Webcam: Lonely Kiwi

What is Kiwi like when she’s alone? See for yourself. She likes to mess with things, howl, and whine!

FYI: 1) I haven’t set up my mattress yet! Don’t judge. 2) Make sure to skip through! It’s long.


Kiwi’s Full Profile

The 411

Breed: Alaskan Klee Kai.

Fur Color: Grey, white, and black.

Type: Very soft and furry! I much prefer this to shaggy or coarse fur. But of course, such flufflicious hair comes with shedding.

Eye Color: Brown.

Size: At almost 6 months, I’d guess she’s about 8 or 9 pounds. Kiwi doesn’t like to stay on the scale :[ She is pretty tall now, but still so light!

What’s your favorite thing about your dog? She is just one of the sweetest dogs around to everyone she meets. She loves all humans, dogs, and creatures, and always just wants to play. The only catch is when there are too many distractions, she doesn’t like to be pet.

What’s your least favorite thing? The whining and separation anxiety. I’m hoping she’ll grow out of soon, or I may have to get medication for her :/. She loves to howl non-stop at the top of her lungs when I am gone, and even when there are other people home, she misses me so much that she has to be in physical contact with the other person at all times.

Background:  I got Kiwi from Klee Kai Magic in Upland, CA. She was born with one other litter, but she had only one twin brother who’s grey and white. He’s such a cutie, and looks like Kiwi!

Boba; Kiwi's Brother

I had wanted a puppy for a long time. As soon as her breeder, Violet, sent me her pictures, I fell in love! For those of you that haven’t seen pictures, here they are:

Kiwi at 6 weeks

Her mama bear, Violet, actually drove Kiwi Downtown to drop her off. She was more perfect that I imagined when I saw her! She was this little ball of fluff. As soon as I took her in my arms, her tail was already wagging and she was trying to kiss. What a happy pup.

Where’s the mother? The mom is still with Violet in Upland, CA. Here’s a picture:

Pixie; Kiwie's Mom


Does she bite? Nope. She learned pretty fast that she can only bite her toys. Her biggest issue right now is the licking. I personally don’t want Kiwi to lick hands that much because you never know what that person could have been doing before or what could be on it (germs, chemicals, etc). I’m trying to get her out of that right now.

Does she jump on people? Yes :[ But she’s small enough so that its negligible.

Is she house-broken? Yup! The last time she had an accident was…..when she peed on my bed. But that was the last time! She was housebroken the first week on pee pads, with accidents here and there. Now, she has it down completely.

Does she bark? Not really. She has this really soft murmur bark under her breath when she hears someone knock at the door. But nothing loud or intolerable yet. Just the whining so far that has been a huuuge problem.

Fetch? She has got fetch down. Oh, except the part where she brings it for you by your feet. But other than that, she can run after it, bring it back somewhere near you, and chew on it herself! She does know to drop it though when you ask her to.

Does she play nicely with others? Yes, she loves playing other other dogs and puppies. Dog parks are her heaven. She never seems to run out of energy…

Has she ever humped your leg? Not mine, but she has humped our guest’s leg slightly when she was really young. I was worried that she was either a nympho. Or I thought she could be lesbian puppy. After research, I found that girls sometimes do that to express dominance, which makes sense since she had thought the guests maybe were intruding on her territory.

Any special tricks? She knows sit, down, crawl, say hi, roll over (sometimes she forgets, don’t know why), bang, high-five, paw, other paw, take it, leave it, stay, drop it, turn, touch, under… and I think that’s it.


Where’s her favorite place to sleep? She likes to sleep in my bed, but never right up next to me. Maybe it’s cause I move too much or it’s too hot. Whatever it is, I’m bitter.

Favorite food? Chicken or cheese. She goes ape for those.

Favorite toy? Anything and everything, but she really loves stringy toys.

Favorite place to run around? Dog park, of course!

Favorite owner? I am her world :] But she loves everyone else too.


Is your dog calm or hyper? She’s still a puppy, so she’s naturally active. But she’s calm most of the time, unless I just got home or new people are over.

