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Old 10-06-2015, 05:53 PM

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My wife and I are the proud owner's of a little 18 month old female, Chiquita. She has been the only pet in our home. We are retired and have spent the 16 months that we've had her as the only occupants of our home. And yes, she is very spoiled by now.

About the only time that she is exposed to other dogs are our occasional visits to the vets. Chiquita is always a little shy of visitors in the home but seems to love people once she feels safe around them.

We decided to add another little chihuahua boy to our home and to that end brought home a 21 ounce, nine week old longhair this weekend. And so began the problem. Chiquita refuses to be in the same room with the new pup, Lobo. She hasn't been aggressive at all. In fact should they meet in the hallway the older dog will run the opposite direction and want to be picked up. My wife and I have tried to reassure Chiquita. We hold her, play with her, and spoil her no less than before but she seems adamant that Lobo is an intruder in her world and she wants nothing to do with him. Chiquita will come and sniff his bedding, food dish, etc. when Lobo is outside but once again hides when he comes back inside. She has also not been eating as much as usual.

This is our first experience with Chihuahuas and until the new pup arrived everything has been great. We'd love for the two to be friends. We would deeply appreciate any tips that might help with socializing the two.

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Dave, this is a spoiled little girl having a tantrum! "I don't know what this baby is doing here, but I want it gone NOW"!! Just keep on doing what you are doing, and praise her like mad when she even so much as looks at Lobo. It will take awhile, maybe a month, but you'll be surprised; it will happen. I wouldn't play into her drama too much, 'cause she'll get the message, "oh all I have to do is act like this and they'll cuddle me"! I would talk to her about her being silly, and still give her attention too. Good luck, and let us know how it goes. (remember like human kids, it sometimes takes awhile until the kid realizes that the baby isn't "going back")
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Yes, she just needs time. Just carry on as normal, and praise her for doing the right thing ie being around the puppy, while ignoring any unwanted behaviour. She will come around.
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It's still very, very new. The odds of a spoiled only child immediately taking to a new baby within a day or two, are slim to none Be sure you do as you're doing, try to give her the same attention she's used to and carry on with routines and what not so as to not put her out more than you have to, but don't fuss too much and reward behaviours you don't want by mistake. She'll come around
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welcome to cp, lobo and Chiquita sound like little cutie pies would love to see photos! also I love the name Chiquita!
this sounds like a similar situations to mine as I have a 10 month old girl called millie and brought in some new puppies about two months ago. at first millie was unsure of the puppies and there was a change in her behaviour.
she was lots more clingy to me than usual, she didn't like sharing toys sometimes and she couldn't relax when they were around.
however this didn't last very long at all and now she happily plays with them, and still has her alone time with me regularly. we sit and watch telly together while the pups are sleeping. We still have walks just the two of us and I feel like it was the best decision I made for her because she is so much happier in general. so don't worry im sure Chiquita will warm to lobo sooner than you think! here is a photo of millie and Gucci friends at last!
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I truly appreciate the informative responses. Thanks much to all of you and you've got some really pretty babies. Jessica, your pups have similar coloration to mine but mine have longer hair. I'll just need to be more patient although Chiquita is an awfully strong willed little girl at times.

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This morning's photo of Lobo.

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Chiquita @ 9 weeks.

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Chiquita @ 18 months.

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I truly appreciate the informative responses. Thanks much to all of you and you've got some really pretty babies. Jessica, your pups have similar coloration to mine but mine have longer hair. I'll just need to be more patient although Chiquita is an awfully strong willed little girl at times.

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This morning's photo of Lobo.

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Chiquita @ 9 weeks.

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Chiquita @ 18 months.

Thanks again.
Love the photos you uploaded adorable
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There had been a gradual improvement. Chiquita had become comfortable enough that she would sit on the same love seat with Lobo so long as one or the other were being held. And then last night Lobo was playing with a toy under the coffee table when Chiquita walked by. That big bushy tail was an irresistible target for a pup and the chase was on. They made two complete circuits around the dining room table before I could intervene.

I'm beginning to believe that Chiquita is genuinely afraid of Lobo for reasons I do not understand. Despite his long hair he is so tiny. You can tell that she is curious about him. She'll sit on the living room couch or love seat and watch him play on the floor for extended periods. And she is still occasionally sniffing his bed, food bowl, etc.

Frustrating!
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