available to reward and create a positive association with the purse. Using a clicker to reinforce riding in the purse and shaping the behavior can be useful as well. Be sure to be patient and never force your dog into the purse. This may mean taking some time to acclimatize your dog and letting them take the initiative to ride in the purse.
I am potentially adopting a rehomed chi from a responsible breeder. She is 4 1/2 lbs. After she is comfortable with us, I am hoping to train her to be carried in a dog-appropriate t tote (a Chewy one). She is allegedly shy and sweet to begin with - not snappy, but needs to be comfortable around people. I realize i would have lots of challenges here and that she needs to feel comfortable with me for a period of time before this, but given my whole reason for adopting a chi is to be able to bring them along with me everywhere, do you think it is likely we will get here at some point, or do you see red flags here right away? Everyone is telling me this should be done with a small puppy to start, not a 3-year-old adoptee. I have a ton of experience handling dogs (dog-gone crazy home that includes breeders and trainers), but I already have two adopted dogs that present their own challenges, and I was kind of hoping for less of a challenge this time around! Thank you in advance....i think she needs me, hence my looking at a rehome vs a puppy.....
Hello Michelle, With a lot of work and going slow, there is a good chance she could get used to the carrier, especially if she is already crate trained. Honestly, what I would be more concerned about is how she would do out in public around a lot of people, animals, noises, ect...Depending on how shy she is and what her history with socialization is like, that could either be a lot of work but very doable since you sound like you are committed, or a constant struggle and really not what you are looking for. Could you see about doing a two-week trial basis with her to get an idea of how shy and socialized she is? Whenever anyone is looking to adopt a dog I generally recommend that they figure out temperament-wise what realistically fits into their life. What do you have the time to work on? What is important to you in a dog, and what fits into other aspects of your life (such as having other dogs)? If you feel like this dog can fit into your life and be what you are looking for, I recommend adopting her (what you want might be to rescue a dog so that's something to consider too when considering other aspects like how out going or portable she is). When someone gets a dog that doesn't fit into their lifestyle and what they can offer, that dog is far more likely to need to be re-homed later and the person not enjoy pup, and pup be less happy, when perhaps that dog could have been a good fit for someone else...What everyone can accommodate and wants isn't always the same...I like super smart, high drive dogs or very friendly, tolerant dogs for myself depending on the stage of life I am in. My sister likes small, low maintenance, independent dogs. My Border Collie wouldn't have been a good fit for her, and her Pomeranian wouldn't have been a good fit for my toddler. It's okay to want specific things and to really evaluate whether a dog fits in with your lifestyle. If they do, then great. Adopt them! If not, it's okay to find a dog that does fit! Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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