Explorer or Couch Potato? Explorer. For all sorts of things that she shouldn’t eat…. dust, hair, fur balls, little papers, crumbs, you name it.

Does she learn quickly? Yes, really quickly. But she also forgets randomly… like roll over I’ve taught her 3 separate times now, and she remembers for only a day. I think she get’s too excited over cheese and can’t think straight.

Stubborn at all? So so stubborn. Don’t get me wrong, she comes when called and does tricks. But certain things, like whining or leash pulling.. she still hasn’t given in.

Does she like to swim? Haven’t tried yet!I probably should for socialization. But she hates baths as is, so probably not.

Is she a cuddler? Yes, but only when she wants to. I try to force her to cuddle with me, but I think she’s too hot and always tries to escape. BITTER.

Kiwi at 4 months

Kiwi at 5-6 months

Sun is too bright!*Squint*

So that’s Kiwi!

How to Soothe Puppy Teething

Kiwi has just started losing her teeth! She’s missing a bunch.


How to Relieve Puppy Teething

Teething can be an uncomfortable time for your puppy. Take these steps to prevent bad chewing habits and relieve your puppy of its pain!

  • Mouth massage– Try massaging your puppy for relief. Sit your puppy facing opposite to you and gently rub the top and bottom lining of your pup’s gums in a circular motion.
  • Removal of temptation–  Clean-up, organize, and remove temptation from reachable areas. Hint: tape-up cords and hide your shoes. This stops bad puppy chewing habits before they even start.
  • Edible chews- Providing edible chews is better than toys, simply because teething puppies love to ingest the toy that they’ve ripped apart. Things like carrots, ice cubes, rawhide, pork hide, bull pizzles, curly sticks, etc. all give your puppy the chewy goodness they need. Caution: If your pup is a gulper, i.e. loves to swallow without chewing, try to stay away from rawhide or pork hide, which can get caught in the intestinal process if not properly chewed.
  • Chew toys– Give your pup all kinds of chew toys for relief. No need to buy specifically toys designated for “puppy teething”, just whatever floats your pups boat! Tip: For added relief, try wetting and then freezing the toy. Your pup will love the soothing cool feel! Also works with dish towels.
  • Natural remedies- Rubbing frozen aloe vera on your puppy’s gums can numb the pain. Chamomile or relaxing treats can also help to relax your puppy before bed time.
  • Vet Solutions- With more extreme cases, vets can provide gel remedies, or more natural herb and salt solutions.

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The Many Sleeping Positions of Kiwi the AKK

The Extreme Case of Whining

Kiwi is the most perfect little puppy I could ever ask for, except for one thing: her whining. She screams and whines when I leave because of her separation anxiety. I have recieved a complaint from the neighbors, and I cannot receive another one. Even after countless hours of simply ignoring her whining and rewarding her quietness, Kiwi still loveeeees to whine and whine. Before it becomes established as a bad habit, I’m starting an intense and strict regimen of anti-whining training.


How to stop your puppy from extreme whining:

