Rescue Opinions needed? - Chihuahua Forum : Chihuahua Breed Dog Forums
 
Chihuahua Forum : Chihuahua Breed Dog Forums


Chihuahua-People.com is the premier Chihuahua Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.

Go Back   Chihuahua Forum : Chihuahua Breed Dog Forums > Chihuahuas > Chihuahua Rescue

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 03-26-2012, 04:00 PM
chi fan
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Name: Carmen
Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Posts: 64
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Rescue Opinions needed?

Hi Chi-People! I would love some opinions...
I have recently brought a lovely chi into our home. She is now almost 11 weeks and doing pretty good. Our family has adjusted well to the new puppy and the kids are loving her. Potty training going ok - I am pee pad training with some outside as well. She goes on the pads mostly but occasionally goes beside them . We have to confine her though so she is in a puppy pen or penned off in the kitchen unless she has just pottied and we are playing with her. If she is left out she will pee/poo on the floor. Anyways, hopefully it's just a matter of consistency before she realizes where to run to go potty and we can start to trust her.
Now....I have a huge desire to help the local rescue groups and foster a chi. Selfishly I would love another chi but hubby says no. I hope to "add" to the family in awhile once the puppy phase is over and warm hubby up to the idea. In the meantime, I thought fostering may satisfy my urge for another plus offer awesome socialization for our pup. And my heart just aches for the very many rescues in our area needing fosters. We may also see what it's like to have two by fostering and know if it would work for our family.
Now my concerns are...
Regarding vaccines, I am very conservative with vaccinations. Willow (our pup) will be vaccinated in another week for Distemper and parvo. However I would not be getting Kennel cough. But...If I bring a foster in they recommend that all dogs have the kennel cough vaccine. I guess that makes me feel like I am risking Willows health by exposing her to possible kennel Cough. Grr...I just feel that we are severely overvaccinating our pets and do not want to add extra vaccines to Willow as I feel that in itself is a risk. So...do I vaccinate for Kennel Cough, or take a chance on kennel cough as it is treatable if she got it(All rescues are vaccinated for KC but that does not mean they are not still contagious), or not get involved in fostering at all?

So that is a whole lot of info for you but I wonder what your opinions are?
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #2  
Old 03-26-2012, 04:35 PM
chi god/godess
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Name: LS
Location: Canada
Posts: 10,706
Thanks: 2,062
Thanked 813 Times in 693 Posts
Default

Ask for the drops on the nose, I get them done instead of the vaccine
for Kennel cough. It takes 2 seconds and absolutely no side effects.

As for fostering, I think it is a brilliant idea, you'll be helping a dog in need and
at the same time you'll get a bit of an idea of what it's like with two dogs.

Now for pipi pads, I'm not a fan of those as they teach the dog that it is ok to
pee and poop indoors. So if you can I would train her to do her business outside
only. Whether you decide to stick to pads or switch to outdoors only, you must
stay on top of things and do a fantastic job at cleaning up her accidents,
otherwise the training won't work since many different areas will smell like pee,
sending her the message that it's ok to go there. After every meal, every nap,
every drink, you either put her on the pad or take her outside, on top of that
take her out as much as possible, if you decide on training her to go outside
then every 30 minutes take her out and encourage her to go.
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 03-26-2012, 05:25 PM
chi god/godess
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Name: Mandi Payton
Location: Rio Grande, Ohio, USA
Posts: 1,188
Thanks: 29
Thanked 27 Times in 23 Posts
Default

Fostering is an awesome idea, and great socialization for your pup. The bordatella vaccine, as LS just advised, can be given in drops in the nose with little to no side effects. Get the vaccine for your baby and enjoy the benefits of fostering. Its a great feeling knowing that you took part in changing the life of a deserving animal. There are quite a few members here that rescue and foster, they may have some great advice you.
__________________
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
 
