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Old 12-01-2015, 04:26 PM
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Hi all, I've sort of volunteered to look after an acquaintance's Chi for three days over the Christmas holidays, I don't know how I get myself into these situations, I'm such a soft touch. Any tips for bringing this little girl into our home, should i introduce her to my two on neutral territory like they recommend or shall I just ask her owner to bring her round a couple of times before she leaves her with us ? Thanks.
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I'd introduce them on 'neutral' territory. School yard, on a walk etc. When they finally get to meet, let them sniff each other and then take them on a walk. Closer and closer. Then I'd go to a front yard, then the back yard, then inside. I'd have a pen with a carrier/crate inside it. Paper or pee pads (disposable or washable) down inside the pen. New dog inside, others outside. When you figure out how things are going, then let her out. Watch for guarding toys etc. Good luck.
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Does the chihuahua you're watching have a kennel? If the chihuahua you're watching isn't used to a "safe place" (or a "save point," as I like to call it as a gamer ) Then transition will be very stressful.

Don't you worry about the chihuahua not understanding the rules. They are very intelligent and usually differ to other dogs over us humans as a "testing point" to their behavior. If you have other dogs that know the rules the chihuahua will pick them up no problem.

Only issue is: Chihuahuas are small. They know they're small, and they know they need protection. If you're watching the chihuahua and he/she isn't kennel trained, I would suggest you make a "safe alcove" for her/him to retreat to where he/she can get thier bearings again. Chihuahuas are notoriously exuberant but need a place where they can "run and hide," or feel "safe" where they can observe the pack's behavior without the pressure of "messing up." (Chihuahua's are smart in that way and really want to please!)
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If you can arrange for your friend to meet you on a walk (instead of dropping the dog off at your house) that is usually the best way to introduce strange dogs. If you have a safe place to allow them off-lead even better, they will sort themselves out and be best friends before the end of the walk usually.
You will also get the chance to observe the dog without human intervention, and get a heads up as to what to expect when it comes into your home eg if it is timid, pushy, obedient etc
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Does the chihuahua you're watching have a kennel? If the chihuahua you're watching isn't used to a "safe place" (or a "save point," as I like to call it as a gamer ) Then transition will be very stressful.

Don't you worry about the chihuahua not understanding the rules. They are very intelligent and usually differ to other dogs over us humans as a "testing point" to their behavior. If you have other dogs that know the rules the chihuahua will pick them up no problem.

Only issue is: Chihuahuas are small. They know they're small, and they know they need protection. If you're watching the chihuahua and he/she isn't kennel trained, I would suggest you make a "safe alcove" for her/him to retreat to where he/she can get thier bearings again. Chihuahuas are notoriously exuberant but need a place where they can "run and hide," or feel "safe" where they can observe the pack's behavior without the pressure of "messing up." (Chihuahua's are smart in that way and really want to please!)
We are meeting her for the first tomorrow, the only thing I know about her is that she spends all day sleeping on her owners bed and she doesn't like to go out much and won't wear a lead 😕 I'm thinking of setting her up in my spare room in a warm and cosy crate and just letting her be, it's only for three days so how hard can it be, right ? I walk my two twice a day, I thought I might put her in a dog bag and take her along for the ride, I don't want to stress her out by trying to walk her.
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Everything susan davis said.
Totally agree as well. Definitely have an expend for the new pup. It will be good for your pup, the new pup and your peace of mind.
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