  1. Give her yummy chews and fun toys. Kong with peanut butter highly recommended. Also, try hiding treats all around the house for your puppy to find. If your pup is like Kiwi, though, she does not care for treats, toys, and chews when her human is gone.
  2. Take her for walks and tire her out before you leave, so she can ideally sleep while you’re gone. Again, not effective with Kiwi.
  3. Leave the TV on or soothing music to entertain your pup or give background noise. May help a bit, but still not effective in itself.
  4. You need negative reinforcement. Oh yes, I’m a firm believer or positive reinforcement at all times. But when whining becomes extreme, this is neccesary, trust me. Bad behavior that leads to euthanization is the leading killer of dogs, and you need to train your puppy well before whining becomes a habit. However, this could mean anything from stomping in and yelling NO! and acting very angry and mad, then leaving everytime she whines, shaking a jar of pennies when she starts whining, whipping a belt to make a loud scary sound everytime she whines, spraying a water gun in her face when she starts to whine, or maybe even a bad scent/sound collar etc. Your choice for whatever you believe is most negative to your dog. (Just don’t hit the puppy, or else you may stress her to the point where she has trauma).
  5. Positive reinforcement is also absolutely neccesary. When she is quiet, you must reward her with you presence (after all, this is the ultimate reward) and be as pleasant as possible. Give her lots of love, cuddle, and sing praises to your puppy for 5 minutes.
  6. A strict daily regimen of leaving her alone, even if you have no where to go. At first, leave for 1 minute and come back when she is quiet. If she’s whining profusely already, come back and give her negative reinforcement (spraying her with a water gun, and acting really mad). That made Kiwi be quiet for a good long minute, to which I came back and rewarded her with lots of affection. After 1 minute of quietness, increase the time you are gone to 2 minutes, then 5 minutes, then 10 minutes, then 15 minutes, then 20 minutes, etc. This takes loads of patience, but eventually you’ll be able to extend it to hours on end. If at any point she starts whining, breakk from the regimen and come back with negative enforcement. You want her to know that whenever she whines and you come back, it will NOT be pleasant.
  7. Get vetenarian-prescribed medication. This will internally relax the puppy, kind of like a prozaic for dogs. There are also DHP chemical releasers you can buy
  8. In only the most extreme cases, a shock-collar might be needed (i.e. your landlady has threatened to kick you out). Keep in mind this does not solve and possibly exacerbates the actual problem of anxiety, but rather deters the whining itself. Seriously, use this only when you have tried all other alternatives, because this could cause an association of your departure with shocks, with makes the root of the problem worse.

9 Training Tips for a Stubborn Dog

Good article if you pup is stubborn! Pssttttt… yes Kiwi has her moments.

Tip 1: Socialize – If you have a puppy, it’s important to socialize your dog. This doesn’t mean take it to a dog park, and just let him run around. That couls actually hurt your training efforts because your dog will learn from the other dogs in the park. To properly socialize your dog, try making friends with other dog owners, and let the dogs play for 10-15 minutes a day, but keep a good eye on your dog to make sure it’s not growling, or showing any other aggresive behavior.

Tip 2: The Number 12 – This also applies for puppies (younger than 1 year old). Bring your dog to 12 different places, and have it walk on 12 different surfaces. I was told a story about a dog that would walk up to the vet’s door, and freeze. He loved the vet, but would not walk into the office. Turns out, the dog was afraid of the surface changing from concrete to tile. Introducing your dog to 12 places and 12 surfaces helps them overcome any fears of their surroundings. Very simple, but also very effective, and usually overlooked.

Tip 3: Uncommon Words – This was a biggie. Most people discipline their dogs by saying, “No.” No is such a common word that your dog will lose any meaning given to it. Instead of using the word, “No,” try finding another word that is not commonly used. My word of choice is “Wrong,” and when I say wrong, Dag usually stops everything he’s doing, and looks at me.

Tip 4: Discipline – Everyone disciplines their dog differently, but it’s important to do it correctly. I’ve seen people call their dogs, and when the dog finally decides to come back to the owner, they are spanked and scolded. Wrong! This will make the dog think they will be hit everytime they come to you – meaning, they won’t come to you. Our trainer used a spray bottle on mist. If any dog acted up, she’d spray it in the face, and use the word, “Wrong.” This worked on most of the dogs, but not Dag. He happens to like water, and thinks the water bottle is a treat. I would spray him, and he’d run up and lick the bottle. I now use a rolled up newspaper, and hit it on a table. Usually, by the time he hears the paper being picked up, he’s stopped what he was doing, and runs to me.

Tip 5: Shut Up – “Sit…sit…..sit…..sit…..sit…..sit….” Is that how you try to get your dog to sit? Big mistake. If you give a command, only give it ONCE. Wait for your dog to respond. If it does nothing, say your disciple word (wrong), and say the command again. Repeating commands to a dog will confuse them. If you say something one time, they’ll be much more responsive. There are times I’ll give a command to Dag, and it could take 15 seconds before he does it, but I never repeat it. I just stare at him and wait.

