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Old 03-01-2010, 07:42 PM
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This is a question for those of you who have 2 or more chis.

Do your dogs spend much time playing with each other? When you play with them, is it always all of them together, or do you occasionally give each of them one-on-one playtime with you?

Do they generally share their toys, or do each of them have a toy that they claim as their own?

The reason I ask is, I'm considering adopting a second chihuahua. What other tips do you have?
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Old 03-01-2010, 07:43 PM
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i love my chis to play together when im busy or out. I play with them as a large group all the time but love to have one-to-one cuddle times too
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When you have one-on-one cuddle times, do the other dogs display any jealousy or other hurt feelings?
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Old 03-01-2010, 07:48 PM
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erm Fifi does have a tendancy to get jealous but she is the baby and ive had her since s
she was very little. She trys to join in lol But shes ok if she can at least sitnext to you whilst you cuddle the others lol
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MY girls love to play with eachother. I play with them both but Mango (I had her first) always tries to push Guava away or nips at her when she comes near me. Sometimes Guava is afraid to come to me because Mango will nip her but I've scolded Mango many times and she is starting to learn that Guava is my baby too.

I also spend one on one cuddling time with each of them. I think Mango gets jealous, Guava could care less, but Mango will sit there while I'm holding Guava and actually cry. I mean real tears. LOL. She's so funny.
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Old 03-01-2010, 08:04 PM
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Yes we give one on one cuddles and play.Yes the get jealous but we just ignore them and they get over it.We Love having more then one chi.And yes they play together.They love each other.They love to lick and clean each other it is so cute.
I just read Mchis post and thought of a few more things to add.We do have one lazy chis Boo But he will sometimes get up and play with our Rascal.Everybody loves to play with Radar. lol. Like Mchis says mine do have their fav playmate.Harry and Nomo play good together and Radar and Nomo like washing each other.Rascal likes to play With Freckles.Freckles will watch and if he thanks things are getting to rough he will break it up or if he wants to play with Radar and he is playing with someone else he will go and Break it up so he can play with Radar.
It depends on the dogs how things will go.
Mine do have their fav toys.Freckles has froggy Harry has his rope and snowman.And Nomo has his rattle and a few odd and in toys.My other three don't play with toys and these three know which toy is theirs and which ain't.When we bring a new toy into the house it is a little hard.Because Freckles and Harry both want it but most of the time Freckles will only play with it for a little while and then go back to his froggy he only wants one toy at a time.lol Harry wants all the romes and squeaky toys lol.But if you get on to him a couple times and give him one of HIS toys he will leave the other one alone.
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All of my Chi's play together. Milo is the least likely to play (he's my lazy Chi) but the others at times do get him riled up & he joins in on occasion. They do have their favorite playmate though. Like Mari & Marley play constantly & Matilda & Maxie are most likely to play. Marley will play with everyone though...he's our busy body. LOL Come to think of it...Mari & Matilda I don't often see playing with one another. It's usually the boys with one of the girls. Matilda was our first & was great accepting all our boys (Marley she took on as her own at first & was very protective of him) - but with Mari...it took Matilda a while to adjust. I do half blame my hubby because he has always favored Matilda which makes it hard. Anyway, as long as you always treat pups equally and YOU are their pack leader there should never be a problem.

Just a warning though - if you do decide to get another introduce gradually & don't expect them to hit it off at first. Milo attacked Matilda constantly when we introduced them at first (even though he was the newbie) - I was ready to give him back to the breeder but agreed to give a couple weeks & in a few days they were best of friends. It can take a while for them to adjust but in time...they will! Just wanted to share a bit of that story so you don't have any surprises like I did. I was devistated when we brought Milo home....

None of my pups get jealous of one another if they're sitting with me & another come near - but to achieve that again YOU have to be the pack leader. I often have all my pups sitting in my lap & if anyone growls they get reprimanded & have to leave the "pile". But we generally don't have an issue.

They each have their favorite toy but typically everyone wants the toy (or bone) someone is already playing with if you kwim. Just like children. LOL Matilda is also our bossy one when it come to toys or fetch. Not in a mean way...she just will take what she wants when she wants it. If I try to play fetch with someone other than her, no way. She beats them to the catch every time. So if I want to play with someone else...I have to crate her or hold her back.

Also, it is important for pack activity & attention - but it is also important they each get their own 1 on 1. I make sure to take time each day to pet & talk to each of them seperately w/o allowing others to come steal the attention. As easy as this sound - it can be quite difficult because you have those who beg for attention all the time (Marley & Matilda) - then you have those who never really "ask" for loves (like Milo). So I just have to keep an eye out & make sure Milo gets some loving too as well as the others.

I know many people say to treat your first "special"...give them treats first, pets first, etc. I find this a total NO NO! That only encourages your first to become alpha (which is YOUR job). Treating equally is the way to go to avoid any dominant behavoirs. Being bossy is one thing - being dominant is another.

Anyway, good luck with your decision!

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My two do spend almost all of their time together, but I do take them on separate outings once and a while, especially with Venus since we had her first and I don't want her to feel replaced or left out. But Jack gets to go out with me too when Jer is home to spend time with Venus, since she's a daddy's girl anyway
They don't really have separate toys, but we do enforce sharing. When one has a toy and the other one just comes up and grabs it, we usually tell them to give it back. And they're both catching on. They know when I say share to just let the other one come by and they'll play together with it. They each have a couple toys that are theirs, and are kept up until the other one has alone time to make them feel better.
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