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Old 04-13-2016, 12:18 AM
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Hi there

I need your advice and opinions.

My parents have purchased a chi puppy. He is currently only 5 weeks old, and so he will not be arriving with us until the 5th of June. We are all super super excited.

However, I work as a veterinary nurse. I have met some extremely undesirable chi's in my time! yappy! bitey, unfriendly towards other dogs, unfriendly towards other ppl!! Anyways that aside, I realise that many of these chi's have not had the best training, or start in life. Therefore, I have remained totally positive throughout this process.

BUT!! I have come across so many bad reports that I am beginning to lose faith! One of our clients, who i think of as relatively normal, and someone who would do her best with her dogs, came in tonight and when questioned about her two chi's, she commented that, although she loved them dearly, they were horrible to other dogs, horrible to other people, barked at everything, and were sooo embarrassing she dreads taking them out!! She said although she loves them, she would never have a chihuahua again!!

I know that my parents really had thier heart set on one, but I desperately don't want them to end up with a dog like this.

Since I am a vet nurse I will be helping them to do everything the absolute right way!!!!

Is there any truth in this negative press/reports? Or am I allowing other ppls opinions to get to me too much?

I would really appreciate any honest opinions, and advice or reassurance

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Old 04-13-2016, 01:03 AM
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Get to know your puppy's parents really well. See how they act with you as a 'new' person. Lots of poor chi babies come into this world with parents who should have never been bred. "Breeders" are some of the worse. They tend to make size or their heads, a priority over temperment. Make sure the puppy is handled enough during this month so that he/she starts to really love being picked up. As a vet nurse, I can only imagine that the chi's you see may be acting out. My vet loves my dogs. I play with their paws, head, ears, tail many times a day as puppies. Always a fun time never a time for stressful stuff, like being put on their backs, alpha rolls. Good luck, and keep us informed.
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Hi Susan

When we met the "breeder" she was wonderful! I have met many!!! But she was totally wonderful. She showed real love for each and every dog, each of her own, and the puppies that she knew she would be selling too.

She explained that she always handled them alot, and socialised them as much as possible. She really didn't care a great deal about them having whatever sized head, and said that they were all her babies, and she loved them all dearly! Hence her being so happy to hold on to ours for a few days extra while my parents organise one or two things.

So i already feel good about this. Also the dad was not available for viewing, but she had three bitches that she usually bred from. They were all so lovely. They all fought for our laps straight away, they didn't even bark when we first entered. One of them glued herself to my dad and followed him everywhere. the other two just fought for our laps the whole time. It was wonderful.

I have no doubt that this lady will do her best to give us a lovely puppy. She later text me several pictures of him and of us with him, and then the next day she text me to say as soon as we have decided on a name to please let her know so that she can start using it and getting him used to it!!

I will tell my parents about touching them all over, and giving them plenty of good handling experiences.

Don't worry! I understand that none of the animals that come to the practice are really themselves. It's just hearing other people talk that has got to me the most I think.

I really appreciate your reply, and I will definitely keep you posted here. x
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Old 04-13-2016, 03:01 AM
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...the client you talked to messed up her Chis more than likely. Improper socialization and training when young are the issues most poorly-behaved Chihuahuas have. But it is also extremely important to make sure the pup you purchase comes from really good lines - in the temperament department more than the pedigree one.

The fact that you have met the three females from the breeder and they were happy, friendly, and totally comfortable around is a very good start. But when you do get the pup, you will have to ensure to properly socialize it right from the start, in every way imaginable. Good breeding only gets you so far! It will make the most difference in ending up with a confident, wonderful, well-rounded and adjusted Chihuahua vs. the nasty reputation the poor breed has gotten from all the inept breeders and owners out there.

My biggest pet peeve is the silly notion most people have that small dogs do not "need" the same training as a large dog. So many people think a small, cute dog can do what it wants and doesn't need to learn manners. The behaviours that would shock people in a large dog seem to be completely okay with a small dog. What kind of ridiculousness is that??!! People get so blown away when we take our three out and tell them to sit - and they sit obediently on command. Like, what? They are 11.5 years, 2 years, and 10 months old - they had BETTER be able to sit on command! No one oohs and awws when a Golden Retriever sits, but my adult Chihuahua does it and it's the cutest, most astonishing thing ever. They're still dogs, people! Ugh, end rant lol. Sorry, we just get this sort of attitude SO OFTEN and I can't wrap my head around it, and it bothers me that the breed has such a bad stereotype because people can't be bothered to train their little cute dogs.

Anyway, moral of my tangent - as long as you take socialization and training seriously, there is very very little chance you will end up with a Chihuahua in the way you're afraid of. When done right, they are the sweetest, friendliest, loviest, most loyal little dogs on the planet and my life would not be complete without them
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Also - CONGRATS on the new pup! Be sure to share photos as soon as you can
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Hi Sinisterkisses

We will be getting him on the 5th of June. he will be about 11 weeks then I believe. we asked the lady to hold on to him until my parents were back from their holiday as we obviously didn't want to mess the poor pup around by dissapearing in the middle of this important stage.

I completely sympathize with your rant! although I have never owned a chihuahua or even a dog. I have seem so many examples of good and bad owners, and you have a right to feel the way you do.

Everything you have said is what I already suspected! I guess I just needed to hear it.

I know my parents understand that puppy needs to be treated with a firm hand, and although he is teeny tiny and super cute. He must learn good manners right from day one!!!! We have talked alot about this, and I believe they will put it into practice.

I also plan to help them by taking him on walks to meet my friends dogs, to help him be well socialized. The breeder says she takes them to meet her friends doggies/puppies and she often has visitors with other dogs too so I feel confident he is getting a good start while he isn't with us. This lady was just so sweet.

Thankyou for helping to make me feel better. It is likely that as chi comes to us, there will be many more threads started by me . it is really nice for me as I always wanted one for myself, but with my job I am barely around. So it is super nice to be able to spend time with and walk my parents dog when i need a fix.

Lots of lov and thanks for your reply.

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p.s. your three are all gorgeous!!

And I just remembered I have a pic already from when we went to meet him. So I might post it later when i get back from work.

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Do you have a 'puppy kindergarten' class you can bring him to? I have brought all of mine to puppy class. Even at a tender age, one of mine 'told' a german shepherd to 'leave me alone" when he stuck his muzzle in her face!! Instructor said that was a rude move on the shepherd's part, and Emmie had every right to tell him off!
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