Tip 6: Scruffing – There are times when your dog just gets completely out of hand, and won’t listen to you. This is when it’s time to assert your dominance over your dog. They will periodically try to become the dominant figure in the house, but it’s important you never let that happen. The best tip for establishing/reestablishing dominance is by scruffing your dog. Scruffing is merely holding your dog in your arms like a baby, with them on their back, and with a free hand, you hold the skin/fur on the back of the neck. Hold it tighly, but not to the point that the dog can’t breath. You scruff them until they have completely settled down, which is usually seconds later. You should make it a habit to scruff your dog when they get out of hand (like growling), and make sure the dog knows you’re the master of your domain….house, whatever.

Tip 7: Tug – Continuing on the topic of dominance, there are other ways you inadvertently empower your dog, and make them feel like the master. The one that is most overlooked is playing tug. You should only let your dog win at tug 5-10% of the time you play. If you give up the toy each time, your dog will assume it’s got control over you.

Tip 8: Leash – Those retracting leashers are such the rage these days, but probably one of the worst training tools you could ever use. Scrap that expensive leash for a cheap 6-foot leash. The problem with the retractable leashes is that your dog will never really know where their boundaries are. Sometimes you’ll stop it at 5 feet, sometimes 10 feet. A 6-foot leash lets the dog know their range at all times, and will give you much better control over them. This will greatly reduce the amount of tugging on the leash you experience, which is usually a result of the dog remembering they were able to go farther last time, so why not this time.

Tip 9: Common Tricks – This is the fun stuff. These are the simple first tricks you teach your dog. Sit is probably the most common trick, and the best method I’ve found, once the dog has the basics, is to make him sit before I open the door to go in or out of the house. Another simple trick to teach is come. Get a few of your friends together, and sit in a large circle. Have one person say, “Come” at a time, and reward the dog with a treat when it goes to that person. Keep doing this, and continue to expand the circle, and he’ll have this trick knocked out in days. It’s best to practice your new trick 25-50 times a day, and remember to only give the command once.


How to Tell How Big Your Puppy Will Get

Kiwi the Alaskan Klee Kai is getting bigger! She’s still so cute though. Her paws are not that big, so I doubt she will grow past anything but a miniature. Estimating a puppy’s paw size is not hard if you have a purebred, especially with a klee kai.

How to tell how big your puppy will get:

  • Paw size- puppies usually grow into their paws. This is not always a sure thing, but a large dog definitely needs paws to match, and a small dog does not usually end up on big feet.
  • Skin- A lot of loose skin could mean your puppy will grow into it, meaning a bigger size.
  • 12 weeks weight – Some say that doubling your puppy’s weight at 12 weeks is a good indicator of size. I’ll let you know if this is actually true with Kiwi.
  • Parents- A puppy’s size is usually determined by the size of her parents, and therefore it will often mirror them. Normally, a puppy follows more after their mother’s footsteps, especially if they are of the same sex.

Kiwi is currently 3-4 pounds at a little over 10 weeks. I’ll let you know how she ends up. :]

As for other updates:

  • Kiwi is now socialized! I have brought her to meet as many people as possible, and it is starting to pay off. She is now very excited to see people, and eats up the attention. However, she is still slightly wary the first 10 seconds. But it’s a huge improvement from the last.
  • I brought her to play with Mushroom the Yorkie the other day. Kiwi just loves other dogs! She is just learning her manners with other dogs. She was always the alpha-dog, and I think she likes to play too agressive. Hopefully that will change the more she gets to play with other dogs.
  • Tricks Kiwi knows: Sit, down, paw, other paw, roll over, stay, take it, leave it, and paw. Granted, it depends on her motivation level. Kiwi is fairly disinterested in treats.
  • Her brother and half-brothers/sisters all went home today from Klee Kai Magic. They by-far still have the cutest AKK puppies.

[Edit August13th] – Kiwi weighs 4.8 pounds at 12 week, which according to the 12 weeks weight rule, she should be 10 pounds at full-size.