  #4  
Old 03-26-2012, 05:44 PM
chi god/godess
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Name: LS
Location: Canada
Posts: 10,706
Thanks: 2,062
Thanked 813 Times in 693 Posts
Default

Just wanted to specify, both the injection and the intranasal option are
vaccines, I just prefer the nose drops because with all of my own dogs
and rescues I have never seen any side effects with it yet.
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 03-27-2012, 03:36 AM
chi fan
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Name: Carmen
Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Posts: 64
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

Thanks Ladies!
Good news, hubby has warmed up to the idea of a foster so yay! So, now I just need to get those boosters in a week or so and KC I guess and we should be good to go! And ofcourse wait for the right foster to come available. All good so I can focus on Miss Willows potty training in the meantime anyways!

My concerns with the pottying.....
she was already placed on pee pads when we got her so I worried she would already "know" to "go" inside and without a spot would choose anywhere she wants. So I started with pads and she does use them but...not consistently if given the chance. Today was a particularily bad potty day and I'm kinda frustrated actually. So I have minimized her pen so she has only bed space and potty space so no choice. However, now I am wondering if I should scratch the pads and start only outside. (Problem with that is sometimes it's minus 40 degrees celcius here and that is really tough for little paws. Oh I am just so unsure!!! Is she already screwed up?!!! Or should I try one of those UGODOG things. I do wonder if she likes an ultimately "Clean" spot but I really can't afford to change the pee pad EVERY pee!! She must pee 20 times a day!
Sheesh I forgot how much work potty training was!
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 03-27-2012, 04:08 AM
chi god/godess
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Name: sheila
Location: louisiana
Posts: 1,659
Thanks: 0
Thanked 3 Times in 3 Posts
Default

hi so glad to hear you can foster another chih i think its a win win situation good luck
__________________
my buster & rosie
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 03-27-2012, 04:37 AM
chi god/godess
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Name: LS
Location: Canada
Posts: 10,706
Thanks: 2,062
Thanked 813 Times in 693 Posts
Default

Carmen, I'm in Canada too, so I know what the weather gets like.
It's not a problem, during colder days put a weather resistant coat
on her and put some vaseline or booties on her paws, that's it.

And no she's not "already screwed up", you can potty train a dog with
any background and of any age, as long as they don't have medical
issues preventing them from holding their bladder. If you rather stick
with the pads instead of outside, just be on top of it. It is not her fault
for having accidents, she does it because it isn't clear for her where she
can and can not go. Also I'm not a fan of the idea of putting her pipi pads
next to her bed. Dogs don't like going to the bathroom near their sleeping
area. When using pads I recommend putting them relatively far from her
food and bed. Her bladder is still very small, she can't hold much for very
long. To help, schedule her meals and walks, and stick to it. If you choose
pads, then as I said earlier put her on it after every drink, meal, nap or play
time, if one hour goes by put her back on the pad. Never punish her for peeing
where she is not supposed to, especially after the fact. If you catch her in
the act, say in a strong but not mean voice "NO". And every single time she
goes on the pad reinforce the positive behavior with high pitch "GOOD PIPI"
"GOOD PIPI". It's all up to you, it's really tough at first because you must
watch her at all times, but if you stick to it, she will learn very quickly.

Stay patient and consistent, I promise you it will pay off.

Last edited by ~LS~; 03-27-2012 at 04:40 AM.
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply



Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT. The time now is 11:27 PM.



Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright 2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.5.2
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Chihuahua People 2004-2009
PetGuide.com
Basset Hound Forum Doberman Forum Golden Retriever Forum Beagle Forum
Boxer Forum Dog Forum Pit Bull Forum Poodle Forum
Bulldog Forum Fish Forum Havanese Forum Maltese Forum
Cat Forum German Shepherd Forum Labradoodle Forum Yorkie Forum Hedgehog Forum
Chihuahua Forum Retriever Breeds Cichlid Forum Dart Frog Forum Mice Breeder Forum